David Archuleta is reflecting on his time being a guest mentor on the hit show American Idol.
The star spoke to What’s Trending at the OUT100 carpet saying that he would happily return to the show ‘if they want me back.’
“It was so fun to mentor last season,” says the “Crush” crooner. He went on to add “I’m always worried, like what do I tell them? I don’t know what the secret is, like just be yourself and just like express with your heart?
“I feel like some of the other people like Clay Aiken and Jordan Sparks have more like constructive criticism.”
The star, who got his start on American Idol, has been creating music as of late and sharing his journey with faith and coming out on social media. Many alike who have been following the singer over the years who recently released his latest “Afraid to Love”.
In regards to coming back to the series, David also noted that he may come back with a different perspective if he gets the chance to mentor again.
“I think I’m a little too soft sometimes. Sometimes you need to go through a the fire to be refined. Maybe I need to be willing to give some of that advise too.”
David Archuleta publicly came out in 2021 and detailed the challenges and hurdles since then.
In a conversation with Out regarding his recognition on the Out100, the singer stated, “I want to help build the bridge between the world I grew up in and loved with where I’m at in the queer community and what I love about life today,” Archuleta, once a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says about what’s on the horizon for his life and career after a banner year that included competing on The Masked Singer, performing live shows again, and releasing new singles.
He added, “I want to show that queer people are happy and thrive,” he continues. “I want to make it visible for people to see from my old world, because I never saw that when I was in that old world, and I know a lot of others can’t really either. I want to create that visibility so others like me from that culture I grew up in know they can thrive, be themselves, and feel joy and have a new vigor for life.”
Now, ready for the next steps, Archuleta is ready to surround himself with those who believe in and see him for who he is. “Stepping up in my career has made me realize I need to grow and find more people to help me take the steps moving up, and it’s not always easy to find those people who align with your vision to tell your story and help you connect with the public, but I feel I’ve gotten a great start.”
Archuleta also reflected on his hit song “Crush” hitting 15 years since its release date this year. The song was released when David was only 17-years-old.
“’Crush’ is the song that I feel is the signature for my career,” Archuleta shares in an interview with TODAY.com. “It made me realize I’d really become a solo artist, and not just a ‘cover song person.’ I didn’t really have a vision of what I was supposed to sound like on my own. ‘Crush’ gave me more of that vision.”
Archuleta says his love for the double-platinum song was more about the music than connecting to the lyrics.
“It was very much from an appreciation of the song writing, the melody, the pop song structure of the song that made me so excited to sing it rather than, ‘This is what I go through’. Because I didn’t go through it,” he says.