Whenever I feel like I need to get my ego in check, I'll call my family.

David Cook

I'm fearful that [the styling team is] going to make my hair ridiculous like Sanjaya. No faux hawk!

Anoop Desai

As far as people thinking I’m pretty or something. fans. I don’t know. It’s amazing what a haircut and forgetting to shave will do.

David Cook

I get my strength from my faith in God. My goal is to be a Christian who does mainstream music. I want my music to reach out to the multitudes. I want to bring entertainment, but I want to bring encouragement and hope at the same time.

Danny Gokey

She has to be fun, have respect for herself and be adventurous.

David Archuleta [on his dream girl]

I’m thrilled that the California supreme court overturned the ban on gay marriage. I can’t wait to get married. We all deserve the same rights, and I believe that someday we’ll look back on this and not allowing gays to marry will seem as absurd as not allowing women to vote.

Ellen DeGeneres

I started this season — much to Simon’s chagrin — as the word nerd and I’m absolutely at a loss for words. Thank you guys. This is amazing. Thank you.

David Cook

The respect that I have for David Archuleta is very much past a competitor thing. He has more talent at his age than I know what to do with at 25.

David Cook

David Cook: You know, everybody's got an opinion, and tonight was Archuleta's night. I have to concede it: The kid came out all three songs and nailed it. But I walk away from this with my head held high.

The fact that people were able to feel what I was trying to give off as I sing is one of the coolest and best feelings ever.

David Archuleta

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]

He's given me a lot of good advice and helped me from making any dumb decisions. He understands more than anyone what I want in music, and I've felt really blessed to have someone like that.

David Archuleta [on his controversial father]