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American Idol 2008

UPDATED: Wednesday May 21, 2008

AMERICAN IDOL 7 FINALE

George Michael is reportedly set to perform at the 'American Idol' finale!

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe hinted that the 'biggest star in the world' was coming to the show, but refused to reveal who the artist would be, reports E! Online.
Reps for the show would not confirm Michael's appearance. Finalists David Cook and David Archuleta may perform Michael hits during the two-hour finale that will also include Carrie Underwood performing her new single, 'Last Name.'

David wins 'Idol'! But Which one?

American Idol Winner, DavidDavid Cook Wins Idol

On Wednesday the show began with both Davids dressed in fighting gear and boxing gloves presenting themselves to the Rocky theme song!  David and David had the opportunity once again to work with mentor Andrew Lloyd Weber helping to prepare them for the final competition along with Clive Davis who also chose one of the three songs they sang tonight.

Clive Davis’ Choice

DAVID COOK:  I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2 ~ I thought this was a bad choice on Clive Davis’ part.  This song had a three-note range and David is capable of doing something a bit more complex, especially at this point in the competition.  Although it wasn’t a fantastic song (and it should have been), David still rocked it!

DAVID ARCHULETA:  Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John ~ Now this was a perfect song choice for David Archuleta.   It kind of makes you wonder if the “choices” were intentional.  Or am I just getting paranoid?

Contestant’s New Song Choice

DAVID COOK:  Dream Day ~ I thought the song choice was just o.k.  It didn’t do much for me.  But David did the best with what he had. 
DAVID ARCHULETA:  In This Moment ~ This song sounded like it was written especially for David.  It was pure perfection.

Contestant’s Choice

DAVID COOK:  The World I Know  by Collective Soul ~ I found myself being distracted by other things in the room while David was doing this song, and I felt bad about it.  But I guess the only way to put it is although it was a beautiful song, and David did it well, it just did not mesmerize me in the way I had hoped it would.
DAVID ARCHULETA:  Imagine by John Lennon ~ When David announced this was his song choice I truly thought it was a bad decision.  I thought maybe he should have done something we haven’t heard him do before.  But as the judges said, David was definitely in the zone tonight, and not only did he sing it differently than he did the first time, if it is at all possible, he sang it even BETTER.   It truly couldn’t have been any more brilliant! 

The Davids (Archuleta and Cook) Lace Up Their Gloves For American Idol

David Archuleta and David Cook were ready-to-rumble during Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of “American Idol.”

Boxing announcer Michael Buffer introduced the final two contestants who wore their finest boxing gear, complete with robes and gloves.

Sony BMG executive Clive Davis selected the first round of songs.

David Cook, kicked off the show with U2’s "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," while
David Archuleta, who won the coin toss after last Wednesdays show and elected to perform second, came out swinging with "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."

The contestants selected the second round of songs from a list of the top 20 submissions for the "American Idol" songwriting competition.

Cook sang an up-beat song called "Dream Big," while
Archuleta sang a ballad more appropriate for the American Idol finale called, “In This Moment."

The contestants then selected a song of their choice for the third and final round.

Cook sang "The World I Know" by Collective Soul,
Archuleta sang "Imagine" by John Lennon.

Simon Cowell, who had gone into the show predicting David Cook would be the winner, called it a “knock-out” night for David Archuleta.

The fate of the two contestants was then left in the hands of the fans, depending, possibly, on how well they’d charged their cell phones.

The winner of the seventh season will be announced tonight.

 

Refferences: realitywanted.com, thecelebritycafe.com

Tuesday May, 20. 2008

2-Night Season Finale

It's all come down to this. The two Davids face off starting tonight 8/7c!

David A and David C are now the Top 2 (see their profiles below)

Tuesday May 20, 2008 and Wednesday May 21, 2008 will decide who will be the Next American Idol! Don’t miss it!!! Time: 8/7 C

It's all come down to this. The two Davids face off starting tonight 8/7 central!

Which of the Davids will win and be crowned the next American Idol? David Archuleta or David Cook? The cute one? Or the Rocker Dude? Be the first to find out Tonight and Tomorrow!!! Don’t forget to VOTE!

How to vote for American Idol?

For the Finale, voting will only take place at the end of every Tuesday night performance show. Rules and procedures are subject to change at producer's discretion without notice. Each contestant will be assigned his or her own toll-free number and text message short code number during the performance show. To vote, simply watch American Idol on FOX each week (see local listings for dates/times in your area) and dial the telephone number of the contestant for whom you wish to vote. Or, AT&T Mobility subscribers may text the word 'VOTE' to the 4 digit short code numbers promoted for each contestant. Only send the word 'VOTE' to the 4 digit short code numbers you see on screen, you cannot send a text message to the toll-free numbers. Voting will open at the end of each performance show. The lines will NOT be open before that.

David Archuleta

David Archuleta

David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American pop singer. He competed against David Cook on the American Idol Season Finale on May 20, 2008. At the age of twelve, Archuleta won the Junior Singers competition on Star Search.

Age: 17

Hometown: Murray, UT

Favorite Quote: "You'll never be lonely if you learn to befriend yourself."

Audition City: San Diego

Musical Influences: Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, Bryan Adams.

David Archuleta Singing

Performances and results (during voting weeks)

Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order #
Top 24 (12 Men) 1960s "Shop Around" The Miracles 6
Top 20 (10 Men) 1970s "Imagine" John Lennon 10
Top 16 (8 Men) 1980s "Another Day in Paradise" Phil Collins 2
Top 12 Lennon/McCartney "We Can Work It Out" The Beatles 12
Top 11 The Beatles "The Long and Winding Road" The Beatles 3
Top 10 Year They Were Born "You're the Voice" John Farnham 8
Top 9 Dolly Parton "Smoky Mountain Memories" Dolly Parton 6
Top 8 Inspirational Music "Angels" Robbie Williams 7
Top 7 Mariah Carey "When You Believe" Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston 1
Top 6 Andrew Lloyd Webber "Think of Me" The Phantom of the Opera 4
Top 5 Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"
"America"
Neil Diamond 4
9
Top 4 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "Stand by Me"
"Love Me Tender"
Ben E. King
Elvis Presley
4
8
Top 3 Judge's Choice (Paula Abdul)
Contestant's Choice
Producers' Choice
"And So It Goes"
"With You"
"Longer"
Billy Joel
Chris Brown
Dan Fogelberg
1
4
7
FINALE Clive Davis's Choice
Contestant's Choice New Song
Contestant's Choice
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
"In This Moment"
"Imagine"
Elton John
Written by Ryan Gillmor
John Lennon
2
4
6


David Cook

David Cook (American Idol 2008)

David Roland Cook (born December 20, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, and is a finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. He competed against David Archuleta in the American Idol season finale on Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

Age: 25

Hometown: Blue Springs, MO

Favorite Quote: "Pain don't hurt." - Patrick Swayze in "Roadhouse"

Audition City: Omaha

Musical Influences: Our Lady Peace, Big Wreck.

David Cook Singing

Performances and results (during voting weeks)

Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order #
Top 24 (12 Men) 1960s "Happy Together" The Turtles 3
Top 20 (10 Men) 1970s "All Right Now" Free 9
Top 16 (8 Men) 1980s "Hello" Lionel Richie 6
Top 12 Lennon/McCartney "Eleanor Rigby" The Beatles 6
Top 11 The Beatles "Day Tripper" The Beatles 6
Top 10 Year They Were Born "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson 10
Top 9 Dolly Parton "Little Sparrow" Dolly Parton 2
Top 8 Inspirational "Innocent" Our Lady Peace 5
Top 7 Mariah Carey "Always Be My Baby" Mariah Carey 6
Top 6 Andrew Lloyd Webber "The Music of the Night" The Phantom of the Opera 6
Top 5 Neil Diamond "I'm Alive"
"All I Really Need Is You"
Neil Diamond 2
7
Top 4 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "Hungry Like the Wolf"
"Baba O'Riley"
Duran Duran
The Who
1
5
Top 3 Judge's Choice (Simon Cowell)
Contestant's Choice
Producer's Choice
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
"Dare You to Move"
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Roberta Flack
Switchfoot
Aerosmith
3
6
9
FINALE Clive Davis's Choice
Contestant's Choice New Song
Contestant's Choice
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
"Dream Big"
"The World I Know"
U2
written by Amy Shackleton
Collective Soul
1
3
5


Voting Tips

Every week, millions of votes are cast for American Idol contestants. As the season progresses and the demand for voting increases week after week, it can get more difficult to get through right away on the toll-free phone lines. The tips below will help American Idol viewers have the best opportunity to vote for their favorite contestant. Follow these tips for successful voting:

1. Call during non-peak periods.
Voting lines are open for two hours following each American Idol broadcast. The highest call volumes for toll-free telephone voting generally occur within the first 30-45 minutes after the show ends and this is the time when viewers are most likely to get a busy signal. Waiting for non-peak times, such as the second hour of voting, increases your chances of successfully voting for your favorite American Idol contestants via the toll-free numbers.

2. Use a cell phone to call.
Try calling from a cell phone if you cannot get through using a land line -- and vice versa. Both land lines and cell phone systems will experience line congestion, especially during peak periods, but try both if you can. Cell minutes will be used even though the call is toll-free.

3. Vote via text message.
AT&T Mobility subscribers can, of course, send the word 'VOTE' to the 4 digit number that corresponds to their contestant of choice (e.g., 5701, 5702, etc). Standard text messaging rates will apply depending on your wireless plan. If you are not an AT&T Mobility subscriber, you will not be able to vote via text message, so follow the tips above for calling the toll-free numbers.

4. Be patient!!
Remember, there are millions of people also trying to vote at the same time, so if you can't get through, keep trying and you will be able to cast your vote eventually.

About the Davids!

David Archuleta

Early life

David Archuleta was born in Miami, Florida to James Jeffrey Archuleta and Lupe Marie Archuleta. He has three younger siblings, Amber, Daniel and Jazzy, and an older sister, Claudia. Archuleta's family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when Archuleta was thirteen and currently lives in Murray, Utah, where Archuleta is a student at Murray High School. The only regular job he has had was over the summer of 2007 as a sound "techie" at a park amphitheater. He once suffered partial vocal paralysis but refrained from risky surgery and feels he is almost fully recovered.

Archuleta started singing when he was six because he was inspired by a Les Misérables video. "That musical is what started all of this," he said. He started performing publicly at ten years old when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition singing "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton; he received a standing ovation, and won the kid division.

Musical influences

Archuleta's mother is from Honduras, and much of the music he listened to as a child, according to an interview aired on American Idol, was Latin-influenced. She also "was big on dancing" according to Archuleta, and would "make" him dance to traditional music with his older sister. He also listened to jazz music, he said, from his father's collection as well as gospel, pop, rock and "soulful music."In a later interview he also revealed that his dad was a jazz musician. Archuleta also enjoys Broadway musicals.

On his American Idol "Fast Facts" page, Archuleta cites his musical influences as Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin and Bryan Adams. When asked to list his top pop artists, he cites Natasha Bedingfield, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, Kirk Franklin, and Robbie Williams. He also cites Tamyra Gray and Elliott Yamin as his favorite former American Idol contestants. Like Yamin and another singer he admires, John Mayer, Archuleta aspires to infuse his pop selections with a soulful vibe.

Star Search

In 2003, at the age of 12, Archuleta sang on several episodes of the television show Star Search. He ended up as the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. On one episode, he sang against then 13-year-old Alexandréa Lushington, who also became a "top 20" semi-finalist on American Idol alongside Archuleta. Archuleta's competing on Star Search led to appearances on The Jenny Jones Show and CBS' The Early Show, and meeting the finalists from American Idol's first season, for whom he performed a spontaneous a cappella rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls.

Controversy with Father

After the performance of "We Can Work It Out," which judge Simon Cowell called "a mess," Entertainment Tonight reported that Archuleta was feeling pressure from his father, Jeff Archuleta, who "reportedly yelled at" his son after a recording session the previous night. Naomi Judd, who was a judge while David was on Star Search, called Jeff the "worst stage dad" on the Today show, and said that as a measure against Jeff's meddling he had had to be sequestered away in a security booth. Judd also announced to the audience that Jeff should "leave [David] alone." In the same interview, however, the Today show hosts stated that American Idol contestant Chikezie, who was Archuleta's roommate, did not see Archuleta's father interfering with him much at all. Jeff Archuleta, in an interview with Us Magazine, denied the claim he had yelled at David. However, a May 2008 Associated Press article reported that Jeff Archuleta had his son add lyrics of another song into a rendition of "Stand by Me", increasing the costs for licensing, and that this had resulted in Jeff's being banned from remaining American Idol rehearsals.

David Cook

Early life

Cook was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Blue Springs, Missouri. Cook's interest in music began early in life; he received his first guitar at the age of 2. He began singing in second grade, when his elementary school music teacher gave him a solo in a school choir performance. He proceeded to perform in virtually every Christmas and PTA program. He also participated in choir and drama programs in middle school and high school. At Blue Springs South High School, he performed in musicals, including The Music Man, West Side Story, and Singin' in the Rain. He had also been an avid baseball player during high school. After losing interest in sports, he focused more on music. He earned a theater scholarship to the University of Central Missouri, but he abandoned theater after two semesters, graduating from the school in 2006 with a degree in graphic design. While in college, he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. After his college graduation, he relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma to pursue his career in music, telling his family, "I just want to give myself until I'm 26 years old to get a job."

Musical background

Cook was the lead singer and guitarist of the band Axium from 1999 until 2006. He formed Axium in his junior year of high school with drummer Bobby Kerr. One of the band's songs, "Hold," was picked up by AMC Theatres Movie Tunes and was played before previews on over 20,000 screens nationwide. Axium was also named one of the top 15 independent bands in the country in the "Got Milk?" independent band contest, and it was chosen as the best band in Kansas City in 2004.

In 2006, after the breakup of Axium, Cook relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and joined the regional touring band Midwest Kings, playing guitar, bass, and singing backup vocals. He recorded one EP, Incoherent with Desire to Move On, with the band in 2006. He also worked as a bartender at several Tulsa clubs, including Blank Slate and Rehab Lounge.

Cook released a solo independent album, Analog Heart, in 2006, the year he graduated from the college. It was written from 2004 to 2006, and he designed the artwork as well. The album was chosen as the fourth-best CD released in 2006 by website Music Equals Life. Cook also won the Urban Tulsa Weekly's "Absolute Best of Tulsa" award for "Best Locally Produced, Independent Album" in 2007. He had completed recording his sophomore album before his appearance on American Idol. Over the weekend of April 18 to April 20, 2008, Analog Heart was listed as the number one album for "Today's Top MP3 Albums" on Amazon.com. Soon there after, the album was removed from Amazon.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR! The Winner of American Idol 2008!!!

David Archuleta and David Cook Together American Idol 2008

Who is the winner of American Idol 2008?

If you would like to be one of the first to know who wins! Come back here tomorrow where we will place an update on the winner!!!

May be best singer win!!! By the way, usually, the best singer ends up second! So maybe this year, each idol contestant is rooting for the other guy!

Who will win the battle of the Davids? The final two perform tonight on "Idol"

David Archuleta is surprisingly reminiscent of “Lonely Boy” era Paul Anka -- and is the favourite to win by far, but will David Cook, the master of the grunge wail, pull off an upset?

In Canada, “American Idol” airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CTV, and the winner will be revealed on Wednesday night at the end of a two-hour “Idol” finale, also at 8.

Refferences:

This article was composed useing information and text directly from Fox.com CTV.ca and Wikipedia.com

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