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Thursday, May 22, 2008

wow, who knew?

Apparently Simon did. After waiting and suffering through the two-hour finale of "American Idol," it was finally announced. (At approximately 8:59 p.m., of course -- seriously, how many washed-up musicians can you pack in one show? Did they get a two-for-one deal?) David Cook has been named the new American Idol.

When metrosexual king Ryan Seacrest announced the winner had won by nearly 12 million votes, I thought for sure it was going to be David Archuleta. But to my surprise and delight -- and many others across the nation -- Mr. Cook took the crown. While I predicted it was going to be Archuleta and was still thinking it would be at 8:57 p.m., one person seemed to have known who the winner would be.

Simon Cowell, spawn of Satan, took the final minutes before the big announcement to "apologize" to Cook for calling Tuesday's night performance a landslide win for Archuleta. He then explained that he no longer thought it was as close of a race as he had predicted and was sorry for being rude and disrespectful. (Everyone all together now: "Awwww.") Just when America thought Simon might actually have a soul, Cook was named the chosen one and everyone's left scratching their heads. "Did Simon know? Was he trying a last-ditch effort to save face? Is Simon a psychic for Miss Cleo?," America asked itself, while being fat and inactive.

No one truly knows, but Simon does have some explaining to do. Clearly having just denounced Cook as being the obvious loser, Simon was in jeopardy of losing his already flailing judging credibility or being a shameless promoter of how marketable Archuleta would be as an Idol. Which is worse to the Englishman? Who knows? But either way, he should be ashamed of himself for trying to take the high road. Silly Simon, Trix are for kids.

The point is, David Cook proves "American Idol" does look for a true performer -- one who has the talent, can work the crowd and actually talk when spoken to. And that almost makes up for the fact they made me sit through a ZZ Top and George Michael performance. Actually, no, it doesn't even come close. Shame on you, "American Idol."

-- Sara Boyd,

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I'm glad you brought this up. Right when Simon did that whole thing with Cook, you knew he had already seen the results. There was no other reason for him to do that.

Although neither David is going to be a superstar, I imagine Cook has the better chance to be marketable. Archie has a Clay Aiken career coming to him, which isn't bad but not great.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 8:38 PM  

Agreed on Archuleta. He has no chance to be a big star. He's just too lanky and awkward.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 8:47 PM  

Uh....Archuleta isn't lanky????? Awkward, I'll give you. The guy looked like he was going to cry anytime somebody talked to him. It got really annoying.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 8:48 PM  

Glad to see some AI talk on here. You know what's funny? I actually think Mercado would have been the best winner out of all of these. She had the look and the voice and really seemed to improve as the weeks went on. It will be interesting to see what kind of record contract she gets, and if she has a chance.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 8:52 PM  

Although this season's finale had record-breaking votes, I thought overall the seventh season was the weakest. I don't think any of these people have the Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson vibe to them. Not even close. The AI dynasty is not over, but you can tell it's not what it once was. I give it three to four more seasons.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 8:55 PM  

It was a mistake for Arhculeta to sing "Imagine" a second time. He did another wonderful job, but it seemed to be one of those, "I'm scared to try something and I'm going to go to the well again" moments.

I still say AI didn't, and wouldn't, let Archuleta win. Not a guy who's going to sell a ton of CDs.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 8:57 PM  

Paula was a little over the top when George Michael performed. She couldn't stop crying. Hey Paula, I can promise you he isn't going to be interested.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 9:07 PM  

You've got to admit that Paula doesn't provide much, but she's enterataing on live TV. It's like Forrest Gump and a box of choclate. You never know what you're going to get.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 9:10 PM  

This whole season left me annoyed. I didn't like any of them.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 9:11 PM  


I hated that performance of George Michael, too.

The other guy from WHAM!

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 9:12 PM  

Other than Season 2, when Studdard won, this will be the least successful winner to come out of this show. The Velvet Teddy Bear was awesome, but he just didn't hit it big-time. Fantasha at least had a movie made about her, and she may have appeared on Broadway. Aiken once played at Fox Cities Stadium, and he couldn't even fill that up. Although he didn't really win the season so he doesn't count.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:08 PM  

I thought Carrie Underwood was awesome last night!!!!!!! Clarkson has been the most successful of all winners, but Carrie is my favorite!!!!! I hope she comes back to Green Bay soon. I've seen her twice now.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:10 PM  

If you were to rank the best to come out of the show it would be

1. Kelly
2. Carrie

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:15 PM  

Is anybody going to the AI show at the Resch in September?

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:16 PM  

Nope. I've never gone to one and never will. I did see Jennifer Hudson at Bay Park when they were here a few years back. She was really nice. I would never have guessed she would win an Oscar. I wish I would have gotten my picture taken with her.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:22 PM  

I wish I would have gotten pictures with Paula.

Corey Clark

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:24 PM  

Just as long as there isn't any pictures of Frenchie, folks.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:27 PM  

She did have a great voice, though.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:27 PM  

My family and I have been to all the American Idol shows that have been here. I'm hoping the kids forget about it this year.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:31 PM  

I hated that performace of George Michael, too.

The guy in the next stall

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 22, 2008 at 10:34 PM  

Maybe Simon apologized because he thought Cook was going to lose, and wanted him to feel something?

Everyone I talked with assumed Cook would win. He & Syesha were as close to the total package as anyone could be. Archuleta was lacking - a lot.

George Michael was just creepy. Why he got a standing o from anyone was about the oddest part of the evening, other than poser "Pip" who left the stage and came back with his pants down around his ankles. Not needed, and not funny. Maybe he was pretending to be George Michael?

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 23, 2008 at 9:27 PM  

Great takes. But I still think Simon HAD to know.

Guess I was the only one who though Archie would be the winner.

Great call on, George Michael. He was CREEPY!

By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 31, 2008 at 4:08 PM  

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