Shannon Stacey

American Idol: Cook vs. Archuleta

Note to producers: The boxing thing? Stupid. And I like boxing.

Round 1: (Cook: “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2/Archuleta: “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by Elton John) Both songs I love and you both sang the hell out of them. Despite my Cook-loving bias, I had to tie-break using comfort zone and song toughness factors, so I reluctantly give Round 1 to Archuleta.

Round 2: (Cook: “Dream Big” by…?/Archuleta: “In This Moment” by…?) Cook—good performance, high energy, pretty typical Cook. Archuleta—Lots of emotion, relevant to the point of cheeziness, wee bit melodramatic. Round 2…I’ve gotta call it a draw. (The husband, not surprisingly, has given both rounds to Cook.)

Round 3: Contestant’s Choice— (Cook: “The World I Know” by Collective Soul/Archuleta: “Imagine” by John Lennon…again) Cook—Oh my. When that song comes on the radio, I hit the scan button. Unfortunate. And rather…okay. You sang it well, but I’m having trouble separating your performance from my general dislike of the song. Archuleta—I’m annoyed with you. It’s bad enough that all my shows are having their season finales and rerun season is bearing down on me, but you have to rerun yourself? (Not even a rerun because you didn’t do as well as the first time.) Round 3 by default to Cook.

All that and I end up with a wash?

Not really. I could have given all three rounds to Archuleta, and I’d still call in votes for Cook.

Go DC! (Don’t listen to Simon) :cheer:

7 comments to “American Idol: Cook vs. Archuleta”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · May 20th, 2008 at 9:41 pm · Link

    Archie was….(ugh i hate to say it)….decent tonight. :censor:

    That being said, I can’t think of a single style or genre he could make a cd of that I’d be interested in.

    Was it Cook’s best night? Eh, not really, but he’ll still make an awesome CD that I’ll buy.

    Go DC!!!

  2. Shannon
      · May 20th, 2008 at 9:46 pm · Link

    That being said, I can’t think of a single style or genre he could make a cd of that I’d be interested in.

    That’s exactly what the husband said. What kind of CD could he even record? I figure he’d have to for a Michael Buble (or however you spell that) kind of thing, but his voice is really too immature for that still.

    If the producers wanna make money, they’ll count the votes very very carefully. :villain:

  3. Alison
      · May 20th, 2008 at 10:29 pm · Link

    Funny enough, Simon Cowell told Jay Leno last night he wants DC to win simply because of being the hard working bartender living his dream, etc., and DA being a kid who has time to grow up. I tried to call for DC and could never get through, which I hope is a good sign because I got through many times the last two weeks.

  4. Jaci Burton
      · May 21st, 2008 at 8:56 am · Link

    I agree Shan. I think in a few years David A will have a mature voice that will sell records (um, to adults). Right now? He’d be great on High School Musical or a Disney show, but not much else. Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers already have a lock on the munchkin crowd. (Sad that I know this much about the younger set. Even sadder that its my 4 year old granddaughter who loves them both.)

  5. Alison
      · May 21st, 2008 at 9:16 am · Link

    The husband thinks DA will draw a lot of the crowd that listens to Josh Groban.

  6. ron
      · May 21st, 2008 at 12:40 pm · Link

    Cook will still make it much bigger even if DA wins.

  7. Shannon
      · May 21st, 2008 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Yeah, I can see that, but Josh Groban has VOICE, in all caps. He’s…amazing.

    And I think you’re right, Ron. I think he’ll be more successful than Daughtry.

    Although, I was telling the husband the other night that post-Idol guys like Daughtry and Cook are just one more Nickelback-esque voice. It’s the surprise—the reimagining of songs like “Hello”—that make me love them.

    And, having boys, I’ve avoided the Hannah Montana thing, but I saw Miley on an awards show and then heard the remaking of Billy Ray’s song into a duet with her and…

    I like her voice. :tomato:

    If I walk out of Walmart with a Hannah Montana CD, I’ll be praying for a bus.

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