So, the sad news is in, David Cook won over my boy Archie in AI. By 12 Million friggin' votes.
I actually find it amusing that I am so invested in Baby Elmo Archuleta. For the first time in years, I am a certified FAN. Not just, I like Jason Castro coz he's goofy, but I love Archie to pieces. He has always been for me the better performer, the better singer, the kid I so want to be my baby brother.
And I really, really hate David Cook. He just really rubbed me the wrong way from the get-go. Hated him even early on, with his too-tight shirts and arrogant swagger. I couldn't really see his originality, truth be told, and while he could make non-rock songs into rock (think "Billie Jean" -- which, I have to add, was not even an original arrangement of his), he just couldn't give amazing covers of the truly rock songs he had to sing on the show. Also, it just strikes me as weird that someone who professes to belong to rock genre could gamely dance and wiggle on stage like a cast member of High School Musical.
So my Archie lost. And I'm still shocked that I care this much. But my theory is, while most DC fans are at least in their 20s and already have work and therefore have loads of money to vote, and a lot of energy to call a million times, Archie fans still depend on mom and dad for allowance, and only have a few dollars to spare for voting. The older set who love Archie? Well, unfortunately, their dialing prowess is not as it used to be, and maybe could only manage 100 calls tops in 4 hours. Oh well. Hahaha. Am I bitter? Yes. But is my assessment objective? I think so.