Did your jaw hit the floor?
Did your heart stop?
Did your part of the world that came to a screeching halt like mine did?
I think When David Cook was named the new American Idol those in the room with me actually quit breathing. Kind of like I did.
What an unbelievable turn of events.
And you know what? It was the right call.
And it also would have been the correct decision if David Archuleta had won. I would have no problem with either one as the new Idol.
Like so many of you suggested Wednesday with your comments, Little David probably won the night of the finals, but Cookie won the season. I agreed with that sentiment, but I thought the two were probably so close in the voting that the ultimate tiebreaker would have come from the finals performance.
I was dead wrong, judging by the 12-million vote disparity.
David Cook will be a great American Idol, and both of the Davids will have outstanding careers.
My gut told me Tuesday night that David Archuleta had won, but my heart told me Wednesday night the right call was made when David Cook was announced as the new Idol.
What a classy young guy David Cook is — and so is David Archuleta.
But this night belonged to Cookie. He handled himself with such dignity, incuding making sure the audience gave Little David his fair due.
Even the pillar of apathy, Ryan Seacrest, seemed overcome with emotion at the end when David Cook was unable to hold back the tears.
What a perfect cap to a perfect season. This, without a doubt, was the finest overall year for the finest overall television show.
A friend sent an e-mail earlier this week concerning a story in the Baltimore Sun newspaper. It broke down how American Idol has changed various elements of not only television, but society in general, since its unbelievable run started seven years ago.
And all of those changes, according to the article, have been for the better.
I don’t know about you, but I feel good about David Cook being the new American Idol. And I feel good about life in general today.
Is this a great country or what?
Long live American Idol.
UNEXPECTED WORDS FROM SIMON
I applaud Simon Cowell for his closing remarks. He apologized to David Cook for what may have been interpreted as disrespect from the preceding night. Randy and Paula each babbled something unintelligible, and then Simon put a proper cap on the season.
Simon also said, “I want to congratulate both of you … and for the first time I don’t care who wins.”
I think that is how the large majority of America felt.
A few of the other highlights from Wednesday night:
• David Cook with ZZ Top, singing “Sharp-Dressed Man”: This is what Cookie was cut out to do. That was so-o-o-o his element, not that Collective Soul embarrassment from the preceding night.
• The Guitar Hero commercial with David Cook playing the role of Tom Cruise from the film “Risky Business.”
• Bryan Addams with the top six guys: The only drawback here was the return of David Hernandez. Does he really have to be part of the tour?
• Brooke White teaming with Graham Nash for “Teach the Children”: That was the Brooke we came to know and love.
• Carrie Underwood in that white outfit: Was part of it missing? Holy cow, Carrie! But I do like the Paris Hilton bangs.
• George Michael’s appearance: Can you say over the hill? Must have been a blue-light special at the Kmart of washed-up rock icons.
• Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller performing as “The Pips” in support of Gladys Knight: It lasted a bit too long but was still hilarious.
A sincere thanks to all of you who religiously read this blog and made the maiden voyage through this new experience with me.
We started out here about four months without a clue — and we still have none, but every step of this blogging journey has been a riot.
To Earl, West Side, Kim Platt, Cliff Compton, Courtney, Natalie, Tyler, Florida Al and others whose names escape me right now, you made this all worthwhile.
We’ll resume again in early January, but keep checking back for Idol updates during the upcoming months. (And we can still keep in touch on my “I Have A Lot to Share” blog.)
Until then, I leave you with these words:
“THIS … is American Idol!”