American Idol winner David Cook will be releasing his first album this month and is playing his music to crowds of fans, but hesays that his life isn’t too different than it was before winning American Idol.
On November 1, American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook will appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. David Cook’s appearance will mark the earliest appearance post win/finale for any Idol who has appeared on the show.
American Idol winner, David Cook’s album release date has been set and it is just in time for the Christmas rush. The album will be released on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.
The Mercedes-Benz Summer Concert Series on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is returning. The Summer Concert Series will include a couple of performers with ties to reality television.
During the American Idol competition, an album by David Cook called “Analog Heart” surfaced on Amazon.com. When asked about his Analog Heart album, David Cook explained, “Analog Heart actually got released independently in May of ’06. I spent a good year just playing out and promoting that record as much as I could. So it got sold and a lot of people, thank God, bought the record. I think I ended up close to selling out like right before I came out. Then about midway through the season, I had to have the record pulled obviously for fairness issues in the show.”
In regards to the album showing up on Amazon.com, David Cook said, “I got it pulled offline and then somebody – I have no idea who – reposted it on Amazon. So while all that was going on, I was kind of at a loss. I had talked to Amazon about getting it pulled and there’s a bunch of mass confusion about it. I’m extremely appreciative of how well it did. I thought that was amazing that it went number one. Yes, I was certainly just kind of a pawn in that whole game.”
When asked about the release date and genre of his first post-American Idol album, David Cook said, “Well, the ideal release date is as soon as possible if you’re asking me, but obviously these things take time. As far as the type of record, it’ll probably be a rock record, but I think that’s a pretty vague generalization. I just want to make a record that’s going to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.”
Even though David Cook received much praise for his cover songs on American Idol, fans will be able to look forward to originals on his album. David Cook explained, “I just want to put out a record that’s going to be able to stand up on its own long after I’m gone and if I can do that, then I’m set. The covers were great, but I’m ready to get back into the creative process of writing songs and basically kind of baring my soul on these records, so I look forward to it.”
When asked if he might put an Andrew Lloyd Webber-ish type song on his album, David Cook replied, “Well I don’t see myself putting out a record of standards or anything like that. You know, for me I’ll probably end up putting out a rock record just because I feel like that’s the kind of music that I enjoy playing. You know, that was the exciting thing to me about the show. I loved knowing that there were things that I could do that people would never expect that I could do. You know, Andrew Lloyd Webber night was fun for me. I loved the fact that everybody was like, ‘What?’ I’m going to try to recreate that energy within this record. I want this record to have some twists and turns. I want people to feel like they got taken on a trip from beginning to end. I got my work cut out for me. It should be a lot of fun.”
When asked how it felt to so popular on YouTube and iTunes, David Cook said, “Well you know, it doesn’t feel bad. I can’t believe the level of support that has come out of my doing this crazy TV show. All I can do is try to embrace it and make all the effort people are putting in to supporting me worthwhile and that’s going to start with a record and hopefully moving down the road a tour and a lot of success, so the sky’s the limit right now.”
Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOX
American Idol just wouldn’t be American Idol without viewers talking about various conspiracy theories. Shocking eliminations, judges giving feedback on songs that haven’t been sung, and surprise winners have helped to fuel the fire of American Idol conspiracy theories.
Even though the American Idol judges seemed to be anointing David Archuleta as the winner during the American Idol 7 final performance show, it was David Cook who wound up the surprise winner in a landslide. Some fans have speculated that Simon Cowell was rough on David Cook, because he intentionally wanted to created a backlash that would drive more votes to David Cook. This conspiracy theory has been fueled by the fact that Simon Cowell winked at David Cook after criticizing him for making the wrong song choice on the finale.
When asked if Simon Cowell’s criticism helped push his fans to vote more, David Cook said, “Wow. That’s not a bad theory. I don’t know. You know, all I can hope is that it was based on my own merit. Regardless, I’m happy where I’m at. Simon’s blunt and he’s honest and that’s why they pay him the money that they pay him. The goal of the season for me was just to try to find some constructive criticism on what he was saying, which sometimes was a little tough, but that’s part of the show.”
Another popular American Idol conspiracy theory is that some contestants intentionally throw the competition because they are afraid they will be forced into putting out a pop album if they are the winner. When asked about the theory that it might be better not to win in order to keep rocker credibility, David Cook said, “Well, I mean obviously the theory’s there. Did it cross my mind at any point in the competition? I mean, sure, but only as an objective point. I think going into this with an idea that you don’t want to win I think is a huge slap in the face to the 103,000 people that auditioned this season that really wanted to win, so I definitely went into this to try to win it.”
David Cook continued, “As far as having more success by not being a winner, I think that’s something that’ll get played out hopefully in the next couple of years. I think Daughtry’s success is amazing. So for me like right now I’m not trying to be Daughtry. You know, I’m just trying to put out a solid record. Even if it doesn’t do well commercially, as long as I can say that I put out a record that I’m proud of, that’s the goal right now and hopefully if I can do that, then success will follow.”
After winning American Idol 7, David Cook broke down into tears. While the tears obviously looked like tears of happiness, some fans speculated that David Cook was upset about winning. In regards to the tears, David Cook explained, “Everybody talks about how towards the end I started crying a lot. Well, you know there was just a lot of intensity into the last few weeks as far as just what was at stake and all the work that had been put into it. I said in a lot of interviews yesterday the crying after I won was like an exhale. This whole experience has been about eight months, including auditions. I felt like that whole time I was just holding my breath. So to be able to breathe and to enjoy the moment was amazing.”
Why does David Cook think he won American Idol by 12 million votes? In the end, David Cook said, “You know, I think that number is actually really misleading. Obviously within the bubble of Idol, it’s hard to kind of get a vibe on what’s going on. I thought Archie was probably a little bit ahead of me if I’m being honest. I think as far as the finale goes, there’s a lot of conspiracy theories out there. I attribute the finale vote discrepancy just to my fans just being awesome. I don’t really know how else to explain it. You know, my hats off to Archie for the whole scenario. I mean, he handled himself with a lot of grace. More importantly, he’s just an amazing human being, so I was just honored to share the stage with him.”
Photo Credit: Reality TV Magazine
Even though the American Idol judges called the competition for David Archuleta during the finale performance show, it was David Cook who came out on top on American Idol 7. However, some fans on the American Idol message boards are already speculating that David Cook didn’t really want to win American Idol.
After Ryan Seacrest announced that David Cook was the winner of American Idol 2008, David Cook closed his eyes and leaned his head back. Some viewers took David Cook’s expression to look like he was thinking, “Oh no, I actually won this thing.” As David Cook hugged fellow finalist David Archuleta, his face showed no excitement over winning the competition. Was David Cook just showing respect for David Archuleta’s feelings or was he not happy about winning?
As Ryan Seacrest continued to talk, David Cook covered his face with his hands and wiped away tears. While most fans have interpreted those tears as tears of overwhelming joy, there are some fans who think they were tears of disappointment over winning. When David Cook’s brother joined him on stage, David Cook said, “This is all your fault. This is his fault.” Was David Cook joking or was he really blaming his brother for getting him involved in the show’s auditions?
In the past, it has often been suggested by fans that sometimes it’s better not to win American Idol, because the winners are thought to have less say in the type of CD that they initially put out. The example of Chris Daughtry’s success is often used to highlight the advantages of not winning American Idol. However, Carrie Underwood’s success can just as easily be pointed to as proof that winning American Idol is not a curse.
Photo Credit: Reality TV Magazine
On the American Idol 7 season finale results show, Ryan Seacrest announced that ninety-seven and a half million votes came in for the two finalists. Seacrest also added that one David received 56% of the vote, and the other David received 44% of the vote. In Kansas City, Missouri, Mikalah Gordon led a hometown celebration for David Cook. In Salt Lake City, Utah, Matt Rogers led a hometown celebration for David Archuleta.
For the first musical performance, the American Idol top twelve finalists performed “Get Ready.” After the top twelve performed, David Cook and David Archuleta sang a duet of “Hero.” In a video segment promoting Mike Myers’ new movie The Love Guru, the American Idol final two met with Guru Pitka.
After the Love Guru movie promo, Syesha Mercado and Seal sang a duet of “Waiting For You.” After the duet, Jason Castro performed “Hallelujah.” For the Ford music video, the American Idol finalists performed “Let The Good Times Roll.”
After the Ford music video, Ryan Seacrest presented the two Davids with keys to their own Ford Escape Hybrids. The American Idol top six female finalists performed hits of Donna Summers, and midway through Donna Summers herself joined in the performance.
After the Donna Summers’ performance, Carly Smithson and Michael Johns sang a duet of “The Letter.” In a comedy skit, Jimmy Kimmel said he valet parked outside and wanted to know how much he should tip Sanjaya. Kimmel also played a video of all the nasty things Simon Cowell had said this season placed to music. After Jimmy Kimmel’s segment, the American Idol top six male finalists performed hits of Bryan Adams, and midway through Bryan Adams himself joined the performance.
After the Bryan Adams’ performance, David Cook and ZZ Top performed “Sharp Dressed Man.” Brooke White and Graham Nash performed a duet of “Teach Your Children.” The Jonas Brothers performed their hit song “S.O.S.” After a video segment of some of the most unusual auditions, Renaldo Lapuz appeared live to sing “We Are Brothers Forever.”
After Renaldo Lapuz’s performance, One Republic and David Archuleta performed “Apologize.” American Idol 6 winner Jordin Sparks performed “One Step At A Time.” In a video segment, Gladys Knight and the Pips performed “Midnight Train To Georgia,” except the Pips were Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey, Jr. American Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood performed her hit song “Last Night.”
After Carrie Underwood’s performance, the American Idol top twelve finalists performed songs of George Michael. At the end, George Michael appeared and sang “Praying For Time.”
After George Michael’s performance, David Cook and David Archuleta appeared on center stage to hear the results. Simon Cowell said, “For the first time ever, I really don’t care who wins. I’ve thought you’ve both done terrific.” Ryan Seacrest announced, “The winner by twelve million votes of American Idol 2008 is David Cook.” After hugging David Archuleta, David Cook was overcome with emotion and had to wipe away the tears. David Cook said, “I started this season much to Simon’s chagrin as the word nerd, and I am absolutely at a loss for words right now, thank you.” To close out the finale, David Cook sang “Time Of My Life.”
Photo Credit: Reality TV Magazine
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.
Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOX
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