Just a semi-quick post tonight, not to leave our readers in the lurch! Complete wrap ups after tomorrow's show, by Jane, Lisa and me. We'll have our answer, and a new AI champ, and we will put the whole shebang into perspective.
Here are my thoughts right now. I'm about as annoyed as a TV show can make me. Tonight's show seemed downright scripted, and really made the last few weeks appear thoroughly planned out. The critics warned that the David vs. David showdown is what the producers wanted. Randy cooled off on Cook these past few weeks. Simon has gone from the voice of reason (and fully converted Cook supporter), to bailing on him tonight. Paula threw even handed love around. Come to think of it, she seemed the most honest; I think she really does love them both, nearly equally.
True, Archie performed flawlessly tonight. He brought his A-game. But it was still gooey and "more of the same" (especially with his "Imagine" reprise). What I still can't "imagine" is buying his records. To tell the truth, I enjoyed Usher's rather old fashioned performance tonight on Dancing with the Stars!
As for Cook, he rocked. He commanded the stage. He was in great voice, and he looked sexier than ever. No kidding, he looked downright handsome tonight.
All hope is not lost for Cook and his fans. The public just may not buy the judges' take on tonight. In fact, this season it's the judges who, more often than not (and as they would say), seem irrelevant. I think they're out of touch with America. And I still believe in my theory about cumulative voting. The Cook fans will vote for Cook based on his consistently brilliant performances week after week; the Archuleta fans will vote for Archuleta as they always do. I don't think AI has many swing voters left at this point. Cook has the larger group of fans, Archuleta has the expert tween texters/dialers. We'll find out tomorrow if Cook's bigger fan base is enough to pull him through.
Another early sign of Cook pulling this off: DialIdol.com has Cook as the clear winner, based on their busy signal software. They were right 91 percent of the time this season, and they've accurately predicted the finale winner every time. Click the link to their site... as of this writing they predict Cook the winner by a landslide.
Tomorrow: my thoughts on the whole boxing smackdown theme, what I think they should do to fix Idol, and of course, reaction to the outcome.