Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

The Bee's guide to events, activities, arts and entertainment

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."

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.


October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives