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...