News: As this season of American Idol began, it was very clear who the favorite of the show’s producers was: the young, innocent looking David Archuleta, whose face was plastered all over Idol commercials. At the show’s finale, two of the judges, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, openly coronated David Archuleta as the winner of American Idol. Well, last night, the American people voted. And the rocker David Cook won last night by a staggering 12 million votes. It wasn’t even close. He beat the favorite Archuleta in a “knockout.”
Analysis: This is the first year that Simon Cowell made a prediction at the finale, but was wrong. He said that David Archuleta gave a “knockout” blow with his last song “Imagine” and severely criticized David Cook for attempting to sing a new song instead of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” or Lionel Richie’s “Hello” (both of which Cook had sung with great flair earlier in the season). Cowell scoffed at Cook, “It was completely and utterly the wrong song choice for you on the night.” After Cook’s performance of “World I know,” he broke into tears, but after Cowell’s scathing disapproval, Cook looked like somebody just punched him in the gut.
Every season, Cowell makes his pick at the finale, and each year he’s been right. Well, I love it that this year he was wrong (so was Randy Jackson, I might add — leaving only Paula Abdul in the right). After the votes were in (but before they were announced), Simon Cowell even had to eat crow and “apologize” for what he said the night before to David Cook because Cowell admitted that he “was verging on disrespectful” to Cook. Not only disrespectful, I would say Cowell was arrogant, condescending, and just totally offbase. Like the hackneyed show itself, Cowell is losing his touch.