LOS ANGELES – Now Rocker David Cook is the winner of American Idol for this season. He won title of “American Idol” on Wednesday, commencing an unexpected but critical defeat to a silken voiced teenager, also named David, on the most popular United States television reality show.
Cook, 25, who was tending bar and playing in a band prior to the U-turn in his life he auditioned for the singing contest, stood back to clapped rival David Archuleta, 17 and then bowed over lament after host Ryan Seacrest said he had won by twelve million votes.
“This is amazing. Thank you,” said the Blue Springs, Missouri, native, who in addition to being crowned this year’s “Idol” will get a recording agreement.
American Idol, in its seventh season, has grown from a shoddy summer talent show into a pop culture happening that draws millions of viewers to News Corp’s Fox network at least twice a week.
It has shaped mega stars from both winners and losers, counting Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry.
However, the duelling Davids garnered a record 97.5 million votes between them, smashing the previous record by 23 million. The competition was determined by a telephone and text messaging vote in which Cook got 56 % to Archuleta’s 44 %.
All through this year’s months long competition, Cook wowed both the show’s audience and judges with updated, rock versions of pop classics like Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
On the show held on Tuesday night, though, the judges said the baby faced Archuleta had out performed Cook with his pitch perfect renditions of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”
Hard talker judge Simon disapprove Cook for choosing a song he had not at all performed before during his last chance to persuade voters and called the evening “a knockout” by Archuleta. Cook sang Collective Soul’s “The World I Know” in its place of reprising one of his best loved presentation of the season, as Archuleta did with “Imagine.”