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Forget 'American Idol' – will David Archuleta or David Cook win the most award contests ahead?

May 21, 2008 | 11:22 am

Although it's obvious that David Archuleta will win "American Idol," beware: David Cook could still prove to be the biggest, ultimate champ when all kudos are counted some future day. As Jennifer Hudson kicks back in her mansion right now — buffing her Oscar and Golden Globe and getting ready for the premieres of "Sex and the City" and her debut album — do you think she ever pauses to weep hysterically over the fact that she only made it as far as No. 7 in the "Idol" runoff?

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Obviously, there are strong parallels between David Cook and that other rocker to lose "Idol" -– Chris Daughtry. Although Taylor Hicks won Season 5, Daughtry, who came in fourth, has enjoyed far greater success fronting his own rock band. The group earned four 2008 Grammy nominations for their debut album ("Daughtry"). Meantime, hey: whatever happened to Hicks?

Here's a look back at how some of the "Idol" stars, winners and losers, have fared in other top show-biz contests.

Season 4's Carrie Underwood is a rare example of a champ who swept other kudos after her "Idol" win. She won the 2007 Grammy as best new artist and another for female country vocal performance ("Jesus, Take the Wheel") and repeated in that category in 2008 ("Before He Cheats"). She's also snagged four American Music Awards, five Country Music Assn. Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards and three CMTs.

Season 1 champ Kelly Clarkson enjoyed some success with her debut album, "Thankful," but it was her second album that won her two Grammys in 2006 — best pop vocal album ("Breakaway") and best female pop vocal performance ("Since U Been Gone"). Her third album, "My December," has met with less success.

Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard picked up a Grammy nom in 2004 for best male R&B vocal performance ("Superstar"), but he lost to his idol, Luther Vandross. He is currently without a record label.

Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken has enjoyed commercial success if not critical acclaim. Although he has won three Billboard awards and was fan choice at the 2003 American Music Awards, he has yet to pick up any Grammy nods. Will his first new studio album in five years -– the recently released "On My Way Here" -– change that?

Season 3 winner Fantasia earned four Grammy nominations in 2006 for her debut album ("Free Yourself") and another three in 2008 for her second ("Fantasia"). She has three Billboard Awards, including the prize for top-selling single of 2004 ("I Believe").

Season 3 seventh-place finisher Jennifer Hudson went on to win an Oscar and a Golden Globe (among other kudos) for her supporting turn in the 2006 movie musical "Dreamgirls." She appears in the upcoming "Sex and the City" movie, and her debut album is due out this fall.

Last season's winner Jordin Sparks released her self-titled debut album last fall to good reviews and sales, including two platinum singles ("Tattoo" and "No Air").

(Fox TV/ L.A. Times)

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OH YEAH DAVID COOK HAD WON THE TITLE!!!HE DESERVES IT SO MUCH..FOR ME,HE IS NOT JUST A GREAT SINGER..AS PAULA SAID,HE IS A WHOLE-PACKAGE...A MUSIC GENIUS I CAN SAY..IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHY LISTEN TO HIS OWN VERSION OF ALWAYS BE MY BABY..THAT SONG ROCKS ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES....IT'S BEEN A YEAR SINCE THE WINNING OF DAVID COOK HAPPENED..AFTER QUITE SOME TIME,HIS DEBUT ALBUM HAS REACHED THE PLATINUM RECORD IN JUST 3MONTHS..HIS SONGS ARE DOING GREAT IN THE CHARTS..ESPECIALLY LIGHT ON AND COME BACK TO ME...I'M JUST GONNA BE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU D.C..GO COOKIES...

HA HA, I love the comments on here. I've never seen American Idol so I haven't got a clue about who Archuleta "DA" (laughing cause that sounds so funny) is. I've Cook-he has those two awful singles-But these little tweener on here are so passionate its amusing.
By the way to 'Cookie' Elvis won 3 grammys.
All in the Gospel genre.

Regards,
Everyones favorite son of a mass murder.

David Cook and David Archuleta are both amazing singers and from what I saw ,people.I wish them both the best of luck they are outstanding singers.Keep going guys.God bless

DC won get over it. You conspiracy theory just makes you look stupid. DA will have a music career but DC won. He got more votes not because of sympathy. Never saw that on the net and I voted for him plenty. Time will tell fool, time will tell.

IT WAS CLEAR WHO WON BY THE NIGHTS END WITH VOCALS!!!! COWELL CALLED IT EXACTLY HOW HE SAW IT WHICH WAS CORRECTLY DONE! DAVID COOK WON OUT OF SYMPATHY FOR HIS AILING BROTHER WHICH THEY PLASTERED OVER THE INTERNET THE DAY OF THE FINAL COMPETITION "AILING BROTHER TO FLY TO SEE HIS LAST PERFORMANCE!!!" THE SHOW HAS BEEN DOING EVERYTHING TO SWAY THE VIEWERS SINCE THEY FLASHED HIS SICK BROTHERS FACE ON IDOL GIVES BACK WEEK!!!" AND GRANTED HIM OVERPRAISED COMMENTS EACH AND EVERY WEEK IF YOU CALL WINNING BY SYMPATHY A TRUE VICTORY THEN ALL OF YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT BEING TRUE TO HIM OR YOURSELF EITHER!!! HE KNEW HE WAS BEAT AT THE END OF THE SHOW BY THE WAY HE WAS ACTING AND RANDY CALLED IT ON THE MONEY! YEAH, I CAN SOUND LIKE A ROCK STAR, TOO, IF I TRY TO "ACT LIKE ONE" THAT'S WHAT KARAOKE IS. AND ALL THOSE "RE-CREATIONS" OF THE SONGS HE DID WEREN'T ORIGINAL, THEY WERE JUST THAT..."RE-CREATIONS" OF THE ORIGINALS. PLUS, IN THE ACTUAL AI CONTRACT, IT SAYS THAT IF THE SHOW DOES NOT AGREE WITH WHO THEY THINKS WILL BE THE NEXT IDOL THEM ARE "EMPOWERED TO CHANGE THE VOTE" SIMON SAID THE REASON WHY HE FELT dc SHOULD WIN WAS BECAUSE HE FELT SORRY FOR HIM..."HE'S NOTHING BUT A BARTENDER AND ALL! BUT AS FAR AS VOCAL TALENT , DA WAS THE MASTER CLASS AND DESERVES TO WIN! SO,IT WAS ALL SYMPATHY VOTES, AND YOU KNOW IT IS THE TRUTH, IT CAME FROM THE WORDS OF THE EXPERT, SIMON. PLUS DA IS TO BIG FOR THE CAGE AI WILL KEEP HIM IN, HE'S IS MUCH BETTER THAN AI, BUT IN TURN, I WISH dc GOOD LUCK IN HIS FUTURE AND HIS BROTHER BETTER HEALTH AND STRENGTH TO ENJOY THE SUCCESS 'HE' MADE POSSIBLE FOR HIS BROTHER. WITHOUT HIM IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN dc's VICTORY!

When you put down Clay's career because of him not receiving grammy nominations,check back and let us know how many grammys Elvis Presley ever won. And I hope C.Underwood is fed good songs for a long time otherwise she'll be in trouble-I can't see any personaliy at all,but thats just my opinion.

I've never heard such nastiness. David Cook won. That's it. I don't understand the DA haters who have to be so negative.Does favoring one of them mean you are required to hate the other by being mean spirited & name calling? Can't we just pick who we like and leave it at that? You aren't fortune-tellers and one person's preference may not be the other one's.This was a competition-you have one winner but he doesn't stand around pointing and laughing at his opponent.Have some class people...

To: Mr. Tom O'Niel, wrong assumption that David A. will win huh? I guess it WAS NOT pretty obvious.

"Although it's obvious that David Archuleta will win "American Idol,""

O'Neil, you could make an omelet with that egg on your face

David Archuleta looks like the biggest queer, though he has an alright voice.. David cook has a good vioce like nickleback and i think deserves to win. David Archuleta reminds me of the guy off malcom in the middle that needed a inhaler. he is always shaking his head, looks like hes saying no way.. then hes always taking deep breaths somone get that kid an inhaler..

Happy for cook but Archuleta was just as good and deserved to win it was a tough call but no complants to the winner here! lovin the rocker in cook but thinkin the totally hot and cute archuleta is a a total babe!!!

okayy. i think archuleta deserves to win. if it is for VOCALS, but if america wants to go for PRESENTATION then its TOTALLY david cook, personally, i prefer archuleta. his vocals are AMAZING and he can sing me to sleep ANYDAY!!!!

If you put grey hair on David Archuleta it would be STEVE MARTIN....

no wonder I never brought into any of the over acted sincerity of his performances....but I wish him well and am sure he will be signed too!

Congrats to DC... talent and Versatility is what the public want to see and BUY!

P.S. Does anyone else think that David Archuleta looks like Steve Martin about 55 years ago?

I wish him luck, he will be signed too!

IF YOU PUT GREY HAIR ON DAVID Archuleta IT WOULD BE STEVE MARTIN!!!!!!!!!

shows you what this journo knows in even ASSUMING that Cook would lose....Looks as though he is the LOSER...as REAL talent always wins out in the end. He didn't just win he FLOGGED his arse by about 12 million votes...WOW if that was album sales that might make him bigger then ELVIS! heheheh
CONGRATS David COOK
The right one WON at last!

David Cook wins!!!!! GO DC!!!!! The most deserving wins the title. He ROCKS!

CONGRATS DAVIDS! David Cook deserves his title. Always Be My Baby was GENIUS. However, David Archuleta also deserves all the praise he has gotten throughout the season. He has been one of the most consistent performers on the show.
Sounds cheesy and cliche but they really are both winners, in the best sense of the word.

How can you possibly say that David Archuleta has better vocal skills?! He can only sing ONE type of song, and that is pop ballad. I'd estimate he has about a two octave range, but Cook, he's got an unbelieveable range! Not only with octaves but with style! Cook could sing Imagine but do you think Archuleta could sing Phantom of the Opera or Phantom Planet? No! He's not just a rocker! On top of that he's got compositional skills that Archuleta couldn't even dream of. He's creative, and versatile. Not to metion he's got the whole package. He's gorgeous, and he actually looks like a man. By the way, to the person who says people who like Cook or ignorant and uneducated, etc, etc. Most people don't like him because he does rock. That's not why. Also, I have a degree in classical vocal performance. Am I uneducated? Cook was obviously the most talented American Idol the show has ever scene. (ever see archuleta pick up an instrument?)

David Cook for sure! He's got the look, the voice, the talent, the identity and the requirement that American Idol looking for! Archuleta??? he is fit for boy band. No identity, No look (only cute) and boy band voice. If Archuleta win, most of the voters must be teenagers or senior citizen. Cos middle age people would prefer COOK! Cook you are the best!

Well, I guess Archuleta winning wasn't so "obvious" after all?

David Archuleta will most likely win, but people are more likely to listen to David Cook's music.

.... and David Cook has won American Idol 2008.. it was a great year, and for once i think America got it completely right. yay!

haha!!! david cook was able to win AND keep his integrity! take that archuleta!

This is my opinion, David A, he has a great, well taught voice. He will be great for American Idol, who wants someone that is not quite rounded as David C. Now with that said, David C, will go on to make millions.. He has a voice and the style to want anyone to buy his album. He is original, ethical, has integrety and a wonderful voice. I always thought David A. was going to win, but also, statistics show, that the non-winners of American Idol can do better and have!!! I may watch a theather show with David A. but unless he brings it on with his own style and personality, I probably will not buy an album. He does have his fans though so that is great. On the other hand, I wish David C. had and album out now, it would be on my Ipod!!!!!!

 

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