Each of the dueling Davids raised his game on Tuesday’s “American Idol,” but only one received three glowing reviews from Simon Cowell, who called it a “knockout” performance.
That would be David Archuleta. The doe-eyed teen faced off against David Cook for the “Idol” title Tuesday night, and in Cowell’s opinion, out-performed the 25-year-old rocker. Each David performed three songs in the final performance show, which rolled out announcer Michael Buffer (“Let’s get ready to rumble!”) to introduce the finalists in boxing robes and gloves.
Three rounds later, Cowell made his traditional prediction:
“You came out here tonight to win,” Cowell said, “and what we have witnessed is a knockout.”
In the first round, Cook and Archuleta received both stellar reviews for their respective renditions of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and the Elton John anthem “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” But Cowell declared the 17-year-old from Murray, Utah, the winner.
Cowell also handed the second round to Archuleta, whose performance of “In This Moment” impressed the judge more than Cook’s take on “Dream Big.”
And Archuleta went back to the well to take the third round, closing the show with a repeat of his version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Cook, who chose a song he hadn’t yet performed in Collective Soul’s “The World I Know,” didn’t stand a chance against that.
Both Davids cried after their performing their final songs. The competitors exchanged compliments during the live telecast. “This guy’s awesome,” Archuleta said about Cook, of Blue Springs, Mo., who called The Arch “consistently nice.” “As far as I’m concerned, competition’s over and we’re just having fun,” Cook said.
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