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.
It seems as if the contestants didn't have to have their songs memorized as there was a teleprompter with words on it DURING the songs. They often have it during the results for the group numbers and such, but it has never (at least not that it has been shown) been on during contestants performing for votes.
This is the first season where neither of the finalist had been in the bottom group throughout the season. They become the 6th and 7th contestants to do so.
Randy Jackson had mentioned a "duel of 2007," even though the year is obviously 2008!
There were no live phone-in questions.
The Ford Music Video was "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys. The Idols go into a Fortune Teller's place and see into their future. Syesha is in a mansion with multiple gold and platnium records. David A. is singing at a piano and has a pool with his face in the bottom, and David C. owns a ton of cars and guitars.
When reading the critiques of David Cook, Ryan said (because its what was on the card) that the first song was by Chaka Khan, however, it wasn't. He later corrected it.
Fantasia Barrino performed "Bore Me (Yawn)".
There were 56 million votes.
The Group Number was "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" byMcFadden & Whitehead.
When Ryan was talking to David before his second song, there Idol website appeared on screen the the symbol that usually comes up with it showed up then was quickly taken off. Ryan then mentioned about going to the site. It seems as if they just put it up too soon.