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David Archuleta Says Doing ‘The Masked Singer’ Was a ‘Healing Experience’

Nick Cannon and David Archuleta on 'The Masked Singer'CR: Michael Becker/FOX

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Last week, David Archuleta was unmasked as Macaw on Season 9 of The Masked Singer. The singer came in second place behind Medusa, who was unmasked as Bishop Briggs. Archuleta admitted that he was “intimidated” to do another competition show after American Idol, but it ended up being a “healing experience” for him.

David Archuleta Discusses His Time on The Masked Singer

Archuleta is known for placing second on the seventh season of American Idol. He told People that he was unsure about doing another competition show, but ultimately decided that it would be “the perfect way to face my fear and rewrite the narrative of my experience in a competition.”

“It was so much fun,” Archuleta told the outlet. “It took some encouragement for my team to do something like this, because I developed a fear for some reason of doing competitions on TV, but I’m really glad I did it. It ended up becoming a very healing experience.”

The singer said performing in the Macaw costume felt “so much more playful” and “takes away the pressure that you feel normally when you’re on stage.” He added of The Masked Singer judges, “They don’t make you feel like you’re under a magnifying glass, so it’s a completely different experience than what I had on American Idol.”



Archuleta Is Releasing a New Single for Pride Month

Archuleta plans to release a new single called “Up” on June 2, just in time for Pride Month. He told People that the track is “about coming to terms with my sexuality.” In 2021, the singer came out as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

The singer has been open about the reconciling his sexuality with his conservative Mormon upbringing. He’s since heard from other people who have gone through the same thing.

“When I got to the point of realizing that that was kind of hitting my rock bottom, I realized, you know what? I’m going to take the chance and I’m going to do it in a way that’s loving,” Archuleta shared. “I’m not going to hold animosity or anger. That’s what ‘Up’ is about.”

Archuleta said he also hopes to release another single during Pride Month “that’s the other end of just being happy and feeling good and getting people moving.”

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