I actually posted something similar to this two years ago and left my old blog hanging with a post that pretty much contains a recap of last year’s Idol finale that it seems unfair, as much as how corny it may seem, to not post this thing yet again in my blog. Particularly because I think that American Idol season 7 is hands down the best season of the show so far. This is also the first time ever the one that I was rooting for made it to the grand finale, not to mention was crowned the winner of the competition. And that guy was David Cook.
While David Cook pretty much started this season with Simon bickering at him being a word nerd, I sort of missed most of the early episodes of the show. It was when the top twelve performed that I started to follow the season attentively and I did not miss a single episode afterwards although I always happened to only be able to catch the last rerun which is at 10.30 pm every Wednesday and Thursday night. And among the top twelve performances, I thought it was easy to spot the dark horse of the show, David Cook singing Eleanor Rigby was awesome. And seeing him performing Billie Jean pretty much brought me into believing that this guy is the one to beat and that I hoped that he will be: He’s got the voice (I love it every time he hits the money notes, those unbelievably high notes), I like the fact that he’s originally a rocker, he brings cool arrangements (although sometimes he ripped them off from some other musicians), and he knows when to sing a song as it is i.e. Music of the Night. I like the way that he saw the competition as a progression and the fact that he progressed every week (not to mention the fantastic physical makeover – Gosh, look how good looking this show have turned him into), he’s one the most sincere contestants I’ve ever seen, and it doesn’t hurt that he keeps on singing some of my favorite songs i.e. Always be my baby, Music of the Night, Baba O’ Reilly, and The World I Know.
I was pretty much clinging to a hope that finally my favorite would win the show until I witnessed the way Simon was butchering Cook the night when the top two performed, calling it a knockout, which made me pretty upset and sort of quit expecting that DC would steal the title. I left home the next morning to work feeling uneasy because I only got to see the first half an hour of the live result show from TV. Luckily, I have a lot of friends who are also looking forward for the result show. Some of them who were lucky enough to watch it live from home were giving me live report via YM. One of them graciously gave me this link for the result show live streaming. And I did not touch the link until all my friends told me that the winner of American Idol 2008 was about to be announced after the break. I then opened the link and sat there with my earphones on, heart pumping – no, seriously. It was the scene when that guy from telescope congratulated America for once again smashing the world record with 97.5 mills votes and gave the envelope to Ryan Seacrest. And the rest is history.
Ryan: “The winner, by 12 million votes, of American Idol 2008 is David….COOK!”
I came into a huge shock and was not believing what I just heard. I was brought back into reality with a lot of sudden YM and Gtalk window pop ups in my computer screen, everyone went hysterical, especially the ones who are really rooting for Cook from the beginning, and it was all live baby. I had my mom and my best friend (who is also rooting for Cook) calling me and telling me this good news that I already knew. The funny thing is that my former manager at work (if you ever read this, you know who you are) even buzzed me via MSN congratulated me that David Cook won cause she knew that I was rooting for the guy. That was just hilarious. David Cook WON the idol. I did not see it coming at all and it was just a pleasant surprise and what had become more pleasant than the surprise itself was seeing David Cook shared the spotlight with the other finalists and graciously applaud Archuleta in his winning moment. And that was just what makes him very deserving the title. That was a very awesome moment and it got me excited throughout the day. Minutes after the euphoria, everyone signed out and got back to work or went off to a meeting including me. It was just the most unique way of witnessing AI result show for me but that was just awesome and I could not be happier. Congratulations David Cook. It was a blazing hot entertainment and a total class act that you and the other finalists i.e. Archey, Carly, Michael Johns have brought to us. And the first time ever, I didn’t feel guilty watching American Idol at all. And I really really hate the feeling when the season is all over cause I won’t get to watch anything as cheesy and at the same time interesting as American Idol (season 7 in particular) cause I just love love the cheese of American Idol. And it doesn’t hurt at all that America got it right this time 🙂
P.S.: I watched the whole result show in the last rerun as usual. And my favorite highlights were as follow (in random order):
- David Cook and ZZ Top: I love the Elvis dance lol.
- David Archuleta and One Republic: I think the song is amazing
- The pips (Gladys Knight reconstructed): Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. are just hilarious.
- Top Twelve performing George Michael songs
- George Michael himself singing Praying for Time: A great song and he really is that good.
And my favorite post interview was actually David Cook at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Hilarious.