Entertainment behind the scenes
David Cook, the “American Idol,” in his own words
Well, well, well… here we are. An “American Idol” has been chosen yet again, and those of us who have been following the show moment-by-moment are in what can only be described as a post-”Idol” hangover.
That’s especially true for those of us in the media who hung around for hours backstage at L.A.’s Nokia theater last night waiting to interview the “Idol” himself, David Cook. Once he did finally appear, Cook talked to reporters about Simon’s apology, how it felt to win, and what kind of a record he wants to make.
Here’s what he said:
Q: What did you think of Simon Cowell’s apology?
A: I didn’t really know that the apology was warranted. I thought what he said was an opinion and nothing more. At no point did I feel disrespected. But yeah, I’m appreciative of the fact that he decided to apologize. An apology from Simon is a pretty rare gem.
Q: What went through your mind in the moment you found out you had won?
A: That my music teacher made me sing in a Christmas pageant in second grade, and now I’m here. And so the ride’s been pretty nuts. You couldn’t write this. Maybe you guys can, but I can’t.
Q: Did you think you were going to win?
A: I didn’t. The respect I have for David Archuleta is very much past a competitor thing. He has more talent at his age than I know what to do with at 25, so to be able to share the stage with him was an honor for me. I kinda went into Tuesday just to have fun, and the fact that I walk out of here as the next “American Idol” is not a testament to me so much as it’s a testament to the other 23 contestants we had this season and to everybody behind the scenes.
Q: What was your favorite performance of the season?
A: Of mine? The last one. I have been holding my breath for four months, so tonight was just about exhaling and enjoying what this show is and what it isn’t.
Q: What kind of a record do you want to make?
A: A good one. That’s the kind of record I want to make.
Q: What are your expectations of being the “American Idol?”
A: I actually walked into this with no expectations, and I’m walking out of it with no expectations. I think this show is a springboard, but it’s still a crap shoot. I could easily walk out of this arena and be just a regular Joe tomorrow. I hope that doesn’t happen.
Q: How important was it to share this experience with your brother, who you auditioned for “American Idol” with?
A: For me it just made the whole experience full circle. In August, I stood in line in Omaha, Nebraska at 5:30 in the morning and it was raining, with no intention of auditioning. And now I’m here and I got to share that moment with the same two people I stood in line with seven or eight months ago. So it was a nice bookend.
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