May 20, 2008 06:23 PM by Joe Reality
The American Idol final two performance show kicked off like it was a championship boxing match. An announcer introduced David “Sugarfoot” Cook and David “Babyface” Archuleta, who were both decked out in boxing gear. After the grand introduction for the two finalists, the familiar face of Ryan Seacrest appeared to further pump up the crowd.
Seacrest announced that the two Davids would sing three songs each and that David Archuleta won the coin toss and had selected to go second. In the first round, the songs were selected by Clive Davis. For his first song, David Cook sang “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Randy Jackson said, “I think it was a great way to start off this duel of 2007.” Paula Abdul said, “You may not have found what you’re looking for, but we have found David Cook.” Simon Cowell said, “I thought it was phenomenal.”
For his first song, David Archuleta sang “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” Randy Jackson said, “This is one of the best performances of this whole season.” Paula Abdul said, “I’ve got chills up and down my arms.” Simon Cowell said, “I thought tonight’s performance was arguable the best you’ve done so far.”
In the second round, the finalists selected one of the ten favorite songs from the songwriting contest. For his second song, David Cook sang “Dream Big” by Emiley Shackelton. Randy Jackson said, “The song was just ok for me, but what really made it work was your voice.” Paula Abdul said, “This is a great way to take a song we don’t know and fall in love with it.” Simon Cowell said, “Using the boxing analogy, it was a bit of a lightweight I thought.”
For his second song, David Archuleta sang “In This Moment” by Ryan Gilmor. Randy Jackson said, “Right now, you are so in the zone that you could sing the phone book and it would be good.” Paula Abdul said, “It’s like you’re on fire tonight. It’s pure magic.” Simon Cowell said, “You definitely, definitely chose the better song there.”
In the third round, the finalists were allowed to select any song they wanted to sing. For his third song, David Cook sang “The World I Know.” Randy Jackson said, “One of the cool things about you is that you’re showing people tonight a lot of different sides of David Cook.” Paula Abdul said, “You’re standing in your truth, and you’re delivering unbelievable songs with integrity and originality.” Simon Cowell said, “It was completely and utterly the wrong song choice for you on the night.”
For his third song, David Archuleta sang “Imagine.” Randy Jackson said, “Dude, you are so good tonight, you are exactly what this show is about. Finding the best singer that we can find, and the best singer of season seven is right there.” Paula Abdul said, “You’ve left me speechless.” Simon Cowell said, “In my opinion, David you came out here tonight to win, and what we have witnessed is a knockout.”
Ruben Studdard closed the show by singing “Celebrate Me Home.” Was Simon Cowell right? Did David Archuleta knockout David Cook? In addition to Simon Cowell making his opinion known, Randy Jackson also declared David Archuleta as the best singer of season seven. Is there any hope for David Cook? The American Idol 7 winner will be announced on the two-hour season finale results show on Wednesday, May 21 from 8 PM to 10 PM ET on FOX.
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