David Archuleta vs. David Cook: Is the 'Idol' competition over?

We know how the story ended with David and Goliath, but what about David versus David? Of the two Idol alums, one’s a little bit (okay, a lot bit) poppy, the other’s a little bit rock’n’roll; one’s bubbly, the other’s stubbly; one’s got an innocent “Crush,” and the other wants you to leave the “Light On.” My colleague Margeaux Watson and I sat down to discuss the musical prospects of the dueling Davids as part of our larger series of discussions about the fall music season (click here to see ‘em all!). But given how decidedly different the two Davids actually sound, here’s a question for you: Is it possible for both  Mr. Archuleta and Mr. Cook to find success on the charts this season? Or, do Idol fans feel like even though the theme weeks and speed dialing are finished, the competition still rages on?


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  • sickoftheBS

    Articles like this are what keep the unnecessary competition going. Your obviously looking for hits to your site, as for the majority of David and David fans, the competition is over! OVAH!

  • Vanessa

    My answer to you question is YES, they can both have success in their career, their music is totally different. The competition is over, done deal! I personally like David better, but Cook has a strong fan base also, & he is a very nice guy! So give it up already!

  • Ceballos

    sick of the BS is absolutely right.
    You guys at EW/Popwatch, HAVE to know what you’re doing when you start a topic that pits Archuleta vs. Cook in any way. In fact, you guys probably realize that any article that just mentions Cook without mentioning Archuleta (and vice versa) is going to inevitably lead to a screaming match between the more psychotic fans in each singer’s camps.
    Shame on you, EW. The only reason I can see for you doing this is assuming you have some sidebets going such as “What’s the over/under for the number of posts until an Archuleta fan takes a shot at Cook?”

  • Anne

    Will you people at EW give it up already!!! I think you write things like this to stir up trouble and get attention. It’s pathetic that everything you write has to do with some kind of competition still. It’s long over, so stop the comparisons. By the way, those two women are complete fools!

  • collins

    i was a HUGE carly smithson fan throughout the competition (even did a little call in interview with mr. slezak on idolatry), but settled on cook after her untimely exit. that being said, after seing both archie and cookie on tour..twice…i enjoy both the boy and the man for different reasons.
    i have already pre-ordered both davids’ albums. i think their is room for both to have huge, successful careers, with a little left over for a big voiced tattooed irish lass.

  • Joner

    Was it a slow news week for the two of you? It’s the only explanation I can come up with for your continued “David vs David” pandering. The competition’s over sistahs. Move on to your next victims and let them get on with their mutually successful careers.

  • Pam05

    Coming out of band camp, I think not. Have you checked the billboards and record sales of David Archuleta. Maybe you should of done your homework before doing this video.

  • EW!!

    EW is now acting like a 4th grade child in desperate need of attention. Apparntly us IDOL fans have been fueling ther fire. The only way to put it out is for ALL OF US to stop visiting this site and DONT POST HERE. AGREED????? IM LEAVING AND NOT COMING BACK.!!!

  • OPPS

    SORRY ABOUT MY POST BELOW I DIDN’T CHECK FOR ERRORS. AGAIN DON’T POST HERE OR ON COOKS SONG SIGHT LETS LEAVE THEM HIGH AND DRY.

  • Marylee

    Once again, I see two “wanne be” journalist/reporters (whatever you call yourselves) who are simply trying to look “cool” but coming off as cluless! You obviously are not familiar with David Archuleta’s work as an artist and you will be eating your words in no time, because he is on a short path to SUPER STARDOM!

  • Lynn

    Oh, you two little women just think if a singer is as young as David Archuleta that they are not “old” enough to be a singer. Well, that is offensive to those of us who look for music for its quality not it’s LOUDNESS in our ears.
    Please be a bit more considerate of his age and style,.
    And, just because the loud guitar sound is not drumming through your ears does not mean the song doesn’t send shivers down your spine. Maybe, for once, the voice of David Archuleta is enough for some musically in tune to appreciate. I don’t think you even considered their voices in the discussion here. It was just about the noise of the instruments. So, I’m hopeful that your next coverage of the two will be the vocal talent of the two and not the instrumentation abilities of the two. For the guitar quality that Cook has I will commend, agreeing with Simon Cowell that keeping the guitar attached to Cook will be his best asset. And Archuleta’s voice is what makes him most desired!!!!!!

  • Melissa

    Those women were PAINFUL to watch. Are they REALLY employeed in this industry?

  • Stupid EW

    It’s so encouraging to see comments here so far have been focusing on EW more then the actual subject of this article. I encourage posters to continue this trend. This isn’t about the Davids anymore. This is about bringing down EW!!!! Such non-sense journalism should be attacked with no mercy!!!

  • Anonymous

    The main question posted here is “is it possible for both David’s to find success on the charts this season”. Well both Davids have. David Archuleta’s Crush was the highest single debut since 2007 and the highest ranking single debut in Idol history. So, that is something phenomonal for such a young music artist. His stardom is guarenteed. And David Cook looks to have a pop ballad coming out this week which looks to do very well also. Cook’s song is definately NOT ROCK girls. You need to do your research on what rock music is.
    But, they both should do very very well in the music industry. So, please give them both respect regardless of age, race, or music style. We hope for no discrimination!
    We expect that from you!!!!!

  • pane

    These two women are pathetic. One is just wake up from her sleep didn’t even have time to comb her hair. The other one was just tried to be cool………sorry girls…….you make me sick!
    Both didn’t know about Billboard Charts, about itunes etc…..If they knows about those, they won’t even dare to speak about the topic.

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