When the American Idol series finale airs tonight (April 7), the last singing superstar on the long-running talent competition will be crowned. But while the rest of the country wonders if Trent Harmon or La'Porsha Renae will win, I'm more interested in what became of Season 7's runner-up, David Archuleta.
Years later, Archuelta is still doing what he does best. Since 2008, he's released six albums, the most recent one being No Matter How Far in 2013. According to his website, his fourth album, Forevermore, was released exclusively in the Philippines, which explains why he's such a mega celebrity in that country.
In 2012, he starred in a Filipino TV show titled Nandito Ako. The mini-series followed Josh Bradley (Archuleta), a singing superstar who traveled back to the Philippines in search of his mother who supposedly died in a fire years ago.
But even more interesting than that, Archuleta dropped everything to serve The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years as a missionary in Santiago, Chile, returning to the U.S. in 2014.
Now, he's back at it again with the jams. The 25-year-old has performed for U.S. troops in the Middle East and is writing more original music to hopefully be released later this year.
And of course, he's still really into Pokémon (because duh), as evidenced by some of his recent tweets and 'grams.
He celebrated Pokémon's 20th anniversary in complete style.
And was jealous of this boy's "cool getup."
Even better, he reunited with Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks as they helped celebrate Idol's finale.
In non-Pokémon-related news, Archuleta is performing several shows in the coming months in both Slovenia and the U.S.
Find out more about his upcoming schedule here.
Keep the music coming, David!