Monday, May 12, 2008

The Next American Idol

OK, it's time to go out on a limb. We're down to the final three, and by Wednesday night we'll know who the finalists are. It seems like a no-brainer that the finale will feature David Cook vs. David Archuleta, but we're still skeptical that The Evil Puppeteer (Nigel Lythgoe) has something unexpected up his sleeve. Could it be a David Cook vs. Syesha Mercado finale? Or, worst of all, a David Archuleta vs. Syesha Mercado finale? Our money's still on David vs. David. That's where the ratings live. So who will win? David Cook. Idol missed their shot with Chris Daughtry two years ago. Sure, they still make money off of him, but it would have been so much sweeter if the American Idol, not the fourth-place finisher, had been the biggest selling artist in 2007.

David Cook's potential CD sales could even overtake Chris Daughtry's. He's über talented and can sing "Phantom of the Opera" with as much ease as Phantom Planet. The stylists have exposed his raw sexuality and, surprise! he's also a nice guy. The perfect Idol package. Besides, David Archuleta's daddy dearest cost the show a bundle when sonny boy snuck some lyrics from Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" into his rendition of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me." We all know that payback is a bitch. And payback Idol-style will be David Cook singing the assuredly icky coronation song on May 21.

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