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After 'American Idol,' David Archuleta can still beat David Cook at the Grammys and beyond

May 27, 2008 |  7:25 pm

Sure, David Cook pulled off that jaw dropper over David Archuleta on "American Idol," but David Archuleta can still beat David Cook by winning more showbiz awards in the future and by having a longer career.

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Some people think David Cook has an edge right now because he's more "cool" in that rocker way, but David Archuleta has a secret and maybe more powerful advantage: He's a more romantic figure. Female fans ache for him. Even crazy ole Paula Abdul admitted getting "goosebumps" when he sang those I-gotta-have-you-or-I'm-gonna-die power ballads. In short, there's an extraordinary, passionate connection between David Archuleta and female fans that's obvious to see and I'm not convinced David Cook's got the same thing going on.

David Cook might, but he's dangerously cocky — that could backfire on him. Cook is terrific at stylizing music to give tunes a hip sound, but he doesn't break hearts when he sings. He needs to do that to establish a music career that echoes on.

Consider some of the multiple winners of the Grammy Award for best pop male vocals. These guys are real heart breakers — men not afraid to weep when they sing and mean it: John Mayer, Elton John, Michael Bolton, Justin Timberlake, Frank Sinatra and Jack Jones over the years, to name just a few.

Much has been made about the similarities between Cook and past "American Idol" runner-up Chris Daughtry, who's been nominated for four Grammys. But I'm not sure that they really have that much in common beyond the gravel in their voices. Daughtry gets it. When he croons, he's admitting to a woman how worthless he is and how desperately he needs her love in order to breathe and to find his way back home. The song is more about her and how much he needs her than it is about him. Tough-guy music critics make fun of Daughtry for that, just like they also mock James Blunt and John Mayer for the same, but that's actually why those guys are so successful.

Many male singers have sex appeal and Cook may have more of that than Archuleta. Granted. But Justin Guarini and Blake Lewis had tons and didn't achieve sustained music popularity. That's not what I'm talking about because that is not what makes a successful music artist.

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Hit, surviving male music stars are unabashed, unapologetical romantic singers — they surrender utterly to a song's schmaltzy message. That's how they make an extraordinary connection with fans that endures for years. When sexy dudes are too cool for the room, they flop after brief flashes of stardom.

In his future career, you can see David Archuleta surrendering to extreme romanticism, but I'm not sure Cook's ever going to "get" it. What do you think?

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I KNOW IT'S THE SAME POST, BUT I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED SOME PARTS OF IT SO YEAH! HERE'S THE REAL ONE:

Okay so I agree with what some of you users posted and also the author of this article. It's true, due to personal experience and what I read from other people's posts, that David Archuleta gets you emotionally. I mean if you hear a song of his a couple of times you begin to love it and then you begin to love him. (or maybe that's just me) But, anyways he plays with your emotions and the way he sings it makes it better. He connects with his audience in a way that makes them love him.
It's not like I don't like David Cook or anything. I may not be a fan of him, but I think he has a great voice. BUT, when I hear his songs it just doesn't seem like I can relate to it. It's not just because of the genre, rock, it's the way he sings it. If you ever listen to Cook and Archuleta and compare them. You will see a big difference.
In my own opinion, I feel a closer connection to the Archuleta in his songs rather than Cook. I think that both of them are EQUALLY talented in singing, in their own type of music that is. I am not trying to show my dislike or anything for Cook. I respect him, but I think the writer of this article has got a point. Having a connection or making one to the audience helps in a career of singing to make it last longer.

Oh just because David Archuleta makes a better connection w/ the fans and acts somewhat silly or like doesn't have as low of a voice as other guys do, DOESN'T mean he likes guys or anything. A lot of people assume that about him, but I don't think he is. Even if he was, he still is a phenomenal singer. Why would people think he is likes guys anyways???? But, I guess it could be because they don't like him, want to destroy his fame, or just spread some possibly untrue rumor.

GO DAVID COOK AND ARCHULETA IN ANY CASE! :D

ys with your emotions and the way he sings it makes it better. He connects with his audience in a way that makes them love him.
It's not like I don't like David Cook or anything. I may not be a fan of him, but I think he has a great voice. BUT, when I hear his songs it just doesn't seem like I can relate to it. It's not just because of the genre, rock, it's the way he sings it. If you ever listen to Cook and Archuleta and compare them. You will see a big difference.
In my own opinion, I feel a closer connection to the Archuleta in his songs rather than Cook. I think that both of them are EQUALLY talented in singing, in their own type of music that is. I am not trying to show my dislike or anything for Cook. I respect him, but I think the writer of this article has got a point. Having a connection or making one to the audience helps in a career of singing to make it last longer.

Oh just because David Archuleta makes a better connection w/ the fans and acts somewhat silly or like doesn't have as low of a voice as other guys do, DOESN'T mean he likes guys or anything. A lot of people assume that about him, but I don't think he is. Even if he was, he still is a phenomenal singer. Why would people think he is likes guys anyways???? But, I guess it could be because they don't like him, want to destroy his fame, or just spread some possibly untrue rumor.

GO DAVID COOK AND ARCHULETA IN ANY CASE! :D

They are both very good at what they do. Yes, they are different and appeal to a different audience, so there is a place for both. As for who is better than the other? Well, I don't think it really matters - some folk will buy DA and others, DC. As for myself, will watch both of them with interest, but I will buy DC.

David ARCHULETA is great! Indeed, one of the BEST young singers I've ever heard. All out support for DA!

Ahmmm. My only comment is.........


David A. is so cute..


But the truth..


He has also many fans all over the world not only he has a good voice but also he's so cute.

I love david cook

I don't think that either Davids are "sexy", (much too old to drool over men other than my own husband) but I do think that DA's VOICE is romantic...not sexy,..romantic. He sounds way beyond his 17 years. I would say his vocals are right up there with Josh Groban's. After hearing DA's debut release of Crush, I think it's pretty much a done deal that he's going to around for awhile. As for DC, I respect the man just for the way he treats DA. I've got nothing bad to say about him...he just doesn't sing the kind of music that I like to listen to.

This is ridiculous!
They are both GREAT!
wow. it's crazy how the fans will sit there and keep bashing the two just to make the other fans mad!
They are like brothers!
they aren't enemies like their fans make them out to be!
Im a huge David Archuleta fan, and it kills me to not only see him getting bashed but his fans, (the ones he loves) bashing his family basically.
please stop!
thanks.

DAVID A. is the best young singer, I ever known, his so good that I could listen to his singing everyday of my life, not boring like cook, COOK looks like a BLOWFISH or CATFISH. NOt good looking at all....I DON'T like alot of rock, I DON'T like Cook....

I love both the David's and if you ever spent one minute with both of them (which I have) you would come to find that they are both the nicest people you have met. You would never consider saying anything but nice stuff about both of them. They musically are very different. I love the music of both for different reasons. Archuleta has won my heart and soul and makes me feel like I have known him and his music personally forever. But, Cook is a wonderful rocker and entertainer. I think they both are going to have WONDERFUL CAREERS and that there is no way to compare two of the kindest people of have ever met.

David Cook has pot belly.

Lea: The only reason I can fathom why so many Cook fans come out of the woodwork to bash David Archuleta is because they somehow seem to think that he poses a threat to David Cook's popularity and success. Why? Their respective genres of music and style are so different. Success for David Archuleta does not mean failure for David Cook, and vice versa. These two guys respect and admire each other's talents, so anyone trashing on either David is disrespecting their own favorite. Like you, I believe the right course of action is to stick to saying positive things about my favorite, David Archuleta. I'll avoid mentioning David Cook unless I have something good to say about him. I'll say this right now: I appreciate and admire how Cook has been like a big brother to Archie. I know that D.A. looks up to Cook, so, unless he does something positively outrageous, I'll continue to admire Cook.

Every time I see an article praising Archie, the bashers come out in force. Sadly, many of them are also Cook fans. Not sad that they like Cook, but sad that they have to get nasty about it. Is it so hard to just let Archie get a compliment? My goodness - the show is over and Cook won! Yes, to my way of thinking, this writer made several valid points. However, there really wasn't any bashing of Cook, more of just appreciating Archie. When I read articles about Cook and how much "cooler" he is than Archie, I don't then feel the need to trash Cook. I may defend Archie, but only by talking him up, not by talking down another. I really wonder why the bashing is so readily turned to by Cook fans....

stupid writer!

to all david arculeta fans, where are you when this kid needs your support to buy his music on itunes? you did not even help him land his song on top 10??! and now you are arguing with DC's fans who helped DC break the record of the beatles by bagging 14 songs, and now his not so liked single garnered a gold record already. to think that the song is not that so liked by his fans. think about it people

to all archuleta fans, just be careful when u watch ur idol sing for he might accidentally sniff u with his huge nose! nyehehehehe

Angel you are right on the money. DA is just plain GREAT! Best singer I have ever heard. Sings meaningful songs! I'm in the 50's not quite a teen. Listen to TM , Longer, WYSYLM and you will cry and your heart will melt. What stronger message is there than LOVE! We all need and want it!!!!

You just have to check what's going on in the AI Live Tour to realise Archie is a superstar already. He can hardly start the next song so long the ovation takes. And he has nothing to sell yet. Not even a single! I've just pre-ordered my Archuleta CD on Amazon which is to be released Nov 4, 2008. I was happily surprised to see he's number 20 in the ranking. Can you imagine what is going to happen once he's out there and no one will be able to dismiss him as just another teen idol?

David C is hot and when he sings my heart stops. I'm 26, David A is just a kid. He's totally talanted and will probably be more successful than lots of the current talant. To compare the two Davids is stupid. They are both completely different in what they do. David C is a master at getting panties to drop while, David A makes old ladies feel young again, both great talants.

I totally agree with this article. That kid is born with talent. If you don't agree listen to him singing "when you say you love me."How romantic he is..

The contest is over and it is what it is. Instead of having David Archuleta compete against David Cook, (why not try to break the record LiL Wayne set last week )which hasn’t been done in 3 years) which is to sell over a million CDs in the first week the album debuts. Furthermore the first week an album debuts in stores like Best Buy, Circuit City, and Target they sell the CDs much cheaper $10 compared to $14-$15 it will be the next week ot later. I also plan to buy extra copies and give them as holiday and Xmas gifts since the album won't come out until November. What would make a better gift than sharing David Archuleta’s music with others and at $10 a pop you can’t beat that?

This is the first year I plan on going to the AI concert and the reason is because of David Archuleta. I plan to bring a sign which reads I am 34 and I think Archuleta is Amazing. I am tired of the media portraying that Archuleta’s fan base consists solely of teems because I know that is not true. He has the best vocals I have heard in a long time coming from a new artist and I think he will be around for many many years to come.

Here's all I can say...Let's just wait and see... I guess it is in everyone's nature to make predictions but unless you're a flawless clairvoyant, then we would not know how their careers would turn out. American Idol just recently concluded and the boys have yet to complete a 3-month tour. So no one would know how their careers would go after that. Let's just cross the bridge when we get there. I bet by the time they each have their careers going, the silly comparison between these two artists would die down and people would eventually forget they were once competitors... unless they both decide to become boxers and face each other for a boxing title or whatever. Plus the fact that their music would fall under different genres, I doubt people who prefers Archie's style would bother listening to Cook's music to even come up with a review and I don't think those who prefer Cook's music would grab Archie's CD and listen to it to formulate a criticism. But one thing's for sure, the fact the Davids have developed a brotherly relationship, they would surely support each other. So why can't their fans do that?

I am a David Archuleta fan all the way. I do think Cook voice is good but not at all great. He does sound good singing other people's music (in fact he sounds exactly like them). In other words he sounds just like every other rocker out there. yes he is good and his music will sell (now after he won a title to boost him) but he is NOT original and NOT one of a kind. David Archuleta now is ONE OF A KIND, a LEGEND IN THE MAKING. His voice is mesmorizing and he capture's you with every word of every song. Makes you feel what he is felling. Cook does not do that. Cook may sink ok but with no emotion and he needs back up music to help him. Archuleta will go much further, I am a fan for life. I am no teeny bopper either. When you have a powerful voice like Archie's you don't need a stage performance to win the crowd over, he can stay still all the time if it were up to me. Those of you who need all the flashy lights and loud music are those who need corruption in your lives to enjoy anything, without that corruption everything is boring. Archie is much much more then that to me. He is a true Artist.

To borrow from what someone said about Archie, since it is EXACTLY what I feel and experienced about COOK.

David C-O-O-K connects with the music in such a way that listeners with open minds GET IT. He reaches into your very soul. I've never experienced anything like it. There are a number of his songs that I can't listen to without starting to cry.

Once an emotional connection like that is established through a song, you often develop an affection for the singer and bond with them in an unusual way, and David has been able to do this with MILLIONS of us out here. That kind of attachment can be very long term--I know it will be in my case, and I hear LOTS of similar testimonials.

I never follow music anymore, but Cook touched my soul - with Billie Jean, Little Sparrow, Always Be My Baby, Eleanor Rigby, Hello, Day Tripper, Still Haven't Found What I am Looking For, etc.

I NEVER get starstruck, but he has moved me so much that I still search out his interviews every day.

I never watch Youtube, but I have re-watched ALL of his performances, over and over and over again.

He has absolutely changed my life and brought back a passion for music that I had lost 20 years ago.

I will never forget him or what he has done for me and there are page after page after page of testimonies from other people on the AI site that say the same thing.

A month after his win, hundreds or more people are still on the boards every day still talking about how Cook changed their lives.

I just don't see why the author felt the need to bash Cook to show support for Archie.

Cook fans, as of today, Cook has his first Top 40 song. His musical success is already defending him, with itune sales and breaking into several charts.

Archie fans, the people responding to defend Cook aren't doing it to hurt Archie. If the article was written in reverse, you would be responding emotionally in reaction to it, too.

Time will tell, but I believe that BOTH young men will do well.

 
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