David Cook Leads American Idol Charge in Omaha

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He's not related to Kristy Lee Cook.

Unless you're simply going by the impressive audition and rumor that he's made it to the top 24 on this year's American Idol, just like the aforementioned early favorite on the show.

But David Cook has a fresh look and sound, as proven last night when he turned Bon Jovi's classic "Livin on a Prayer" into his own, unique serenade of the judges.

It worked. Simon, Randy and Paula all moved David on to Hollywood, anointing him as the only serious contender from an otherwise lackluster group of auditions in Omaha.

David Cook wants to be the next Chris Daughtry. It's early, but: so far, so good.

As American Idol auditions move to Miami tonight, we yearn for a better crop of singers and/or weirdos. Last night didn't have enough of either.

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What a talent. Excellent voice and creativity.
Break me off a piece of that man.

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Wow david cook is soooooooooooooo shex!!!!!!!!!!!!! DAMN!!!!

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I saw the audition, but I don't know what has happened to him since then, (I don't follow American Idol, but I will now, at least this season) but David is an awesome guy! I went to high school with him and I wish him the best of luck. He looks a LOT different, but he's still hot. From what I remember, he's a stellar guy, genuine and has a great mind. Again, good luck David! I'll vote for you, cowboy.

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ps, David is actually 25 (12/20/82).

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David Cook is an awesome artist. He has been writing his own music since high school. He may have mentioned Daughtry, but he definitely has his own style and has been singing his heart since the days of his school musicals and playing music with his high school friends and during college. I adored him then and he has developed into quite a musician and songwriter. There alot of people cheering for him in his hometown of Blue Springs, Missouri. Way to go David, I will be voting for you.

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I think David Cook is a fine man he seems to have his ducks in a row so to speak. When David speaks you can tell he has his education and something to fall back on if this music doesn't do. I am sure the public will know he has talent as the show progresses, I plan to be watching!

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