David Cook has an 'American Idol' flashback at the AMAs

It wasn’t the first time that David Cook had been back to L.A.’s
Nokia Theatre since he won season 7 of American Idol there last spring. But
performing at the American Music Awards pre-show on Sunday still brought out the jitters. “I actually get panic attacks whenever
I’m in a five-mile radius of this place,” he told EW.com following his two-song set in the courtyard, a stone’s throw away from the Idol finale showdown
stage. “It’s home to one of the most
nerve-wracking moments in my life.” In the months since, Cook has performed at the Staples Center across the street, as part of the Idol summer tour, but Sunday’s visit for the AMAs stirred up memories nonetheless. “I’m presenting, so I do have to walk on that stage. We’ll see how
it goes. If I have a freak-out or something, it’ll make for good TV, I

In fact, for Cook and his fellow Idol finalist, David Archuleta, the competition continues, in a way. EW.com also bumped into the season 7 runner-up, getting his take on their current close race in record stores. (Archuleta’s first week tally of 183,000 is already in and sales numbers for Cook’s debut are due out on Wednesday.) Archuleta, for one, said he’s content with his album’s performance. “I’m
quite comfortable with second place,” he quipped. “Right behind
Taylor Swift is not a bad place to be.”

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  • Nathan

    The AMAs were so bad again this year, possibly the worst they’ve ever been, and David Cook didn’t help.

  • lea

    I agree! Did he pluck his eye brows?

  • Andy

    Bring in the mature Archie fans who hate David Cook… can’t wait fir the nasty comments to come. This week has been bad for them so they gotta hate on the Cookie who’s been having a great time.

  • EW this is getting old!

    David Cook was awesome at the AMA’s! He rocked the house and looked great. His presentation was perfect. David Cook is TOO Hot to even comprehend! Just wait till you see how many albums he sold…………LOL!

  • Sandy

    Shirley: Thank you for writing this article.
    I was the AMA awards and pre-show because of David Cook. And the fans went wild over him on the red carpet.
    And what is going on with the ugly trolls that post so much hate? Don’t they have a life?

  • jj

    Thanks for the article!
    I kind of understand the bitterness of the Archuletta fans. I mean, they thought they had another Clay Aiken on their hands…#2 outperforming #1…what is it about “won by 12 million votes” don’t they understand?…time to move on Archies! DC won..fair and square!

  • lauren

    David Cook’s eyebrows? Really? This is the new Cook diss? Bwah ha ha! His eyebrows are pretty much the same they’ve always been. NEXT!
    Anyway, Cook and his band were crazy good. I’d say Cook, Pink, and Annie Lennox were the highlights.

  • sisterbnana

    Really? This is what we’re worried about today? Eyebrows? Can we have a little love for his stylist? That outfit he performed in last night was all kinds of kewl … and hot. Best of the night in my book: Pink, Annie Lennox, Pink&Sarah M, and of course, Cook.

  • Allen

    Jeez, overreact much? I see nasty comments made about both Davids all over the place. Congrats to Cook for what will surely be a stellar number of records sold. I don’t know why as an Archuleta fan I still need to say that. Congratulations Cook. Congratulations Cookies. Congratulations word nerds. Congratulations. Congratulations. Now, can we please proceed with ignoring the trolls and celebrating whatever music or musician we like? Oh, and again, congratulations. Your guy is awesome. He’s the best. He’s perfect. Oh, and I hope he is the biggest star to ever walk the earth and sells me more records than anyone has ever sold. Ever.

  • michelleb

    Good luck David Cook. Since he won’t make any $ from his album (even if he sells 10 million) and 19M takes 50% of the rest of his dough, I hope the fame will be enough.
    And remember 1 million albums is not enough. 19M just dropped Jordin and she had 3 monster hits and went platinum (without all that $ for promo either). Cook seems like a decent guy.
    Cook seems like a decent guy. Ijust find his music boring.

  • Glenn

    I’m a Cook fan but I really wish Archie the best. I adore him but his fans are a different matter altogether.

  • Allen

    Glenn, I know Archie fans who feel the same exact way you do but about Cook’s fans. I have tons of friends who are Archuleta fans, and believe it or not, we don’t sit around talking about Cook or his fans all the time. How many of us do you even talk to? If all you ever see or hear are the idiots that post stupid comments on these boards, then that’s your problem.

  • Sally

    Saw David Cook on the AMA last night. He really looked good. Loved the suit on him. He was wonderful on the stage singing and also when he introduced the guest on the show. Looking forward to seeing him on tour.

  • BethR

    I like David Cook and his music, but the fans on his “official” website are wacked!

  • brette

    Loved seeing David Cook on the AMAs last night. He was fabulous as always and so was Declaration. When Daughtry won, I thought, well, maybe that’ll be David next year. Go Cook!

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