David Cook Wins American Idol!

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After a dramatic, tension-filed few months, David Cook defeated David Archuleta by 12 million votes to capture the seventh season title on American Idol.

Ryan Seacrest made the announcement, and then his introduced the winner to the audience with the following words, causing Cook to break down in tears:

A bartender and now the winner of this competition, brought to us by his brother... David Cook!

Congratulations, David C. Here's a photo tribute to the winner. Click on each thumbnail below to be taken along on Cook's American Idol journey this season...

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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]