David Archuleta Will Sing National Anthem at Pro Bowl
02/04/2009 AT 05:50 PM EST
"[It'll] be my first time in Hawaii! Woot woot!" Archuleta blogs on his MySpace page. "That means more sunshine."
The 18-year-old singer says a church commitment prevented him from seeing Jennifer Hudson's performance on television – but he heard it.
"I called my friend to listen to Jennifer Hudson sing the National Anthem over the phone lol," the singer wrote. "It was so good! Jennifer has pipes! I watched it on YouTube later."
The Idol Season 7 runner-up kicks off his 20-city solo tour on Feb. 24 in Virginia Beach, Va.
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