‘Masked Singer’ Contestant David Archuleta Reveals Health Fear in Emotional Finale


May 17, 2023 | 10:40 p.m.

‘American Idol’ season 7 runner-up David Archuleta opened up about a health scare he says kept him quiet for months, during the season 9 finale of Wednesday of “The Masked Singer”.

Spoiler alert: the winner is announced in advance

The 32-year-old ‘Crush’ singer, who starred as Macaw on the Fox singing series, placed second behind British artist Bishop Briggs, 30 – who portrayed Medusa.

Archuleta sang two songs before his identity was revealed, shedding light on his vocal cord issues.

“I didn’t think I would go this far,” he admitted in a video package before performing Celine Dion’s “All By Myself.”

“And honestly, I didn’t even know if I would still sing at all. Not many people know about me, but I had a serious injury last year that left me completely silent for three months.

David Archuleta stars as Macaw in “The Masked Singer.”

“I was also going through some pretty big life events, and I started wondering if this was really for me,” he continued, seemingly alluding to his coming out as queer in 2021. “But after taking time to reflect, I realized that there was still a part of me in the performance, and that I should keep trying, even with all the changes.

A touching moment between Mormon-raised Archuleta and “Masked Singer” panelist Ken Jeong, 53, stole the show on Wednesday.

When asked to give his final prediction on Macaw’s identity, the doctor-turned-comedian guessed Archuleta.

Jeong ended up sharing his special connection with the singer face to face.

“I just have to say, a real conversation,” Jeong began.

“When my wife lay in hospital not knowing if our kids would live or die, we watched ‘Idol’ every week, and you were like a ray of light to my family,” he explained, wiping away tears. of his eyes.

“It’s an honor to see you in this capacity,” Jeong noted. “Thank God for you, and I love you.”

David Archuleta attends Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo’ red carpet on March 23 in Los Angeles.
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Archuleta then revealed what competing on the show meant to him.

“Being Ara felt liberating. Coming out was liberating and scary. I grew up very religious. It was a big part of my life. And I believed that if I lived like that, like being queer, I was going to be naughty,” he shared.

“So I worked really hard to be something other than that…I thought, ‘Maybe it’s better if I’m not here,'” he continued.

“But I realized that I couldn’t change that. So if someone else grew up, you know, feeling bad just because of who they’re attracted to and who they love, I want you to know that it’s worth taking the courage to show your true colors.

“It’s scary. But you’re worth it. You matter, and it’s so beautiful,” he said to cheers from the crowd.

Archuleta has previously spoken about his exit difficulties.

In December, he said dozens of attendees dropped out of his Christmas show in Utah after he gave a moving 15-minute speech about his gay “journey.”

“I thought it was better to end my life than to admit it openly,” he defended himself on social networks after the incident.

“If a few dozen people go out, but there are others who need to know they’re not alone on this journey, that’s worth it to me.”

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