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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Back in early March when the American Idol 7 top twelve were first announced, I dubbed this season as “The Year Of The Davids.” I bestowed that title on season seven because half of the male finalists in the top twelve were named David. Now, that the final two have been revealed, “The Year Of The Davids” has proven to be a very appropriate title.
In the beginning, things weren’t looking too good for the Davids. The first finalist voted off the show was David Hernandez. However, the other two Davids proved to be more than capable of carrying the load. David Archuleta was a favorite right from the start, and David Cook quickly won over fans with his unique and lively performances.
Of course, both Davids had their struggles along the way. David Archuleta forgot the words to “We Can Work It Out,” and David Cook was accused of stealing the arrangements of some of his songs. However, Archuleta quickly bounced back, and Cook was vindicated by crediting the source of his arrangements.
The families of the two Davids also became a big part of the season. The press had a field day labeling David Archuleta’s dad as a stage dad, and David Cook’s brother, who is battling cancer, traveled to be in the audience while David performed.
Third place finisher Syesha Mercado had kind words to say about both of the Davids. After her elimination, Syesha said, “Well, of course, they’re unique. But David has that – David Archuleta has that beautiful smile, and he has that really, really good connection with kids, the younger audience. And David Cook has that connection with the younger audience. The girls go crazy over him. And the older audience too,really, really charming, like all the older women.”
So which David will ultimately emerge as the winner of American Idol 7? While both Davids will likely receive record deals, my prediction is that it’s finally going to be a rocker’s year to win on American Idol. Bo Bice, Constantine Maroulis, Chris Daughtry, Ryan Starr and Gina Glocksen paved the way, but it will be David Cook who finally wins an American Idol title for the rockers.
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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.
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For the American Idol final four performance show, the theme was songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For his first song, David Cook sang “Hungry Like The Wolf.” Randy Jackson said, “That was just ok for you.” Paula Abdul said, “Well, I think your ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ has left me with a big appetite.” Simon Cowell said, “It was a little bit copycat. You didn’t do what you’ve done in previous weeks where you’ve chosen a song and made it your own.”
For her first song, Syesha Mercado sang “Proud Mary.” Randy Jackson said, “This is the third week in a row that Syesha has shown up, and she’s in the zone.” Paula Abdul said, “You look like a star.” Simon Cowell said, “For me, I thought it was just a bad, shrieky version, a bad impersonation of Tina Turner.”
For his first song, Jason Castro sang “I Shot The Sheriff.” Randy Jackson said, “For me, that was a really karaoke Bob Marley.” Paula Abdul said, “I wasn’t crazy about the performance or the song actually.” Simon Cowell said, “That was utterly atrocious.”
For his first song, David Archuleta sang “Stand By Me.” Randy Jackson said, “At least there’s one guy, every time he hits the stage, he’s trying to win the whole thing.” Paula Abdul said, “We all forget that you are way beyond your years.” Simon Cowell said, “The truth is that you could have whistled a song, and it would have sounded better than the last song.”
For his second song, David Cook sang “Teenage Wasteland.” Randy Jackson said, “That’s more like the David Cook that I’ve grown to love, right there.” Paula Abdul said, “I just want more.” Simon Cowell said, “Welcome back, David Cook.”
For her second song, Syesha Mercado sang “A Change Is Going To Come.” Randy Jackson said, “The first song I loved. This one I did not love as much.” Paula Abdul said, “You’ve turned this into a superstar performance for me.” Simon Cowell said, “I have to be fair, and I’m going to agree with Paula.”
For his second song, Jason Castro sang “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Randy Jackson said, “Jason’s not in the zone tonight.” Paula Abdul said, “Obviously, it didn’t blow us away, but you blow me away.” Simon Cowell said, “Jason, I’d pack your suitcase.”
For his second song, David Archuleta sang “Love Me Tender.” Randy Jackson said, “Another great performance for you.” Paula Abdul said, “That was one of my favorite performances from you.” Simon Cowell said, “You didn’t beat the competition tonight. You crushed the competition.”
While Jason Castro could have had a shot with a couple spectacular performances, he stumbled on both of his songs. While his second song was better, he unfortunately forgot a couple of the lyrics of the song. Jason Castro is very likable and has a huge fan base, but it likely won’t be enough to save him this week. Then again, as Ryan Seacrest reminded viewers, “Remember this is the week where we lost Tamyra Gray and Daughtry because perhaps some people thought they were safe.”
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Who will win American Idol 7? Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul appeared on Larry King Live to discuss the season 7 finalists and Idol Gives Back. While Ryan Seacrest just joked that there would be a winner, Randy Jackson predicted a boy would win. Simon Cowell predicted, “It’ll be David versus David.”
In regards to David Cook, Randy Jackson said, “He’s definitely one of my favorites. I think he’s got a shot at winning the whole thing, this kid.” Simon Cowell said, “This is the guy I would actually choose to listen to on a personal level. Forget what I think about the business, I like this guy. I think he’s very good, my favorite.”
In regards to Carly Smithson, Simon Cowell said, “I’ll tell you the problem I have with Carly is I don’t think she knows who she is. I don’t think you can listen to a Carly song and go that’s who she is.” Paula Abdul said, “I think she picks songs that she thinks we’re going to approve of.”
In regards to Michael Johns, Randy Jackson said, “He’s a really talented guy. My problem with him is up until recently he’s been picking the wrong songs.” Simon Cowell said, “I like this guy. I think sometimes he’s a little bit like he’s auditioning for a spot as the lead singer in a rock band, and then he gets it right when he does the whole blues soul thing.”
In regards to Brooke White, Paula Abdul said, “She puts her heart and soul into every song. America really connects with her.” Ryan Seacrest said, “I like her. She doesn’t have a government. In other words, she gets on stage and she says what’s on her mind without thinking about it, without being too much of a politician.” Simon Cowell said, “Her problem is the last two weeks she’s been boring.”
In regards to David Archuleta, Randy Jackson said, “I think David’s really, really talented. He’s also one of the ones to beat.” Ryan Seacrest said, “Out of the gate, he was right up here, at the top of the crop, and it’s hard to maintain that each and every week.” Simon Cowell said, “He’s the one to beat, Larry. He really is the one to beat.”
In regards to Kristy Lee Cook, Simon Cowell said, “The odds of her winning are one million to one.” Randy Jackson said, “Yeah, I don’t think she’ll win, but she definitely could have a recording contract somewhere down the road.”
In regards to Jason Castro, Randy Jackson said, “Jason’s cool. I don’t think he’ll win either. I don’t think he’s got a shot at winning.” Simon Cowell said, “I think this guy is all about song choice. When he sang the Jeff Buckley song ‘Hallelujah,’ he was really good. The trouble is he turns up every week and he looks like he doesn’t care.”
In regards to Syesha Mercado, Randy Jackson said, “To me with her, I feel more like I’m looking at an actress/singer as opposed to just a singer.” Paula Abdul said, “I think she’s got a pretty, beautiful voice.” Simon Cowell said, “She’s never going to be incredible, that’s the problem.”
Simon Cowell also faked out Larry King by telling him that they had decided it would be the last year of American Idol. Cowell then laughed and revealed he was only kidding. Cowell said that they would be doing at least another two more years of Idol
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Lay off already, Simon! David Archuleta swears his latest song choice was his choice, and he’s stickin’ to it!
During this week’s performance, Simon Cowell made a comment that he’d “be surprised” to find that Archuleta’s song choice of John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice” was chosen by the young Idol singer himself. The comment was clearly a nod to recent rumors that Archuleta’s father, Jeff, is an ultra-tough “stage dad,” who ruleshis sonwith an iron fist.
Rumors contend thatJeffwas a tyrant when David was a contestant on Star Search — so much so that he was eventually banned from the lot. And, according to Star Search “sources,” the elder Archuleta even harassed his son’s Star Searchrival, Tiffany Evans (who eventually went on for the win over David).
But regardless of what people might be surmising, David insists that”You’re theVoice” isone of his “favoritesongs,” and he’s “confused” why there’s any speculation that he might not have chosen the song himself.
AmericanIdol airs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on FOX.
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During the American Idol semifinalists rounds, the judges raved over David Archuleta. After Archuleta sang “Imagine,” Randy Jackson called it one of the best vocals ever on Idol, Paula Abdul wanted to squeeze his head off and dangle him from her car rear view mirror, and Simon Cowell crowned him as the one to beat
It wasn’t only the judgeswho were singing David Archuleta’s praises. Many in the media also anointed Archuleta as the virtually guaranteed ultimate winner of American Idol 7. With such a stellar performance of “Imagine,” most were likely expecting another homerun for Archuleta during Beatles theme week.
However, during the American Idol top twelve performance show, the golden boy’s nerves got the better of him. With the highly prized final performance slot waiting for him, it looked like David Archuleta was set up for another knock out performance. Viewers at home were likely already anticipating Randy yelling “Dawg,” Paula exclaiming “You’re a star,” and Simon Cowell telling the other contestants they might as well pack it up and go home.
However, this time David Archuleta didn’t deliver. And we’re not talking just a couple slight pitch problems like last week, but possibly one of the worst performances in Idol finalist history. During his performance of “We Can Work It Out,” David Archuleta forgot the words to the song on multiple occasions and his vocals fell flat.
Instead of raving over the golden boy, the American Idol judges were not kind. Randy Jackson said it wasn’t on point, felt forced, and didn’t work for him. Paula Abdul said it wasn’t David’s best week and pointed out that he forgot the lyrics. Simon Cowell summed it up best by calling it “a mess.”
Could David Archuleta’s flub lead to one of the most shocking eliminations in American Idol history? Based on his incredible previous performances, it would be a real loss for the American Idol 7 competition if Archuleta was the first finalist to go home. Fortunately for Archuleta, he also had plenty of company in mangling the Beatles. Hopefully, viewers will take into consideration all of his performances to date and keep him around, but on Idol anything can happen.
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