On Wednesday, we charged the producers of American Idol with turning on David Archuleta and trying to manufacture a David Cook victory as revenge for the alleged backstage interference of Archuleta's father, Jeff. By this afternoon, more than 300 Idol fans had weighed in with their opinions in our comment section. After the jump, a few of our favorites!
Maya01 accuses us of having a pro-Archuletan bias. Also, she calls us journalists!
"You are the most biased "critics" I've ever seen! You've been praising David Archuleta from day one and always criticizing David Cook in the harshest terms. Aren't you "journalists" supposed to be professionals and tell the truth? At least you should write constructively rather than just being over-enthused little David' fans. Shame on you!"
Anne4swan thinks we're missing the real conspiracy:
"Are the people that think David A. is better than David C. the same people who voted for Jason Castro??? (No, those were different people. —Ed.) Exactly how did Jason get past the audition round??? He was horrible!!"
Lct1012 takes issue with our critical standards:
"David A. needed to be eliminated a long time ago!!!!!!!!!!! He's not all that. And anyone who thinks David Cook doesn't have talent has their taste up their butts!"
Htimsrj1 calls us out by name:
"Kois and Brown, you guys are yellow journalists. You are just trying to stir it up, but lamely. There is no conspiracy."
KarenLaRae is the voice of reason:
"I know American Idol is a competition -- but I don't see why one has to trash one David in order to praise another David. Frankly, I like BOTH Davids."
Kikki13201 is just full of great ideas:
"All Cook does is scream! Every song he sings ends with his famous scream! After watching Fantashia on stage last night Cook and Fantasia should make an album together and name it "Scream Fest" and they also need to get rid of Paula who is always after the boys on stage! She acts like a moron!"
If David Cook wins, Peytonizer predicts dire consequences for the show:
"If David Cook wins my fiance and I will no longer watch American Idol, along with alot of other people we associate with."
Floranceakey makes a salient point:
"FOR A 17 YEARS HE IS AMAZING SINGER DAVID U HAVE MY VOTE ANYTIME, THE REST OF YAS TRY AND BE POLITE TO THIS KID MAN HE CAN SING AND HE IS GOING ALL THE WAY IF WE SEND THIS TO DAVID A PLZ PEOPLE . U JUST WISH IYS WAS U SINGING AND GOING THROUGH THIS HOW WOULD U FEEL BAD RIGHT SO GROW UP AND REALIZE THIS IS A KID TRYING TO DO SOMETHING FOR HIMSELF NO FOR U OR ME OR OTHERS ARE WATCHING PLZ BE NICE AND THINK WHAT UR SAYING ABOUT HIM HE IS SWEET YOUNG GENTLE MEN TRYING GET HIS LIFE TOGETHER FOR HIM SELF"
Julio5 strongly disagreed with another commenter:
Jennim is wise beyond her years:
"Talk about biased!!!! This artical definately one sided. The differences between the 2 Davids is that one takes chances and steps "out" every week and the other basically sings the same song over and over. They both sing extremely well and have exceptionaly tallent. David C. had my vote weeks ago when he sang Billy Jean and I couldn't remember who sang the the origional (and no I am not 14, I gratuated in the 80's) That's the kind of impact that America is looking for in an American Idol, not just someone that can sing."
Tareuhhhhhh thinks we're all pathetic:
"You all are pathetic. David Cook is an amazing singer. Just because little David has the sympathy over his paralyzed vocal chords does not make Cook a bad singer."
...but later clarifies:
"Sorry about the 'You are all pathetic' I think I just meant that to the writer of the article."
Also, several grandmothers weighed in:
"This was a stupid article, written by someone who is just plain jealous. Both David's are good, either one deserves to win and my husband and I will Vote for who we think can go on and do well... I'm 55, I vote, go to the Idol Tours and take my grandkids! Hey it's better than watching some sex infested tv show! Go American Idol!" —Grandmanancy
"I am a 62 year old grandmother who has watched idol since it started.In truth David A. has talent but can not compare to David C as a total performer or Carly who basically should have been in the final 3. In time with practice on performing on a whole for all ages not just the under 18 ages he will develope and grow but he seems insecure and yes shy as a performer. Where as David C performs from the heart w/ a smile w/appeal for all ages and appeal w/all types of music just not ballots."—Patb
"This young man is only 17 and his father is still his gardian and responsible for his welfare. He is a good father , just looking out for his underage son. The producers should , if they have underage children, understand where he is coming from.
They would probably do the same.
A mother, grandmother of 15 and greatgrandmother of 8. —Ksisk
"One more comment from the 'older generation' I am a 58 year old female teacher and although I admire both Davids, my vote has to go to Cook... Although I feel David A. is a natural talent, has a smooth voice and would appeal to young teens and 58 year old 'Grandmas,' you can't compare the amount of homework and maturity David Cook has over David A. I wish them both well, but I think the title should go to the one who most earned it and learned by this experience. David Cook...final grade from this teacher A+" —Busy24seven