No. 54: David Cook Beats David Archuleta On “American Idol”

The long-term effect of “The Rocker” beating “The Really Sweet Kid Who Is Nevertheless Possibly Controlled Via Wires by His Incredibly Creepy Father” on American Idol last May is probably minute to negligible; at this point, no one’s going to confuse Idol for a “star maker” of any real sort. (Never mind Taylor Hicks’ travails; third-place finisher Syesha did a single with Boney James, for Pete’s sake.) As for the show itself, the whispers wondering how long it can last have been getting louder and louder. (Maybe we’ve just tapped all the singing talent in America already—has anyone considered that?) At this point, though, David Cook’s victory may be most memorable for inspiring this clip:

If there was a bright spot to the season (and the use of “bright” here is a stretch), it’s that Cook’s slightly more palatable choice in songs (Switchfoot, Chris Cornell’s interpretation of “Billie Jean”) might erase the deep stink of deep-catalog easy-listening choices from the show’s musical selections. (“Andrew Lloyd Webber Week”?) The question that remains this year: Can the judges (even with former Platinum Weird participant Kara DioGuardi on the dais) appreciate pop music of a more recent vintage, instead of the big Whitney Houston sounds they seem to prefer? In the end, Cook’s win over Archuleta seems like a mild victory for current popular music, despite (or because of?) Cook’s Hinderesque leanings. Maybe by the time the new season rolls around, the girls above will have forgiven the cruelty of the process.

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  • Anonymous

    oh dear lord, how did I never see that clip? That was amazing. Easily the second greatest thing american idol has ever been responsible for (behind Kelly Clarkson, obviously).

  • silkyjumbo

    this video is gold.

  • Ned Raggett

    Girl in orange is my hero. No way you can plan in advance to gape that perfectly.

  • Anonymous

    amazing. and yet, one of these girls will goth out within the next year.

  • joshuaryan

    I’ve been having a pretty shitty day and this…well…it made things a little better. Thank you.

  • Rock You Like An Iracane

    And now, they’re Paramore fans, all six of ‘em.

  • Tenno

    The girl in orange is such win: from her perfect ‘O’ of shock and horror to her slow, train wreck viewing turn to regard her peers.

    Gentlemen! Ladies! May I present to you, a bitter child!

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  • Anonymous

    David Archuleta will always be our American Idol. He is every thing that an Idol stands for. I love that video of the the girls watched it many times. But they can rest a sure that it was better that David Archuleta didn’t win. David will rise above and end on top.

  • Anonymous

    first thing in the morning, i’m removing all the TVs from the house. no way i’ll let my 2 year old daughter grow up in the shadow of this. wow.

    are you kidding me?


    did make me laugh a little on the inside.

    it’s like someone stuck firecrackers in their bratz dolls or something.

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