American Idol Mania

Your source for the latest scoop on American Idol contestants including videos, auditions, performances, judge's comments, concert dates, record releases, and more.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

David Cook's Heartwrenching "Permanent" at the Idol Finale



David Cook is probably my all-time favorite Idol winner and this is one of the most beautiful, though heartbreaking, songs I've ever heard. David gave this incredible performance at the AI finale after losing his big brother to brain cancer earlier in the month. The song can be downloaded at iTunes with proceeds going to cancer research.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Danny Gokey's Amazing American Idol Audition



Even though American Idol's new season just started, Danny Gokey is my pick to win Season 8(at this point anyway). I know he's a favorite with many others as well. Not only can he sing, but he seems like such a nice guy too. Who could forget the heart-wrenching story about how he lost his wife? I believe we'll be hearing much more to come from Danny.

Monday, July 28, 2008

David Cook at Idols Live

American Idols Live


We were able to attend the American Idols Live concert in St Louis last week. It was such a blast and our seats this year were so much better than last year. All of the Idols had a more improved sound and many were pretty amazing (i.e. David Cook, Micheal Johns, and Carly Smithson)

I'm already looking forward to next year!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

David Cook Wins American Idol!

The top 2 Davids, Archuleta and Cook respectively, gave a stand-out duet performance of Hero. I was a little surprised by how great they sounded together, but they are both excellent musicians so I guess I shouldn't be to amazed.

My husband (David also) and I talked about how it would have been good to see Archuleta perform songs like this before. I think it would have shown people more of an edgy side.

After viewing the 2-hour show last night the suspense had built and when Ryan Seacrest announced that David Cook had won we all yelled out, "YES" in unison and started clapping and cheering for our Missouri boy. I'm not sure that he was expecting to win, but he definitely deserved it!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

David Cook Singing "The World I Know"-American Idol Finale

Even though I would have liked to hear David Cook sing a song that rocks a little bit more, it was refreshing to hear the tender side of his voice through this ballad.

More importantly, even if not everyone agreed with his song choice here, DC definitely sang this from his heart and was moved to tears at the end. It was beautiful.

I've heard some criticizing him for his response to Simon's criticism. When DC said that he wanted to sing a song that he hadn't sang before on the show, that each week had been a progression, I don't think he was taking a mean-spirited slam at David Archuleta (because Archuleta repeated Imagine). He was just being honest and chose to take more of a risk by doing something different.

David Archuleta Performing the Beetles Imagine-American Idol Finale

Although this was such a beautiful performance, I would have liked to have seen David A. choose a song that he hadn't performed before. Either way, it was nearly flawless.

David Archuleta Singing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"-American Idol Finale

David A. really brought an impressive performance to the finale with this one. It's interesting how he seems so in his element while singing, but then when he is receiving the judge's feedback he looks like he's extremely nervous (not that I wouldn't be in front of 7,000 people) and almost ready to pass out. DA seems like such a nice kid and is such a talented singer. His vocals are pretty hard to beat. Even though American Idol is a "singing competition" (as Simon keeps reiterating) I think it's a little more than that in the end.

For example, when Taylor Hicks won a couple of seasons ago, he obviously had a lot of fan support, but I've never heard one of his songs played on the radio. Elliot Yamin, who finished 3rd that season has had some pretty identifiable songs though, and is arguably a bigger star than Hicks.

David Cook Singing "Dream Big"-Top 2 American Idol Finale

I loved this performance and totally disagreed with Simon. . . I also thought the song was great. I liked Randy's comment about how he was "singing his face off."

Monday, May 19, 2008

American Idol Finals Tuesday Night 7/8c-American Idol Mania


It's hard to believe how quickly this season has flown by! It all comes down to the 2 Davids, Archuleta and Cook. Although I admit that early in the season I was rooting for David A., I'm now cheering for David C. In addition to being a fellow Missourian, David Cook has impressed with his originality and vocal maturity. It's hard to compared the 2 because their styles are so different. Judging from the screaming preteen fans Archuleta has, I predict that maybe he will win. I think it will be close and I don't believe it will matter much if David Cook comes in second. His talent and ability to rock the house are going to take him far. In fact, I think he might even give Chris Daughtry (one of my favorite Idol contestants) a run for his money. Only time will tell, but I'm looking forward to Tuesday night's performances.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

David Archuleta's Top 5 Performances of 2 Neil Diamond Hits

David Archuleta is consistently good each week (in my opinion). I found his performance of "Sweet Caroline" to be refreshing. I would still like to see David sing something a bit edgier, but he may be smart sticking with what he does best.

America was a smart choice as well.

Brooke White's Emotional Farewell-American Idol Mania Top 5 Elimination

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

David Cook Performing Neil Diamond-American Idol Mania Top 5

The first one here was pretty good, but the second, "All I Really Need Is You" was pretty awesome! I loved hearing DC do a ballad. We know that he can rock, but it was nice to hear something a little more tender. As my 11-year-old would say. . "Swwwwweeeeet!"

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown Performing No Air-American Idol Mania Top 7

Jordin Sparks back on the American Idol stage to perform her hit duet No Air.

Brooke White Singing Mariah Carey's Hero American Idol Mania-Top 7

Although I think that playing the piano could have added a lot of authenticity to her performance, unfortunately this was pretty rough for Brooke. I feel for her and I'm a little bit nervous about her lasting more than couple of more weeks. She seems like such a sweet girl; I hope she can hang on a bit longer.

Syesha Mercado's Top 7 Performance of Vanishing

Syesha did a nice job with this one overall. . . definitely not an easy song to sing!