All you complainers about the MOT having David as their guest this hear....why
don't you give him a chance. You have him hung and out to dry before he even
gets on stage. After the performance and he is wildly successful I am sure you
won't have the fortitude to get back on this blog and say..."I was wrong. He
gave a wonderful performance". I for one having been trying for 5 years to get
tickets and they seem to go to all you Utah people that complain about the
parking, standing in lines etc. You should all be ashamed of yourselves!
But....I am not going to give up. I will try again this year....for sure.
I can give you my perspective.I'm 50+, male, and my family has had
some close interaction with David.I am impressed and touched by
David's maturity, purity, big heart, and talent. His Christmas CD is
incredible. You feel his love for the Savior and his Christmas music inspires
faith in Jesus Christ. He is a perfect fit for the objectives of Christmas
Concert.He is a man of integrity. The entertainment industry can
have a very detrimental spiritual effect on performers, but he has stayed close
to the Lord.Look at the content of his recently released CD. It is
uplifting and interests a broad range of listeners. Just listen to it. My
favorite song is "Complain" (a message of don't complain about your
circumstances). I have the CD on my iPad.My family members have
been with him away from the public eye. He is the real deal. He
has, is, and will have a great impact on the Missionary effort of this Great
Work. His selection to Host the Christmas Concert is no accident.May God continue to bless David A. and all of you.
What wonderful news!! David will be fantastic.! I am so excite for this
opportunity for him. His presence will spread love! People will come from all
around the country, and beyond to see David. His fanbase comprises all ages. I
am from a faraway state and am going to try to come. He is in a class all by
himself. The emotion that he will bring to this performance will be
astounding. His Christmas concerts during tour last year were unbelievable!
His voice and heart are uniquely beautiful, and they are always working together
to bring joy and happiness to others. David is on his mission.He has
changed thousands of hearts and lives by his inspiration and example. Many of
his fans have become Mormons because of David. Others have been changing their
lives for the better. It is not because of anything he has said about the
religion, but because of how he leads his life. I would hope that those who
have posted such harsh comments really take the time to listen to this talented
young singer, songwriter, and person. It will brighten your day and your life.
He is an inspiration for all ages.
What a great piece of news! David Archuleta coming back to Utah in a triumphant
way. As a Young Men's President I love to see young LDS people like David,
continue to be a great example. I don't know if he'll be able to serve a regular
full-time mission (I wish he would because I KNOW nothing compares to the
experience) but he's nonetheless fulfilling a mission by demonstrating that you
can be successful without compromising your principles. Thanks to the MoTab for
such a fine selection. I'm no teen but I love David and I'll be on autodial
trying to get as many tickets as I can. I'd love to take every one of my Young
Men and Young Woman organization from my ward. Thank you Mr. Mac and brother M.
I'm very happy for David. This is a huge honor. David released a beautiful
Christmas album last year and also had a great pop/Christmas concert tour with a
small orchestra and choir.
IT'S wonderful ! In France we love him .
I wonder if he will also be invited to the Christmas broadcast of "Music and the
Can I remind you that are critical of this years guest artist that this is a
gift to the community. It's not like you've ever had to pay for any of the
tickets. Sounds like some are a little ungrateful for this annual event and are
taking it for granted that the Tabernacle Choir, who pays to bring the artists
in for your enjoyment, somehow should consult you on their decision. Be
grateful for this annual treasure and stop whineing.
Lame. Looks I'll forego my usual habit of picking up each year's Christmas CD.
rhed - they are not rude comments they are our opinions of his selection to
perform with the MoTab at the Christmas concert. I don't happen to agree that
he is a great talent and I am entitled to that opinion. Apparently, you like
him, good for you. Next subject...
Can't believe some of the rude comments I've read. It makes me ashamed to be
from Utah. David will be great. I went to his Christmas concert last year and it
was fantastic. He's also recorded a PBS Christmas special with Orla Fallon this
I attended the Natalie Cole concert last year. Natalie was good but let me tell
you folks, David will out perform her ten times and knock your socks off.
David should have won American Idol hands down but unfortunately there was an
anti Mormon bias against him in the final vote. Critics who cover the show were
calling him a goody goody and too cute. They wanted someone with more "edge".
Well, David has been a huge commercial success ever since.
I think it was a missed opportunity to not get Andrea Bocelli, who is a good
match for the choir-- see the Lord's Prayer that he already did with them.
Times are tough, people. We're in a recession. If David Archuleta is all the
church can afford to bring in, then so be it. Better times surely lie ahead for
If the guy wants to go on a mission, leave that decision for him and his family
and God. Sheesh.
Let's see. Just looking at the singers: Natalie Cole, Brian Stokes Mitchell,
King's Singers, Sissel, Renee Fleming, Audra McDonald, Frederica von Stade, Bryn
Terfel, Angela Lansbury, Gladys Knight, and . . . David Archuleta.
"One of these things is not like the other . . ." Maybe
PBS has decided not to broadcast the show and the choir has signed a contract
....plus, to all those that think he's a "reject" or "also-ran" from American
Idol: he is one of the most commercially successful runners-up on the show. His
debut album outsold last seasons' winner and highly promoted runner-up, Kris
Allen and Adam Lambert. He also has outsold recent winner Taylor Hicks and is
in line to be the most successful runner-up outside of Clay Aiken. Not many
artists in today's digital age can claim gold status for their first album, and
platinum status for their first single... but he did both.
@M&M's... Archuleta has been performing for years. You don't have to be over 40
to be an "incredible, professional, seasoned" performer. Have you seen him
perform live? No Auto-Tune necessary. How about his performance of "Imagine"
on A.I. Still, to this day, the judges admit as one of the best performances on
the show... ever. Mack Wilberg wouldn't agree to just any guest artist unless
he feels he/she wouldn't do justice to the material. I trust his taste, and am
looking forward to another amazing artistic achievement. Plus, how nice is it
that the concert this year will feature a native of the state (who is also LDS)?
While I've loved the guest artists in the past that have come from all around
the globe, I like that the concert will feature someone from our home state this
year. Finally, his Christmas album from last year is sensational, and includes
some creatively challenging lesser-known tunes that he, frankly, hits out of the
park. I think its a great announcement - and am looking forward to going (if we
It seems I share the same concern that many on this site are showing- David
doesn't quite seem to have the Gravitas that others have had in the past- can't
quite picture the PBS show next year being as big a draw- still, Pres. Monson
probably approved the choice and Mack Wilberg always surprises so we shall
Thank you Deseret News for correctly describing David as the runner up on
American Idol. Your competition, The Tribune, described him as an "also ran".
David is no "also ran". For all you whiners about wanting a professional, David
is a professional. As Paula Abdul said many times on American Idol, "David, you
can sing the telephone book!" I have attended every MoTab Christmas Concert and
they are beautifully produced and David fits into the variety of the various
artists over the years. Why would you want to have an opera or broadway
performer every year? I am sure that PBS will be excited about this also
because it will be recorded and played on PBS stations nationally next Christmas
@M&Ms, Archuleta doesn't need Auto-Tune. He's the real deal. I think inviting
him to sing with the Tabernacle Choir is a great idea, and I'm sure the concert
will be good.I'd like to see him serve a mission, too.
I hope security is ready for all the teen-aged girls to rush the stage! :-)
I apologize for saying he should have gone on a mission. I think Jake Heaps
should go on one too. I just happen to think every worthy able male member
should go on one. That's no excuse for me being judgmental. I'm not his bishop.
Besides, we all know plenty of young men go on missions and don't become
missionaries and there are plenty of good people who didn't go on missions.That being said how do you know he is "loving and nonjudgement"? You saw
him on American Idol and like his albums???? I just get sick of delirious fans
and American Idol in general. Maybe teenagers will start appreciating Motab! Who
Will someone trade me a ticket to see David for my BYU Football tickets?
Good for him - and the Choir! That gets the next generation exposed to the
wonderful music with someone being the liaison. I'm all for it!
Wow, this is the worst news I've heard all day. Well, at least I won't have to
stress about the ticket lottery this year. Tacoholic, I agree with you. Past
Christmas concerts have brought in incredible, professional, seasoned
performers. I'm embarrassed that their spotlight now has to be shared with an
American Idol reject. While thousands of teen girls will be clamoring for seats,
I think many mature people will be staying as far away as they can. For those of
you gushing about his albums... it's called Auto-Tune. And for those of you
acting like you know him personally (cough-Burghmom-cough) and know what kind of
person he is, you really don't. Sorry. Better luck next year, MoTabs!
Really excited about this. If the people in this list are not excited, would
you please put your name in for tickets anyway and just give them to me.
One more thing. David is one of the most loving and nonjudgmental people I have
ever seen and not just for his young age. You would learn a lot by following his
David is an amazing singer and an amazing person. He put out a wonderful
Christmas album last year that was filled mostly with traditional carols. I am
fine with those who underestimate and misunderstand David. It might allow me and
my family, who admire him, to get tickets. He is an inspiration to so many and
IS serving a different kind of mission If you had followed him, you would
realize how many people he has influenced in a positive way.
Archuletta has a great voice and all but this is a step down isn't it?
Ugh. I won't be disappointed if I don't get tickets this year, but it seems like
I'm one of the lucky ones that does so maybe I'll just have to give them all
away to family.I am one of those judgemental people that thinks he
should go on a mission, but thats not the reason I don't want to hear him sing.
I just don't like his music.
cerana - don't worry it is always a full house. But I have to state that these
are tickets I will NOT be clamoring to get.
Seriously, Alterego? That is a perfect stage for David Archuleta. The guy can
sing and bring the emotions approriate to the event. I would suggest to you
that you listen to David's songs especially the serious ones. You will be
moved. And your comment about the 10-14 demographics is ridiculous. David has
more mature fans than what you think. Don't underestimate us. How rude of you
to say that.
Not too excited about this announcement. I would have been more excited to see
someone with more classical training and/or more broadway experience
perform...but I probably won't be selected for tickets anyway. Is
this an attempt to increase interest among the 10-14 year-old demographic?
So can I request the free tickets and then scalp them to screaming teenage
Les Mis has launched a lot of musical interest. It should be fun to see if the
choir and David can blend singing styles for Christmas. Should be quite popular.
congratulations on your singing - movie adventures
WOW! I am speechless. This is going to be difficult getting tickets.