Face-Off: Should David Archuleta Win American Idol?

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The big night is here. The favorite from the onset, David Archuleta has dispatched all but one singer as he closes in on the American Idol crown. But does Archuleta deserve it - or should David Cook win? That's the subject of today's Face-Off ...

SHOULD DAVID ARCHULETA BE THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL?

David Archuleta at the Finale

YES by Free Britney

To paraphrase a line from the great MC Paul Barman, David Archuleta's voice makes even the most anti-choice granny's panties moist.

That may be a crude way of putting it, but there's no denying that young Archuleta has massive appeal - and is a star in the making.

The American Idol world has seen some amazing talent and some real cuties, but David Archuleta may take the cake on both fronts.

This kid is no novelty act, but a true prodigy.

His formidable fellow finalist, David Cook, has been lauded for his guitar playing, but don't forget that David Archuleta accompanied himself on piano during his renditions of "Another Day in Paradise" and "Angels." He's got game!

Oh, and what an inspirational story! Archuleta once suffered partial vocal paralysis (from which he is still recovering)! He's controlled by his insane father! He couldn't even go to his prom! What more can he do to win our hearts?

He's the only guy not named Jack Daniel to bring Paula Abdul to tears. Just "imagine" what he could do with an entire CD!

NO by mischalova

David Archuleta is more boring than a PBS documentary about pocket lint.

The 17-year old has an incredible voice for his age, no doubt, but American Idol is as much about commercial success as it is about hitting every note. The show is searching for the next musical superstar.

Does the country really want another Taylor Hicks-type champion? Speaking of which: take away Taylor's gray hair for a moment. What are you left with?

It's David Archuleta! Another cute, cuddly singer with no chance of ever winning a Grammy.

We know you love squealing at the sight of Archuleta, teenage girls, but think about the sort of music you like listening to now. Beyonce. Miley Cyrus. Rihanna.

These stars dance around to catchy pop tunes.

Archuleta stands still and sings the same tired ballads every week.

Conversely, David Cook is versatile, creative and fun. It's easy to see him as the next Chris Daughtry.

So that's your choice, America: another Daughtry, or a teenage version of Josh Grobin. What, you haven't heard of Josh Grobin? Exactly.

Step aside, David Archuleta. David Cook is the true American Idol.

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The fact is: David A. changes so much since AI. His album consits not just ballads but Rythmics too. His performance on stage improves each day. The same song sounds different each time he sings. There are so many different ways he sings "Crush".
It's useless talking about did he deserve to be the American Idol. The point that I want to make is: David doesn't have to be the American idol, because he is going to be great and his singing career will be soaring. To be the runner-up is better for him because it won't give him the stressfulness of being the champion which make people expect him/her to be on top and the best. Now we can see how relax David is, he is really enjoying his life, and enjoying being able to perform no stress. we can see he is radiant, always smiles because he is happy and he has a lot of fans who adore him, love him unconditionally and happy for him. Mark my words: David is just starting and warming-up, you haven't seen the real deal yet!!!!!!!

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This is great article! Thanks for seeing The David that his fans see! The only part that is truly false is you quote'He's controlled by his insane father!" That is entirely untrue. You have heard the sayin that apples dont fall far from the tree! Well if you have seen his dad with him and the press on tons of shows you would know that he is one of the nicest men you would ever met.Just like David!! He has made hugh scarificies for David being away from his wife and family to help David with his dream. Even Cook said that people where just looking for drama in that season. They couldnt find it so they made it up! Last season was a season of comradity between all the top ten! Anyway thanks for all the kind words about David. He is a true gem just waiting for the world to discover!

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Yes David archuleta should have won! Just check out xrank! He is consistantly ranked in the top Musician and Celebrity! Cook isnt even in the ranking except xtreme movers. Archie is in all 3. I like Cook and so does Archie but As Randy and Simeon said he had clearly the best vocals of the season. He is turning to be on the the top artists of 2008. Watch out 2009!!!!!!!!!He will take the world by storm with his humble ways and steelar voice! A voice that pentrates you soul!

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Yes David archuleta should have won! Just check out xrank! He is consistantly ranked in the top Musician and Celebrity! Cook isnt even in the ranking except xtreme movers. Archie is in all 3. I like Cook and so does Archie but As Randy and Simeon said he had clearly the best vocals of the season. He is turning to be on the the top artists of 2008. Watch out 2009!!!!!!!!!He will take the world by storm with his humble ways and steelar voice! A voice that pentrates you soul!

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I do like david archuleta voice.he must be a real idol.everybody amazes to his voice whatever song he sings will be greatheard.I don't know howmany times i spend my time listening to him.I believe he's not arrogan,maniac or trouble maker.he's natural, i felt so angry when he accuse as a gay.he's a real man and he keeps smile when he's accuse. i really want to see DA and listen to him singing it must be so amazing.david when will you come to Indonesia,my lovely country?I want to be his real admirer.DAVID ARCHULETA I'd like to say you're the greatest boy.what a happyparent they have you,you're natural and i know people love you so much because of your personality.

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i'm indonesian.i actually never feel mesmerized to the singer as to DA.he's a great boy for family,fans and to all people.i don't know how many times i come to internet for listening to him.crush is my most favorite song.david archuleta must be a winner.in every problem he keeps smile.i'm so angry when anyone accused him as a gay.in his holly life people accuse him untruth statements.every song can be sung beautifully by him.david when will you come to indonesia i wanna see u closer or even sing with you.I do love your voice whatever song you sing will be beautiful.I SWEAR

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I do like david archuleta voice.he must be a real idol.everybody amazes to his voice whatever song he sings will be greatheard.I don't know howmany times i spend my time hearing him.I believe he's not arrogan,maniac or trouble maker.he's natural, i felt so angry when he accuse as a gay.he's a real man and he keeps smile when he's accuse. i really want to see DA and listen to him singing it must be so amazing.david when will you come to Indonesia,my lovely country?I want to be his real admirer.DAVID ARCHULETA I'd like to say you're the greatest boy.what a happyparent they have you,you're natural and i know people love you so much because of your personality.

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Everyone hates cook!! Archuleta is the real idol! Put that in your juice box and suck it cook.

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OK U PPL WHO SED THAT THE GIRLS WHO SCREAM FOR ARCHIE BECUZ HES JUST A CUTIE...HOW DO U KNOW THAT WE SCREAM JUSTG BECAUSE HE'S HANDSOME? I ROOT FOR HIM BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL HE HAS AN AMAZING PERSONALITY WHICH NOT MOST GUYS (IM NOT TALKING ABOUT COOK SO DONT CURSE AT ME)HAVE THESE DAYS. I ALSO LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE HAS A GREAT TALENT AND GIFT. HOW COULD YOU TALK BAD ABOUT DAVID A IF HIM AND COOK ARE LIKE BROTHERS???!?!! COOK WOULDN'T WANT YOU TO TALK LIKE THAT ABOUT ARCHIE! AND HE ALREADY WON...SO STOP BEING JERKS AND POINTING OUT THE NEGETIVE THINGS ABOUT ARCHIE! I DONT HATE DAVID COOK, INSTEAD I REALLY LIKE HIM AND I THINK HE HAS A REALLY REALLY GOOD VOICE..I JUST HAPPEN TO LIKKE ARCHULETA MORE.

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"Besides, he's such a great role model, some body you can look up to. He's so humble, witty, friendly, caring, selfless. He always putting other people first. I love it how he spent one of his rare spare days after Idol singing for troubled teens, and he wanted to arrange a concert in Utah just so he can sing and talk to fans, since he didn't have the chance to really talk to them during the homecoming. The tickets would only cost a dollar, and all the money would be donated to charity. But then again, he was dissed again by the producers of AI. He just has a heart of gold and a beautiful soul. Not just that, he's a good son and a straight-As student. Don't you want your kids to have an idol like that, people?" WOW COULDN'T AGREE MORE!!!!