Um, not trying to be negative, but also keepin’ in real. The beginning? The boxing match? Not so much. Nice try, producers. Okay, back to being positive. Songs chosen by Clive Davis: CookI Still Haven’t Found What I’m Lookin’ For – Oh Lordy, he sounds good so far. What a great song and what a great voice. Good call to leave the guitar behind. That boy is a star. Wow-wee. Nice ending, DC. ArchuletaDon’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – This is a great song for him. He has amazing pitch. Chill bumps are back, folks. I like his ad-libbing. That’s a talent that few can really do well and he “do it well”, y’all. Chasing Rabbit #1: Okay, so Archuleta can sing. I will not dispute that. But, it appears to me that the judges are setting up the win for the boy over Cook. I’m just sayin’. New Songs: CookDream Big – Smart boy to bring the gih-tar back on a song that is not known by everyone. It adds that cool factor. Nice sounding song. He is a tremendous singer and he brings an all-around package. However, he isn’t as much of a feeler as the next guy. Really liked this song and his performance. ArchuletaIn This Moment – A ballad. Predictable, but if that’s what you do well, then do it. The thing going for Archuleta, besides the teenage girl votes, is that he is believable. People connect with people who connect with them. What countenance that child has. He’s 17 and is singing on a stage in front of 7,000 people. That is impressive. I’d be shakin’ in my boots and standin’ in a puddle of pee pee. Did I say that out loud? Very fitting song for him. Didn’t knock me over but he did a mighty nice job. Chasing Rabbit #2: If Simon doesn’t quit giving Archuleta all the props, I think the little man might pull a Marie Osmond and faint on the stage. Girl, you know it’s true. Contestant’s Choice: CookThe World I Know – You know, this boy is probably not going to win the competition but it has nothing to do with talent. He’ll have a record deal waiting on his voicemail before Ryan can even do a re-cap of the evening. He’ll be another Daughtry. I just like his vibe. I like how he is way cool but yet can really sing, too. Love me some David Cook. Oooo, nice falsetto ending. Ah, sweet boy is crying. I’d like to hand the boy a tissue. So, so proud of him. People all season long have called him arrogant and frankly, I DISAGREE. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY DISAGREE. And I have the gift of the discernment. I’m just sayin’. ArchuletaImagine – He is not a fool. If I sounded as good on this song as he did, I’d be singin’ it everywhere I went…the store, the bank, church…yeah, that’s pretty much all I do. I don’t get out much. If I was that boy’s momma I be cryin’ a river. Chris Beall is cryin’ again and who can blame the preachin’ sweetie. This song and performance is out of this world. He seriously needs to do this as one of his songs on his new CD. He sang three ballads tonight and stole the entire show. Who called it, y’all? Who called it? Y’all know who called it. The Bealls did. We called it way back when the Top 12 were chosen. Don’t believe me? Click HERE. We know our talent and I happen to know how teenage girls think ๐Ÿ™‚ But please. Give some love to DC. He does deserve it. It has been a pressure pleasure, my internet peeps, to walk you through the American Idol Season 7. Seriously, I have enjoyed it and have been honored to help you learn about the ins and outs of this crazy industry that we adore…MUSIC. It touches us. It moves us. It makes us smile. And cry. And laugh. And it brings healing to our souls. Signing off for now on American Idol…until next January…maybe.ย  Jury is still out if I will do this again. I’m just sayin’.ย 

13 thoughts on “AI FINALE, FOLKS!”

  1. I agree I don’t think Cook will win but he is so awesome! We will be buying his album when it comes out. Well I think you picked it right on, we will just have to wait and see tomorrow night…..

  2. Just wanted to give you a huge thanks for being my AI! I haven’t watched a full show all season but have been kept fully current through your entertaining and fun posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m just sayin’.

  3. You know I was thinking the same thing about David Cook being another Daughtry. Fine by me. I won’t be spending a dime on Disney David A’s albums. Nope.

  4. Yes, I would personally be very happy if the judges all, once and forevermore, stopped predicting wins and losses and stayings and goings-home for the contestants. Let AMERICA decide, without your promptings, please, judges. (they probably can’t hear me, can they? Oh, well. Thank you for letting me vent here.)

  5. You are too funny. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was one of those who thought Davd C was a little haughty, but tonight, I have to admit – he changed my mind! I still don’t know who’s gonna win, but it’s been mighty fun watching. (and reading your rabbit trails!)

  6. yep. total set up. BUT – i was trying to think positive here and started wondering if the judges know that a contract with, whoever they get a contract with, would kill Cooks possibilities. I mean, the guy is set whether or not he wins. but if he takes 2nd he’s a bit more freed up to keep his options open. so maybe, just maybe, it’s strategic?

  7. THANKYOU! My word I sat at home thinking what are the judges doing? They totally set up David A. to win. He did very well vocally but I felt like he sang the same song all night long. All ballads. All the time. David Cook at least branched out a little and tried some things and for that the guys deserves props. He got 5 of my votes ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I’m still holding out for the Cookster.

    I liked it when he said [of D.A.] “I’m trying to keep up with this KID.” Kid. ha/ha. I laughed at the invisible finger poke.

  9. Just as a side note, Simon predicted Cook would win when he was on Leno the night before (Mon night.) So I don’t think there is any prejudice from Simon’s perspective… not sure about the other judges.

  10. “Iโ€™d be shakinโ€™ in my boots and standinโ€™ in a puddle of pee pee. Did I say that out loud?”

    Goodness, you make me LAUGH. Had to read this post out loud to the boys in my office so they could enjoy it too (they all watch AI; last night was the first one I’d paid any attention to)

  11. I’ve love your “insider wisdom” for AI all year. Hope you can do it next year. I used you as an unnamed professional source several times this year. You always make me shake my head and smile!

    (Your mom’s SS friend)

  12. GOOD recap…you are dead on. I dearly wish Cook would win, I think he is HANDSDOWN the IDOL however I’m afeared that the youngin will win tonite. Fingers crossed for the Rocker! I totally think you should do this next season…it’s my first time reading yours but YOU ROCK! Have a great one! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the show tonite!

  13. I agree with you that David Cook is NOT arrogant. He is confident, but not arrogant. I’m glad that Simon said that he was a genuinely nice guy. We know that David A. is a sweetheart but I think that people were unsure what to think of David C.

    I love David A.’s version of Imagine. To be honest I think I like it better than the original. I think he will win tonight.

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