David Cook Rocks the House on American Idol

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Tuesday's American Idol featured the top 10 contestants performing songs from the year they were born. You'll be happy to know that not a single contestant â€" they are all far too young â€" sang anything by the Beatles, for a change!

It was a night of strong performances, but one stole the show.

Born in 1982, David Cook finished out the night with a stunning, brave performance of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Cook slowed the dance track down, rocked it out and created an entirely new vibe for a very familiar song.

Randy Jackson described it as "original," "bold" and "molten hot." Paula Abdul was "blown away" while Simon Cowell, acknowledging the risk of changing the song so much, remarked on the singer's bravery and called David Cook "amazing."

David Cook might be the new frontrunner on American Idol after this.

Earlier, defying expectations, Kristy Lee Cook finally had a good night!

The cutie chose to perform "God Bless the U.S.A.," by Lee Greenwood from 1984, adding her familiar country twang. The judges liked it and praised Kristy Lee Cook for picking a both a "poignant" and "respectful" song.

Simon Cowell called it the "most clever" song choice he'd heard in years. We are pretty sure he was actually serious, as well.

The judges also seemed to like David Archuleta but only Cowell seemed to recognize his song (He sang "You're the Voice" by John Farnham).

They weren't quite feeling Carly Smithson, although she mastered "Total Eclipse of the Heart," but they loved Michael Johns, who combined two Queen songs, opening with "We Will Rock You" and finishing with "We Are the Champions."

But David Cook definitely owned the night.

Randy called him "the most original, the most bold contestant we've ever had" and suggested he "might be the one to win the whole lot."

Could Jackson be right? You tell us. Who do you think had the best - and the worst - performances from Tuesday's American Idol?

Here's David Cook doing "Billie Jean" from last night ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Ke1zCWgI8[/youtube]

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The author of the arrangement was credited, as has been stated previously. So I don't see the issue. The judges were talking about the performance, they were aware who did the arrangement. I agree that what made the song so awesome was David--his passion, boldness, powerful voice...wow. I enjoy watching and listening to him soooo much! Hello, All Right Now...they're all great.

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David Cook is amazing! He has an amazing voice and is also a great performer. i love how he gets so into every song he performs. And he did credit Chris Cornell and Whitesnake with the versions he did. I found some other songs by him from his solo album he made prior to Idol. The album was called Analog Heart and from what i have heard of it....its very good.

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He had me at "hello" ;-)

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David Cook was the best last nights and the last few weeks... he's my fave since the auditions and this things about takin credit... he didnt and besides isnt that what all the contestants do? resing ppl's song? he just chooses the lesser known versions and he DOES credit the ppl what should be noted is that he did rocked last nite more than Chris's version and the judges said he's brave because he is ..for choosing the version that was lesser known to a remarkable popular POP song so that was huge to an audience that has no idea of a varyin version that was BRAVE and BOLD ...and he probably helped Chris get more downloads..

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When I saw the David Cook's Billy Jean again on Video at http://idol-mania.com/american... I was impressed. Some are sparking a controversy that David C ripped off musician Chris Cornell's version. Regardless David Cook was entertaining while David Archuleta's suck up to David Foster was just plain cheesy.

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He Never took credit. Plus it is a little different from Cornell's version. Plus he had to make it work in less than 1:40 mins. Great performer, terrific on camera, and handsome voice. Best of the night!

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Chris Cornells live rendition of this song can be seen on Chris's official site in the news section. It would probably be nice to properly reflect the song that was actually covered. It was Chris Cornells version of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".

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his gamble was payoff.

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Yep, Ryan did mention the version was from Chris Cornell. Right before he introduced David. This performance was beyond the arrangement. The intensity with which David performed it, his voice that didn't falter, that high note that really took the song to another level... The arrangement was great, but what really made this performance so amazing was David.

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Acutally, Seacrest introduced David Cook's performance by saying it was Cornell's version of the song. HARDLY taking credit for it. Point blank......that was the most amazing performance I have ever seen on Idol. Check the high note that he holds FOREVER and then goes HIGHER from there! DAAAANG!!!

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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