Paul Nelson reportingThe showdown is over, and now contestants of American Idol have to wait to hear what the country thought of their performances. But whether David Archuleta wins or loses, is his time here in Utah over?
All they can do now is pray that people voted for them, and if people agree with American Idol Judge Simon Cowell, David Archuleta is sitting in a good spot.
"You came out here tonight to win, and what we witnessed was a knockout," Cowell said.
During a press conference after the show, Paula Abdul said they both did very well.
"I am blown away by both of them. I don't think that one out-sang the other," she said.Backstage, the two Davids seemed to be breathing a lot easier. Cook opened up about what intimidated him the most.
"Having three people I've never met before this experience telling me how bad I did, that's probably the most intimidating," he said.
But what happens next for Murray local David Archuleta? He's got to strike while the iron's hot, right? I asked him, "What future plans that you used to have do you think you're going to have to change now, and are your buddies in Murray High going to have to say goodbye to you?"
"Well, I guess school. School might be a little different from this point on. And, I'm not sure what's really going to happen because you never know if you're going to stay home or… I'm sure going to try hard to have a music career in some way. That's what I love to do and that's what I want to keep doing for the rest of my life. If it means coming out here (Los Angeles) to record and perform, I'm going to have to do that. I guess I'll miss my friends," he said.
Even though the Davids are trying to knock each other off the top pedestal, don't expect any bad blood between the two. At one point of the press conference someone yelled, "I like bartenders," in support of David Cook, who was a bartender before the competition. Cook yelled back, "I like bartenders, too." Archuleta patted Cook on the back and replied, "Me, too." The crowd wasn't expecting that.
Cook pinched Archuleta's face and said, "How can you compete against this face? I want to get so mad at him, but it's like, ‘Aww.'"
At one time during the competition, Cook said he thinks the competition was over, and they were just having fun.