Now we know why David Cook was
so emotional at the end of
his performance Wednesday night.
When the phone rang, I almost didn’t answer it.
After all, it was Tuesday evening and American Idol was only minutes old. David Archuleta had just brought the house down with his opening number on Mariah Carey Night.
About 10 minutes later, I was so glad I had picked up the phone.
“Do you realize what you’ve done to my wife?” the voice at the other end said.
It was an old buddy from my days in Ohio who now lives in Florida. Uncertain where he was going with that initial thought, I laughed and said, “What are you talking about?”
Dr. Alan Platt, a college professor and one of the brightest minds I have ever come in contact with, told me that his lovely wife, Kim, had become an American Idol junkie.
“I won’t keep you, because I know this is one of the most important nights of the week for you … and by the way, that David Archuleta looks like he should be wearing Mickey Mouse ears,” the good doctor said.
It seems that Kim, an incredibly successful businesswoman who spends many of her weeks criss-crossing the nation dealing with major executives, always makes time on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to watch American Idol.
“She started reading your blog … and became hooked,” Mr. Platt said. “It’s all your fault.”
Sensing an opportunity for a shameless plug (which this is), I told my friend I feel his pain. It was six years ago I was bitten by the Idol bug and have never been the same since.
“OK, we’ll talk more another time,” he said. “I just had to call and tell you.”
It was really nice to hear from the good doctor. Even better to hear about his wife.
Kim Platt, IdolNation salutes you!
OK, back to the reason we have all gathered here…
On a night that had all sorts of possibilities for one meltdown after another, it proved to be an amazing surprise — at least for the guys.
David Cook, David Archuleta and Jason Castro simply overwhelmed Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Kristy Lee Cook and Syesha Mercado.
There is no doubt we lose one of the girls tonight.
Take it to the bank.
I’ll be perfectly honest. I was REALLY rooting for David Cook to have a great night after learning his brother, Adam, 36, is undergoing chemotherapy for a second diagnosis of brain cancer. Adam was finally able to fly to the west coast this week and see his brother perform. The camera had one shot of him Tuesday night, and it was obvious he was in the midst of a tremendous physical battle.
That was why David Cook was so emotional at the end of his “Always Be My Baby” offering. I think we’ve seen a whole new David Cook the past month or six weeks following Simon’s comment(s) about him being smug. I didn’t think that remark was entirely fair at the time, but it seemed to have turned over a different side of young Mr. Cook, and we have all benefited.
Honestly, I didn’t think Cook’s “Always Be My Baby” was THAT amazing, but it was certainly outstanding. One of my daughters called me after the show, however, and talked non-stop about the performance. So maybe it was something of a generation gap thing.
Archuleta was superb with his “When You Believe” — and where did that falsetto come from? The Little Guy was at his best, probably his finest effort since “Imagine.” Good for him.
Castro’s “I Don’t Wanna Cry” choice had me worried, but he pulled it off — masterfully. It was not his best-ever effort and far from his MOMENT of a week ago with “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” but — to quote Randy — he worked it out, dawg.
The girls? Two were passable, two were not.
Syesha Mercado and Kristy Lee Cook were — by far — the best of the four, but that’s not saying a whole lot. Syesha’s “Vanishing” was interesting but not memorable, while Kristy Lee, who is always interesting, was not quite at the same level she had been in recent weeks. Too bad, because she could have just about guaranteed herself a spot in the final four if she had been.
Then there is Carly Smithson. Her familiar draped-in-dark choice of garb was so fitting on a night when she turned in the dreariest performance of her Idol career. “Without You” was all over the place and even hard to listen to, let alone watch. My gosh, put her out of her misery and vote her off the show.
And poor Brooke White. Even though she returned to sitting at the piano, it was not a good night. “Hero” was average at best. She is definitely in peril tonight.
THIS WEEK’S RANKINGS
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
1. (1.) DAVID COOK: I’ll make the prediction right now. There will be a new voting record established in this year’s finals, which at this point I would guess would be a battle of the Davids.
2. (2.) DAVID ARCHULETA: He closed the gap Tuesday night.
3. (3). JASON CASTRO: Why do I think a starring role in a remake of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is just waiting for this guy? What a day for a daydream, what a day for a daydreamin’ boy.
4. (5.) KRISTY LEE COOK: Yeah, you’re right. There’s quite a drop-off between Nos. 3 and 4. And that hurts me to say about my future wife.
5. (7.) SYESHA MERCADO: A sure bet for tonight’s bottom three with Carly and Brooke.
6. (6.) BROOKE WHITE: Her fall from grace is reminiscent of when Wendi Richter lost the women’s world wrestling championship in the 1980s.
7. (7.) CARLY SMITHSON: Remember what the scoreboard always read when pitcher Eric Gagne entered a game for the Dodgers at the height of his career? “Game over.”
READY, SET, GO: Carly, or possibly Brooke or Syesha.