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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What is wrong with ballads?!?! David Archuleta's music helped me through the hardest time of my life. If it wasn't for his smile humble performances and "master class" volcals as Simon put. But David A. will prove that Idol was unnessacary because he will be just as sucsseful as cook if not more. And think what kind of Idol do you want kids to have. Smart,Caring, good kid, humble,heart of gold. Well guess who has all of that David Archuleta does!

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YES......OF COURSE!!!!!!!David A should win AI because he's the person America is lookin 4.the style of the song doesn't matter,if the person has an amazing voice(just like Archie),that means he can sing any style of song.& believe me,someday DA will be a best selling artist & a successful one.Archie u're the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I love David Archuleta, and I coudn't agree with kelly more. He's just deserve to win so much more than Cook. But what's done is done, and Archie doesn't need American Idol , he will have an amazing career.

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i fur shuree think david a should have won!! but david cook is also really good! i liked them both..so its all done and over with..stop trashing both of them! neither of them deserve to be trashed! they are both getting records and we will be hearing a lot of them. just be happy with what happened.

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You Americans are so dumb!!! Of course Cook won because you consume that kind of screaming "pseudo grunge" second hand singer and then forget about them... Cook is not bad for a band singer leading, but please!!! No way you can compare that with someone who at 17 is already a jewel. Agreed with Jasmine... Cook is another Daughtry... the difference is that Daughtry is leading a band and recognized he can't be a solo artist.... DA should won OF COURSE.

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SO HAPPY DC WON, HE DESERVED IT...HE IS A TALENTED HOT DUDE, I LOVE HIS VOICE, AND HE CAN SING ANY SONG, EVEN IF HE HAS THIS ROCKSTAR PACKAGE...WHILE DA CAN ONLY DO BALLADS...ITS SO OBVIOUS...IN THEIR FINAL SONG AT AI, DA CAN'T DELIVER, HE IS SUPER POWERED BY THE VOICE AS WELL AS THE STAGE PRESENCE OF DC...AI IS NOT VOICE PER SE, IT'S THE WHOLE PACKAGE,,,HE IS THE FIRST AI WORTH WATCHING.

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David Archuleta obviously should have won American Idol. Yea he did sing alot of ballads, but thats who he is and thats what he does. He's good at it and he shouldnt be judged for it. Now as for David Cook, we all know where he's going. He's gonna be another Chris Daughtry with his rock songs and probably a band. We dont need that again. We need something different and David Archuleta was that something different. And besides, the fan girls want someone close to their age who's a real cutie. Someone who they can listen to and drool over. They can't do that with David Cook.

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David Cook has got it going on! I love his voice and I can't wait to hear his first cd! David A is cute and talented but David C is smoking hot and an awesome performer!!!!

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America definitely got it right this year! Couldn't have stood it if the fetus had won.

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I am SO HAPPY that America chose David Cook as their 2008 American Idol. He so DESERVED it!! ... Wild!