I must say, the AI machine certainly seemed to be doing its best to coax America to vote for Archie. The question is, did it work?
The judges’ effusive praise of Li’l David last night was just a bit over the top, no? Even the most gullible among us would have to admit it all seemed a little scripted. The AI powers that be have wanted Archie to win this from day one, just as they pushed Jordin and Blake on us last year. The only difference last year was that Simon wouldn’t play along. He held out for the one with the most talent: Melinda.
Last night, he was happy to gush about Archuleta. Personally, I thought Archie rehashing his already warmed-over version of “Imagine” was cheap. (No, that’s not an original arrangement, as the judges tried to lead you to believe. It was lifted, pretty much note-for-note, from Eva Cassidy.) I do agree that David Archuleta has a lovely voice, but overall I think David Cook has proven himself to be the better musician and better performer.
But let’s face it, American Idol has become Teen Idol, or even Preteen Idol, so at this point I’m going to say it’s pretty unlikely Cook will win in, although I hope he does.