Well, it’s all over now but the voting, eh?
Going in to tonight, I really thought Cook was going to win it. Then tonight happened. Archuleta stole all the momentum, made Cook look small, and ran away with it. I think Cook is toast, but will go on to be the biggest second place finisher in IDOL history, even above and beyond Clay Aiken.
Archuleta played the IDOL song book. He knew the notes he had to hit, the types of songs he had to sing, and what his part was in the overall storyline. Clive picked “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” which has been sung countless times on the show, including by Clay Aiken. And Randy has been so unflinchingly in Archuleta’s corner that Archie could have gone back in time, slit Ghandi’s throat, shot Mother Teresa between the eyes, and pushed Stephen Hawking down a flight of stairs and Randy would have congratulated Archie on his invention of time travel.
Cook either missed a memo or has never watched IDOL before. He could have won the whole thing with a strong third song, but instead went for a relatively monotonous slow tempo song. If he had picked something that swelled up or rocked out or brought the crowd to its feet voluntarily in the middle of the song, he could have won. “Billy Jean” would have done that. That Aerosmith song would have worked. He took the risk that doing a new song over a previously-performed song would work better. It didn’t. And now he’ll pay the price for it.
I didn’t hate his “Idol Song,” if we’re still calling them that. The problem is, that very concept favors heavily the kind of singer Archie is, not Cook. I can’t imagine Cook singing a song like “A Moment Like This” without looking fake. Archie can pull it off. He’s just a kid. He’ll be a huge Disney Radio hit for the next year or two. His father will get drunk on power and probably try to re-negotiate his IDOL contract before heading to sleep tonight. Poor Archie.
Still, the thing that really made me laugh this week was word from FOX that they’ve decided to retune the show for next season to take advantage of the personalities of the singers. Funny, they said the same thing last year. Didn’t quite work out that way, did it?
On the other hand, the worst ratings for a season of Idol ever means that, well, that Idol will still be the #1 show of the season by a mile and a half.
Hopefully, they’ll drop the lame and protracted boxing metaphor tomorrow and just give us two and a half hours of stretched out musical entertainment. (Are they still doing the half hour red carpet thing at 7:30?) Crap, we’re going to see Jason Castro perform again tomorrow, aren’t we? What duet will the Davids sing? What mentors will the Top Ten sing with? Which awful contestants from the early try-out rounds will return to remind us of how bad they were? And am I just getting too cynical for all of this now?
De Blieck Out!
P.S. Ruben still bores me to tears.
P.P.S. Ryan Seacrest’s watch got a credit in the closing credits. I’m likely the only one to notice, but I was just ticked that HELL’S KITCHEN was getting a late start.
P.P.S. Thankfully, Danny Noriega was not invited to the finale tomorrow night.