David Archuleta the guest star at Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert

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  • boiseblue Eagle, ID
    Oct. 9, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    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.

  • Ganbatte Alpine, Utah
    Oct. 8, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Gmax4 Northfield, MN
    Oct. 8, 2010 10:26 a.m.

    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.

  • AlexGomez2 Lindon, UT
    Oct. 8, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    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. Wilberg!

  • violet4ever Downingtown, PA
    Oct. 8, 2010 9:54 a.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.

  • bribri Holladay, UT
    Oct. 8, 2010 6:56 a.m.

    IT'S wonderful ! In France we love him .

  • radio_lover Toronto, Ontario
    Oct. 8, 2010 6:15 a.m.

    I wonder if he will also be invited to the Christmas broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word".

  • snowbound Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    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.

  • sisucas San Bernardino, CA
    Oct. 7, 2010 10:20 p.m.

    Lame. Looks I'll forego my usual habit of picking up each year's Christmas CD.

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    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...

  • rhed31 Draper, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    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 year.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    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.

  • elton1111 Oak Hills, CA
    Oct. 7, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    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.

  • emck Albany, OR
    Oct. 7, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    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 future concerts.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Oct. 7, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    If the guy wants to go on a mission, leave that decision for him and his family and God. Sheesh.

  • Big John Genola, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 4:14 p.m.

    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 with Nickelodeon?

  • mac_the_knife Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    ....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.

  • mac_the_knife Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    @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 get tickets).

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    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 see...

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    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 season.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    @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.

  • TallGuy1970 Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    I hope security is ready for all the teen-aged girls to rush the stage! :-)

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    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 knows.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Oct. 7, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    Will someone trade me a ticket to see David for my BYU Football tickets?

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Oct. 7, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    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!

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    Amen, Burghmom

  • M&Ms Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    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!

  • graficoartista Orem, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    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. Thanks

  • Burghmom Pleasant Grove, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    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 actions.

  • Burghmom Pleasant Grove, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    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.

  • Tacoholic Farmington, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 1:35 p.m.

    Archuletta has a great voice and all but this is a step down isn't it?

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 1:14 p.m.

    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.

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    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.

  • cerana Littleton, CO
    Oct. 7, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    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.

  • Alterego Ogden, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    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?

  • HavartiWhiz Cedar City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    So can I request the free tickets and then scalp them to screaming teenage girls?

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 7, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    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.

  • LuVePacifica WestValley, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    congratulations on your singing - movie adventures

  • cerana Littleton, CO
    Oct. 7, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    WOW! I am speechless. This is going to be difficult getting tickets.