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 ...


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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David Archuleta Biography

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David Archuleta finished second on the seventh season of American Idol. The adorable, talented singer suffered from vocal chord paralysis... More »
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David Archuleta Quotes

He's been my role model. Just a great person to look up to. He's been my big brother through this.

David Archuleta [on David Cook]

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]