Wednesday, May 21, 2008

david wins: a SIMULBLOG!...

Five months of investment, both from their side and from ours, comes down to tonight in the Nokia. The finale, if done properly, is always a fun send-off to a successful season as we get to see the kids we haven't seen in ages come back and strut their best Brady Bunch selves to cheezy choreography and fun and fluffy group numbers.

And we get to find out which of the kids gets to jet all over hell's half acre to hit the talk show circuit.

Because THIS, for the last time this year, is American Idol!

And this is a simulblog, so I'm gonna sit through the whole two hours, trying to describe what I'm seeing as the action is happening on the east coast, so if you are in the west and want to wait, here is not the place to be. But come back and cheer or weep after the results. With the rest of us cheerers and weepers.

Simon is already backpedaling on his KNOCKOUT assessment last night, still giving the night to Archie, but not by the margin he originally thought, after having watched it back. (Or checked Dial Idol, whichever.)

And let's all just have a moment to hope there are no more boxing references.

Thank you.

Ryan opens the show asking what the closest finale ever looks like as the Davids, dressed in white, stare each other down.

The vote was incredible, he says: 97.5 million, smashing the old record by 23 million. One David got 56 percent, the other 44 percent. And even Ruben got some. Ruben, in the audience, smiles. Holy crap. That's a blowout.

Mikalah Gordon is in KC with the Cookie people and Matt Rogers is in Utah with Camp Archuleta.

We start the night with a group number with the So You Think You Can Dance kids. So the choreography doesn't suck. Too much. They're telling us to Get Ready, because here they come. Tweedily dee.

David Cook hits the stage and is joined by Archuleta with Hero. Dang, those boys can sing well together. Lovely harmony. Yay! Please let that be on iTunes tomorrow.

Too bad that great performance is followed by a Guru Pitka segment.

Syesha Mercado gets to sing with her "special guest." And her guest is Seal. Now that's cool guest. Not a good combo. Dave and Dave should have sung again. But Syesha looks FAB, and she's having fun, so all is good.

Jason Castro is back, singing - by himself - Hallelujah. He's still so cute. And that was phenomenal.

The Ford commercial is a retrospective of video bloopers, which segues into the time the boys get their Escape Hybrid keys. Archie assures us he has a license.

Here come the girls. They are doing a Donna Summer collection. Brooke soloes, followed by Kristy, and Amanda looks like she's actually not wanting to die. Yay Amanda! And Carly looks great in red, but not nearly as great as Ramiele Malubay. And out comes Donna Summer herself to sing her - wait for it - new hit single. It never stops, does it? I like Donna Summer and all, but I would rather have seen more of Amanda Overmyer.

Carly Smithson and Michael Johns get to duo on The Letter. Great idea. Great pairing. MJ has a haircut. And he's still hawt. Oh they are terrific. Please, please let this be available on iTunes!!

Jimmy Kimmel is called upon to provide us with a review of the season, and he can't wait for the first Sanjaya joke. Sanjaya, sitting in the audience, laughs. That was quick and clever.

Things are moving quickly.

The guys get to "rock out." Michael Johns starts the Bryan Adams medley, handing off to David Hernandez, who gives way to Jason Castro then to Chikezie. The other Davids enter down the staircase together singing Heaven. Then, as expected, the guys give the stage to Adams himself, with our guys singing backup. And they all look like they're having a ball.

It's time for David Cook to sing Sharp Dressed Man with ZZ Top. And he has a new guitar, but with the same familiar AC initials. Hell, even I am clapping. My dog thinks I'm nuts.

KC is going crazy and Mrs. Gentry is wearing a classic DC tee shirt. She's my fave elementary school teacher.

Now it's time for Brooke White with Graham Nash and Teach Your Children. She is barefoot (Yay Brooke!) and her guitar. And I want this on iTunes too.

Okay, this is shaping up to be the Best. Finale. Ever.

These little boys must be the Jonas Brothers that I've heard so much about. I wouldn't know because the tweeners screamed over Ryan's intro. Have I mentioned yet how I am hoping for a mosh pit "accident?" Dare I say that Archie sings better than all of those brothers combined?

Now, of course, we get to revisit the reason I didn't watch the first five weeks. Auditions. Ugh. Except James Lewis. I lurrved him. Let My People Go... But they bring back Renaldo, our brother, complete with marching band and the USC cheerleaders. Ricky Minor must have refused to accompany him. But Paula and Randy do. Whatever. No iTunes, please.

One Republic has taken the stage to sing the "smash hit they wrote" Apologize. And the appearance of David Archuleta explains the reason. (I'm still trying to figure out the reason for the brothers...) I am not fond of this song. I think it has a one-sentence lyric. Utah likes it though. David's grandfather is proud. Matt Rogers needs to cut out the caffiene.

Jordin Sparks is in the house, skipping down the stairs in gold. She doesn't sound like she's suffering too many ill effects from the vocal cord injury she had. Good on her.

Oh goody. Nigel should not be allowed to play with special effects. We have a circa 1970 Gladys Knight heading up try-out Pips Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr. yay. Okay, there were some amusing moments, but I would have rather heard Amanda Overmyer.

The screams are starting for Carrie Underwood. Jordin could take some fashion advice from Miss Carrie. Is it me or does her new song sound pretty much like her last song? I know. It's just me.

Did y'all catch the Guitar Hero commercials featuring the Davids? Tom Cruise who? But there was just something about seeing Archie in his undies that was just. not. right.

The girls are back on the stage, this time dressed in black, setting up George Michael. Now the guys take over, dressed dapper in suits with Father Figure. (Always think of Ace Young when I hear that song.) I love this group, but dang, they don't sing well together. George Michael is introduced. He looks creepy. Sorry.

Finally it's time. Eleven percentage points separate the two Davids, as Ryan told us at the top of the show. I'm surprised they revealed the magnitude of the win. The judges give them pep talks, and Simon apologizes to David Cook.

I want to slap the vote bringer-inner. The boys have their arms around each other's shoulders.

Ryan builds up the suspense before giving it to David Cook! He's crying. I'm crying. The crowd is nuts. His mom is on stage to hug her son.

Now we get to hear the real winning song. The confetti flies.

Congratulations Cookie. And thanks.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brooke White and Graham Nash just stole the show (so far) - that was really fantastic. Good for her!

9:03 PM, May 21, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

I'm just happy they haven't shown any of the crappy auditioners (as they're prone to doing during these finales).

9:05 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Tonight is reminding me why this was supposed to have been the best season ever. Great show!!

9:08 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dave spoke too soon.

9:16 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought GM was great!

9:58 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

david cook won!
we beat the tweeny boppers! YESSSS.

10:04 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jennifer, we have a new trend - When it's guy versus guy, the guy closing the show has lost.

10:05 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Melissa in TN said...

I heart David Cook. Yay!!!

10:08 PM, May 21, 2008  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

Go Cookie! Go Cookie! Go Cookie!

I cried too!

10:11 PM, May 21, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...


At 9:05 ET, I was right!

I guess that will teach me to open my big mouth . . . or type comments prematurely.

10:14 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo go Cook. Can he really be that nice. I can't wait til 8/14 I'll be seeing them on tour. I hope they do the Dave and Dave duet!!


10:19 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still sobbing over here with happiness!!!!!! I am so excited for our Cookie!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see what he has to offer in the future. I will be there that's for sure!!!

P.S.: He looked more GORGEOUS than ever tonight no??

10:21 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

wow!! that was a really good show, sorry I even liked the Guru gag :)

super glad Cookie won!! Loved him with ZZTop, of course they are one of my favorite bands!! :)

I do have a question for Jenn. Do you have a schedule of appearances for Cook? When will he be on the morning shows, the overnight shows, etc!!???? Does he go on Kimmel live tonight? Tonight Show tomorrow??

Both David's sounded great together, though I felt Cook's voice came over better, perhaps it's just the difference in their ranges, perhaps it was how the audio board had the mic's set. Sound has been an issue this year more than once after all.

And I'm really curious about the change of opinion by Simon too. This wasn't close, and is what I sort of expected, that the comments about Cook were too harsh and would drive Cook's fans to overvote. And that's a serious overvote! 12 million??? wow! 12% points is pretty darn significant and I might actually pick up Cook's album. I'm really interested to see how he does.

As a final thought, man did Carrie look great tonight (and Jordin not. That gold dress made her look extra heavy). I liked Carrie's new song, and man how much she's changed on stage. She moves around the stage now, she's no longer bolted in place, looks sooooo comfortable on stage, it's great. And did Simon ever nail it when he told her a few weeks before the final she would be the biggest Idol seller? Especially being country, is there any reason to think that little girl from nowheresville is going to have a lifetime career?! THAT is what really gets me with this show. Kelly coming from no where, Carrie, now Cook bringing his bro and getting sucked into the audition, heck, I was even touched by Pickler's story. For next year, I hope the homeless kid living in his car in Atlanta tries out again.

Interesting news story on my local Fox news. Saying Nigel commented Carrie owes her new found success to more than her voice (suggesting she had some chest enhancement). hmm :) Platinum Blond and busty = $$$$$ hahahaha

Good year all, Jenn blog about some other show so we have something to talk about!! haha


11:24 PM, May 21, 2008  
Blogger Sunshine said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this whole show tonight, ESPECIALLY Michael Johns! (he's got one lucky wife)

Was I the only one who noticed Ryan breakdancing with the SYTYCD dancers? Then he got back on the stairs and starting panting like he was completely out of breathe. I was on the floor, literally!

I didn't really enjoy Jordin, but I don't like that type of music. What I DID enjoy though, was seeing Blake singing along with her word for word when they shot over to him towards the end of her song.

Loved the fake-Pips and the loss of Downey Jr, then Jack Black, then Black reappearing with his pants down.

Speaking of pants (or lack thereof), Cook's guitar hero commercial was awesome. Then they had to ruin it, with Arch doing the same thing, but in boxers instead of briefs. They should have done something different for Arch. I wish I was the interviewer Cook supposedly asked on a date!

Carrie looked amazing.(Although it reminded me a little too much of Shania, who I hate.) If she did get a boob job, it's definitely not as big as Pickler's. I read that Carrie dropped from a size 6 during Idol to a size 2 now. So with that, she probably lost the chest she had, and needed some enhancement to bring them back.

Lastly, I just want to say how happy I am that Cook won. I really hope Dave and Ian are right, saying that his album will be great, even if it's AI produced. I mean, Carrie's and Kelly's turned out great. Cook's should be as well. Thanks Jennifer for a great season, hope to hear from you here and there until January!

12:15 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

Kim Caldwell was the interviewer DC asked for a date. Never did hear if she said yes.

12:18 AM, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

um, yeah, I was watching/listening when that happened, she was surprised and overjoyed as best I could tell. They continued to talk about that the rest of the show in TVGN. I think it's for dinner, as there was a joke at the end about her hoping he had money for the check, and Justin made a joke of the comment, which Kim clarified, "dinner" to. :)

that could be a funny story of its own. it's not like DC isn't going to have every single lady on the planet throwing themselves at him now haha


ps, Jenn, aren't you supposed to be asleep now?? haha

12:31 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger Charin said...

I loved this finale!! :) Lots of great guests, and I'm so happy for David Cook! Yay, David!

12:41 AM, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

ok, watching the Idol Tonight rerun. they are now airing the part where Cook invites Caldwell to dinner for those interested.

DC - "I'm just excited because I finally get to actually talk to you. I've been hearing you say all these nice things about me all season, and so I'm actually (now holds up a pretty pink or light purple flower and hands to Kim) going to ask you out to dinner right now. Is what I'm going to do" (David has a big confident smile on his face like he's pull off some big moment. hmm)

KC - "OH MY GOSH!! My life is over. YES!" and proceeds to give David a huge hug

JG - "Ah, live. You heard it right here, their going to dinner, she said yes. Alright, you guys (the david's) have to go, there so much more to do, thanks for stopping by."


KC - "I just got asked out on a date!!!" jumping up and down very excited :)

hmm, a possible Idol love connection?? hahaha


1:32 AM, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Brooke White will have the longest and most sucessful career of any of them (providing she sticks to the style that she does best, such as the song she sung tonight). She has a great voice, projects true emotion, and is actually quite lovable. Somehow she reminds me of Karen Carpenter; that is, if she sings from the heart, without the over-instrumentation so pervelent today, people will flock to her.

2:34 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger Mighty Mouse said...

Oh Jennifer. Yes, George Michael hasn't aged well and didn't look very good. But for you to comment on that and not recognize that he totally killed "Praying for Time" (and he had a cold too!). He kicked ass on that song. It was a great performance worthy of the standing ovation he got.

3:33 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger SuzS80 said...

I am thrilled ! Congratulations COOKIE !!! David Cook not only can sing, but he also is not afraid to show emotion. What a guy !

I think I now officially hate Kim Caldwell !

I have to say this was the best finale ever. I loved almost the whole thing. Could have done without Donna Summer. Loved the comedy skits. The group numbers were good for a change, and it was so nice to see non top 2 singing with stars.

Yep I cried too, probably because I'm exhausted from staying up till 1am voting for DC last night !!!

Jennifer, as always, great year on here again. Thanks so much, always look forward to it and dread it ending.

WTG DC !!!! LOVE YOU !!!!

3:34 AM, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous Chris(Daughtry)ROCKS said...

Jennifer...*clasping hands together, bowing* Marishka Hargitay. It's been a fun year! Thank you for all your humor (your miscellaneous mutterings had me in tithers!) and your spot-on analysis. Your blog is my favorite! You ROCK!!

I don't know who that man was onstage but he looked and sounded nothing like George Michael.

My question is, who was this supposed "biggest star in the world"? Seal? He's tall and has broad shoulders. He was certainly the biggest guy on stage. George Michael? Maybe back in the 80s. I *know* they couldn't have meant Donna Summer or ZZ Top. Gladys? Or was it one of those newbie bands? I like One Republic, but those Brothers I can do without.

Anyway, it was probably the best finale show that I can remember. It was REALLY GOOD! Lots of singing from the KIDS (even though there was a lot of singing from the seasoned folk, too). It just seemed like they were focussing more on the kids tonight. And even though they did a montage of crappy auditions, they kept it to a minimum. THANK YOU! Jaaaames!!! I love that guy. I could've done without hearing Renaldo sing again. I love Fast Forward!

Yes, I caught the Guitar Hero commercials. I was in a state of shock at first, seeing DC slide out in nuttin' but a button-down shirt and skivvies. But it was funny. Very clever. But I, too, was disturbed to see DA do the same thing a little later. Thank you, TPTB, for putting him in boxers!

Well, I've been saying all season I didn't want DC to win. But you know what? I take it back. I'm really happy for him! He was so sweet and he made me cry!! And that coronation song wasn't so crappy! I actually liked that one. Much better than "This Is My Now."

I wish both Davids much happiness and success, both now and well into the future. It's been a good season. Thanks again, Jennifer. It's been a slice! :)

Peace out, yo.
(Thumping chest twice, kissing two fingers and holding them out in a sideways peace sign.)

5:00 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Well I think that the final show was better than the whole season..haha.. It was a lot better than I thought and it was great that they had so much of the top 12singing and not just the guests..

I'm really glad that David C won and it was great to see how emotional he was with winning. And he did a great job of the crappy Idol winner's song..

I cried along with him when he won and my partner jumped up and screamed "Whooo hooo they got it right", sending our dog into a barking fit.

Anyway, I thought the two Davids sang really well together and it was so cool that David C got to sing with ZZ Top although it wasn't a lot of singing but he got to play his new guitar... And David C did a good job singing with One Republic and he harmonized really well..

I thought it was really sweet of David C to give David A a big hug when he was singing and to motion all of the top 12 up on the stage to share his moment.. I'm liking him more and more all the time.

David A seemed to be relieved that he didn't win the whole thing, I don't think that he would have been able to take the pressure of the interviews and stuff.

Lastly I want to say that George Michael did an awesome job of singing Praying for Time.. now that's how you put emotion and your heart into a song (although I agree he hasn't aged well).

Now that AI's over I'm getting geared up for Canadian Idol since I'm a Canadian.

See you next year!

7:47 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger Kathryn said...

That should be David A that did a great job singing with One Rebublic but you knew that (insert red face in here)...

7:50 AM, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous tracyintpa said...

It was a great finale show. I loved seeing the Idols that left too soon... Michael and Carly were awesome. My favorite duet of the night was Brooke and Graham Nash, what an awesome, beautiful, understated performance, and Brooke didn't look like she was about to pee her pants. My only complaint is the Jonas Brothers... what was the point? Seeing Donna Summer at least made me feel better about the poundage I've put on over the years.... happens to the best of us.... My 2nd 1st favorite performance was DC w/ ZZ Top. He looked like he was thrilled beyond belief. Great, great show. I even laughed at Reinaldo' "Brother" performance with the marching band, it was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen on Idol, but it was funny nonetheless. I enjoyed the Gladys Night skit too.... The show had just about the right balance of elements to keep it moving and entertaining. It didn't seem like 2 hours. I am so happy for DC... he is a sweetie and I think he is going to be the most successful male winner they've ever had. He and Archie will be on the Today Show next Thursday for a concert.

Jennifer thanks for a great blog... this is my 3rd year following along with you and its always my first stop "the morning after." Love my coffee and Jennifer on Wed and Thursday mornings..

8:33 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

America got it right. I screamed with happiness when Ryan announced the winner. David Cook has been my favorite all season, because he wasn't afraid to take a risk and yet he stayed true to who he was. His humility was also refreshing. He totally deserves this, and I'm very happy for him.

Archie took it better than I expected. I'd wondered if he'd cry when they announced the results, but he kept himself in check. Good for him. He'll still have a record deal, for which the tween/teen population will be grateful. There's no doubt that the boy can sing, and he, too, deserves some recognition for the hard work he's put in this season.

Jennifer, I've enjoyed your blog, as always. Thanks for all the work you do. I miss it when Idol's not in season. You do a great job.

9:02 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

I am reading mixed reviews of GM's performance. I guess I really should watch it, because that's when I decided I needed a potty break.

9:47 AM, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous Cookiemonster said...

Does everyone remember when many of us thought Cookie was "smug and arrogant"?? He really did seem that way for a while.. I recall Simon even commented on it.. what happened? One night, he had tears in his eyes after he finished his performance (was it Hello?) and from then on he stopped the "arrogant, I'm a rock star" thing. I'm so glad he did because that's when I really started to like both his performances and him.
He was definitely the best contestant and totally deserved to win. I sincerely hope the producers let him have more than a little say in the kind of album he makes with them. They need to trust his judgment on how to please his listening audience. He has proved beyond a doubt that he knows best when it comes to his own performances.
I really liked when Ryan talked about how Michael Johns and Carly left before their time.. it's true.. and their performance was fantastic. I'm going to have to watch Brooke's duet again. I was so scared that she'd screw up.. forget the words.. or something, that I couldn't enjoy it. I absolutely LOVE that song and they did a wonderful job. I also LOVED hearing Jason sing Hallelujah again.. absolutely beautiful!!
All in all it was a fun, enjoyable and totally entertaining show.. even "I am your bro-uh-ther" along with the marching band.. that was out there!! On a side note, I was worried that Paula was going to fall out of her dress more than once last night!!
In any case, despite a few disappointments along the way it was overall, a very good season.
Jennifer, thank you SO MUCH for this blog. It's the first one I come to after a show and I thoroughly enjoy your perspectives.

9:53 AM, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous Cookiemonster said...

Jennifer, re: GM.. after I got over the initial shock of his appearance (he'd be a good cast member of Moonlight.. that vampire show!!) I did enjoy his song.. beautiful lyrics and very heartfelt performance!

9:55 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Carrie sang Praying for Time during Idol Gives Back this year. I think she did a much better job, considering she's been around for about 20 years less than GM. I didn't think he aged well at all either, but on a better note, Bryan Adams did! I loved him then, and I love him now. Check out his album Room Service It's about 2 years old now, but it's really good!

P.S. - Was Mike Myers character of the "Love Guru" supposed to be the biggest star in the world? I'm still boggled.

10:50 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

Robert Downey, Jr. is "the biggest star" right now, according to Nigel. "Right now" being the operative word, because of the movie.

Personally I thought Ruben was the biggest, but that was just my opinion. :o)

10:56 AM, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

hey I just thought of something. Where was Indy???

Considering all the other movie plugs, no one thought to have Indy make an appearance?? Seeing as that starts today, wouldn't that have made more sense than movies starting in July?? hahaha


11:33 AM, May 22, 2008  
Blogger Sunshine said...

I think they were only plugging FOX movies, JJ. Even Sex and the City movie is opening this weekend, and there were only a couple commercials for it, but nothing within last night's show.

5:52 PM, May 22, 2008  

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