Tuesday, May 20, 2008

American Idol Finale

I normally just watch and don't vote, but I will proudly admit I speed-dialed tonight for David Cook. I like him *better* than David Archuleta. Sure, Archuleta is a nice kid, and he'll probably win, which irks me to no end..... but he's a KID. He sings goody-two-shoes songs, he has no edge to him, and he seriously acts like he's twelve.

And granted, Archuleta does sing well--I give him that totally.

But if I had my druthers, David Cook would be the American Idol winner.

Just saying.

19 comments:

Jodi Meadows said...

Big David is my favorite, too. Has been since the first time we watched! Furthermore, he sang a new song tonight, and Little David sang one he already did. And Big David plays the guitar. That makes him cool!

Finally I understand why people get so worked up about AI. *shallow, just like everyone else!*

Natalie said...

I love them both for different reasons. So I just didn't vote because I'd really be fine with it either way. I'm happy they ended up in the finals, it was a good show.

Sarah said...

I haven't watched this year at all. I was really into it two years ago, but Sanjaya ruined it for me, I have to admit. Such a shame.

KateS said...

This one was tough for me last night. I was completely split between the two. I LOVE David Archuleta. He could sing the darn phone book and I would listen to it. I personally think he has perfect pitch, because I've yet to hear him mess up a note. (Forget a lyric? Sure. Note? Nope.)

But I was honestly rooting for David Cook last night, mainly because he's been in the business for a long time, and has really worked to get where he is. And he IS really good. Unfortunately, I don't believe he really showed that last night. Clive picked the wrong songs for his voice, and HE picked the wrong song for his song choice. Simon was right that he really should have gone with Billy Jean or something he'd already sung, but I give him props for trying to do something different than what everyone else has chosen to do.

I'll be happy with either one winning, because I'd be happy hearing either one on the radio (though I'm not really sure what type of music Archuleta would thrive in if it's not ballads).

Wilfred Bereswill said...

I'm not sure Daivd Cook won't do better, financially if he doesn't win. I've heard that the winner is under contract for a long, long time. Not sure if that is a good thing or not.

If I do my count accurately, we could be seeing maybe six of this year's batch under recording contracts; The Davids, Carley, Brooke, Michael Johns and Jason (I just like his style).

Scott said...

Here in Yew-Taw, Archie fever is insane.

I don't watch the show, so I'm not voting. I have no idea what the other guy sounds like, or even looks like. The only reason I know anything about the local kid is that he's been on the news for months now, almost nightly. But I have to say, as good as he sounds in five-second snippets, I can't see Archuletta being a Big Star with his safe songs and MOR leanings.

Ryan Field said...

I tried to vote for Cook all night and kept getting a busy signal, which I guess is good news. I hope.

Archuletta is a nice kid, but his voice reminds me of those singers you see on PBS all the time...like that blind one from Italy, or that group Il Divo. It's not my thing.

But this year, I have to say, the two finalists are very good and I think they'll both have excellent careers.

nymeria87 said...

I haven't really watched it, but I agree, I definitely like David Cook's voice better than Archuleta's and I'm not just saying that because he sang "Dream On" ;)

Jenny Rappaport said...

Scott, I think it's the MOR leanings that make me not like Archuleta the most. Not because he's Mormon, because I totally respect that. But like, do you know he won't sing the first verse of "Imagine" because it has the lyric "and no religion" in it? What the hell? That's such a cop-out with such a famous song.

LeeAnn Flowers said...

I agree. How can you take a classic like Imagine and chop it up? I'm a Christian, and while I don't feel comfortable with the line, I wouldn't cut it out of the song. If I felt that strongly about it, I'd simply pick a different song.

In my own opinion, David Cook will have a career while David Archuleta will probably thoroughly enjoy his fifteen minutes of spotlight before vanishing into the realms of other Idol winners that were talented, but not the real deal.

My own favorite Idol?? Chris Daughtry, who's already gone platinum and didn't even make it into the top three. It's a popularity contest, not a talent contest.

Natalie said...

Why is it that people think Mormons still can't be successful because of their religious leanings?

People hardly point out Catholics, Jews, Athiests, or any other religion...why does religion matter in a singing competition?

Of course I'm sensitive to this issue since I am Mormon, but no where has David said he won't sing the first verse, he only said that he chose the last because he likes it the best. I love the song, I'm Mormon, I have no problem with the message that Lennon chose to sing about. Those were his beliefs and I respect them.

Jenny Rappaport said...

Natalie, actually David Archuleta did say he wouldn't sing the first verse for that exact reason. It was in an Entertainment Weekly article I read, several weeks ago. I wouldn't say it, if I hadn't read it in a semi-respectable publication.

Natalie said...

Well, Jenny, I feel better about your comment then. But I hope everyone understands that is his own feeling, and not every single Mormon out there agrees. I know I don't.

And I still think that he can be successful and be Mormon. I don't think religion equates into that. Sure, he won't do some things that other singers might, but there is a market for everything, just like books.

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Jenny Rappaport said...

Natalie, I don't think religion equates into being successful at all.

Look at Miley Cyrus, for example, who's a devout Christian, and a huge pop star.

I have nothing against David Archuleta at all, for the fact that he's Mormon. I *like* Mormons. Spencer is Mormon and one of my best friends. I have a bunch of other friends who are Mormon too.

I just don't agree with his interpretation of "Imagine". It's a classic.

Natalie said...

I understand, I think it had a lot of people put out. I guess I just cut him some slack since he only had time on stage for one verse. It made sense to me to sing the one he liked.

And now that I think about it, it was a bit of a tactical choice. Got people talking, got his name out there, and it kept the mostly conservative viewership of the show happy.

I think in season 2, Clay sang "Imagine" in the final and there was a kerfuffle about him singing the first verse, lol. Can't please everyone.

Natalie said...

Ah, it was Blake last year, whoops.

Scott said...

I feel almost guilty getting back into this conversation. Afterall, I haven't seen the show. I have no idea what David C. looks or sings like, and only know about "Archie" because he's on the local news here every night.

But...

I think the biggest problem with David A. and other MOR artists is that talent often stagnates if the artist doesn't push limits. That's why I see a limited future for him.

I could be wrong. Thing is, he's, what, 16? It seems like many revolutionary artists (think Orson Welles, Brian Wilson, the Beatles) really hit their creative peak in their mid-twenties. 24 seems like a magic number. I think it's because in your early twenties you suddenly feel free to test limits, with the somewhat selfish arrogance that helps them break new ground. Maybe David A. will develop that as he gets older.

People from strict cultural backgrounds that don't necessarily encourage testing limits can be successful, talented individuals, but they're less likely to break new ground. (Not that they don't, it's just a little harder.) That's not a slam. They have other priorities, and there are definitely more important things than winning a TV talent contest.

I think maybe that's one thing I kind of like about David A. I get the feeling from short interviews and news stories that he's a regular kid with a big voice who is just having fun. I don't think this show is the most important thing in his life, and I suspect that his life will pretty much be the same whether he finishes first or second.

brimfire said...

Yay! I don't usually vote either, but I thought what the heck and called in for Cook. He sings my style of music more than Archuleta does. I'm still thinking Archuleta will win, though...

It's sad, but I really, really love American Idol.