Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Star of David
Update: Yup, I did it. I bought David Cook's spectacular version of Always Be My Baby on iTunes this morning. Next week, by the way -- another entirely new experience: I'm gonna actually vote for this kid. You should too.
I never thought I'd see the day I did this, but here goes.
I've already copped to being inexplicably drawn to the pop culture bonfire that is American Idol, but last night, something happened that made me feel like I could finally come out of the darkness and confess my appreciation for the show without shame.
What happened, was David Cook.
I've been a fan of his all season, admitting silently to myself that he's the first true rock star that's ever been on Idol. Even his sub-par version of Our Lady Peace's Innocent last week was forgivable, simply because he knew who the hell Our Lady Peace was. But last night, his performance of -- of all things -- Mariah Carey's Always Be My Baby was nothing short of breathtaking.
What no one mentioned during the show however, so as not to provide an unfair advantage with the voters, was that David Cook was singing the song in tribute to his 36-year-old brother, Adam, who's dying of brain cancer and had traveled from Terre Haute, Indiana to be in the audience and watch his little brother compete.
Which makes it understandable that the younger Cook was in tears onstage after receiving a stunning reception from the judges.
Can't believe I'm saying this about someone who's a current American Idol contestant, but David Cook rules.
The kid's a fucking star.