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‘American Idol’s’ Brooke White on Feeling ‘Lost’ as a Solo Singer -

Being a solo artist “was becoming a lonely operation for me,” Brooke White confides to the Hollywood Reporter. “This was the easiest, happiest transition that could have happened for me.” The American Idol season seven finalist is referring to her musical partnership with Jack Matranga, the man who started off as a songwriting collaborator for her next album and turned into the other half of the duo Jack and White, but you could easily apply the sentiment to other momentous events in her life: like the fact that she’s expecting her first child, a girl, in May. Brooke talks about keeping in touch with her fellow Idols below.

American Idol alum, David Archuleta will star in a primetime soap with the Kapatid Network on TV5 in the Philippines.

He’ll share the bill with TV5 stars Eula Caballero and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

The announcement was made Sunday afternoon on the talk show “Paparazzi”. David is expected to arrive in Manila this January 13.

David is set to embark on a 2 year Mormon mission this year, which will take him out of the limelight for the duration. It’s nice to see he’ll be able to fit in some projects before he takes off for parts unknown.

Here’s the announcement. It’s mostly in Tagalog, but the hosts switch to English near the end.

03 January 2012 @ 01:14 pm
American Idol season 7 runner-up David Archuleta is putting music on hold for two years while he embarks on a Mormon mission.

The 20-year-old Murray, Utah native revealed his call to serve at the Salt Lake City stop of his My Kind of Christmas Tour, telling the crowd, “I would like to make a special announcement: that I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission.”

Slightly overwhelmed with emotion and fighting back tears, Archie, as he’s affectionately known, explained to an audience of over 2,000 at Abravanel Hall why he felt a two-year mission was his calling at this juncture in his life. “It’s not because someone told me I was supposed to do it and not because I no longer want to do music anymore,” he said. “It’s because it’s what I feel I need to do next in my life. It’s the same feeling that I’ve always tried to follow in my life -- the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges and the blessings, too. And I’ve learned to trust that feeling and answer when it calls. That’s the reason why I know I have to do this in my life.”