Thursday, May 22, 2008
Meet The Winner Of American Idol Season 7...
After months of tryouts, eliminations, semifinals, celebrity mentors, more eliminations, Ford commercials and awkward elimination-night medleys, David Cook was named the champ of the seventh season of American Idol.
The stunned AI victor wept openly on stage after hearing the decision live on Wednesday night's star-studded finale broadcast. "I am at a loss for words right now," he said before being joined onstage by his mother and brother, to whom he pointed and said, "this is all your fault."
As Idol host Ryan Seacrest announced, Cook had earned 54% of the 97.5 million votes cast after Tuesday night's final performance show, which saw the ultimate champ receive mostly negative comments from judge Simon Cowell.
However, in a rare show of humanity before the results were announced, Simon admitted that he had watched the show at home last night and, "it wasn't quite so clear-cut as we called it." The ornery Brit then apologized to Cook, saying, "I think I was verging on disrespectful."