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May 22, 2008
Idol Chatter: The day after ...

I don't know about other "American Idol" watchers - or non-watchers for that matter - but I've got a major Season 7 hangover!

Of course, the results were debated in many workplaces today, including The Bee (between our breaking stories), where the cynics reside comfortably. The talk was that Simon Cowell had to have known the results ahead of time or he wouldn't have done the whole "Boo hoo, I'm sorry thing" Wednesday night to David Cook right before the crowning.

That, and one colleague talked of his 11-year-old daughter being in tears, sobbing at the outcome because David Archuleta didn't win. She might have even thrown something.

And then there's the whole DVR thing. Yes, the show ran over - it always does on the finale. I heard at least five people say they were skipping along, got to the end and heard Ryan Seacrest say, "And the winner of 'American Idol" Season 7 is David ..." and the tape stopped.

Hey, I missed the Quick Fire challenge on "Top Chef" to catch the end.

Anyway, don't cry for runner-up David A.. One thing's for sure: He will do just fine, likely showing up on some Disney hit show. (Gotta get a dance teacher first.) His dad will see to it.

Speaking of which, I bet the "Idol" tour folks (different from the show folks) can't wait to have Jeff Archuleta and his hat collection along for the two-plus-months bus ride!

In any case, I think it was time to have an "old" guy win it. David C., at 25, makes those of us twice his age feel, well, not quite so neanderthal. Besides, dude was lovin' it with the ZZ Top guys Wednesday night.

An interesting stat came in today from AT&T, a major sponsor of the show. The company says it has shattered its "Idol" text messaging record of 64.5 million - with 78 million messages this season. That's the most since texting was introduced as a way to vote waaaay back in Season 2.

I'd hate to see the bills next month. Unless, of course, you've got the unlimited plan.

And to my "Idol" buddy Dana Hess over at KFBK: You've been fun to watch the show with, even through e-mails. Hope you enjoy that stack of books you're about to tackle now that the show is over. You've got eight months to finish them!

For your final fix, check back to 21Q Friday to read interviews with both "Davids."


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