Tuesday, May 20, 2008

it's down to 2: david wins...

What would happen if they threw a boxing match and one competitor didn't show up? What would they do if they threw a boxing match and the judges had already decided in advance who was going to win?

Kinda like Paula knew Jason's performance was crap before he had even had a chance to sing it.

I don't know when I've ever seen such a one-sided final performance show in the seven seasons of this show.

There is no argument that David Archuleta turned in probably the best string of performances he's had in weeks. I won't even argue that he won the night. And I won't argue that David Cook was just missing something, even though I can't find the right word for it. Spark, maybe. Fight, maybe. Desire, probably.

Maybe he got the memo from Daughtry that not winning has all kinds of benefits. (Which it does.) And he took a dive.

Whatever Cook didn't bring to the table, though, Archuleta brought extra. After peaking in the early episodes, Archie has been plagued by dropped and forgotten lyrics, ballad boredom and watched his stock drop as quickly as David Cook's stock skyrocketed.

But there was none of that tonight, as young David, perhaps feeling free of paternal pressure finally, showed more spirit, more animation, more personality and more presence than he has all season. And that was just in one song.

My complaint about this episode is not with the Davids. It's with the panel of judges, one of whom cannot seem, no matter how much money he's paid, to stray from the hot molten zoned phone book, who tonight made it abundantly clear which of the Davids is supposed to win. Hell, they couldn't even make it close to heighten the suspense.

But here they are, my initial impressions, subject to review and revision and, for the first time, separated by "rounds," in the spirit of the "match" instead of the traditional worst to first.

Clive Davis round, the living corpse with the golden ears.

David Cook (I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For). Clive Davis tells Cook that this song represents a generation searching. Cookie doesn't play around much with the arrangement, which is smart considering it's a U2 song, using the stage and the "judges stage" to good effect. Unlike last week his voice is strong, but there's just a fire that I've grown used to that just isn't there.

David Archuleta (Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me). Clive always seems to choose this song for the guys. Okay, so maybe just once before, so Archie runs the risk of being compared to the versions that preceded him. He plays it very smart, switching it up from the versions Idol addicts recognize, showing more animation and more stage presence than he has all season. By far. The judges call it (sorta) his best performance of the season, and I can't disagree with that.

Judges: Round One to Archuleta.
Me: Round One to Archuleta.
_______

David Cook (Dream Big). Considering the batch of songs Cook had to choose from, Simon was right: he did the best he could. It was sung well, but it just didn't "fit." The ending made the song, but seriously, can't there be a better song out there somewhere?

David Archuleta (In This Moment). Again, I'm not gonna slam Archie for the poor song - good heaven's could those lyrics be any worse? - but Archie's issue all season is that he stumbles with complicated lyrics - too many syllables, perhaps, if they're sung in quick succession. He's fine with the chorus, but not fine enough, even though Randy pulls out that insipid "phone book zone" comment.

Judges: Round two to Archuleta.
Me: Round two to Cook.
_______

David Cook (The World I Know). Cook has his acoustic guitar, takes this one slow and easy. And beautifully. He ends his last song in tears, to thunderous applause and gets told he should have taken the easier road and chosen a proven winner like Billie Jean or Hello. That's stupid. He gets extra points from me for not giving us a retread that is easily available on iTunes.

David Archuleta (Imagine). Taking on a song performed already to great reviews is always risky. (Ask Diana DeGarmo.) But Archuleta knows his season was defined, in many ways, by this song performed back in February, throws in some extra vocal acrobatics, and turns in another fine performance.

Judges: Round three and match to Archuleta.
Me: Round three a draw.
_______

I don't know who's gonna win, and I don't care. Both are guaranteed a contract, and, as has been proved, there is a ton more freedom with second (or third or fourth) place.

David will win, that's for certain. If David wins based only on tonight, it will be the youngster. If David win based on a body of work throughout the season, Archuleta will get Cooked.

So, who will win? Answer the poll and please leave a comment, showing the respect you always do to fans of both Davids.



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30 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

I couldn't agree more that if the winner were picked out of a body of work, it should be Cook. I thought he did better tonight, because The Arch sounds the same every time he picks up the mic and squints his eyes.

The judges (especially Randy) were worse than usual in their blatant favouritism not just tonight, but all year. That really turns me off.

On one level, I hope The Arch wins because then Idol will get what they wanted: a kid who they think they can manipulate but who will burn out in a year or two and then disappear from the public eye.

9:57 PM, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AS I keep saying I love both these two fine people - David Archuletta is a mothers dream son (I have three girls, I can only imagine)
His innocense and demeanor are admirable, as well as his impressive voice and fine character.
David Cook is a true rock star and such a very nice human being who loves his family more than anything including stardom.
Thank you Jennifer and Dave for your excellent blogging you are both great writers and you help make the seasons fun!
Connie

10:03 PM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

Dave, I agree. And I think that's what they want: a teen star who can have immediate commercial appeal to cash in on the Hannah Montana/Jonas Bros. craze right now.

What shall we call him? David Delaware? Davy Dakota? Yes, I like that. :o)

10:03 PM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

Thanks Connie. That's very sweet of you to say. :o)

10:05 PM, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Melissa in TN said...

To me, there's no contest. Cook is head and shoulders above Archuletta. He has more passion, more originality and more emotion. He's a winner if he comes in first or second.

10:18 PM, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Melissa in TN said...

I agree with Connie about the great job Dave and Jennifer have done all season. You guys keep us up to date and entertained. Thank you for sharing.

10:22 PM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger kjl said...

I'm with Melissa. Cook is so much better than Archie--at least in my book. Little David has a great voice, but his breathing issues and squinting drive me crazy. He is very much a one-trick pony--I would SOOOOO much rather listen to Cook. The judges were so blatantly one-sided tonight I wanted to barf. Although it probably wouldn't be best for his career, I would love for Cook to win just to show them that they can't always have their way!

10:36 PM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

I wish I did get the plate on that bus! They threw Cook under it and backed up a few times for good measure.

10:55 PM, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous grannyvi said...

I'm not sure AI threw David Cook under the bus as much as David Cook threw David Cook under the bus. I seriously think he doesn't want the crown because his hands would be tied and controlled for how many years? Archie is young and malleable -- he's perfect for the AI powers-that-be. Unfortunately, he comes with daddy baggage, but that's another issue. For the first time since I've started watching, I don't have a favorite. Both Davids are phenomenal in their own right and both deserve to win it all. But only one will, and I think we all know who it will be. But I also think we all know who will be better off if he doesn't win....

Jen, you're the best. I always check your blog first after each episode. Great minds think alike, you know?

11:12 PM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger Sunshine said...

I think that even if Cook gets more votes tonight, they are still going to crown Archuleta the winner.

I personally liked Cook better than Arch tonight, and agree with everyone that the judges pimped out Archuleta while pushing Cook's great performances aside. However, I do have to agree with Simon that Cook made the mistake of not singing Billie Jean or Hello (Hello, Hello in Simon's words). The World I Know is a great song and has a great meaning, which I think he was trying to prove since Arch picked Imagine. But it just wasn't the right choice to sing for the finale.

I also agree that Cook probably purposely threw himself under the bus tonight. He either knows that being runner-up will give him a better advantage or he knows that Archuleta wouldn't know what to do with himself if they crowned Cook the winner tomorrow. At least Cook can easily smile and be happy that Archuleta won, and congratulate him graciously.

So, I may like Cook much better than Arch, but I think Arch should win because in the long run it will work out better for Cook. (If Cook doesn't win, I still would love to hear that Dream Big song on his album. It was pretty good.)

On a last note, I would love Cook to win, just to see Arch's dad's face when he finds out his boy didn't win the competition. That would make me happy. Darn stage parents, GOSH!

11:24 PM, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

well, we seem to all be in agreement.

(side note, it's 11:19pm, and lines are still packed :) )

As I see it and more importantly, hear it, DA is a better vocalist. His voice was the best I've heard it all year on his Clive song. I haven't liked DA but maybe once all year, I just don't like his tone, but I could see him as a power ballad singer like many that Elton has done. But I don't think he can pull off Elton's more uptempo songs, hence his problem of being only a balladeer.

As for DC, he's more of an artist or a musician. He's not just a vocalist. His vocals are very good, though rough and edgy with a normal rock sound. When he wants too, and he has a few times this season, he can sign straight up and he sounds very good at those times. He has a very decent rock sound, and his final song was pretty good. I actually was thinking he'd have been better singing a big Queen ballad like Bohemian Rhapsody.

Based on how they both sound, I would rather listen to DC because his style of music would be more enjoyable to drive to or work around the house to, etc. DA would be better on a date, or in a doctor's office trying not to offend anyone.

Based on performance, Cook definitely would seem to be the one more enjoyable to watch. Also, I can't imagine how bad the post win interviews on the morning shows and the Tonight Show etc., are going to be is DA wins. He just hasn't learned to talk with the lights and cameras running. DC seems undaunted by the cameras and he'd surely be a better "spokesman" for the show.

And, as the show seems to need a success as the Idol, Cook would seem to be more likely to have a chance to joining Kelly and Carrie as successes rather than ending up like Fantasia, Ruben, and Taylor (and likely Jordin, though it's really too soon to tell about her).

I can see the point about Archie being another Hannah/Jonas type, but seriously, unless they put him on Disney channel, it's not like he's going to get that level of silly hype.

As to the judges, I was very disappointed in most of their comments, but consider this: If you are a Cook fan, are you more likely to vote as much as possible, or if you are an Archie fan, are you more likely to stick to it? I would think Cook fans would be more angry and wanting to prove the judges wrong. We shall see soon :)

JJ

ps it's not 11:38 and I still can't get a call thru for DC.

11:38 PM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

It's 11:41, and I can't believe I am still up. LOL

I have been eavesdropping on message boards, etc., and JJ, you might be right. The Jason, Syesha, Brooke and Michael fans are ticked too, and picking up phones just to spite the judges.

So this is gonna be fun to watch.

11:42 PM, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

I have gotten thru a few times in the past 10 minutes, and after a bit a waiting, made it to Dial Idol.

NOw, THOSE are some interesting results.

DI shows DC up by MORE than 10 points. It's such a large lead they have DC as Green and DA as Red.

Funny about the Jason fans, as was thinking a couple weeks ago that his fans would more likely support Cook because they didn't back Archie to start with. I think more of the others fans would back Cook, since he's the more complete David, more like the person they had been backing.

Will be very interesting. IF Cook does win, I'm going to laugh myself to death!!!

JJ

11:55 PM, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous tracyintpa said...

I have watched just about every episode of Idol since day one and I can't remember being more apathetic about a finale in all 7 seasons. I didn't even vote. I like David Cook a lot, and I'd like to see him win, but to me, he has lost something in the last couple of weeks, I don't know if its exhuastion, personal situations, or what, but I agree he has lost some of his fire, his passion, his spark. Archie is just not my thing. he is a sweet kid, very talented, but he has a lot of maturing to do and needs a little more style, so SIGH... I'll be happy for either contestant. I guess I have become apathetic due to poor judging, one sided judging, Randy being extremely annoying this year, Simon actually being the only judge that makes any sense and seem the least bit objective. Simon apparently wanted DC to sing some creepy, treacly ballad i.e. the crap Taylor Hicks was saddled with. PUHLEASE... at least the crappy song DC sang actually sounded like something I'd hear on the radio (is that a good thing??) Oh well, here's to next season, I hope its a good one... and So You Think You Can Dance is just a day away... : )

11:59 PM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

Okay, I will only admit this because I'm sleepy and have had a few drinks, but I actually dusted off my dialidol software and have been voting for Cookie on two phone lines via two computers.

I don't put a lot of stock in their results when there are more than five contestants, mainly because their margin of error is the size of Montana, but they have NEVER been wrong at two or three. Right now Cookie has a 12-point lead.

If he wins tomorrow, after getting the Greyhound treatment, it will be one of the greatest moments ever in this show. Talk about flipping the judges a bird. And after the Paula gaffe and Randy's incessant idiocy, I will laugh myself senseless.

12:00 AM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

oh, and now I'm watching the replay of the TV Guide network Idol preshow, and it's interesting the cross section of David lovers.

with the "young" ones, the sub 16 types, it seems slightly more DA, but Cook has plenty of fans there. In the older girls especially thru the mid 20's ones, they seem to like Cook much more, I suspect partly because he's in their date-able range and single :) But in the older more mom aged women, it seems Archie makes a little bit of a comeback, I guess because they wish he was their son :) hahaha

Gonna be a wild show tomorrow.

Oh, and Jenn, did you like how they allowed the David's to pick their own coronation song? I really liked that, and of the two, I would much rather hear Cook's version since you can ignore the words and rock out to it more easily :)

JJ

12:01 AM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the closing moments of the show,when both were on stage, look at the body language of Cook when Ryan said one of them would become the next idol. Cook bowed ever so gently and put his hand out, as if to tell young David, "take a bow". I watched it several times on my DVR, and it's unmistakable. Check it yourself.

Cook is a savvy contestant, who has undoubtedly been in contact with other past contestants.. something I can't see young David doing. I think he is very much aware that the "losers" in the top 3 have done quite well for themselves. Reuben who? Taylor who?

In the lexicon of the boxing genre, the man took a dive. I know it like I know the sun will rise tomorrow. Young David will benefit from the intrusion of AI handlers. Cook would be smothered by them. He's too much of a free spirit to subjugate himself to cowtowing to
Cowell and co.

1:32 AM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Chris(Daughtry)ROCKS said...

So did anyone else catch the total DISS on 4 of the past 6 Idol champs?! The show starts out with Ryan setting up the competition like it were a boxing prize-fight. And during that little speech, he says,

"Two men with one name...and one desire: to be crowned champion. Their prize: a heavyweight title reserved only for superstars."

And they cut to quick shots of Kelly Clarkson, CHRIS DAUGHTRY (whom we all know didn't even win the title!), and Carrie Underwood. What?? No Ruben who closed the show? No Fantasia?? No Taylor?! Not even our most recent Idol, Jordin??? Wow...that was really bad!

And did anyone else notice the teleprompter several rows up behind the judges, feeding David Arch his lines during "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"?! Guess they weren't gonna take any chances of missed lyrics ruining their finale. lol

I've never seen a more blatant display of favoritism in a season or in a finale. That was sad. Having said that, I now wonder if they were doing it because they really want DAVID COOK to win. Nothing riles up the fans and mobilizes them into action like dissing their fave. By the way, it's 12:20 a.m. on the west coast and DC's lines are open.

So, I agree pretty much with everyone's comments here. I like David Cook far better than the Arch and will be getting his cd when it comes out. And when he opens for Chris Daughtry (that will be my dream concert!), I'll be the first in line for tickets! But, as I've been saying all season (and as many have said here already), I don't want him to take the title. He'll have much more freedom to make the album *he wants.* And towards that end, I kinda get the feeling that he pulled way back and left everything in the dressing room. I think he knows the Title would be detrimental to his career. We shall see what happens...

3:39 AM, May 21, 2008  
Blogger Kathryn said...

I think David Cook by a mile, althought it was David A's best performaces of the season (no gasping into the mike,trying to keep his eyes open and minimal lip licking..lol), I think that young David still leaves me flat as far as emotion in his songs, I feel that he's singing the words but not really injecting himself into them.

I cried along with David Cook when he finished his last song, I'm more impressed every day with him as a person and can only imagine how much inner strength it must have taken for him to perform every week with his personal struggles. I also agree that David C would be better off not winning but personally, I really don't care which one wins this season, I guess the whole AI machine is showing some rust spots.

8:05 AM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Getting Curious said...

Well, it's the morning after, and DialIdol has Cook over Archuleta by a mile. Make that 11 miles.

All the talk of Cook throwing himself under the bus, the judges propping Arch up like a little puppet... I don't know. I wish you guys could back up and see it from a new perspective.

I wish you could just see how ridiculous it all sounds. Simon caving to the producers in order to say Arch is any good? Cook WANTING to come in second place? After coming this far? Whatever. Like there's anything I could say that would make you guys ditch your dozens of conspiracy theories.

Jennifer, thank you for at least giving Archuleta a little credit for being able to sing. You seem to be the only Cook fan who can say that Archuleta has any talent. All I see from everyone else is disdain and sometimes total disgust. He squints and has an annoying Dad. And he's goofy. What a terrible list of faults (SO insert sarcasm here.)

Why almost no one here can see that both the Davids are highly talented is beyond me.

9:28 AM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Tracy said...

DaughtryRocks... I completely caught the "diss" last night on Taylor and the other idols. They actually said "title holders" then showed a shot of Chris Daughtry. I almost fell off the couch. I have nothing against Daughtry, I admire the success he has made of himself, however HE DID NOT WIN. AI can't seem to accept that. Ever since Daughtry's career took off they have just acted like he won and continue to pretend like Taylor Hicks has never existed. They have not had Taylor back on the show, no "catch up" on his career, ZILCH. Taylor just landed a part on Broadway, no mention of that, no mention of his album going platnum, NOTHING. Its almost as if he was never on the show, I'm surprised they even mentioned his postage stamp last week. DC will have a career whether or not he wins. I have been outraged by the overt pimping that has gone on this season. I read that Randy and Archie's daddy have been quite cozy off of the show. I just wonder what has transpired there. Ok... I've rambled, sorry.... but I am so frustrated with the AI machine this year. I still watch because it is entertaining to see the kids, but the judges need an overhaul.

9:28 AM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Tracy said...

Getting Curious.... Personally I do think Archuleta is very talented, in fact I was rooting for him from the very beginning, I just think he needs to mature more as a person and a performer. He has a beautiful voice, and a sweet spirit, but is lacking in style and artistry. And I believe the age limit for Idol should be raised to 18.... give the kids a chance to grow into themselves a little bit.

9:33 AM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon Cowell was on The Tonight Show on Monday night and when Jay Leno asked which contestant Simon wanted to win, Simon actually gave a straight answer - he said David Cook. The reason was because David Cook is older, more experienced and has worked harder - he was a bartender and came up through the ropes. Where Archuleta is just a 17-year-old kid with a stage dad. (he didn't say the part about stage dad, but he did say everything else). So, I don't think Simon was pimping Arch last night, I think he was just being honest, which was that ARchie turned in better performances.

I agree that David Cook is fantastic but, as Jennifer said, he was missing some fire last night that was what made us all love him in the first place. I don't think he was "taking a dive", I really think he expected Arch to win and just wanted to do his thing and have a good time without worrying about WINNING.

But it looks like he's probably going to WIN anyway!!!

I feel sorry for Archie, because his dad's going to blow a gasket when he loses. Archie is 17-going-on-7. He's been so oversheltered and his dad makes all his decisions for him, so he's like a helpless child. It's sad, really. His dad means well but he's actually done his son a terrible disservice by not letting him grow into a man in a natural progression.

10:10 AM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have watched David Cook closely from the moment I realized he was from my home town of Blue Springs. I really became a fan with his versions of Hello and Billie Jean. I also like the fact that he seems so sincere.

I think David A. has a nice voice, but is so boring. I don't know why they think he is going to be such a great success with the 'tween demographic they want to please since his comfort zone is ballads that tend to all sound the same!

I am dumbfounded by the judges comments this year. For the love of Pete, what is in those large coke cups anyway?? Obama's kool-aid??? It is like they are all brain-washed. I can usually count on Simon to tell it like it is, but I think he has taken a sip or two this season.

I also had a hunch that David C. may have thrown last night's performances also because you know he is going to have Daughtry-like success whatever the turnout may be, but definitely will have more artistic freedom if he loses. David A. needs the guidance American Idol can provide for him.

Angie

10:39 AM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

hmm a few catch up points :)

Teleprompter, I noticed it several times, it wasn't just for Archie. As best I could tell, it was running for all the songs. In a way, that makes sense, since you really don't want either of them forgetting words at this point, but I suspect it's more to do with the lack of time to prepare. 3 songs, all the non practice time, the prep for tonight's show, when did they have time to work on last night's songs anyway :) haha

getting curious - I don't think the DC fans here are saying Archie is a bad singer, mostly that he's not our favorite. He sings well enough, even last night superbly at times, but that doesn't change how all his songs are the same. He's a power ballad guy, he tried an upbeat song once, and it didn't go over great, though it was a nice try. I've been saying from the start his voice sounded like that of a boy changing into a man, and it struck me that his voice was currently stuck in the middle of that change. I suspect in 2 years time he'll sound much better. But that doesn't mean he'll have learned how to act during a song or how to entertain. As long as you don't want "him" to entertain you, and only his voice, then he's ok right now. I like a little more performance myself. One of the reasons I enjoyed Taylor. Not the best singer, but I imagine he'd put on the most fun to watch show.


The DIS - yeah, i noticed that little video shot of Chris and was like, whoa, didn't they just say it was champions? he's a champion in sales, but not in the contest :) haha. I can understand no Jordin in there yet, but that was a low blow to the others.


as to winning destroying cook's career, I don't think so. It didn't destroy Kelly, though she did work to get out of it, and winning hasn't hurt Carrie at all. Simply put, the other winners "needed" Idol, because they were not good enough on their own. Fantasia, as we saw last week, is now a disaster. Ruben I think needs to be this generations Luther Vandrose or Barry White. He'll never be a "pop" singer or a huge commercial success. But he could be a niche success. Taylor will likely do well, but never at the Kelly/Carrie level. Taylor would probably be good as something like a Vegas headliner or Branson etc. He is not offensive to really any demo, and would do great in family oriented vacation spots. Jordin is still too new and young to know where she'll end up. Clay should have beaten Ruben, but regardless, he hasn't been a "star" either, so that season was a bust, as was season 2 really. Neither finalist can be considered a star today.

So I don't see that winning is a death sentence. Even Idol is learning how to handle these kids, and that while they would love to have a kid "pop idol" like a Britney or Hannah or Jonas Brothers, if they get a more mature winner, like Cook, I think they will be smart enough to let him be more like Daughtry. And personally, I think they NEED another solid winner. I don't think Cook will reach Carrie/Kelly status, but in 5 years, I think he'll have the better chance of having a Grammy than Archie. That would be an interesting bet to place :)

JJ

3:20 PM, May 21, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

I totally missed the teleprompter, so I rewatched and sure enough. I think it was probably there for the whole script, not just the songs, but I swear I don't know how any of them could read it - it was like two miles away.

I don't know how I feel about winning destroying the career. The brass wanted Kelly and Carrie, so they worked with them, although Kelly didn't really get mainstream success until her second CD. They wanted Daughtry, so they put their money behind him. They didn't know WTF to do with Ruben and Fantasia, and Jordin has potential.

Then there's Taylor.

I will always be grateful that they didn't want Elliott, allowing him to soar.

I think they know where they want to market Archie, but I doubt they want to deal with Dad. I think Cook is who they want.

3:26 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Chris(Daughtry)Rocks said...

Getting Curious said (to Jennifer): "You seem to be the only Cook fan who can say that Archuleta has any talent."

I've been a DC fan from his first audition. I've also been an Arch fan since I first heard him sing AND talk (I think he's adorable). Just because some people say they like DC better (by however many miles) doesn't make them haters. David A. has loads of talent! I've said to my husband on many occasions, "He really has such an amazing voice!"

The difference is that I can listen to an entire cd of David Cook because he's mature enough as a singer/performer to switch things up now and then. His core style remains the same, but he can sing literally anything (as we've seen on the show). Roberta Flack, for pete's sake!! David A., on the other hand, has exactly one item in his wheelhouse: the power ballad. He does that extremely well (especially for a 17 year old), but that's all he does. With time and experience, he can mature into a better *performer* and a singer who can vary his style. Until that time, I'll save my dollars for David Cook.

3:55 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Chris(Daughtry)ROCKS said...

Jennifer, about the teleprompter. You're right; it wasn't there just for David A.'s song. That's just when I noticed it. I don't ever remember seeing it at any other time during the season when they'd pan over the audience. Any idea why? Was the finale at a different concert hall?

3:59 PM, May 21, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

Well, they were at the Nokia for the first time. They usually go to the Kodak, but it's under construction. From all accounts, the Nokia is HUUUUGE.

4:14 PM, May 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David A. was WAY better than David C. tonight.

5:28 PM, May 21, 2008  

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