The most anticipated night of the television season is here! The competition is down to two finalists but there can be only one American Idol. Find out tonight who America has chosen. The Top 12 reunite on stage at the NOKIA Theatre LA LIVE one last time before the newest American Idol is crowned.
And the winner of American Idol Season 7 is......David...COOK!moreless
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Host in Kansas City
Host in Salt Lake City
Simon apologized to David C. for being so harsh and said for the first time ever he actually didn't care who won.
Jimmy Kimmel came out and did a comedy routine.
During the performance Donna Summer's handed her mic to Syesha for her part, even though Syesha already had her own mic.
Ryan almost fell off the stage while riding Guru Pitka's carpet.
There was a special video with Jordin Sparks advertising the new "American Idol Experience" attraction coming to Disney Land.
The Davids received Hybrid Fords.
Season 3 contestant Matt Rogers was in Salt Lake (David A's home town) and Season 4 contestant Mikalah Gordonwas in Kansas City (David C's home town) as Special Co-rrespondants.
Mike Myers (as Guru Pitka from "The Love Guru") did a special video with the two Davids and also came out on stage.
David Cook is the last American Idol winner to win under the administration of George W. Bush.
David Archuleta is second non winner in American Idol history to never be in the bottom group. The first was Clay Aiken in season 2.
Simon (to David Cook): I need to apologize to you David. I was being rude and verging on disrespectful and I'm sorry.
(All of Simon's tough critique this season)
Simon: Boring, whiny, torture, dreadful, nightmare, creepy, nonsense, terrible, menacing, atrocious, horrible, Dolly Parton on helium, stupid, corny, demonic, disturbing, awful, robotic, grotesque, cheesy, hideous, revolting, not great, you were... amazing. (Simon winks)
Because of the show running over many who DVR'd missed the announcement. Ellen DeGeneris said on her show that she heard David and then it cut off, however she said say she got the "c" sound so she knew it was Cook.
The Special Performances tonight were:
-Top 12 - "Get Ready" byThe Temptations
-Top 2 - "Hero" byChad KroegerandJosey Scott
-Sealand Syesha Mercado - "Waiting For You"
-Jason Castro- "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
-Top 6 Girl did aDonna Summermedley: "She Works Hard for Her Money" and "Hot Stuff". Donna Summer herself then came out and sang"Stamp Your Feet" and "Last Dance" with the Top 6 Girls
-Carly Smithsonand Michael Johns - "The Letter" by The Box Tops. This was the first time ever that two people from the current season who were not the Top 2, sang a duet. Ryan said it was because they both were eliminated earlier then expected.
-Top 6 Guys sang aBryan Adamsmedley: "Summer of '69" and "Heaven", thenBryan Adams himself came out and sang "I Thought I'd Seen Everything" and "Somebody" with the Top 6 Guys
-ZZ Topand David Cook - "Sharp Dressed Man"
-Graham Nashand Brooke White - "Teach Your Children"
-Jonas Brothers- "SOS"
-Season 7 auditioner Renaldo Lapuzsang his infamous song "We're Brothers Forever", and part way through a marching band came on stage (and so did Ryan, Paula and Randy).
-OneRepublicand David Archuleta - "Apologize"
-Jordin Sparks- "One Step at a Time"
-Gladys Knight(withBen Stiller,Jack BlackandRobert Downey, Jr.as the Pips) - "Midnight Train to Georgia". Thefootage was from a 1973 performance on the Midnight Special. And the Pips were wearing the same outfits that Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey were wearing when they were standing in for the Pips.
-Carrie Underwood- "Last Name"
-Top 12 - George Michael medley - "Faith", "Father Figure", "Freedom".George Michael then came out and sang"Praying for Time" (although he was on his own)
-After winning David Cook performed the Winning Song called"TheTime of My Life". Unlike in previous years, this was the first time it was heard as it was not performed the night before.
For this entire season, the show was nominated for the 2009 People's Choice Award for Favorite Competition/Reality Show.
For this episode, the show was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Picture Editing Of Clip Packages For Talk, Performance, Award Or Reality Competition Programs" in 2008.
Ryan danced on stage with the cast of So You Think You Can Dance during the performance of Donna Summer and the Top 6 girls.
Ryan announced that one contestant had 56% of the vote and the other had 44%. This makes it the second time percentages have been used on the show. The first was in the Top 3 Results Show in Season 5.
Jeri Ryan, Blake Lewis, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Melinda Doolittle, Justin Guarini, Bo Bice, Teri Hatcher, Ashley Tisdale, Lori Laughlin and Cat Deeley were all in the audience.
This episode did not have live on-air questions or a Top 2 Ford Music Video.
The Ford Music Video was "Let the Good Times Roll" by Shirley and Lee. It showed bloopers from all the music videos shown this season.
A new record of votes was set. 97.5 million votes were cast beating season six's record by 21.5 million votes.
This is the first time in 7 seasons that a person won by a total number of votes. David Cook won by 12 million votes.
David Archuleta is the 2nd youngest contestant to ever be in the final two. Diana Degarmo was the youngest being sixteen. Jordin Sparks was also only 17 but her birthday is December 22nd, David's is December28th making him a few days younger at the time.
David Archuleta is the fifth male runner-up in the series. Justin Guarini was first, Clay Aiken was second, Bo Bice was the third and Blake Lewis was the fourth.
David Cook is the second male contestant to win without being in the bottom two or the bottom three. Taylor Hicks was the first.
David Cook is the third male contestant to win in the series. Ruben Studdard was the first, Taylor Hicks was the second.
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