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David Cook

David Cook was born in Houston Texas on December 20, 1982 and was living in Blue Springs, Missouri at the time he started on American Idol. David began singing in the second grade following a part in a Christmas program, and got hi first guitar at the age of 13.

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David was actively involved in music through his high school years, performing in a number of musicals including Music Man and West Side Story. He wrote his first song when he was 15, and he earned a theater scholarship to the University of Central Missouri. He played in a few bands including Axium which would produce a number of independent albums and was named one of the top independent bands in the country. He wound up auditioning for Idol and becoming the 7th member of the American Idol Winners List.


David Cook Idol Audition

David actually never intended to Audition for the show, instead he went only to support his younger brother in his audition. However, once he got there he decided to try out himself. His audition took place in Omaha, Nebraska in August of 2007. The show aired from January 15 to May 21, 2008. In Omaha he performed “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi, and wound up impressing the judges enough to get an invitation to Hollywood week. Here is David Cook’s Idol audition.

In his Hollywood performance David sang “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams, which got him through to the semi-finalists consisting of 5o contestants. He sang “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain in the Top 50, “Happy Together” by the Turtles in the Top 24, “Alright Now” by Free in the Top 20, and “Hello” by Lionel Richie in the Top 16. Those performances went well enough to allow David to advance through the semi-finals and land a spot as one of 12 American Idol Finalists.

David Cook: American Idol Season 7

David has a great voice and it carried him smoothly through the multiple rounds of the finals. He was never in the Bottom 2 of any round and therefore never in any danger of being eliminated right up until the final two contestants. Below are the list of songs performed by David Cook on his way to becoming the 2008 American Idol.

Top 12 Lennon/McCartney Eleanor Rigby The Beatles
Top 11 The Beatles Day Tripper The Beatles
Top 10 Birth Year Billie Jean Michael Jackson
Top 9 Dolly Parton Little Sparrow David Cook
Top 8 Inspirational Innocent Our Lady Peace
Top 7 Mariah Carey Always Be My Baby Mariah Carey
Top 6 Andrew Lloyd Webber The Music Of The Night Phantom of the Opera
Top 5 Neil Diamond I’m Alive Neil Diamond
Top 5 Neil Diamond All I Really Need Is You Neil Diamond
Top 4 Rock n Roll HOF Hungry Like The Wolf Duran Duran
Top 4 Rock n Roll HOF Baba O’Riley The Who
Top 3 Judges Choice First Time I Ever Saw Your Face Peggy Seeger
Top 3 Singer Choice Dare You To Move Switchfoot
Top 3 Producers Choice I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith
Finale Clive Davis Choice I Still Haven’t Found… U2
Finale New Song Dream Big David Cook
Finale Singers Choice The World I Know Collective Soul

97 million votes were cast for the final and David Cook beat our David Archuleta by a margin of about 12 million of those votes to clain the title of Season 7 American Idol. Here is the video of David’s victory announcement and final performance.


David Cook: Post American Idol Career

David’s career took off immediately following his American Idol victory. He had eleven singles debut in the Billboard Top 100 in the first week following the show finale, and the song “The Time Of My Life” debuted at number 3. His albums to date include:

  • David Cook, 2008
  • This Loud Morning, 2011

David Cook won a Teen Choice Award in 2008 and a New Music Award for Male Artist of the Year in both 2008 and 2009, and he also won a Nashville Music Award for Song of the Year in 2009.