He’s the latest in a long line of American Idol season winners, and David Cook seems to be taking his massive victory in stride. Last night after he was announced as the Season 7 champ, the Blue Springs, Mo bartender talked to press about his experience thus far.
Maintaining an air of humility, David said that he’s up for whatever his Idol status brings his way. “I actually walked into this with no expectations and I’m walking out of it with no expectations. This show is a springboard, but it’s still a crapshoot. I could easily walk out of this arena and be just a regular Joe tomorrow. I hope that’s not the case. It’s kind of up to everybody else.”
As for his initial reaction to the win, Cook revealed what was going through his head. “That my music teacher Mrs. Gentry made me sing in a Christmas pageant in second grade, and now I’m here. The ride has been pretty, pretty nuts. You know you couldn’t write this … or maybe you can, I don’t know maybe you guys can. But I can’t.”
And when asked if he knew he’d won prior to the big announcement, Cook said, “I didn’t. You know, the respect that 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. And I went into Tuesday just to have fun, and so 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.”
Enjoy the pictures from the American Idol afterparty (May 21).