May 13, 2008 07:47 AM by Jennifer_Brown
Anyone out there remember David Cook’s American Idol audition tape? The two-toned hair, the vest and tie, the blue jeans. Anyone remember Simon making a comment in Hollywood somewhere along the lines of David disappearing without the guitar to make him stand out?
No doubt about it, if you compare the photos of David from early in the season to the way he looks now, the guy has gone through a transformation. Recently, in a hometown tour interview with Kansas City’s Fox affiliate WDAF Fox 4 Morning News, David talked about his transformation, and about staying true to himself.
“The first few weeks was a little strange,” David admitted about having a team of stylists making him over every week in prep for the show. “But you oddly enough get used to it… Idol gave us a great team to work with… I pretty much get carte blanche every week and I’m allowed to express my ideas to anybody who’s in the process of helping us through this. At the end of the day it’s on me.”
This is true not only of David’s style, but of his song choices and arrangements, as well. David goes on to say that this is what makes the show so successful–that it’s about taking “real people” and giving them a shot at success. David claims that the Idol contestants tend to live in an “Idol bubble,” which is why he was so amazed by fan support during his tour. But, he admits, “I’ve been really lucky in that my family and friends won’t let me get a big head about this.”
Overall, David is pleased with the way he’s grown on the show. “I’ve been really happy with the way I’ve kinda progressed from start to now on this show,” he said. “I know that when I’m done with the show, I’m going to be exactly who I am.”
Watch David compete tonight on American Idol at 8:00 PM (ET) on FOX.
Photo Courtesy: FOX