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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David Cook won because he showed creativity, diversity and WAS WILLING to take risks and do songs out of the POP only genre. Sometimes it did not work as well, but hey we all have a bad day. In the future he should develop more of his soulful and blues side... D.A. has a nice melodic voice, but he plays it safe with songs that work within his range. He's just not developed enough to create his own style. Message to the music columnist Jim Farber of the NY Daily News...D.C. is NOT a GRUNGE singer. Too bad you weren't listening to him...or maybe you lost a bet and lots of money...Why else were you SOOOOO ANGRY that he won.

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This was the perfect ending! The best performer won!

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Congrats David!!! i am so excited for you. i know that you'll be winning Grammys in the near future. i watched the show all season long from Jamaica and realized that you have immense talent. So one love David and walk good!!!!

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I was pumped to see Cook win. I tried my best to put this into words, and I could not help doing so from my own perspective as a Christian in a blog post called "Going the Distance: Having Eyes to See Amazing Grace in American Idol". If you are interested, you can read it here:
http://adeolumen.com/2008/05/2...

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DAVID COOK IS THE BEST IDOL EVER, IT'S JUST THE BEGGINING, HE IS GOIND TO WIN GRAMMYS, AND SELL MILLIONS OF CDS.THE WORLD LOVE UUUU.

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So glad David Cook won! I actually enjoyed the finale show last night- they had some performances last night.

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I almost didn't believe it. I'm a DC fan through and through but I was bracing myself for Ryan to announce Archie won. You know what? CONGRATS! I should have had more faith in you and your awesome voice!

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congrats to you, david cook!

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David Cook, you are one fine talented musician. Your honesty and natural talent that you bring every time to the stage and anywhere , is absolutely outstanding. We love you here in Canada, as I am sure you will be loved by many everywhere. Keep it real bro. You rock.
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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]
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