Who Will Be Your Next “American Idol”?


The Dude on the Right

Yippee!  We are down to the two David’s, Mr. Archuleta and Mr. Cook, and
I’m only still here because, well, it’s a Tuesday, there really isn’t anything
on TV, and I’ve been doing this damn "American Idol" recap for the entire season
so I might as well hang in there for the last of the singing.  Who will
win, who will you vote for, will any of them trip and fall on their face (God,
that would be great, wouldn’t it?), and how much did they have to pay Michael
Buffer to say "This… is… ‘Americaaaaan Idooool…’",  so…

Let’s go…

First thought, quit with the "Oh, we need a theme, let’s make this like a boxing
match" motif.  We don’t care.  We just want to hear them sing, and why
are we still going back to Andrew Lloyd Webber?  Yes, I admit, I like
"Cats" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," but how many 12 year old girls do? 
Just frackin’ sing!  And it took them over 14 minutes to get to the …

1st Round of Songs – Picked By Clive Davis
David Cook
– Sings "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" by U2
 – It finally looks like he might actually want to be a performer instead
of just a singer.  He sounds good enough, is working the stage, and little
David might have some problems if big David keeps the night like this. 

– Sings – "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on My" by Elton John
 – This song so much fits into his wheelhouse, and he’s trying to keep his
eyes open and not squint, but he fades back and forth on the eye-squinting thing
that I just can’t help but notice it.  He finally worked to break out of
his shell, also, actually being a performer, but you still see a little more
apprehension, mostly just from lack of experience, I suppose.

Here comes the…

2nd Round of Songs – From the Song Competition
David Cook
– Sings "Dream Big" by Emily Shacklton?
 – David gets to play guitar, to a song I actually like, in the pop-rock kind of
way.  Man, this could almost be a song by Jim Peterik for a "Rocky"
soundtrack.  It’s kind of cheesy (in a good way), but one, with the right
band, could end up on every iPod of people who exercise for inspiration. 
I’m guessing Simon isn’t familiar with any of the "Rocky" soundtracks.

– Sings – "In This Moment" by Ryan Gilmore?
 – Oh crap, David A. is back into his "I need to be the next Josh Groban"
moment.  The song is nice enough, but we know exactly where Mr. Archuleta
is looking to take his career – to an Oprah Winfrey performance hoping to
supplant Sr. Groban.  He is still trying to open his eyes, but it still
isn’t working.

comes the…

3rd Round of Songs – Picked By The Singers
David Cook
– Sings "The World I Know" by Collective Soul
 – Dude, if you win this thing it will only because you have the most loyal fan
base because why in the hell do you pick a sort of obscure song for your finale? 
Sure, you sang it nice enough, but do you actually think any of the viewers who
would actually vote for you know a song that was popular in, what, 1995? 
Let’s see, the 13 year old girls weren’t even born yet.  So much for
converting any of them to your side.  I think Simon still realizes that
David Cook, right now, has the best potential for a music career.

– Sings – "Imagine" by, umm, duh.
 – Oh, hell, who cares anymore?  He still squints, he still "croons," and
the 13 year olds who aren’t voting for David Cook probably heard their parents
actually play the original version of this song, and are voting for this David

Let’s wrap this up…
I think David Cook is the better performer, David Archuleta needs to really
learn how to open up his eyes (that comes with experience), but the more curious
thing will be to see, in the year 2013, who might still have a career?  I’m
guessing it will be Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, and Kellie
Pickler.  And maybe next year’s "American Idol."  One of these David’s
will win, but I just don’t see long lasting careers in front of any of them. 
Maybe they’ll prove me wrong.

That’s it for this one! 
I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!