David Cook was crowned the winner of American Idol, season seven. He was favorite throughout the competition, as the rocker was admittedly inspired by Chris Daughtry. He hopes to equal that star's success on the show and in his follow-up career.

Cook auditioned in Omaha and sang "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi. He worked as a bartender before making it big on stage.

He released his debut album on November 18, 2008 and is dating former American Idol finalist Kimberly Caldwell. They make for a very cute couple.

David Cook Quotes

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

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.