Let me deal with David Cook first because right now I am pretty frustrated/annoyed with him. He has just never learned that to win you can't be self-indulgent, you need to pick well known and popular songs to get the votes from the fence sitters like us! The moment he said what his third choice of song was (before he'd sung a note) and we'd never heard of it, we knew exactly what Simon Cowell would say and that he'd lost the competition. What was he thinking! He could have picked a Bon Jovi, Queen, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Coldplay, Lynard Skynard song, or any one of thousands of well-known rock songs that we all love! He only has himself to blame and when you're up against someone as great as David A he should have gone for it and he just didn't. I am sorry but when you're given 3 songs then 2 of them should have been showstoppers we all knew, end of story.
David A on the other hand totally changed our decision beforehand to vote for David C. 'Don't let the sun go down on me' was the performance of the season and gave me chills. What a superb choice of song for him and he just blew us away and David C! The second song was just okay but he sang it superbly again. Then he really nailed down the coffin on David C by pulling out one of the greatest and best loved songs written and knocked it out of the ballpark.
I have loved both from the start and been really torn, they are both stars of the future. But tonight David A showed his better understanding of what you need to do to win and he sang his socks off. The judges knew it by the end, the audience did and even Ryan seemed to agree. I just hope Ryan has an arm around him when he says "the American Idol is David Archuleta", because that boy is going to hit the deck for sure tomorrow night.
Just 17 years old and already THAT good...kinda scary!
>*UPDATE* Well DC may not have blown it after all - dialidol.com has him winning clearly right now and they've predicted it correctly the past 2 seasons! It's gonna be close, I'm glad for once I like them both and will be happy either way.