I only hope that Simon's desire to award the Idol title to Archuleta before the votes were even cast will backfire on the younger David by inspiring Cook fans to vote, vote, vote.
But the question is, will the Cook fans keep texting their votes for the next four hours? Hmm. Doubtful. They've got better things to do with their time, unlike Archuleta's fans who have nothing but time....
I found the show practically unbearable to watch. Granted, it was the first time all season that I watched it live and therefore could not fast forward through Lord Webber's insights or Clive Davis' words of wisdom.
There was nary a surprise all night. And I'm so freaking bored, that I really don't have it in me to do a synopsis. Suffice it to say, Randy commended David Cook on the song choice even though the song was chosen by Clive Davis. He also mentioned that David Archuleta could sing the phone book, which for the umpteen millionth time was neither clever nor original. And, even after Lord Webber implored him to keep his eyes open, Archuleta lowered them to half mast to prove to us that he was feeling the music. And...drum roll please...the biggest non-surprise of the evening was Archuleta singing "Imagine." Imagine that.
It was the song that first made me realize Radio Disney was a one trick pony. After Googling "David Archuleta Imagine" the first time he sang it (or what I thought was the first time he sang it), I found clip after clip of Archuleta singing the song in countless talent competitions and performances over the last 5 years. The boy doesn't have a hint of originality in his whole body. And even more unsurprising than him singing "Imagine" was that he couldn't put a sentence together when Ryan asked him a question. Honestly, after the first five minutes, Ryan wasn't even trying to engage him in conversation; he learned that asking Archuleta to respond would only result in meaningless grunts and growns. Radio Disney can sing into a microphone, but just don't expect him to speak into a microphone.
But to Simon's defense, it was not David Cook's best night. He should have sang "Billy Jean" or "Hello" to win over those fans who were still on the fence. (Do they exist?). But I admire him even more for yet again being creative and original and going out on a limb to tackle a new song rather than rest on his laurels. I liked Randy's line about Cook singing his face off tonight. It may not have felt like a winning moment for David Cook, but he's the winner in my book. He has grown in leaps and bounds. In a season that was otherwise boring and forgettable, David Cook transformed before our eyes from a comb-over hair don't to a hot rocker dude. He proved he could take a song and make it contemporary and make it his own. And he seems like one helluva nice guy.
But my money is on Archuleta to win the prize tomorrow night. And that's fine. David Cook will do well for himself and this way Archuleta will be spared the wrath of his father.
Wish I could say I am looking forward to the finale, but that would be a lie. I'm looking forward to something new to rant about. So, You Think You Can Dance?