02/04/2009 at 05:50 PM EST
is the latest American Idol
alum to show off his patriotic chops when he sings the National Anthem at the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday.
"[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
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."
Season 7 runner-up kicks off his 20-city solo tour on Feb. 24 in Virginia Beach, Va.
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