May 19, 2008 08:05 PM by Joe Reality
On the American Idol finale performance show, David Archuleta and David Cook will perform live at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE. As the two Davids prepared for the final showdown, they offered up some quotes for the big night.
In regards to performing on the stage at the Nokia compared to singing on the American Idol stage, David Archuleta said, “I don’t think it’ll be too different because the audience is still going to be big on the other side of the camera, watching on TV, so while there’s more people live, I don’t know. I guess I’ll have to see once I go and rehearse and stuff.” David Cook said, “You know, it’s interesting. I’ve always been really kind of confused by the idea, like the smaller the crowd for me, the more nervous I tend to get. Having the Nokia full, should be great. But you know, win or lose; I think we both win, so for me now it’s just kind of enjoying the moment.”
In regards to getting advice from people, David Archuleta said, “Every single person always has something good to say, from Cook to the people helping us out, to family, to friends, to just people you meet and fanmail. People always have some good stuff to say.”
In regards to if his experience on Idol matched what he expected, David Cook said, “It’s busier than I thought it was going to be. And so for me, the learning process has just been kind of like watching the stuff that takes place that people never get to see. Just, more than anything, just kind of the relationships that form. I remember at the beginning of the season, I always wondered why we all cried when people went home, and it’s like, you know, some of these people we’ve known almost a year now, so it’s definitely been an experience though for sure.”
In regards to if being an American Idol finalist was anything like he thought it was going to be, David Archuleta said, “No it’s not because I didn’t even think I would be a finalist so that’s already the difference right there and then just how crazy and busy it is and I didn’t realize how tiring it is. I thought I’d have time to prepare for the finale and this is the week where we’ve gotten the least amount of time to really prepare and it’s like the most tiring on your voice but hopefully it will all pull together for tomorrow.”
In regards to if he is happy to just be in the Idol finals, David Cook said, “You know, to be where I was at before, now to be standing on the finale stage and have, a 50 percent chance of my name being called, is pretty heavy, you know. So for me, it’s just, either way, I’m content.”
The American Idol finale performance show airs on Tuesday, May 20 from 8 PM to 9:02 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX. The American Idol two-hour season finale results show airs on Wednesday, May 21 from 8 PM to 10 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX.
Photo Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX