On the American Idol final three performance show, David Archuleta, Syesha Mercado, and David Cook performed three songs each. To kick off the show, the finalists performed a song selected by the judges. David Archuleta sang “And So It Goes,” which was chosen by Paula Abdul. Randy Jackson said, “You are in the zone. You are in it to win it, baby.” Paula Abdul said, “Tonight, I really felt that you were a storyteller.” Simon Cowell said, “It was good. I don’t think it was outstanding.”
Syesha Mercado sang “If I Ain’t Got You,” which was chosen by Randy Jackson. Randy Jackson said, “You did an amazing job on it.” Paula Abdul said, “I’m very proud that you are the last lady standing there.” Simon Cowell said, “I have to say you sang that very well, Syesha.”
David Cook sang “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” which was selected by Simon Cowell. Randy Jackson said, “I needed more rock from it.” Paula Abdul said, “That is one of my favorite songs, and now you’re the second favorite person who sings it.” Simon Cowell said, “Round one goes to Cook and Cowell.”
For their second song, the finalists sang a song that they selected themselves. David Archuleta sang “Without You.” Randy Jackson said, “I’m not sure that was the right song.” Paula Abdul said, “I really think that you should be singing songs like this.” Simon Cowell said, “It was a little bit like a Chihuahua trying to be a tiger.”
Syesha Mercado sang “Fever.” Randy Jackson said, “You sang it amazingly well.” Paula Abdul said, “I’m not sure that it shows me who Syesha is as an artist.” Simon Cowell said, “You did quite a lame cabaret performance.”
David Cook sang “Dare You To Move.” Randy Jackson said, “Performance-wise, let me just say it wasn’t your best tonight.” Paula Abdul said, “I feel like you just got to the beginning when it hit the end of the song, and I wanted more.” Simon Cowell said, “I think all three of you had an ok middle round.”
For their last song, the finalists sang a song selected by the producers. David Archuleta sang “Longer.” Randy Jackson said, “It was another hot one from you.” Paula Abdul said, “It was a lovely performance, David.” Simon Cowell said, “Look David, I’m not going to criticize you, because I think you sang the song very well. However, I thought the song and the lyrics was absolutely horrible.”
Syesha Mercado sang “Hit Me Up.” Randy Jackson said, “It was just ok for me.” Paula Abdul said, “As much as I liked it, I don’t know if it’s the type of song that defines you.” Simon Cowell said, “It didn’t give you the defining moment that I would have liked at the end of this show.”
David Cook sang “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Randy Jackson said, “For me, I love the song, it was ok for me.” Paula Abdul said, “David, see you in the finals, that’s what I predict.” Simon Cowell said, “I have to tell you, David Cook wins the night.”
Which two finalists will make it through to the American Idol finale? With Simon Cowell declaring him the winner of the night, David Cook is almost certain to make the finale. It’s not looking good for Syesha Mercado, because even Paula Abdul indicated that her performances likely weren’t good enough to get her into the finals of American Idol. However, there is a chance that Syesha Mercado could pull off an upset over David Archuleta, who didn’t have a particularly good night either.
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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.
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American Idol’s David Cook made the rounds while on his hometown whirlwind tour last Friday. But it was during stop #1–an interview with Fox affiliate WDAF 4–that David gave a nod (and a name!) to his fan club.
Taking a moment to be silly during the lengthy interview, the Fox 4 Morning News anchors suggested that David’s fan club needed a name. They even had signs drawn up with several choices for David to choose from:
*Always Cook (made to look like the Coca Cola symbol)
*Cook’s Crew (drawn into a retro-looking cassette tape)
*David is My Guitar Hero
David chuckles over the choices, and chooses Cook’s Crew, because he likes the retro look of the cassette tape.
After naming his Crew, the silliness continued as David took a shot at being a weatherman, standing in front of the weather screen and giving the forecast for the day.
From the looks of things during David’s concerts on Friday, I’d say most of his young female KC fans would’ve picked Hometown Hottie. But I’m sure they’ll take a spot on the “Crew” as well.
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Kansas City’s got Cook Fever, as American Idol’s David Cook made multiple appearances around the area Friday for filming of hometown visit footage for this week’s show. David began his morning Friday by sitting for multiple interviews with radio and TV stations in the area, and then capped it off with a free concert in the newly-constructed Kansas City Power & Light District.
The entertainment area was packed with fans of all shapes and sizes, from babies propped on parents’ shoulders to business people taking an early lunch break to, of course, screaming teens of all ages. Fox news was on hand to pass out “David Cook Rocks” signs, while The Examiner handed out free copies of a special David Cook edition of the paper. There were even “Support David Cook” candy bars floating around the crowd freely.
American Idol producers took the stage to greet the crowd and introduce themselves (as if the giant cameras and mikes weren’t enough to give it away) and to whip the audience into a frenzy. Wasn’t hard to do. Every time the door behind the stage opened, the crowd went wild, screaming and holding up various signs in hopes of seeing David.
Before too long, to chants of “Da-vid Cook! Da-vid Cook!” Mix 93.3′s DJ, “Rocket,” took the stage to introduce City Councilwoman Jan Marcason, who was there to declare the day David Cook Day. Councilwoman Marcason stepped up to the mike and asked everyone to pay attention to the big screen over her head. On the screen popped up the image of Missouri Governor, Matt Blunt, and his wife, who urged the crowd to make donations to fight cancer (David’s brother, Adam, as fans know, is suffering from brain cancer). Then the governor whipped out the “official proclamation”–May 9th is David Cook Day Missouri-wide!
With no further ado, Councilwoman Marcason and Rocket introduced David Cook and the crowd went WILD as he stepped out onto the stage, carrying his guitar and smiling from ear to ear. He held the proclamation in the air triumphantly and mugged for the crowd and the cameras.
After the crowd calmed down some, David stepped up to the mike. “Good Lord, guys! That was AWESOME!” he said. Then he joked, “What are you here for?” After thanking the crowd profusely for their support, he jumped right into a mini-concert.
First, David sang his audition song, Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer (Holy cow! He sounds amazing! Dare I say, his voice is smoother in person than on the show!), as the crowd cheered their heads off. His second, and final, song was the version of Mariah Carey’s Always Be My Baby that he sang two weeks ago in the competition. As he took his bow, the crowd launched a hail of candy to the stage.
The concert was over, but David wasn’t done yet. He left, weaving through the crowd, surrounded by body guards and American Idol film crews, as fans pressed in on him trying to touch him, give him gifts, and get up-close pictures of him. David graciously obliged, talking to his fans and reminding us why we love him so much.
David comes off as genuine and down-to-earth as he appears on TV (for you critics who think he’s aloof… no way! This guy is just completely in awe of the stardom he’s stumbled upon!) and his fans are ravenous. If Kansas City fans have anything to say about it, this guy is going to go all the way!
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As part of American Idol finalist David Cook’s whirlwind tour through his hometown of Kansas City today, David sat for a lengthy interview with Fox affiliate WDAF Fox 4′s Morning News at 7:30 AM. During the interview, David revealed his song choice for next week’s performance program!
Next week, the Idols will each be singing three songs, at least one of them chosen by the judges and at least one other chosen by the Idols themselves.
When asked about next week’s three-song program, David revealed that the song he chose to perform is The World I Know by Collective Soul. David indicated that he planned to spin it a tad to suit his personal style, but chose this song because, “it’s kind of mellow.”
Later, during the interview, David received a text message on his phone from Simon Cowell. The message revealed that the song Simon chose for David to sing next week would be The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. David laughed and said, “How do I thank Simon for this?”
Will David’s spin on these songs be enough to carry him past next week or will the judges criticize him for being in a funk again, as they did last week? When asked about last week’s performance, David responded, “It was just one of those days that you have sometimes. You wake up and it’s just kinda blah, you know? But I was lucky and I refuse to not acknowledge luck in this whole process.”
As for David’s third song? It’s still a mystery–if David knows, he’s not telling.
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It’s a chilly and rainy day in Kansas City today, but nothing is going to rain on our parade, as our favorite hometown Idol is breezing through town on a whirlwind tour, Idol cameras at the ready.
David Cook, a Blue Springs, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City) native and one of the final three American Idols left in the competition, will be appearing throughout Kansas City today, followed by American Idol cameras and thousands of screaming fans.
A helicopter awaited David this morning, bright and early at about 7:00 AM, and hovered above David’s limousine and entourage as he made his way from hotel to local Fox affiliate station, WDAF, for an interview with Fox 4′s morning news. That’s just the beginning of a crazy Cook-filled day, which will include an announcement from a Kansas City councilwoman that May 9th is officially David Cook Day in Kansas City!
David’s itinerary for the day:
7:30 AM: Interview with Fox 4′s Morning News.
11:15 AM: Free mini-concert at the Kansas City Power & Light District (this is a newly-constructed entertainment district that David has not yet seen!). A City Council official will declare it David Cook Day and, after a few words to the crowd, David will give a free concert!
3:30 PM: Parade through Blue Springs, Missouri (David’s hometown).
4:00 PM: Concert at David’s old high school–Blue Springs South (yes, all 10,000 tickets have been given out)
7:10 PM: David will perform at the Kansas City Royals baseball game. Rumor has it David will sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, throw out the first pitch, and maybe even give a play-by-play commentary for a portion of the game.
After visiting with family and friends (and being officially cheered on by a gazillion American Idol fans), it’s back to Hollywood for David Cook, and back to work.
Catch American Idol Tuesday at 8:00 PM (ET) on Fox.
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Some would say that American Idol fans are the most loyal fans out there. This season, one Idol fan is counting on that loyal support to help bring contestant David Cook’s brother back to the Idol theater to catch the finale performance.
Cathy Wood of New York has created a website, HelpBringAdamBack.com, in the hopes that caring Idol fans will donate money to get Cook’s brother, Adam, from his home in Indiana to the performance in California. As fans know, Adam has brain cancer, and the cost of a flight equipped with all the necessary medical supplies is upwards of $80,000. Wood is hoping that fans can offset that cost and, if the doc gives the okay, Adam will be there to cheer on his brother, should David make it to the final two.
According to the website, Wood was inspired with the idea when reports on the American Idol Community Board got reports that after Adam’s March visit to LA to watch his brother perform,” he had done a 180 degree turn from where he had been the week before.”
“I thought it would be a nice gesture if fans could start a fund to bring Adam back,” Wood says on the website’s homepage. “And many people on the American Idol Community message board agreed, and have already contributed to the fund.”
David has paid tribute to his brother throughout the season. The initials “AC” on his guitar stand for Adam Cook, and his change of Mariah Carey lyrics from “We will linger on” to “You will linger on” was also reportedly aimed at supporting Adam.
Wood has set up an account at Old National Bank in Indianapolis, Indiana, where fans can donate money to pay for a flight from Adam’s hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana to California. In the event that David should not make it to the final two, the money will simply go to Adam himself to help offset medical expenses related to his cancer.
Update: Boston-based Idol fan Jamie Silver has created David Cook Rocks bracelets to help support Cathy Wood’s cause. Half of the proceeds from the bracelets will go toward the effort to bring Adam to the American Idol finale; the other half will go to The American Brain Tumor Association.
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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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It was a traumatic week for American Idol finalist David Cook. First, a big controversy broke out over if he had properly credited the source of some of the song arrangements that he performed on American Idol. Then, he was rushed to the hospital for heart palpitations and high blood pressure after his American Idol performance of Dolly Parton’s “Little Sparrow.”
However, things now appear to be looking up for David Cook. An American Idol producer and a former finalist have both spoken out in regards to Cook’s health situation, and it turns out things might not have been as serious as some in the media made it out to be.
American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe vehemently denied reports that David Cook didn’t feel like giving his performance during the show. Lythgoe explained, “He had heart palpitations and high blood pressure towards the end of the show. He went to Cedars-Sinai, where he saw a private doctor, and he was given some medication to lower his blood pressure, and then returned to the hotel shortly afterwards.”
When asked if the pressure of Idol might have overcome David Cook, recently eliminated American Idol finalist Ramiele Malubay replied, “Well, I’m not sure. He had clearly announced that he had high blood pressure, but he was fine. He went to the hospital and he’s fine. And everybody goes about things totally different and we all break down in totally different ways. So I believe that my breakdown was crying every week for everyone leaving. That’s how I handled the pressure, just letting it all out.”
Not only is David Cook doing fine after his hospital visit, but it appears that the band Doxology is pleased with the credit he gave them during his sit down with Ryan Seacrest on the top nine performance show. In a statement from Doxology front man Luke McPherson, he said, “Re-imagining the Beatles is always tough. We worked very hard to do it in a fresh and new way. The band and I were thrilled to hear the mention tonight. We have to give a lot of credit to the folks at 19 Entertainment, and American Idol for working with our management; their mutual commitment to fix this issue was great; the support throughout has been amazing. And, most important we gotta give David Cook massive props. We all just wanted the same thing here, and that was simply to ‘right’ the situation from a few weeks back. David did that on Idol tonight and we thank him for that. Now, we’re excited to just move on and continue recording the new album we are working on.”
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The American Idol judges have praised David Cook over recent weeks for his risk taking song arrangements. However, controversy has brewed on American Idol message boards and blogs as some viewers felt that David Cook didn’t do enough to credit the artists who had originally created the arrangements.
Before David Cook performed “Billie Jean,” Ryan Seacrest credited the version being performed to Chris Cornell. However, some viewers didn’t hear Seacrest’s credit, and they took offense at David Cook not pointing it out when the American Idol judges heaped praise on him for his originality. Before David Cook performed “Day Tripper,” he specifically mentioned that he had found a version that Whitesnake had done.
However, the biggest controversy swirled around David Cook’s performance of “Eleanor Rigby.” There was no mention on the American Idol show of where the arrangement originated. The band Doxology put out a press release pointing out that it was their arrangement that David Cook used and asking that they be credited on American Idol.
On the American Idol top 9 performance show, David Cook subtly addressed the controversy over the arrangements of some his recent songs. In a sit down with Ryan Seacrest, David Cook was asked how he had chosen his arrangements. Cook responded, “I’ve actually been really fortunate. Throughout this whole process, I’ve tried to find arrangements that fit me, and in most cases, I’ve been able to find them online.”
David Cook pointed out that the “Eleanor Rigby” arrangement was a combination of a Doxology version and a Neal ZaZa version, that the “Day Tripper” arrangement was by Whitesnake, and that the “Billie Jean” arrangement was by Chris Cornell. For David Cook’s Dolly Parton week performance, he revealed that he was going to do his own arrangement of “Little Sparrow.” The “Little Sparrow” performance as well as Cook’s new haircut won praise from the judges.
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