Season 7 Final 2 Song Spoilers!

Keep watching for updates…

Caffiend made it into rehearsal…I’ll be hearing from her…

Here’s what we have so far:

Song Spoilers:

Personal song choices

  • David Archuleta will reprise à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Imagineà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
  • David Cook will perform a new song, U2à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I Still Havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Found What Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m Looking Forà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ .

If Cookie arranges his song well and sings the hell out of it, it could be the performance of the night. Archie is has already had his moment with this song. Lightening doesn’t often strike twice.

The Davids picked their own coronation song from the 10 most popular songs in the list of 20 that were available for online voting.

  • David Archuleta“Here I Am” rumor, waiting for confirmation – This is a by-the-numbers coronation song. Stick a bunch of typical words and phrases into a software program, and it could spit out this song.
  • David Cook“No Turning Back” rumor, waiting for confirmation – Better than “Here I Am” but still pretty lame, as far as pop rock goes.

Archie probably has the advantage in this round. David can sing the hell out of a big sappy ballad. He’ll be all cute and earnest with his arm-reach thingy as he belts out “Here I am”. Folks who love the big sappy ballads will go nuts. For Cookie, turning a mediocre pop-rock song into a moment is going to be a tall order.

Clive Davis chose a song for the Davids. There are rumors swirling about, but there are no clear choices yet.

  • David Archuleta – “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John is a choice I keep hearing, but this is still a rumor. Bad for Archie if it’s true. It’s been done to death.
  • David Cook – No rumors yet…

I’ll be posting info as it becomes available. Caffiend is attending tonight’s dress rehearsal. I should have the complete rundown by 7 pm ET…

ETA: Access Hollywood is reporting that Adam Cook will be in the audience tonight. He’s David’s older brother who is stricken with brain cancer. He traveled to the live show on a donated medic plane. Groups have been trying to raise the money to get Adam back out to Hollywood for the finale.

More For Wednesday:

  • David Cook and Mariah Carey will duet on “Always Be my Baby”
  • David Archuleta and Neil Diamond will duet on “America” (this is still a rumor)
  • While many of the ex-Idols have been invited back for the finale, many in the Top 24 have not
  • Seal will perform, according to the FOX report.
  • Donna Summer and ZZ Top are performing according to this. Yay?
  • “Other rumors include a performance by the Jonas Brothers and perhaps a gift from his pop holiness, Kanye West. We’ll see…” From here.
  • Jason Castro has a clue for one of the guest stars, he says that one was known as “codename Virgin Airlines”
  • Uhm.   The biggest star in the world is George Michael. WTF?
  • milajoy

    MJ: FOR SURE: Cook is doing a duet with Mariah Carey….I’m hearing Always Be My Baby…

    Also, Archie MAY be singing America with Neil Diamond.

  • JessC77

    I think David Cook is going to do an awesome job with the U2 song!
    I’m charging my phone as we speak!!

  • langslowblack

    From Master Class Lady ( I don’t know her source)

    David Cook

    Clive Davis chose: undetermined

    David chose (New Song): à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I Still Havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Found What Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m Looking Forà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by U2

    From AI Songwriting contest: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“No Turning Backà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    David Archuleta

    Clive Davis chose: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Let The Sun Go Down On Meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    David chose (Reprise Song): à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Imagineà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    From AI Songwriting contest: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Here I Amà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    If this is true DA is toast. Here I Am is one of the cheesiest of the bunch while I can really see Cook singing No Turning Back. It doesn’t even mention that AI is the pinnacle of one’s life.

  • JessC77

    It doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even mention that AI is the pinnacle of oneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s life.

    Which one doesn’t mention it?

  • langslowblack

    No Turning Back

  • milajoy

    I’ve heard about the 2 Coronation songs, NTB for Cook and HIA for Archie, but MJ, I have not had it confirmed yet. Just from one source, so far.

  • JessC77

    Thank you, langslowblack!

    I’m going to go relisten to it!

  • Jolene

    I soooo hope masterclass lady has her facts straight! No Turning Back is the only song out of the 20 that I actually went back and listened to again. It’s the least cheesy one, and it vibes well with DCs style.
    Here I Am is probably the worst song out of the bunch. The Archies wanted it to win, but I think it was mainly because they wanted DC to tank with it. I know many of them think it’s too dreary and boring. I concur. No wonder it’s DAs choice. Snark.

    Really anxious about Clive’s choice for DC. Seriously anxious.

  • langslowblack

    Youtubes of coronation songs:

    No Turning Back

    Here I Am

    See if this works

  • Lisa

    Woohoo!!! DC chose No Turning Back!!!!!!!!!

  • JessC77

    I guess DC can work with NTB…
    HIA sounds like it was specifically for DA! Ick…

  • Trina

    YAY Cookie picked the song I voted for!

    MJ: FOR SURE: Cook is doing a duet with Mariah Careyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m hearing Always Be My Babyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    That is going to be amazing. If he doesn’t win that’s one hell of a consolation prize LOL

  • JessC77

    MJ: FOR SURE: Cook is doing a duet with Mariah Careyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m hearing Always Be My Babyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    It will be interesting to see how that song sounds with both of them together!

    ETA: I hope they sing DC’s version, with a little bit of Mariah thrown in!

  • Layla

    Sorry to sound ignorant but who sings “Undertimned” Never heard of it!

  • jjz

    the pool is interesting. why dc got 64%? is that right?

  • hollygo9

    the pool is interesting. why dc got 64%? is that right?

    Is that to win or to lose?

  • milajoy

    Layla, what are you talking about?

  • Layla

    Uh MJ could you please delete my post above? I got so excited that when I copied out the list from masterclasslady’s site my brain was having a serious senior moment: I thought she meant that Clive’s choice was called “Undetermined” but instead she uh meant well you know…. do I feel like an idiot or what?

  • JessC77

    Is that to win or to lose?

    I think it’s to win!!

  • IGetCranked

    For the second week in a row, I think David A’s choices are bad. Darn, I was hoping for more intesting ones so that it was more of a real battle tonight. I want to be entertained! I almost wish that I didn’t like both of them so well because it was much more fun to have someone to root for.

  • Skylark

    Seriously? No Turning Back is hilarious … but they’ll probably let him change the words also, since IMO they changed the rules at the end so he was not required to sing the song that won the songwriting contest.

    Now TPTB have Simon running from show to show making sure people know who TCO is … just in case they hadn’t been paying attention.

    I think both David’s deserve to win for different reasons, I just hope it doesn’t seem like a hollow victory for DC with all the last minute power plays by the producers.

    Anyway, good luck to David’s fans and David’s fans!! It’ll be a humdinger!!

  • Layla

    Milajoy,

    Just made an ass of myself…thank God for the anonymity of computers! Have aske MJ to delete that post.

  • merlyhaggard

    Woohoo! It’s very difficult to clear a U2 song, and David Cook gets to sing it!

  • dulce

    I’m gonna be in the minority here, but I think Archuleta’s got the upper hand. It’s all gonna be about that last song. It always is. If it’s like last year and the final song is the coronation song, then I think Archie will take this home. NTB is a good song for Cook to do, his best chance of the bunch. But it’s not really a moment song. HIA, though, imagine it…Archie bathed in spotlight looking like an angel, belting out HIA earnestly, holding out those glory notes etc. He won’t cry. Too much of a trained pro for that.

    But of course….TPTB could always change up the order like they did Season 4. Granted, to me, it’s still an uphill battle for Cook.

  • Layla

    Just listened to “No Turning Back”…have no fear…DC will cook this in his signature way. Agree that it is definately way better that DA’s choice! His is just terrible.

  • smartcookie

    Does anyone know what order they usually perform the three songs in the finale?

    I hope DC has the Clive choice in between “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “No Turning Back.” I think they’re both really good for him but maybe kind of the same in intensity. Unless he does the gospel-backed version of “Still Haven’t Found” (which would be all kinds of awesome) and then I would really love for him to do that third, because it would be a really good closing punch.

    Unfortunately, Archie has the last slot and none of his songs strike me as the right kind of note to go out on. I can see him wanting to close with “Imagine” but after the terminally sweet “Here I Am” and possibly “Don’t Let the Sun Come Down on Me” or the Michael Bolton/Hercules song, that’s a whole lot of Grade A white granulated sugar. Still, I think “Imagine” is his best choice for the very end.

  • merlyhaggard

    Woot! 2 People I Love will be doing a duet! MC and DC! Such a treat!

    I also want everyone to know that DC is very popular here in the Philippines and his song (ABMB) is even playing on the radio stations here (First time ever, since they started coming out with Studio Recordings! Not even Jordin Sparks was able to achieve that!) So DC has a very big potential and he can also go global! The only Idols who are popular here in the Philippines are Kelly and Daughtry,(Although Fantasia’s coronation song became a staple song for contests here!)

  • gabam

    I hope that Clive picks good songs for each of the Davids. He really sucked with most song choices in the past.

    On my local Fox station this morning their reporter out there said that Seal was spotted in rehearsal. That was just the second time that I have gotten excited about Wednesday night. I wonder who will get to duet with Seal. I love him. If it’s with Jason, I may spend the rest of the night rewinding the performance. It will probably be with Syesha, but a girl can dream.

    That is a very cute picture of David and David. You can tell that David C loves being a big brother.

  • merlyhaggard

    I hate it when they reprise songs!I’m so glad that DC is not doing it! And DA chose to reprise Imagine! Gosh I didn’t even like it that much when he first performed it…

    Although I gotta admit, I was hoping for a Hello Reprise during the Top 3 (For the studio Version)

  • Michelle

    Cookie gets to sing U2! soooo awesome. Did Clive pull those strings, or are we still waiting for his picks?

  • jjz

    I think both Davidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s deserve to win for different reasons, I just hope it doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seem like a hollow victory for DC with all the last minute power plays by the producers.

    Agree!!!

    hope DC has the Clive choice in between à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Still Havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Found What Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m Looking Forà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“No Turning Back.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  I think theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re both really good for him but maybe kind of the same in intensity. Unless he does the gospel-backed version of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Still Havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Foundà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (which would be all kinds of awesome) and then I would really love for him to do that third, because it would be a really good closing punch.

    Totally agree!!! I hope he will not start slow and hit a power note at the end. I am a fan but not sure that’s the right thing to do…

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Here is the reason why D Cook should both win and have a good if not great career, and why Archie has some growing to do which a second place finish gives him more time to do.

    Quality singing is a mix of emotion and sonic quality. Some like Dylan and Cohen make up in emotion what they lack in sonic quality and others like Groban lack emotion. The best singers are sonically pure and emotionally rich. These are rare..(See Elvis Costello) David Cook has a nice mix. Archie lacks a true emotional connection to his songs and sings only one type of song.

  • cooktard76

    omgarrrrrr, i’m so excited i cant even stand it! totally told my boss i had a migraine and left work early today so i could get home and prepare myself (and talk w/ guys of course!). oh, and also, went to grocery store on way home. u know when the last time i bought a tv guide? hows about 199never! but got this week’s!
    DCFTMFW!!!

  • IGetCranked

    gabam, I posted a link in the headlines thread that mentions Seal being there so I think your in luck!

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=84731174 purplesmile

    The only Idols who are popular here in the Philippines are Kelly and Daughtry,(Although Fantasiaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s coronation song became a staple song for contests here!)

    Hello there, merly. I think you may be forgetting Elliott Yamin. He wasn’t/isn’t as popular as those two you mentioned yet, that’s true, but his songs certainly got (still has, I hear) good airplay here, with Wait For You being named Song of the Year at Magic (and runner-up SOTY at RX) for 2007. (Also, before Janno and JR ruined Cookie’s ABMB, they butchered WFY first. Heh.)

    I did hear ABMB on the radio earlier and it appears that the DJs have a bet regarding who will won tomorrow. I think DJ Andi would be going to the station in her PJs if Cookie wins. Haha.

    Anyway, welcome. It’s nice to see more kababayans here at mj’s. :)

  • ra.chatterbox

    I was a bit hesitant to jump for joy when I found out about the U2 song.

    I love Cook but I also feel that he hasn’t rocked out that much. I mean he is a great performer and his arrangements make me breathless (as always)

    …but Daughtry performed Fuel’s Hemorrhage without changing the arrangement and had me gaping in amazement.

    It wasn’t a question about his ability to arrange songs to make it sound contemporary. I guess I want to hear Cook sing a difficult rock song and blow our minds out (like his “Creep” version I found on YouTube)

    I listened to ISHFWILF (U2 version) and I can imagine Cook singing it. Cook is really smart for picking a new song instead of an encore. There is the element of surprise or the unexpected. If he is really able to deliver it……he would win the “personal choice” round

  • psnax

    I’m excited to hear DC sing “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – I find that I tend to be most impressed by artists (established or otherwise) who can make me like songs I didn’t care for when first released. I never thought I’d like Eleanor Rigby but now I have DC’s version on my ipod. If he can me like this U2 song (which I really don’t care for – just not my thing) then he’s as talented as I think he is, even he makes me like it by finding an obscure cover version to build from, but especially if he does a DC original version.

    I’m not thrilled by Archie singing “Imagine.” I said yesterday that I think reprises are risky. Archie did very well first time with this song IMO, and it will be hard to top it. If he does I take my proverbial hat off to him.

    (I’ll preface my next comment by admitting I’m in the DC camp)-I’d like to see DC win, for some of the same reasons as Simon mentioned on Leno (I’m also British which might explain my tendency to agree with Simon ;)!). Not that Archie is not talented and hasn’t done well, but I think that, with the talent being arguably pretty evenly matched albeit very different, DC wins on the package. He made the decision to try to be a professional musician and has slogged away at it for years. This would be the culmination of that (as long as they don’t ruin him). Archie, on the other hand, is still in high school, doesn’t really know who he is as an artist and, from what I can tell, hasn’t experienced the difficulties of trying to break in as a professional musician. Maybe I’m just jaded, or biased, but DC reminds me a lot of my former roommate – a struggling musician doing what he needs to do to try and crack the industry.

  • ra.chatterbox

    I hope Clive chooses “Creep” by Radiohead or “Lightning Crashes” by Live.

    I am listening to David Cook’s Creep on Youtube and I am blown away. His voice has improved so much during AI competition so he can definitely pull it off…

  • Lisa

    ‘Idol’ Finalist David Archuleta Losing His Voice?

    My main focus right now is to avoid singing,” Archuleta said. “I am so worn out and my voice is almost shot but it’s close to the end à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  I am just trying to hold it together.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,356686,00.html

    Other reports say his voice is fine.

  • ra.chatterbox

    I listened to the possible coronation songs and I actually do not like No Turning Back for COOK. It seemed the best song for him because it is cross between rock and pop but it is soo cheesy. We need something that will showcase his voice a la Billie Jean.

    The HERE I AM for Archuleta is actually good (for Archuleta). Plus the melody is also better than No Turning Back

    If the two of them will sing these songs, I would imagine a more positive feedback for Archuleta with Here I am.

    I am thinking, since David Cook loves surprising. HERE I AM would be better for him because he can put a rock spin to it.

  • grayhound

    I actually liked the “Heaven” song for DC – it had his name all over it, but NTB can be cookified appropriately enough I’m sure.

    The good thing about ISHFWILF is that its a song the audience will rock out to.

    WHY am I feeling good about tonight for a change? Usually I’m anxious about song choice, etc. but today I feel like DC will hit a home run. Gotta leave the audience and viewers wanting more and I think, so far, the songs will do just that. Only worry is that his voice will be a little strained, but can I say for the last time?

    DCFTGDMFW

  • gabam

    My main focus right now is to avoid singing,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Archuleta said. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I am so worn out and my voice is almost shot but ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s close to the end à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  I am just trying to hold it together.

    That made me sad. I hope that Archie can keep it together for tonight and tomorrow night.

    I wish them both well. I don’t care who wins. I won’t be voting. I don’t like either enough to vote for him nor dislike either enough to vote against him.

    It will a stress free night for me. What will be, will be.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=84731174 purplesmile

    I am excited about Cookie’s songs. I also like Archie and hope he brings it. Good luck to the David fans. ;)

    I think it’s really crappy of AI to not make sure all of the Top 24 Idols have seats the finale show. A big, big thumbs down on that.

  • sparklesgirl2

    I hope Clive chooses à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Creepà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Radiohead or à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Lightning Crashesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Live.

    I am listening to David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Creep on Youtube and I am blown away. His voice has improved so much during AI competition so he can definitely pull it offà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I would so love if he sang either of those!!!

  • merlyhaggard

    Hi purplesmile kababayan! Yeah I did forget Elliott but I think he’s only had one hit song here..Still waiting for a follow up because I really like him too, then his star power here can be truly measured

  • Duke

    OK i know there is no thread for this and i’m sorry if it breaks the rules but i think its important enough:

    Is anyone else reading the reports that Luke Menard was diagnosed with inoperable Cancer??? Wow, that goes beyond sad…it says he is in stage 2…i saw it on VFTW…

  • dv

    Here’s some more rumors. Could this be the “biggest star” in the world?:

    Other rumors include a performance by the Jonas Brothers and perhaps a gift from his pop holiness, Kanye West. We’ll see…

    http://thebiz.fancast.com/2008/05/news_simon_cowell_on_who_deser.html

    ‘American Idol’ finale rumors

    May 20, 2008, 01:39 PM | by Shirley Halperin

    With the American Idol finale but mere hours away, who, besides season 7′s Top 12, will take the Nokia Theater stage on Wednesday’s two-hour results show extravaganza? Simon Cowell’s pride and joy Carrie Underwood, who seems to never turn down an Idol request, was announced as a special performer, and we hear disco queen Donna Summer, rock legends ZZ Top, and teen sensations the Jonas Brothers (pictured) are also on tap.

    http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/05/idol-finale-rum.html

  • meme

    Duke I was just going to post the same info. I read it at VFTW too.

  • jersey

    It’s already been posted in the Headlines thread. It appears that it’s not quite as dire as the original myspace bulletin made it seem. It is treatable and it’s in stage 2. It appears the prognosis may be good from what is being posted now. Still, prayers and best wishes to Luke and his family.

    ETA: and on topic; OMG ZZ Top!?

  • Duke

    Wow and I deff think DC has the edge with his cornation song; unless he does mediocre and DA kills his cornation song last, i will be fearful for Archie

  • langslowblack

    Wow, Wednesday night’s show is going to be one I will avoid. I don’t like any of the rumored guests. I do want to see MC and DC, but I guess I’ll be watching it on the net.

  • Michelle

    If Archie *did* pick Here I Am, I really want to know…why?! Surely there were other songs in the top 10 that suited his voice and were better songs.

  • Lisa

    ZZ TOP???? I love ZZ Top!!

    Ok I officially love this season. I thought Season 5 finale was the best of them all, but now I love this one. DC singing with Mariah, singing some U2, & now ZZ will perform, wow.

  • sparklesgirl2

    Duke
    May 20th, 2008 at 2:53 pm
    OK i know there is no thread for this and ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sorry if it breaks the rules but i think its important enough:

    Is anyone else reading the reports that Luke Menard was diagnosed with inoperable Cancer??? Wow, that goes beyond sadà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦it says he is in stage 2à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦i saw it on VFTWà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Oh my gosh… I actually know Luke and his group Chapter 6 in real life (they’ve performed in my hometown quite a few times, and two of the members are closely associated with the music teachers from my HS). I can’t believe this! Is it really true or just a rumor?

  • weelassie

    I like to look at the contestants from the beginning of the journey till the end and see who has grown with the experience they have been given.

    Carly-she was screwed right from the start. I feel she was finally shaking it a bit and was wonderful with Dolly night, I also loved Blackbird, Come Together, but these were the best ones for me. Personally, I felt she was wonderful and has a great voice. I picked her for the top three. I think she was getting better and then stalled.

    MJ-I think he started on a high note, then just coasted. He had a great opportunity plus early momentum but it didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t go anywhere. Then on Dolly Night he upped the ante. There were a few other weeks there that were almost moments but they never crossed the threshold. He started near the top but sank over the season.

    Chiki-started just ok for me, then he had a stellar moment with the song MJ referenced at the roundtable and turned me into a fan. He took a risk and added the harp. Points to him for the attempt. Personally, I think he was still growing when he was voted off. I think he may have had a more exciting journey but it was cut short.

    KLC-she started off sick and was on the verge of bootage for weeks. She stuck it out and was getting her land legs but didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have enough time to show if she had more in her à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“wheelhouse.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Personally, she lasted longer than I ever thought possible. Did she grow-donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know because she was sick and who knows what she sounded like to begin with. But she sure gets tenacity and spunk points.

    Jason-well, we didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see the beginning but I saw such growth in this guy. Listen to Daydream from the show and then the one from his boot off interviews. Wow. Jasonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s journey had some great moments and some bumpy ones. I think he had some of the best moments this season. The Jeff Buckley song was so unexpected and refreshing. SOTR was a home run. Daydream was great. Then there was Mariah night at the luaua (sp?) that I thought was fabulous and Dolly Night was sweet. Did he grow-wow, he did but then he hit a pot hole. Must mention learning the yuke too. Good Job Jason.

    Brooke-I think brooke grew backwards. She had some nice moments with Let it Be, and even messing up the beginning of ALW night, it was still beautiful. Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re so Vain was also memorable. But then she lost her confidence. She grew and then ungrew. Which is better than never having a moment to me. She stepped up to the plate, hit a double but was tagged out stealing third. Better than never hitting at all and she now knows she can hit. Therefore, it is easier to hit again than never connecting with the ball.

    Cookie-started in the middle for me. Audition was ok. First song in Hollywood was ok, second was better. Then Hello happened and wow, someone is stepping it up. He had some great moments this season. Hello, Billy Jean, ABMB were stellar. I also loved Little Sparrow and Music of the Night. He had a few offerings that were going somewhere great and thunked such as the Who song, and the second song last week. Did he grow-oh boy did he grow. His journey started in the middle of the pack and is ending in the top two. Growth galore.

    Syesha-she started again, in the middle for me. I liked Asiah and Alex more than Syesha but she lasted. It is undoubtable that she had a great journey and was the Little Engine. She was really hitting her stride and became more confident and comfortable on stage. Great ride.

    Ramielle-From the auditions, she was my favorite. Her voice was incredible. Did she grow, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think so. Rami got stuck in a rut and her song choices werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t great. I think she started stronger and had problems with the bigger stage. However, she has a beautiful voice.

    Archie-well, to me he started the same as he finished. His voice has always been pleasant and in tune. His best moment was Imagine. He has a fine instrument but I would have liked to have seen growth in him throughout the season. I was hoping he would have become more comfortable on stage and would have used it. That didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t happen. I was also hoping he would quit using his one arm as his stage movement. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s hard to get better when you are already a seasoned singer but there were things he could have improved on. stage movement, eye squinting, arm reaching, but the lip licking did get better. His train stayed on a flat terrain but he ended in the top two. Good luck tonight.

    this is all just my own opinion but i always like to look back from beginning to end. I think it was Bo in season 4 and Elliott that struck me in season 5 as one who got so much better and since then i watch what happens to everyoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s journey.
    It was a good season and I enjoyed it. Good luck to them all and I hope they have fun on the tour and use it to advance their careers.
    And MJ-your blog has been a must read every single day. I have been coming here since the beginning of Season 5 and look forward to coming in every day to see what will happen. Thanks.

  • Lisa

    Sparkles it’s really true. There is a thread somewhere on AI GD boards talking about it. His family has asked for prayers.

    Michelle, I would have thought DA would have chosen Something Like Heaven since that is the one his fans seemed to love.

    Here I Am is just……

  • panz

    As for Luke Menard, what kind of cancer?

    As a cancer survivor myself, there are so many kinds and so many possibilities. Stage 2, by itself, does not mean a horrible prognosis.

    I wish him well.

  • Frogpond

    Ok saw this news clip today ,looked through the thread and didn’t see it listed.

    http://www.myfoxwausau.com/myfox/pages/pollP44Question

    Jason gives a clue to them says Code Name is Virgin Atlantic

    (I thnk it is Madonna)

  • dfc

    Another article about Luke Menard. So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers go out to Luke and his family.

    http://www.okmagazine.com/idol/view/6785

  • baxter

    I’m looking forward to the Mariah/DC duet. If they use DC’s arrangement, that is a HUGE compliment to Cookie. Talk about a stamp of approval from a bigtime recording artist

  • JessC77

    Access Hollywood is reporting that contrary to the rumors….Adam Cook will be at the finale tonight!!

    ETA: It says a private donor payed for the trip.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    OK i know there is no thread for this and ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sorry if it breaks the rules but i think its important enough:

    We have an entire discussion going on about this in today’s headline thread. Can we PLEASE keep this discussion there?

    Please keep this thread ON TOPIC. SPOILERS.

  • GwendolynD

    JessC77
    May 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm
    Access Hollywood is reporting that contrary to the rumorsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.Adam Cook will be at the finale tonight!!

    I’ve heard this as well.

  • smartcookie

    The Fox News site linked above says has “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” as a definite for Archie.

    Madonna might be Code Name Virgin, but Virgin Atlantic?

    I would think that would be whatsisname who owns Virgin Atlantic airlines. Richard Branson? He founded Virgin Records and then V2 (and his artists were people like Moby and White Stripes, so way cooler than Clive) but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t own any recording companies anymore. What would he be doing there? Maybe he and Clive are going to announce some new venture. That would be cool.

  • milajoy

    Wow, Adam is going to be there? thats great news for Adam.

  • sparklesgirl2

    JessC77
    May 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm
    Access Hollywood is reporting that contrary to the rumorsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.Adam Cook will be at the finale tonight!!

    ETA: It says a private donor payed for the trip.

    could the private donor possibly be the guy from springsteen’s band who sold tickets to a show at an auction and was supposedly going to donate the proceeds to adam’s cause?

  • milajoy

    I just have to add “Private donation made it possible”…lol Nigel, Simon? lol

  • Frogpond

    Ok realized they moved the link on me .
    Here is a link that works now

    FOX

  • Lisa

    could the private donor possibly be the guy from springsteenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s band who sold tickets to a show at an auction and was supposedly going to donate the proceeds to adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cause?

    Fans raised $27,000 of it, and it is being *said* that the KC Royals paid for the rest.

  • sparklesgirl2

    I Googled “code name Virgin Atlantic” and this was my first hit:

    http://www.gadling.com/2007/12/14/spice-girls-name-new-virgin-atlantic-airplane/
    Spice Girls name Virgin Atlantic jet “Spice One”…

    I hope it’s not them!!!!

  • JessC77

    This is on the front page of the (Kokomo Indiana) newspaper, today:
    **
    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ down to the Davids

    By DANIELLE RUSH
    Tribune staff writer

    Mother of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ hopeful urges local support

    The son of a Kokomo native will sing for the final time tonight in hopes of becoming the next à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    David Cook, whose mother, Beth (Frye) Foraker, grew up in Kokomo and who has many family members here, will face David Archuleta tonight on FOX in the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  finale beginning at 8 p.m.

    His grandmother, Debra Frye of Kokomo, is in Hollywood for tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s finals.

    Foraker, her husband and younger son, Andrew; David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s girlfriend and his father all will be in the audience as well.

    ETA: Girlfriend, what girlfriend? Ahhh……I don’t want to know if he has a girlfriend!!!

  • sparklesgirl2

    Lisa
    May 20th, 2008 at 4:01 pm
    could the private donor possibly be the guy from springsteenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s band who sold tickets to a show at an auction and was supposedly going to donate the proceeds to adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cause?

    Fans raised $27,000 of it, and it is being *said* that the KC Royals paid for the rest.

    Ah, interesting. Well, I guess the Royals had to do some positive today, after being royally killed by the Red Sox last night…

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    The Fox News site linked above says has à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Let the Sun Go Down on Meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  as a definite for Archie.

    I saw that. I think they are repeating rumors.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Luke Menard discussion goes here:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/idol-headlines-for-52008.htm

    I’m deleting comments now.

  • Lisa

    Jess I saw a pic of DC and his gf back in Jan, but had heard they broke up. Have no idea if that is true.

  • tinawina

    Brownstarz, you should post a link with that. I think that’s one of mjs rules.

  • brownstarz

    At Least New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog knows what they are talking about! Good to here the other side of the spectrum besides the atrocious DC pimping that’s going on in the media today.

    New York Magazine Vulture Blog:
    “Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s finally here! After a long and unremarkable season, buoyed only by the impossibly fantastic, stage-fathered wonderfulness of David Archuleta, American Idol viewers will, at last, select their champion tonight. Can Archuleta recover from last weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s (totally minor) setbacks? Or will David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s alt-rock cheesery (and probable producer skulduggery) rule the evening? Our biased, wildly speculative predictions, after the jump!
    On tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s episode, the two Davids will compete head-to-comb-overed-head with three songs each à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  one chosen by the contestants, another by music-business legend Clive Davis, and the third, a winner of American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s international songwriting competition. Hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s how we think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll go down:

    NY Magazine

  • JessC77

    Jess I saw a pic of he and his gf back in Jan, but had heard they broke up. Have no idea if that is true.

    Well, it can’t be that serious if he told the world that he’s single!!! I can hope can’t I? :)

  • Layla

    David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s girlfriend and his father all will be in the audience as well.

    DC has a girlfriend!!??? That was certainly kept under wraps!

  • Layla

    That article was um a unfunny and poorly written. Not a DC fan, but that’s cool. Don’t think he really did DA any favors though.

  • colette

    New Spoiler on the Pond website: DC will sing Lou Reed’s “A Perfect Day,” courtesy of Clive.

    Lovely, sweet song, usually played VERY SLLLOOOOOWWWWW…..

    here’s the Dr. John/Lou Reed version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAoSGxvOm3g&feature=related

  • rher

    When I saw codename Virgin Atlantic, the first thing I thought of was the Spice Girls. Don’t know why, but there must be some connection between the girls and Virgin Atlantic guy.

  • smartcookie

    I think it’s a mistake and it’s really Andrew’s girlfriend. DC has been very clear that he’s single on more than one occasion.

  • JessC77

    I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a mistake and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really Andrewà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s girlfriend. DC has been very clear that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s single on more than one occasion.

    WooHoo!! That’s what I want to hear! LOL

    ETA: I’m a little nervous about that “A Perfect Day” song!

  • jjz

    I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a mistake and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really Andrewà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s girlfriend. DC has been very clear that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s single on more than one occasion.

    WooHoo!! Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what I want to hear! LOL

    ETA: Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m a little nervous about that à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Perfect Dayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  song!

    Me too.

  • kitty97

    It probably is his Dad’s girlfriend. She went with him last week.

  • sparklesgirl2

    Wow, Lou Reed??? Don’t recall the song at the moment, but that could be interesting… not at all what I’d expect from Clive, either!

    Can this rumor be confirmed for Cook?

  • GwendolynD

    colette
    May 20th, 2008 at 4:32 pm
    New Spoiler on the Pond website: DC will sing Lou Reedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Perfect Day,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  courtesy of Clive.

    Is that Pond Culture? Aren’t those usually fake?

  • Lisa

    I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a mistake and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really Andrewà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s girlfriend. DC has been very clear that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s single on more than one occasion.

    I do also. I am sure I had heard he and his gf had broken up either right before AI or right after he started there. If not though, c’mon ya’ll he is a young guy let him live a bit.

  • JessC77

    Is that Pond Culture? Arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t those usually fake?

    I hope it’s fake!

    ETA: I do also. I am sure I had heard he and his gf had broken up either right before AI or right after he started there. If not though, cà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢mon yaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll he is a young guy let him live a bit.

    He can live all he wants…I just don’t want to know about it! It ruins my fantasy! ;)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    New Spoiler on the Pond website: DC will sing Lou Reedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Perfect Day,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  courtesy of Clive.

    No. No. No.

    That Pond website is SATIRE. Every week he posts joke spoilers and every week they get passed around as truth.

    It’s called GETTING PEOPLE TO HIT YOUR SITE. Those spoilers are FAKETY FAKE FAKE.

  • cheese

    Nevermind. :)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Brownstarz, you should post a link with that. I think thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s one of mjs rules.

    LOLZ. All the information in that article came from my site. Vulture links back to me. I love when my spoilers come home.

    When you post:

    I want a link please, and don’t post the whole article. People can follow the link and read it for themselves.

    ETA: I fixed the post…

  • AInoob

    Was there any truth to those rumors several months ago about David Cook dating Lacey Schwimmer?

    Whatever song is chosen for David C., I hope its a good fit and he does well on it. I wish both Davids well on their performances, there is so much pressure on both of them.

  • Lisa

    AInoob, David himself stated three times to the camera that he is single, so I think that would rule them all out. Don’t worry girls! David will not have time for a gf for quite some time. He will be busy getting his career off & running. If you like DC’s music, help him get the win!

    MJ any word on Clive’s choice???

  • neonorange

    A Perfect Day, Hmmm? I guess he could switch it up and do a broadway version ala Pavarotti :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXgbN81zNG8&feature=related

    Geez, if their gonna do Lou Reed – they should have gone for the gusto and broken out Walk On the Wild Side. That would have been sweeeeet!

  • milajoy

    Well, Im not getting any more info on songs and stuff yet. Sure is locked down as tight as a drum today…but I am trying….

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Well, Im not getting any more info on songs and stuff yet. Sure is locked down as tight as a drum todayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦but I am tryingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Thanks mila! :)

    BTW, Just deleted another Luke Menard post.

    Take it to the Headlines thread.

  • milajoy

    A Perfect Day, Hmmm? I guess he could switch it up and do a broadway version ala Pavarotti :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXgbN81zNG8&feature=related

    Geez, if their gonna do Lou Reed – they should have gone for the gusto and broken out Walk On the Wild Side. That would have been sweeeeet!

    Read above, that is not the Clive Choice.

    YW, MJ, and I know it’s off topic, but you were SO GREAT on MTV, I finally watched it this morning.xo

  • panz

    Updates soon, I hope. Less than 2 hours til showtime!!

    I read (on USAToday, I think) that Archie could not get one of his songs cleared for this week. I wonder what that’ll do to his psyche.

  • ben_meova

    yesterday on the idol forums there was a rumor that the Clive song for Archie may be a song originally done by Michael Bolton titled “Go The Distance: If that is true I hope he does the Lucas Grabeel version…its more uptempo and less nauseating.

    If things go like last week and that is true Lythgoe will make him sing the Bolton version

    They have given Archie crap to sing again…Cook will shine tonight no doubt

  • ben_meova

    yesterday on the idol forums there was a rumor that the Clive song for Archie may be a song originally done by Michael Bolton titled “Go The Distance: If that is true I hope he does the Lucas Grabeel version…its more uptempo and less nauseating.

    If things go like last week and that is true Lythgoe will make him sing the Bolton version

    They have given Archie crap to sing again…Cook will shine tonight no doubt

  • Duke

    if Archie gets tagged with another shitty song from the producers I will flip a mf’ing sh*t

  • http://www.xanga.com/hisaki_chan707 Hisaki

    The U2 song got cleared? *excited*

    Now I just hope he sings the crap out of it.

    I am going to read my Great Expectations tonight when Archie is on. Yes, I find Dickens to be more exciting than little D right now.

  • milajoy

    Isnt Clives Song for Archie “Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me”? I think so.

    The only song we dont have a clue on is Clives song for Cook

  • Colleen

    Problem with loggin into this website.
    Don’t know why, but I have been unable to connect to this website for the last hour??
    Dying to know the latest and keep trying. Finally got through.
    Anyone else?

  • NOLA

    Jason Castro has a clue for one of the guest stars, he says that one was known as à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“codename Virgin Airlinesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    MADONNA!

  • cooktard76

    just to comment on the gf bit… if i were her, i would be SUPER pissed after the phone in eppy where he said, “which camera? YES i am single!”
    regardless, if its true, i hate her. =)

  • dfc

    Has anyone posted this yet? I tried to post earlier but couldn’t get on the site.
    George Michael on Idol tomorrow night.

    http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/marc_malkin/b138263_george_michael_bringing_freedom_idol.html

  • mocha

    Well, Nigel, I wouldn’t say George Michael is the “biggest star in the world”, but I will admit that the guy is uber-talented and really had the charisma thing going back in the Father Figure/Faith days when I was a teen. I am interested in seeing him tomorrow night.