Fred Bronson of @Idolsnow is reporting that David Cook will sing the Rolling Stone’s “Jumping Jack Flash” on Wednesday’s results show…

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  • wordnerdarchie

    That’s a great song to showcase his band. It should be a fun time. The only question now is whether David plays his guitar or goes guitarless. There’s advantages (and disadvantages) to both, depending how you look at IT. ;)

  • chearts77

    Cool!! I guess that’s means we can probably assume that none of the contestants will be singing that one tonight??

  • lucy

    Yikes, poor season 9 contestants. As if results night weren’t already painful enough for them, now they’ll be confronted with an actual American Idol contestant who can actually *sing* a Stones song. Like, convincingly.

    …or maybe they’ll surprise me.

    Maybe the new plan from TPTB is to bring back former contestants and have them sing the theme of the week, in the hope that it’ll give this year’s crop the idea. :)

  • jpfan

    This should be fun. I don’t quite get the bringing back former Idols to sing covers thing but it is fun. What you lose in promo you gain in entertainment. So far it’s 3 for 3. Kris, Matt/Scott and David all doing covers. Only Danny did a song from his album. Who comes back next week?

  • springboard

    Is it for IDG, charity single?

  • tierbee

    OK, they can definitely rock out on that one. Rock out, boys. Play guitar, Cookie, and… how about some intensity? Heh!

  • sma11ie

    jpfan, Allison did a song from her album.

    Okay, Stones fans who are DC fans, I don’t know this song–what should I do? Should I youtube it in prep for Wednesday, or should I go in cold and let Cook and the band surprise me? I’m leaning towards the latter, just cuz I’m the kind of person who likes to go into movies without having seen the trailer. Unless you guys think I’d greatly appreciate a cover more if I checked out the original first? I could be convinced. Though I remember I heard a handful of songs for the first time as DC covers back in S7 and liked them anyway (e.g. All RIght Now, Little Sparrow, the 2 Neal Diamond songs, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face). Haha, decisions, decisions.

  • spritely

    The bastid. He picks the one song I hoped he wouldn’t do, and knew he would do, lol. So of course he’ll kill it, and I will be forced to love JJF. I can’t wait!

  • Lu

    I don’t quite get the bringing back former Idols to sing covers thing

    Me either! What’s up with that?

  • spritely

    smallie? My opinon, fwiw, is that you should definitely go listen to it ahead of time. But the reason I think that is that it’s a boring song (to me), and you will think, oh noes, and then you will appreciate it even more when DC & TA bring it home. We citizens of Cookstan have to be perversely willing to be appalled before we are elated, lol.

  • tierbee

    That’s one of my dad’s favorite Stones songs, I grew up dancing around the house with my sibs to it. Will be fun to see what Cook and the boys do to it. Woohoo!

  • Jae

    Jumpin jackflash! That should be interesting! I hope, wait I know, David will rock this song. I can’t wait to see him on Weds. I wish he were going to be on tonight!

  • Mtlfan

    oh nice!! that will be fun :D

  • s3rious

    tierbee:
    03/16/2010 at 7:45 am

    That’s one of my dad’s favorite Stones songs, I grew up dancing around the house with my sibs to it. Will be fun to see what Cook and the boys do to it. Woohoo!

    Hard rockin’ fun indeed, woohoo !

  • lucy

    Okay, Stones fans who are DC fans, I don’t know this song–what should I do? Should I youtube it in prep for Wednesday, or should I go in cold and let Cook and the band surprise me? I’m leaning towards the latter, just cuz I’m the kind of person who likes to go into movies without having seen the trailer. Unless you guys think I’d greatly appreciate a cover more if I checked out the original first? I could be convinced. Though I remember I heard a handful of songs for the first time as DC covers back in S7 and liked them anyway (e.g. All RIght Now, Little Sparrow, the 2 Neal Diamond songs, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face). Haha, decisions, decisions.

    Just let DC show it to you for the first time, I’d say.

    This is just a fun, high-energy song. I don’t think there’s a lot of opportunity for an interesting change-up — it’s rock, so you can’t change it up to make it rock, and it really can’t be made into much of a dark, broody, anthemic item, so far as I can see. So I don’t see what’s to be gained by listening to the original first — this probably isn’t a case where you can be blown away by DC’s interesting new twist (though he might prove me wrong — who knows? As someone else mentioned, maybe DC will make it more interesting than the original, which wasn’t really intended to be interesting — just fun and hard driving). … Anyway, I expect just a fun, *strong* performance. … And won’t that be a breath of fresh air for Idol these days?

  • webster

    [blockquote]I don’t quite get the bringing back former Idols to sing covers thing but it is fun. What you lose in promo you gain in entertainment[/blockquote]

    It would deem that the show’s producers are showing more interest in producing a good show than in promoting guests. I approve, especially if that carries over into how they choose and use guest mentors.

  • Joyed

    LOL, this song is one of the few Rolling Stone songs I know (it was always on the Oldies station my parents listened to when I was growing up – I think it was this and Satisfaction).

    I definitely think it is one of their better songs (after all, there is a movie named after it!)

    Should I youtube it in prep for Wednesday, or should I go in cold and let Cook and the band surprise me?

    If you choose to watch it on youtube, just know that it really is a driving kinetic song that requires movement to be interesting IMO.

  • houstonrufus23

    Oh, cool! I’ll have to miss the show tonight but I’ll be sure to come back here to see Cook’s performance. I’m sure it will be awesome. It’ll be great to see him on Idol again.

  • janeeyre

    Great choice from David – although I would venture to say with his voice and artistic style he could arguably do justice to most of the Stones songs. Now if he could only dance like Mick, LOL!!

  • Pixie Baker

    I think it is a great idea to bring former Idols back…in fact, I have wondered why they haven’t done more of this in the past seasons. David will get a boost from this…..and like someone said, it is good entertainment!
    (Well, I guess it all depends on who they bring back…;) )

  • sma11ie

    Hmmm… thanks for all the advice, guys. I think I will go in cold for tonight’s show (I know like 2 Stones songs), and see how it goes, and decide after. Of course, that may be a mistake, too, as I’m sure Andrew will bastardize the original beyond recognition, and Katie and Aaron would pageantize their songs until they lose all their edge. Sigh. This is our top 12? I digress…

    So, based on the variety opinions on the song here, (“it’s a boring song”, “a fun, high-energy song”, “one of their better songs”, “a driving kinetic song that requires movement to be interesting”), I am at once excited and SCARED! Ack! Can’t wait :).

  • tierbee

    Picturing David twitching around like Mick Jagger makes me giggle. Hopefully they won’t hide Neal in the shadows since there’s plenty of guitar in this song? Woooohooo, Cookie’s gonna be on my TV. No angst here, just YAY!

  • tierbee

    just know that it really is a driving kinetic song that requires movement to be interesting

    Guitar spanking could qualify? :)

  • Joyed

    I just remembered my favorite part of the song – this could sound really good.

    “Well it’s allllriiiiiight now…”

    Hmm, those lyrics seem familiar… ;)

  • LaRue

    Jumpin’ Jack Flash? Really? Not my song of choice, but whatever.

  • SybilTrelawney

    I think this is going to be frakking awesome. That is all.

    Plus, David will get to mention that he’s working on his new album, in the thick of the song-writing process, working with great collaborators, and hope to get it out soon. It’s all good.

  • sunchick

    spritely:
    03/16/2010 at 7:39 am

    The bastid. He picks the one song I hoped he wouldn’t do, and knew he would do, lol. So of course he’ll kill it, and I will be forced to love JJF. I can’t wait!

    I know right? The Stones are before my time but I inherited a love for them from my dad, and I gotta say, that’s the only Stones song that I don’t really dig at all. So of COURSE he picks that one. Cuz that’s how he rolls. Nope, not You Can’t Always Get….or Sympathy for the Devil…or Angie… or Gimme Shelter….All together now: WTF!?Cook! Oh how we’ve missed you and the anxiety excitement you brought. Annnnd I’m laughing at all the differing opinions. Case in point:

    I just remembered my favorite part of the song – this could sound really good.

    “Well it’s allllriiiiiight now…”

    That’s the part of the song I dread. It always sounds flat no matter who sings it. Vocally, it’s just weird.

    Upside: At least he took a bullet for the Season 9 kids, because I was wondering which clueless soul was going to pick that song, not realizing that singing about being raised by a bearded toothless hag miiight not be the way to get votes.

    Real Upside: The band will most likely not be in the shadowy shadows of darkness. Come into the light, Neal… Since this is such a band song, I vote for Dave with guitar, especially cuz I think the Firebird has been a naughty little six string again and needs to be punished on national TV. Oh yeah.

    Random aside: Since it came up, HFT has always been my favorite VH tune, well before Cook covered it. I used to l love the vid with the mini-band members when I was kid. Well, that and Ice Cream Man. I haaaate haaate haaaate Jump, though. And Panama.

  • cheese

    I hate “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” almost as much as I hate “Hot for Teacher.” Oh well, come back when your single is ready, Cook.

  • Trina

    I LOVE this song and I’m ridiculously excited. My only two wishes were a) to not sing LO and b) to rock the shit out of that stage again. Bonus: one of my favorite Stones wont be ruined by Katie, Tim or Aaron YAY!!

    As I said yesterday I mainly see this appearance as 19/Fuller pimping one of their clients despite him not having new material. Has a year gone by when any of the 19 manged Idols didnt make at least 1 appearance? One of the few reasons I’m glad hes still managed by them. If he has a single ready by May they might have him back on, just like I expect Kris to make at least one more appearance to promote his own music.

  • k4dc

    I hate “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” almost as much as I hate “Hot for Teacher.

    Ha ha, I’m with you there. But when I saw Dave sing “Hot for Teacher” live, it was the hottest thing ever. It left the young dudes behind me speechless, in the best of ways. So, if Dave can do that for HFT, I have hope for JJF.

    JJF always reminds me of Whoopie Goldberg because of that silly movie.

    Please make me like JJF, David.

  • wellhesback

    Would have preferred Cookie do his own “Barbasol” but still will be great to see him and the guys rock out to a Stones song. Happy, very happy he’s getting the exposure. and yes, I want to be able to SEE the rest of the band please.

  • frogcooke

    I just looked it up, not loving the song… lol Cookie you better work some magic!

  • DLPF

    Not great news, but potentially he gives it his interpretation, and it’s way cool. I would have thought You’ve Got The Silver would have suited him more.

  • maturin

    It sounds like it could be weird, therefore it will be amazing. This is the rule of Cookistan.

    If they said “he’ll be the only guest tonight, and he’ll be performing the song which will become the boot song,” we’d all melt into hot molten puddles of high expectation, and then the song would turn out to be “No Boundaries” performed in duet with Susan Boyle while Cook’s band performed locked in a packing crate backstage.

    This way, people are confused and conflicted and half-disappointed ahead of time, so naturally, he’ll triumph. David Cook: making lemons into awesome is his trademark!

  • wellhesback

    nvm. made a mistake.

  • standtotheright

    and then the song would turn out to be “No Boundaries” performed in duet with Susan Boyle while Cook’s band performed locked in a packing crate backstage.

    I’m really glad I’d finished my morning OJ before reading that. Heeeee.

  • sma11ie

    frogcooke:
    03/16/2010 at 10:11 am
    I just looked it up, not loving the song… lol Cookie you better work some magic!

    Hm, I may stay away from checking it out then. There are so many conflicting, “it’s my fave!” and “it’s my least fave!” opinions. I think I would just worry more whether I find that I like it or not. I’m just gonna try to stay calm til Wednesday :)

  • Chicagolaw

    Oh, I hate this song! And if it’s a “Hot For Teacher” moment I will cringe. And, yes, I know that I am one of the only people who doesn’t like David’s HFT, LOL.

  • DLPF

    By the way, thanks for the video. Brian Jones? Wow, this certainly pre-dates the MTV video revolution. Funny that the emphasis is so much on their faces, rather than on them as a whole band, or playing instruments. Seems odd now, but probably made sense 40+ years ago.

  • tinawina

    It sounds like it could be weird, therefore it will be amazing. This is the rule of Cookistan.

    Very very true. I’m quite meh on Jumping Jack Flash but we all know how this works by now. He’ll be awesome.

    If they said “he’ll be the only guest tonight, and he’ll be performing the song which will become the boot song,” we’d all melt into hot molten puddles of high expectation, and then the song would turn out to be “No Boundaries” performed in duet with Susan Boyle while Cook’s band performed locked in a packing crate backstage.

    BBWWAAHHHH!!!! Also true. In fact, this will be the lead single from his new album. :)

  • BootStar

    I love Cook, and I love the Stones, so this is all win-win for me. I think they probably invited him back to sing a Stones song solely because it fits with the week’s theme. If the Stones aren’t available, why not have an Idol do it, especially the show’s only “rock” winner?

    And while it’s a party song for sure, the lyrics in the verses are pretty dark and could be relevant to IGB. I hope they offer it for sale on Thursday.

    I was born in a cross-fire hurricane
    And I howled at my ma in the driving rain,

    . . .

    I was drowned, I was washed up and left for dead.
    I fell down to my feet and I saw they bled.
    I frowned at the crumbs of a crust of bread.

  • sma11ie

    I’m not banking that they will offer it for sale. Let It Be was given press well in advance as an IGB charity single. Carrie’s Motley Crue cover boot song was also given press well in advance as a charity single. Matt and Scott did a cover and it was just that– a cover by a guest performer on the show, and that was not put up for sale. If they’re bringing DC back to do a Stones cover just because it fits the theme, I don’t see any reason why Idol would put it up for sale, and I honestly don’t see a tie-in to a charity in this case either. I may be wrong, but that’s how I see it for now.

    P.S. LMAO Chatroulette is trending on twitter. DC’s got his finger on the pulse of the nation or what?

  • sunchick

    maturin:
    03/16/2010 at 10:19 am
    It sounds like it could be weird, therefore it will be amazing. This is the rule of Cookistan.

    So let it be written, so let it be done. I know this to be true, and yet, I still wish it was a different song. I’m actually a little nervous about the fact that the other kids get much better Stones songs and Cookie could actually suffer by comparison. Like, I worry that this was a last minute edict from 19 and he had to pick from the leftovers. Which is 100% absolutely certifiably INSANE, because he’s not competing and he’s David Cook. Ugg, AI. Why you do me that way? Stop it.

    JF always reminds me of Whoopie Goldberg because of that silly movie.

    I’m a little black woman in a big silver box. :D

  • Pam

    It sounds like it could be weird, therefore it will be amazing. This is the rule of Cookistan.

    If they said “he’ll be the only guest tonight, and he’ll be performing the song which will become the boot song,” we’d all melt into hot molten puddles of high expectation, and then the song would turn out to be “No Boundaries” performed in duet with Susan Boyle while Cook’s band performed locked in a packing crate backstage.

    I don’t say this enough but I love you! Hee

    I’m excited by this choice actually.

    Cheese-FWIW, I’m not a big fan of HFT either. It was a song I could take or leave until I saw Dave perform it live. I can’t really put it into words but it’s something that’s really hard to describe. It’s like Dave has the audience in the palm of his hand. That may sound like an OTT description but that’s the only way I can describe it.

  • Truthiness

    So, based on the variety opinions on the song here, (“it’s a boring song”, “a fun, high-energy song”, “one of their better songs”, “a driving kinetic song that requires movement to be interesting”), I am at once excited and SCARED! Ack! Can’t wait

    Well it’s a lot of those things. It’s a simple song musically, but it’s high-energy and can be fun, kinetic and moving around to it, certainly helps. It’s not one of my favourite Stones songs, by a long shot, and I don’t get why Cookie is on the show singing it, but okay. I’m sure he’ll be good at it, and it’ll fun. But probably not a lot beyond that.

  • cheese

    I hope Ryan at least chats with David for a few minutes to talk about the new album coming later this year. I’d hate for America to think that their Season 7 winner is fronting a Rolling Stones cover band, lol.

    VFTW is going to be disappointed, too. They wanted Tim to sing JJF.

  • jumpstart

    maturin:
    03/16/2010 at 10:19 am
    It sounds like it could be weird, therefore it will be amazing. This is the rule of Cookistan.

    Ha! Gotta love the guy, he continually amazes me.

  • gangreen29

    Has a past contestant ever come on and performed the same theme as the current contestants? I can’t think of any examples, and to me this is a real shitty thing to do….People are going to compare David and his two years of being on a major label to the contestants in their first week on the big stage..I don’t know if Cook fans would have loved Daughtry showing up and singing the same theme as David while he was on the show. I know someone as classy as Carrie or Kelly would never agree to do something like this.

  • LaurelG

    If the Stones aren’t available, why not have an Idol do it, especially the show’s only “rock” winner?

    Well, if he’s the show’s only “rock” winner then why not have him sing a “rock” song from his “rock” album? Sorry, this doesn’t strike me as a win for David. If this was being pitched as a charity single like Kris’s Beatles song, great. If he was singing something (anything) off his album, great too. But to come on the show and sing a Stones cover only reinforces the idea that – two years later, he’s still an Idol guy singing covers.

    Yes, he can talk about his upcoming album but it’s not exactly imminent and people will have forgotten about it next week. I think it’s a huge mistake not to sing something off the album. It’s true that people sing covers all the time, but they’re generally not burdened with trying to shake the Idol stigma or break out of the Idol bubble. This is a chance to sing something he wrote, something he’s rehearsed and played on his tour hundreds of times, something that might cause people to buy the album, and something “rock” to fit in with the show’s theme. If it’s his choice – bad move. If the producers won’t let him sing something off the album, that’s a shame.

  • 2dogs

    I’m not getting this thing of inviting back past contestants to sing covers. There are so many other ex-Idols out there with new material who it would be nice to see — or let Cook sing some original material. I know he is between albums, but couldn’t he do a special iTunes singles with something new. This just seems like a bit of waste to me.

    Oh well, it will be good to hear a Stone song done well during this week and even if its not the most productive kind of exposure for Cook, at least it is exposure.

  • seriously

    I know someone as classy as Carrie or Kelly would never agree to do something like this.

    I think they would. o.0. And LOL at Kelly being classy. She fired a guitar player on stage. Doesn’t sound classy to me.

  • sassypants

    I guess Im one of the few that loves the idea…great classic RS song and Dave…it just doesn’t get any better than that for me. I’m a huge RS fan and a huge DC fan. Love him singing funky rock N roll…and thank God its not a ballad!

    Just wail the guitars and rock that “toothless bearded hag”! And now Ill even get my son and hubby to watch…that’s a guys song. And he needs more “guys” songs…

  • seriously

    And he needs more “guys” songs…

    I agree. As far as guys songs I would classify Heroes and Bar-ba-Sol as the only ones. Maybe Kiss on the Neck if it didn’t have the moan meant to impregnate women everywhere.

  • lucy

    I’m actually a little nervous about the fact that the other kids get much better Stones songs and Cookie could actually suffer by comparison.

    Oh, come now. Repeat this over to yourself aloud a few times while looking at the picture of this year’s top 12 and you’ll soon see just how silly it is! This is David Cook we’re talking about, who has never committed a non-intense, non-energetic performance *ever,* as I recall. … And a top 12 who … Well, you know the rest.

    I too wish that DC had one of the dozens and dozens of much much cooler Stones songs to sing. But even on a down day or doing a less-than-stellar song or arrangement, he’s always, always very present and alive during his performances, very into the song and pretty dead-on musically. In other words, he always performs like a pro. So far we’ve heard things even remotely comparable to that from just a tiny handful of this year’s contestants and more than once from only one, in my opinion. So, at season 9′s very best, I can’t imagine that more than maybe four of them, tops, will deliver a performance that could possibly by any stretch of the imagination be even anywhere near the same league as what David will do, even with one of the Stones’ less impressive songs. I’m just hoping he inspires the quavering-wavering finalists to shake off the nerves *next* week and commit to songs the way a pro does.

  • sma11ie

    Has a past contestant ever come on and performed the same theme as the current contestants? I can’t think of any examples, and to me this is a real shitty thing to do….

    Carrie sang a duet with Randy Travis on Grand Ole Opry (i.e. Country) theme night last year. JMO, but she did show up a lot of the contestants vocally, LOL. And a lot of the contestants last year were a lot better.

    My 2 cents only (and worth just that), but I think Cook, Kelly, and Carrie are all classy Idol winners. Love them :).

  • wellhesback

    Maybe I’ve become incurably optimistic in my old age but I think too many people are overthinking this. David is a very classy guy who is not about to turn his back on the show that has made his current personal success possible. I just don’t see the harm in doing this cover. When he has a new single of his own to showcase, I’m sure the show will do that. Anyone who knows Cookie and the band knows they are not just cover artists; people who don’t know them may be pushed to check them out. I refuse to angst about it any further. Tweets from the guys sound happy, so I will be too.

  • BootStar

    First of all, it’s all how it’s presented. If Ryan introduces him as just having finished a 150-gig tour, having been certified platinum three (?) times, and currently working on his new album, I just don’t get what the BFD is.

    I hardly think David was sitting around keeping track of the current season’s upcoming theme weeks and then begged the producers to add him to the results show at the last minute. It seems to me he was asked to perform a Stones song and he happily agreed.

    And, frankly, if Carrie or Kelly had been asked less than two years after they won their respective seasons to do the same thing, I’m guessing they wouldn’t have felt comfortable turning down the Idol PTB.

  • cookbunny

    And lest we forget that in spite of being given creative control over their albums, etc., 19 and the like still own their asses and they are contractually obligated to pay the piper every once in a while. When 19 says “Jump” they ask “How high?” Thus is the life of an Idol “winner.” Boy have I grown cynical over the Idol lifespan…

  • BootStar

    When 19 says “Jump” they ask “How high?” Thus is the life of an Idol “winner.” Boy have I grown cynical over the Idol lifespan…

    Heh. And thus the song choice, “Jumping Jack Flash.” ;-)

  • sunchick

    Oh, come now. Repeat this over to yourself aloud a few times while looking at the picture of this year’s top 12 and you’ll soon see just how silly it is!

    Oh, I fully owned the irrationality of it an wasn’t really serious. I was just amused that my brain even went there for a second. It’s like Pavlovian or something, the pairing of the conditioned stimulus, American Idol, with an unconditioned stimulus, the awesomeness David Cook and band, resulting in the classic “oh noes” angst response. *adjust glasses, scribbles notes*

  • gangreen29

    Carrie sang a duet with Randy Travis on Grand Ole Opry (i.e. Country) theme night last year. JMO, but she did show up a lot of the contestants vocally, LOL. And a lot of the contestants last year were a lot better.

    I Told You So was Carrie’s latest single. Not the same as randomly coming on to sing from the same limited theme as the top 12.

  • Trina

    Hey I’m one that has often joked about how once you sign a management deal with 19 they own your asses for life and those under Simon Fullers control are basically puppets so I get the cynical sentiment and I can totally see David not refusing anything that they ask especially considering how often he talks about how he embraces AI and he appreciates the kind of a launching pad he got blah balah, but um, what would be the point in them *making* him appear this week? Its not like the results show isn’t already pretty full with two current hits being performed by Orianthi and Ke$ha. Did Simon ring him up and be all ‘we decided we need more Stones songs being sung so you better get ready to perform this week or you will be forever banished from the Idol empire !!’

    In all seriousness I’m pretty sure he’s been forced to pimp himself to Disney more than he might have liked as a result of being under 19s thumb but this? I’m not seeing it. Being give a singing slot in any capacity on the biggest show on TV without current music out doesn’t seem like some awful thing. Frankly I’m of the mind that 19 rewards over time the ones that play nice and aren’t jackasses to deal with.

  • springboard

    Well, if he’s the show’s only “rock” winner then why not have him sing a “rock” song from his “rock” album? Sorry, this doesn’t strike me as a win for David. If this was being pitched as a charity single like Kris’s Beatles song, great. If he was singing something (anything) off his album, great too. But to come on the show and sing a Stones cover only reinforces the idea that – two years later, he’s still an Idol guy singing covers.

    I would be surprised if was NOT a charity single. Everything else doesn’t make sense, imo.

  • tinawina

    Oh well, it will be good to hear a Stone song done well during this week and even if its not the most productive kind of exposure for Cook, at least it is exposure.

    Just think out loud here, but building off this… could it be that we are just a tad spoiled? LOL. The optimal situation would be DC coming on Idol and singing a single, or at least a new cut of his album that would be released as a charity single/boot song – one that would blow everyone’s socks off and create massive buzz. It seems like if we don’t get the very best situation possible, angsting starts. (Hell even when the situation is good, angsting starts) LOL.

    In the meantime, performing in front of the 20 mil plus idol audience is a highly sought after, valuable piece of promo. Outside of awards shows or the Superbowl there is no other opportunity like it. But Idols managed by 19 get it for free. Half the people on the charts now would sell their mama to get that chance. And in between albums, when buzz dies? They’d sell their mama and their grandma too. Its just not a bad thing for anyone, anywhere, anytime. IMO.

    I think we are looking a gift horse in the mouth here. Its easy to forget what a big deal performing on Idol is. Maybe we are taking this for granted? I think the only way this can hurt him is if he sucks. YMMV.

  • GreenHippo

    For me David can sing the phone book and I will love it. In his live performances on his tour he sang many covers, none of which were anywhere near bad. All were great!!
    Mick Jagger was rocking a nice “glam” jaket wasn’t he?

  • sma11ie

    I Told You So was Carrie’s latest single. Not the same as randomly coming on to sing from the same limited theme as the top 12.

    I don’t see the big difference. My point is, Idol frequently invites guest performers on theme nights and ask them to perform songs that match the theme. Remember that medley of those rickety old disco legends on disco night, LOL?

    I mean, for Grand Ole Opry week, the contestants chose from a catalog that included Carrie’s songs, and two of them did sing Carrie’s songs! Talk about setting the contestants up for comparision! I just think that every time a guest performer is invited to perform a song in the same theme as the contestants, there’s a chance he or she would “show the contestants up” vocally by singing better. You could say that it’s unfair for the contestants when they’re asked to do Mariah or Dolly songs, because they’d be compared to Mariah or Dolly when they come on the day after (AFTER voting) doing the same theme. Why is David Cook being not “classy” by agreeing to come on and do a Stones song on Stones theme week? Is he held to a different standard because he’s an ex-Idol? I just don’t follow the logic.

  • standtotheright

    Frankly I’m of the mind that 19 rewards over time the ones that play nice and aren’t jackasses to deal with.

    So much this.

    And in between albums, when buzz dies? They’d sell their mama and their grandma too. Its just not a bad thing for anyone, anywhere, anytime. IMO.

    And this too.

    I just don’t think it’s a “jump…how high” thing.

  • janeeyre

    I don’t get all the negativity in the comments. David is probably THRILLED to be able to perform a Stones song. For the younger generation who may not be as familiar with the stones (I’m showing my age here), the Stones is one of the best (arguably THE BEST) live rock and roll band ever. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them in concert many times, and they are absolutely phenomenal, even to this day. Noone can sing/dance a rock song like Mick. Jumpin Jack Flash is a classic, famous rock song. I for one, am excited to hear David’s take on it.

  • gangreen29

    Why is David Cook being not “classy” by agreeing to come on and do a Stones song on Stones theme week? Is he held to a different standard because he’s an ex-Idol? I just don’t follow the logic.

    Yes, of course he is held to a different standard when returning to idol since he was a prior contestant. Besides that though, I would think it was tacky if Orianthi was coming on the show and performing a Stones cover too. She isn’t, she is performing her own music, just like Carrie was performing her own music on country week. David is coming on and doing exactly what the contestants are doing this season, just asking for direct comparisons. When Kris comes on and sings his latest single it does not lead to direct comparisons because most people understand that is a song Kris has been singing for months now. People however are going to be directly comparing Cook and Crystals performances for example, and I don’t know why David feels he should come on and steal the contestants limelight.

  • Truthiness

    People are going to compare David and his two years of being on a major label to the contestants in their first week on the big stage..I don’t know if Cook fans would have loved Daughtry showing up and singing the same theme as David while he was on the show. I know someone as classy as Carrie or Kelly would never agree to do something like this.

    I don’t see how David isn’t being classy here. He’s performing after the contestants are, so not as if he’s going to influence the voting in any way. And he’s been asked to do this by TPTB, and it’s not unusual to have guests come on the week of the theme, after the voting, and do something in the theme of the voting. Carrie among the people that has done this. She’s classy, so is Dave. Both are excellent winners who represent AI well.

    I mean I still don’t get why Cookie is on doing JJF, of all things, but oh wells. It will be a nice treat for his fans, and I think the season needs all the shots in the arm it can get. Cookie is a popular former winner, so he certainly qualifies as a shot in the arm, at least to me.

  • jumpstart

    ’m actually a little nervous about the fact that the other kids get much better Stones songs and Cookie could actually suffer by comparison.

    Anything is possible I suppose, but I really don’t see that happening. Not in my universe anyway. ;)

  • seriously

    Yeah, he’s great at covers. Here’s the list of covers he sang on his tour. (MWK excluded) (He usually played about 2 per set)

    Always be my Baby (Mariah Carey)
    Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
    Little Lies (Fleetwood Mac)
    (I Just) Died in Your Arms (Cutting Crew)
    Hot For Teacher (Van Halen)
    Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog)
    Shattered Dreams (Johnny Hates Jazz)

    I think that’s all of them… So I’m not worried at all about JJF.

  • Trina

    Why is David Cook being not “classy” by agreeing to come on and do a Stones song on Stones theme week?

    Maybe its part of his ongoing plan to ruin Idol forever. Nothing like being an unclassy jerk by showing up those poor contestants!

    Yep he should totally turn down the chance to sing for 20 million people, like anyone would.

  • sma11ie

    David is coming on and doing exactly what the contestants are doing this season, just asking for direct comparisons.

    Exactly? I’m pretty sure the list of RS songs he was given is made up of the ones the contestants haven’t chosen. I don’t see how this is a direct comparison. Honestly, if people want to make comparisions, they will even if he sang one of his original songs like Kiss On The Neck, which I’ve been told has a bit of the Stones vibe to it. In both scenarios, bottom line is, you can’t convince me that there is any way we’re setting up a direct comparison.

    He’s performing after the contestants are, so not as if he’s going to influence the voting in any way.

    Also, this.

  • gangreen29

    Exactly? I’m pretty sure the list of RS songs he was given is made up of the ones the contestants haven’t chosen. I don’t see how this is a direct comparison. Honestly, if people want to make comparisions, they will even if he sang one of his original songs like Kiss On The Neck, which I’ve been told has a bit of the Stones vibe to it. In both scenarios, bottom line is, you can’t convince me that there is any way we’re setting up a direct comparison.

    David is singing a cover of the Rolling Stones, everyone in the top 12 is singing a cover of the Rolling Stones. If he sang his own song, he would be singing a David Cook song. Everyone on top 12 night will be compared with each other, because they are all singing…rolling stones songs, just like David is singing…a rolling stone song. People in this thread have already made comments about how David will outperform the top 12 on the stones songs, and how they hope the top 12 don’t pick good songs in comparison to David, so sorry if I don’t buy your theory of no comparisons.

  • gangreen29

    Yep he should totally turn down the chance to sing for 20 million people, like anyone would.

    artists routinely turn down american idol appearances….

  • seriously

    artists routinely turn down american idol appearances….

    Name one.

  • spritely

    It’s also possible that he will inspire a few of the contestants to lift their games. He has a reputation for being nice to people, helpful, loyal to the show, and he tends to lift people up, rather than to put them down. Not meaning to make too much of it here, but it is possible that his presence might inspire some of them to come out of their shells and give more powerful, gutsy performances. That would be win/win/win/win– for them, for the show, for Dave, and for the viewers.

    I’m just looking forward to some good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.

  • wellhesback

    and which artists are you referring to that routinely turn down AI appearnaces? Ones that could still benefit from a 20 million person audience, like Cookie?

  • jumpstart

    artists routinely turn down american idol appearances….

    Name one.

    Yes … please. By all means.

  • windmills

    And lest we forget that in spite of being given creative control over their albums, etc., 19 and the like still own their asses and they are contractually obligated to pay the piper every once in a while. When 19 says “Jump” they ask “How high?” Thus is the life of an Idol “winner.” Boy have I grown cynical over the Idol lifespan…

    It’s funny you should say that. Carrie is the April cover girl for Allure and they released some pics from the photo shoot and some teaser quotes. Here’s one

    Although she became famous overnight after winning the fourth season of American Idol, Underwood is rarely associated with the show. But she’s still loyal to it. “People think they have us under lock and key for the rest of our lives,” she says of Idol executives, but “if I don’t want to perform on it, I don’t have to ever again. Of course, I will, because I’m not a little snot, you know?”

    Allure says there’s no attitude in the “little snot” comment. That having been said IA that keeping the relationship mutually beneficial is good for anybody managed by the 19 conglomerate.

    I don’t know why David’s not doing one of his own songs but maybe what they’re doing is having AI people come back to replace the group song. Let’s face it, the group songs are terrible and this would be a big step up from that. I’m indifferent to David so I don’t think he’ll necessarily show up anybody from this season or be shown up by anybody this season. I think I’ll wait to see the performances.

  • seriously

    Cook isn’t the first.
    Kenney Rogers performed on country week.
    Enrique Iglesias performed on latin week.
    Martina McBride performed on country week.
    Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Randy Travis on Grand Ol Opery week.

    So these people aren’t classy. They’re just embarrasing the poor contestants.

  • gangreen29

    Kelly Clarkson refused for several years to be on idol or allow her songs..so there you go, someone who turns down idol.

  • suenigma

    So Gangreen29, how would you feel about Archie being invited on AI during Inspirational Theme Week to sing Imagine? I personally would be thrilled, as would most listeners privilleged to hear it, I think. I also do not think that he would be so foolish to turn down such an opportunity, even if he would rather be in a position to promote his own music. Archie is classy guy – David Cook is a classy guy.

    It is not about politcs or ulterior motives, it is about entertainment and good music. Orianthi and Kesha have fun, catchy pop songs out right now, but they are not exactly renowned as live singers. It makes sense to me that they would want to balance out the show.

  • gangreen29

    Cook isn’t the first.
    Kenney Rogers performed on country week.
    Enrique Iglesias performed on latin week.
    Martina McBride performed on country week.
    Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Randy Travis on Grand Ol Opery week.

    So these people aren’t classy. They’re just embarrasing the poor contestants.

    They performed their own songs! They didn’t do a cover of that weeks theme!

  • sma11ie

    Everyone on top 12 night will be compared with each other, because they are all singing…rolling stones songs, just like David is singing…a rolling stone song. People in this thread have already made comments about how David will outperform the top 12 on the stones songs, and how they hope the top 12 don’t pick good songs in comparison to David, so sorry if I don’t buy your theory of no comparisons.

    There are a lot of David Cook fans in this thread who are A) worried he won’t look good/better compared to the 12 finalists or B) thrilled that he will look good/better compared to the 12. These are big time, at-times dillusional (I mean that lovingly– love you all, and I am one of you!) David Cook fans who are more concerned about David Cook’s career than how the current crop fares each week. I don’t think the majority of the finalists will suffer from such comparisons because the vast majority of Idol viewers will be more like you, and care more about how the contestants did each week than which guest performers would “show up” their favorite. Honestly, IMO, if contestants are gonna be shown up by any guest performer, then that’s their own fault. If they’re good enough interpreting their Carrie Underwood covers (like I thought Matt was last year), then Carrie can show up the next night and blow everyone away singing a Carrie song, and they won’t suffer. If they’re singing mediocre karaoke versions, yeah, maybe they should be worried. I don’t think someone like Crystal or Siobhan have anything to worry about.

    I say all the time, that the water cooler moments on Idol tend to stand alone as awesome performances– ones that make you stop in your tracks to listen, and are good even outside of the Idol bubble of comparisons. If a performance only good as an Idol performance, with the Idol qualifier that you cannot expand your comparison to the wider musical world, then maybe it really wasn’t that good to begin with. And that is why the industry looks down on AI, if everyone is judging with Idol goggles on… but I digress. My point is, if any of the finalists kick ass tonight, they won’t suffer by comparison to DC even if DC also kicks ass. If they are mediocre, and suffer by comparison then that’s their own fault.

    artists routinely turn down american idol appearances….

    Are these artists owned managed by 19? Kidding aside, I’m sure David was asked and said yes. I agree with those who say it’s just in his best interest to maintain the relationship. I also don’t think his saying yes was in any way classless.

  • seriously

    They performed their own songs! They didn’t do a cover of that weeks theme!

    I don’t see if it’s in the same genre how that is any different. *shrugs*

  • gangreen29

    So Gangreen29, how would you feel about Archie being invited on AI during Inspirational Theme Week to sing Imagine? I personally would be thrilled, as would most listeners privilleged to hear it, I think. I also do not think that he would be so foolish to turn down such an opportunity, even if he would rather be in a position to promote his own music. Archie is classy guy – David Cook is a classy guy.

    Inspirational themese is a broad category and David has been playing Imagine for awhile now. If David came back on Britney Spears week and sang a cover he just learned of a Britney song, I would think it was cheap and tacky too.

  • Truthiness

    Yep he should totally turn down the chance to sing for 20 million people, like anyone would.

    artists routinely turn down american idol appearances….

    Well first off, really? I mean, not as if Cookie is some indie artist who has to worry about his cred. by appearing on the show. He’s a former AIer, so none of that. And as a former AIer he’s not just an ordinary arist. Part of his job, especially as a winner, if you will, is to be a continuing part of the show. So 19, whom he is managed by and still has quite the relationship with the show that made him, wants him back, his saying “no” would be stupid on a variety of levels, and talk about unclassy? Now that would be unclassy. Being a prima donna to the show that made him. Instead Cookie is being his expected classy self and playing ball with TPTB and helping out the season by appearing on it and doing a Stones cover. Which is something for them, not him, because otherwise the guy would be doing something off his album, or appearing later on in the season when conceivably he could have a single ready. Or at the least, being part of IGB.

  • gangreen29

    Well first off, really? I mean, not as if Cookie is some indie artist who has to worry about his cred. by appearing on the show. He’s a former AIer, so none of that. And as a former AIer he’s not just an ordinary arist. Part of his job, especially as a winner, if you will, is to be a continuing part of the show. So 19, whom he is managed by and still has quite the relationship with the show that made him, wants him back, his saying “no” would be stupid on a variety of levels, and talk about unclassy? Now that would be unclassy. Being a prima donna to the show that made him. Instead Cookie is being his expected classy self and playing ball with TPTB and helping out the season by appearing on it and doing a Stones cover. Which is something for them, not him, because otherwise the guy would be doing something off his album, or appearing later on in the season when conceivably he could have a single ready. Or at the least, being part of IGB.

    I was just replying to the person who said no one would turn down american idol

    “Instead Cookie is being his expected classy self and playing ball with TPTB and helping out the season by appearing on it and doing a Stones cover.”

    How is he helping this season by bringing unfair comparisons between an artist signed for two years on a major label and those just starting out? Also, why are we assuming it was the producers idea to sing a rolling stones song?

  • k4dc

    David is singing a cover of the Rolling Stones, everyone in the top 12 is singing a cover of the Rolling Stones. If he sang his own song, he would be singing a David Cook song. Everyone on top 12 night will be compared with each other, because they are all singing…rolling stones songs, just like David is singing…a rolling stone song. People in this thread have already made comments about how David will outperform the top 12 on the stones songs, and how they hope the top 12 don’t pick good songs in comparison to David, so sorry if I don’t buy your theory of no comparisons.

    If you can figure out any way for me to vote for David, I will. LOL. ;-)

  • seriously

    How is he helping this season by bringing unfair comparisons between an artist signed for two years on a major label and those just starting out? Also, why are we assuming it was the producers idea to sing a rolling stones song?

    He’s not even performing on the same freakin’ night, like somebody said earlier it won’t influence voting. What does “unfair comparisons” hurt anyway? I guess the American public won’t realize that he won two years ago, and comparing would be stupid. I assume it was the producers idea because Cook would probably have wanted to sing his own material, IMO.

  • Trina

    I’m not going to judge since Kelly obviously lets her songs be used now and does appear on AI, but refusing contestants to sing your songs, on the show where you got your start no less doesn’t strike me as even remotely classy. I’m glad she’s changed since.

  • dv

    Kelly NEVER refused Idol to use her songs, there was a whole fuss over misinformation a couple years ago. Nigel or Simon.F came out and said it was not true.

  • windmills

    How is he helping this season by bringing unfair comparisons between an artist signed for two years on a major label and those just starting out?

    Maybe David’s helping this season out by replacing the group sing of a Rolling Stones song. JMO but whatever you think of David him replacing a lip synched group sing is win for the contestants, win for the show, and win for us at home.

    As far as Kelly refusing to let AI use her songs she was getting bad advice from her management at the time and she eventually fired them. The issue got worked out before the live shows started and Lisa Tucker ended up singing Because Of You (badly).

  • sunchick

    Um, gangreen? First let me preface by saying I think this is a case of much ado about nothing. That said, I’m gonna play devil,s advocate for a sec. I would be the first to tell you that my familiarity with country music pretty much begins and ends with Johnny Cash. Unless you count Ryan Adams who is classified as alt country sometimes… Anyway, I’m like 99% positive that Carrie DID perform a cover of a Grand Old Oprey artist’s original song on Grand Old Oprey week. As I recall, a big deal was made of the fact that I Told You So was a Randy Travis song that Randy Travis wrote and recorded before Carrie covered it, and he so very much approved of Carrie’s cover that he came and did a duet with Carrie. And then they rereleased it as duet. And this kind of showed up Adam, because Randy did not seem to approve of Adam’s take on Ring Of Fire. I mean, am I remembering it wrong? Otherwise I don’t see how this makes Carrie classy and Cook unclassy. Maybe Cookie should have gotten Keith Ricards to sit in with Neal on guitar for this cover performance and then put it out as a single, and then he wouldn’t have to worry about showing up the new kids and being classless.

  • Truthiness

    Instead Cookie is being his expected classy self and playing ball with TPTB and helping out the season by appearing on it and doing a Stones cover.”

    How is he helping this season by bringing unfair comparisons between an artist signed for two years on a major label and those just starting out? Also, why are we assuming it was the producers idea to sing a rolling stones song?

    Why would assume he was doing a Rolling Stone song for any reason other than being asked to? Not as if it’s something the band does that often, hence them having to scramble to learn one in two days. And hence them not doing it on tour as part of other covers they have done. And why else would he choose to sing a Rolling Stone song at all, except it’s RS week and he was asked to come on…and as part of it, sing a RS song.

    And I still maintain that it’s kind of difficult to show up this year’s contestants….after the voting has taken place. No one is going to be taking into account Cook’s performance on the results show, by somehow going back in time and having that effect their voting from the day before. At least one presumes not for the vast majority of the audience. As to those able to traverse time to see Cookie’s performance the day after and who are effected by it, please have them call me and give me the winning Lotto numbers.

    I’m not going to judge since Kelly obviously lets her songs be used now and does appear on AI, but refusing contestants to sing your songs, on the show where you got your start no less doesn’t strike me as even remotely classy. I’m glad she’s changed since.

    Well I don’t think Kelly is that classy, so I’m not surprised. I mean the way she fired that guy on stage? Not classy at all. She didn’t allow her songs to be used for awhile? Not cool either, but not surprising. I like Kelly, but her being classy isn’t necessary for my liking her.

  • Sydia

    I seriously doubt that the average AI viewer will go into analyzing the repercussions of Cook singing a cover from an actual living legend like the Rolling Stones. I mean really. If he looks hot,(which he always does), thrashes the guitar around then sings with the “voice” there is not going to be any negative backlash from the average viewer. It will be the few very invested internet AI followers that will(I don’t see a problem with this either by the way…)express angst, and or criticism.

  • sma11ie

    Also, why are we assuming it was the producers idea to sing a rolling stones song?

    David just got back to LA from a week and a half writing trip in Europe on Friday, and has been in writing sessions since coming back up to yesterday afternoon before his rehearsal with his band to prep for Wednesday. It sounds like a late notice invitation to me. DC’s never covered RS in the year and 150+ shows he was on tour. Logically, setting aside what you may think about his preference for his original songs (but honestly, which artist wouldn’t prefer to do his own songs in most cases given the chance), I’d say it would’ve been much easier for him and his band to do one of the 14 songs from his record that he and his band have down pat than to learn something new in two days to play to 20 million people.

    Thanks, dv for clarifying about Kelly.

  • gangreen29

    Um, gangreen? I would be the first to tell you that my familiarity with country music pretty much begins and ends with Johnny Cash. Unless you count Ryan Adams who is classified as alt country sometimes… Anyway, I’m like 99% positive that Carrie DID perform a cover of a Grand Old Oprey artist’s original song on Grand Old Oprey week. As I recall, a big deal was made of the fact that I Told You So was a Randy Travis song that Randy Travis wrote and recorded before Carrie covered it, and he so very much approved of Carrie’s cover that he came and did a duet with Carrie. And then they rereleased it as duet. And this kind of showed up Adam, because Randy did not seem to approve of Adam’s take on Ring Of Fire. I mean, am I remembering it wrong? Otherwise I don’t see how this makes Carrie classy and Cook unclassy. Maybe Cookie should have gotten Keith Ricards to sit in with Neal on guitar for this cover performance and then put it out as a single, and then he wouldn’t have to worry about showing up the new kids and being classless.

    I Told You So was a single off of Carrie’s album, if David had recorded a Rolling Stones song and was coming on idol to promote it I would have no problem with it.

  • gangreen29

    And I still maintain that it’s kind of difficult to show up this year’s contestants….after the voting has taken place. No one is going to be taking into account Cook’s performance on the results show, by somehow going back in time and having that effect their voting from the day before. At least one presumes not for the vast majority of the audience. As to those able to traverse time to see Cookie’s performance the day after and who are effected by it, please have them call me and give me the winning Lotto numbers.

    The results show is a continuation of the previous night. They will show the performances back, they will have commentary on it, people are being judged that night on those performances, so to act like what the idols did the night before has no impact on the next show is misleading.

  • Sydia

    My last two cents. Why would Cook sing one of his songs on a Rolling Stones theme week with his record cycle ending? It makes more sense that AI producers chose the mad talented rocker Cook as a performer more as a tribute to the RS. I mean which other AI winner could pull of a rock performance like Cook?

  • sfbb

    david might be compared unfavorably to this year’s contestants just because he’s (maybe) singing a Rolling Stones song?

    bwahahahahahahahahaha!!

    there will be NO comparison.

    Besides he’s singing on the results show and he’s not a contestant. And he can sing.
    duh.

  • windmills

    sunchick: What you’re saying is true but ITYS was also Carrie’s current single at the time, it was released a couple of months before she and Randy Travis sang it on AI.

    She didn’t allow her songs to be used for awhile? Not cool either, but not surprising. I like Kelly, but her being classy isn’t necessary for my liking her.

    It was a pre season spat before S5 and the AI producers leaked it to pressure Kelly into giving in. At the time Kelly was being managed by The Firm which had a policy of distancing yourself from AI, like they had Clay refuse to do media interviews with the NY Times and Billboard if they were connected to AI and they didn’t want Kelly’s songs sung on AI nor did they want her to appear on AI. I think once Kelly realized what was going on she cleared the songs she’d cowritten and it was early in the S5 finals that Lisa Tucker sang Because Of You.

    The early refusal didn’t affect the show at all. They still showed a clip of Kellie Pickler auditioning with Since U Been Gone although that wasn’t one where they needed Kelly’s permission because she isn’t a writer on that one.

    I mean which other AI winner could pull of a rock performance like Cook?

    Kelly Clarkson. But she’s not available because she’s touring overseas.

  • Sydia

    Kelly Clarkson is a pop queen. A bitter one at that.

  • sma11ie

    I Told You So was a single off of Carrie’s album, if David had recorded a Rolling Stones song and was coming on idol to promote it I would have no problem with it.

    You’re losing me again. So I thought your complain was that the contestants would suffer in comparison to DC covering a RS song (which I don’t buy), and DC wasn’t being classy because he was setting himself up to look good at their expense, but now you’re saying that if said RS cover was actually on his album and up for sale, not only would the contestants SUDDENLY not be at risk of suffering from a comparision, DC is SUDDENLY classy again because he’s actually shilling music on Idol rather than being a good team player with 19 and coming back to support the show that gave him hi big break? Hmmm… I’m starting to see that perhaps there’s no arguing you if in fact there is no logic in your argument…

  • wellhesback

    Just a few weeks ago the Cook fans here were speculating on when and if he would be on Idol. We were also going through withdrawal, wondering when we would see him perform again. I am so happy he’s gonna be there, that this angst or whatever it is seems ridiculous. But, if you have it, you have a right to it. It’s MJ’s and a free country.

  • Trina

    The ONLY way I can see his performance having some blaring impact on the contestants is if Simon pulls out next week or the following week his “you need to have a David Cook moment” card. He’s already brought his name up twice in the last 2 years to contestants and in the press as someone who set a high bar, so unless Simon slams poor little Aaron next week saying “why on earth didnt you do what Daaaavid Cook did last week!?!!?” then I honestly dont think it means squat.

  • gangreen29

    You’re losing me again. So I thought your complain was that the contestants would suffer in comparison to DC covering a RS song (which I don’t buy), and DC wasn’t being classy because he was setting himself up to look good at their expense, but now you’re saying that if said RS cover was actually on his album and up for sale, not only would the contestants SUDDENLY not be at risk of suffering from a comparision, DC is SUDDENLY classy again because he’s actually shilling music on Idol rather than being a good team player with 19 and coming back to support the show that gave him hi big break? Hmmm…

    Last post for now because I gotta run. If David had his own recording of a Rolling Stones song it would not be as bad to me because it would be his own song he was singing. This just seems like a cheap stunt, and people will say look what Cook was able to whip up, why can’t this seasons contestants do that? Even if it was the producers idea, I don’t like him going along because it is an obvious attempt to sink someone like Lee

  • seriously

    I don’t like him going along because it is an obvious attempt to sink someone like Lee

    Lee will sink or float on his own merrit. David won’t affect that one bit. As somebody who loves Lee and owns both his albums I don’t see David’s performance (after people have already voted) affecting Lee for weeks to come. LOL

  • sunchick

    So the only difference is Carrie recorded her cover and put it on her album while Cook has not finished his album yet. How did that in any way preclude the season 9 Idols from direct comparisons, especially in light of Randy Travis actually mentoring and the whole Randy doesn’t approve of manpolish presong package with Adam? You lost me.

    Annnyway, can we call this Covergate 2.0? Speaking of, I hope Cook remembers to credit the 5,450,126 YouTube covers of JJF. ;)

  • BootStar

    This just seems like a cheap stunt, and people will say look what Cook was able to whip up, why can’t this seasons contestants do that? Even if it was the producers idea, I don’t like him going along because it is an obvious attempt to sink someone like Lee

    Sorry, I just think you’re reading WAY too much into this. I doubt David Cook would agree to do anything to sabotage a current contestant.

    Maybe David’s performance will actually inspire somebody like Lee. I remember when Bo came back to sing his new single during S7 and he gave the remaining contesants a little pep talk and told them not to hide behind their instruments. I thought it was very “big brotherly” and cool.

  • fadetowhite

    Maybe its part of his ongoing plan to ruin Idol forever.

    Snort!

    Maybe he’ll pretend it’s his own song as well and provoke another ‘gate’…

    If this is true, then I do not get this.

    I.just.do.not.

    I mean – am I sad that DCATA will be on my HD TV screen playing a Rolling Stones song: no.

    But it just makes no sense at all.

    Why?

  • Truthiness

    The results show is a continuation of the previous night. They will show the performances back, they will have commentary on it, people are being judged that night on those performances, so to act like what the idols did the night before has no impact on the next show is misleading.

    It’s not misleading to say that the results show has the results. So all the voting has taken place the night before, so no one is going to be compared to David’s singing a RS a day after them, when the voting is closed, and be adversely effected by a comparison. They can’t be. Again, unless one is looking to that vast time-traveling portion of the viewing audience to somehow weight the voting.

  • fadetowhite

    PS: sorry, I must stay true to my DC fan angst instincts, but, unless there’s a very good reason for this, doesn’t it make him seem something like an AI novelty act, rather than a real artist with his own drum to beat…?

    Or maybe it’s to make up for the fact that he was meant to be on later in the season, when the new single would be available and he been bumped off by someone else…

    I just cannot see any reason for it at all.

  • suenigma

    03/16/2010 at 1:41 pm
    So Gangreen29, how would you feel about Archie being invited on AI during Inspirational Theme Week to sing Imagine? I personally would be thrilled, as would most listeners privilleged to hear it, I think. I also do not think that he would be so foolish to turn down such an opportunity, even if he would rather be in a position to promote his own music. Archie is classy guy – David Cook is a classy guy.

    Gangreen29: Inspirational themese is a broad category and David has been playing Imagine for awhile now. If David came back on Britney Spears week and sang a cover he just learned of a Britney song, I would think it was cheap and tacky too.

    LOL. Flexible interpretation I see. OK, let’s make it Beatles Night then. And wasn’t your point that he would be showing up the contestants by direct comparison. And the contestants wouldn’t suffer by comparison to Archie? LOL

  • fadetowhite

    If they said “he’ll be the only guest tonight, and he’ll be performing the song which will become the boot song,” we’d all melt into hot molten puddles of high expectation, and then the song would turn out to be “No Boundaries” performed in duet with Susan Boyle while Cook’s band performed locked in a packing crate backstage.

    Thanks for the laugh.

    The saddest thing is that we’d still all download it!

  • suenigma

    It’s not misleading to say that the results show has the…results. So all the voting has taken place the night before. So hence what is being done on results night, i.e. after voting has taken place, will have no effect on the voting…from the night before. Again, unless one is looking to that vast time-traveling portion of the viewing audience to somehow weight the voting.

    Truthiness, you rock!

  • fadetowhite

    Right – so reading back, it looks like it might be a pattern? Kris Allen singing The Beatles; Scott and Matt singing Billy Joel, Cook doing TRS?

    If that trend continues, well then OK.

    THAT, I can understand.

  • sma11ie

    Lee will sink or float on his own merrit. David won’t affect that one bit.

    Sorry, I just think you’re reading WAY too much into this. I doubt David Cook would agree to do anything to sabotage a current contestant.

    Exactly. WTF would he try to sabatoge Lee?

    Maybe David’s performance will actually inspire somebody like Lee. I remember when Bo came back to sing his new single during S7 and he gave the remaining contesants a little pep talk and told them not to hide behind their instruments. I thought it was very “big brotherly” and cool.

    That would be cool. I wish these contestants would respond to anything like this as a challenge and an encouragement an rise to the occasion rather than constantly falling back into their acoustic comfort zones. I remember DC saying that week two of semi’s Simon said he had no charisma, and declared Archie “the one to beat” and it lit a fire under him and he came back the next week with Hello. At this point, if DC coming on Idol gets these green bananas to up their game that is welcome to me . I like Lee, but man, he has got to man up and quit the petrified pitchy thing.

  • Trina

    fadetowhite I doubt they even had a date set in stone for him considering he hasn’t even started recording yet and I absolutely believe he’s behind schedule whether it be producer availability or just wanting more songs in the can. I said earlier I suspect this is just a means to keep him out there to AI viewers IF by some chance he doesn’t have a single ready and they chose the theme he’s the best fit for. I don’t think having him sing a cover is a pattern. The Scott/Matt duet was planned a LONG time ago. Scott said months ago that they were promised they could come back to AI and perform that song because it got bumped from the finale.

  • sassypants

    This thread is really giving me a headache. Listen folks, if you don’t want to see David Cook and the band perform Jumpin Jack Flash, pls turn your TV sets off.

    To look for hidden meaning, to look for conspiracy theory, to look at David as being an attention whore, to look at him as “stealing the spotlight” and trying get back in the competition, demeaning the contestants, “wasting” his time, etc. is really all just mindless overthinking a simple appearance.

    AI is an entertainment show. David is a former winner. They had a slot, invited him to sing, he accepted. He has no new cd out nor a new single yet so he’s doing a cover. What the hell else would he do? DCTR is over..no need to do a song from what is now an older CD. He is still writing for the new one so a cover makes sense. Its not brain surgery, its not a conspiracy, its plain and simple entertainment which is what is provided on Results Night.

    If anyone wants to blow that up into something its not, knock yourself out. Personally I’m going to enjoy the evening with my fav Idol singing a very cool classic song.

  • k4dc

    I can see the newbies looking “bad” in comparison to ANY seasoned artist, no matter what any of them are singing, so…maybe they shouldn’t have any guests artists on at all???

  • Keel

    The issue with him singing a song from DCTR (as much as I’d like to see him do Kiss on The Neck, Breathe Tonight or Barbaasol) is that it confuses people into thinking that it might be his new single and then when they don’t hear it on the radio, they assume that it must have flopped. I recall some people here thinking this is what happened with Permanent despite the fact that it was obviously pimped as a charity single on the air. It also takes the focus off what should be the main message of his appearance (which I’m sure they’ll somehow figure out a way to highlight) which is to let people know that he is “off the grid” so to speak because he is currently in recording mode for a new album and that people should keep an eye out for it in the summer.

    All the rest of the stuff is just over-invested fans (and, umm, counter-fans) and just average Idoloonies overthinking the appearance.

  • Sydia

    sassypants, YOU ROCK!!

  • Pam

    thedavidcook: # Back in the states, back to the gym. 6 weeks until RACE FOR HOPE in DC. Thanks to everyone for their continued donations and support.
    about 1 hours ago via web

  • suenigma

    Pam:
    03/16/2010 at 3:28 pm
    thedavidcook: # Back in the states, back to the gym. 6 weeks until RACE FOR HOPE in DC. Thanks to everyone for their continued donations and support.
    about 1 hours ago via web

    Wow, David Cook has no class. What a cheap stunt…JK

  • wellhesback

    Sassypants how did you read my mind and say what I was thinking, only better?

    oh and David Cook, I love you (in a non-stalkery, wholesome fan sort of way)

  • IndyMuse

    Knowing how David conducted himself in his season, I suspect he’ll be hanging out with contestants if possible, giving them tips, encouraging them. He’ll be their biggest supporters, not their competition. He has a soft spot for them, from everything I see. David was a unifying, supportive force in his own season. He particularly was fond of David Archuleta, with whom he is still good friends. There is a reason so many of his season-mates showed up when his tour was nearby months ago. He was loved because he displayed a spirit of comraderie, not competition. And that’s all I’ll say on the subject.

  • progression

    Well said Sassypants

    After Permanent and CBTM, I am SO stoked to see Dave and the band rock out on Idol. People who haven’t seen him on tour are going to get a much better idea of what a David Cook concert is really like. And a new song, any new song, is always a treat. Can’t wait.

  • SarahP

    yayyy! i’m so glad i get to see DC on my TV screen after 2 yrs of watching vids online!!!

    and cant wait to see the band too! have never followed rolling stones and i only know angie and satisfaction so am looking to this week

  • SarahP

    oh ya i forgot i did see him last yr’s season (oops bad memory)

  • wellhesback

    Yes – hope I can see the band (Andy, Neal, Kyle, Monty) too!

  • LaurelG

    The issue with him singing a song from DCTR (as much as I’d like to see him do Kiss on The Neck, Breathe Tonight or Barbaasol) is that it confuses people into thinking that it might be his new single and then when they don’t hear it on the radio, they assume that it must have flopped. I recall some people here thinking this is what happened with Permanent despite the fact that it was obviously pimped as a charity single on the air. It also takes the focus off what should be the main message of his appearance (which I’m sure they’ll somehow figure out a way to highlight) which is to let people know that he is “off the grid” so to speak because he is currently in recording mode for a new album and that people should keep an eye out for it in the summer.

    I disagree. I see absolutely no downside to doing his own original material. There are two comparisons going on here: a comparison to the real world artists, Ke$ha and Orianthi, and a comparison to the S9 contestants. The real world artists are highlighting their own work, promoting their own albums on the show. And on this rock-themed week, neither of them is really a rocker. No one would think David was promoting a new single – he could simply say it’s a song off his current album and he’s in the studio working on a new album. As long as it’s a rock song, or a quasi-rock song, it would work. Doesn’t take the focus off anything, imo.

    But instead he’s doing a RS cover. Like the contestants. It’s almost as if the producers don’t think his own original work would be as entertaining as a cover of a Stones song. (And not a particularly good Stones song at that.) Yet, they apparently think Ke$ha’s and Orianthi’s original work is entertaining enough to showcase. That’s the problem I have with doing a cover. It’s aligning him more with the contestants and simply reinforcing that rep as an Idol guy who sings covers.

  • jan

    No worries on my end – I’m just happy I’ll be seeing David and band on my TV on Wednesday. And I’m willing to bet that he will be on at least one more time – and maybe 2 more times. Then you can revisit all these arguments again.

  • standtotheright

    That’s the problem I have with doing a cover. It’s aligning him more with the contestants and simply reinforcing that rep as an Idol guy who sings covers.

    It’s all in the presentation. I don’t think anyone came away from KA’s LIB performance thinking he’s that Idol guy who sings covers, and he actually has a charting single out there that he could have promoted. We still don’t know if the performance will be available, if it is for charity, if Orianthi might come out and jam with the band for a minute…

    I honestly think, with two performers scheduled, they didn’t have to have him on at all. So I will continue to assume that there is a reason that he will be on, doing a RS song, until there is a presentation fail.

    At any rate, I’m pretty sure AI does what they think is most exciting for AI, and this actually does tie things back into the supposed theme. So the choice for him was “be on the show to do this theme” or “don’t be on until your single comes out.” I think most artists would choose the former.

  • sunchick

    Too true, jan. In the end, it’s one 2 minute performance, maybe less. Tbh, I doubt anyone in Camp Cook had a heavy convo about major career repercussions. It was probably a case of….”Hey Cook, we can’t get the Stones. Wanna come on and do a Stones cover for RS week?” “Sure, sounds like fun. And a nice treat for my fans.” And then he talked to the band about which song they should cover. The end. Meanwhile, back in Cookistan, the debate rages on… LOL

  • Keel

    I disagree. I see absolutely no downside to doing his own original material. There are two comparisons going on here: a comparison to the real world artists, Ke$ha and Orianthi, and a comparison to the S9 contestants. The real world artists are highlighting their own work, promoting their own albums on the show. And on this rock-themed week, neither of them is really a rocker. No one would think David was promoting a new single – he could simply say it’s a song off his current album and he’s in the studio working on a new album.

    The “real world” artists are on because they currently have charting singles out right now. David doesn’t have one currently, but because he is an alum (and also a real world artist), his appearance makes sense because the audience is (presumably) interested to know what he’s got going on right now.

    And I disagree about no downside to performing his own material. People will absolutely think that if he sings original material from DCTR that it is indeed a new single. I recall a number of posters here thinking that of Permanent after he performed that during last year’s finale — and this was after it was mentioned on the show that it was a charity single. This was the case of people posting both immediately after the show and then during the summer when some people wondered why they never heard it on the radio, and then again during the fall when people were comparing how many singles were release off DCTR. It confused people. It is just simply the expectation that when you sing a single original song on a show (especially Idol), then you must be pimping a new single. And when they don’t hear on the radio subsequently, then it must have flopped!

    But instead he’s doing a RS cover. Like the contestants. It’s almost as if the producers don’t think his own original work would be as entertaining as a cover of a Stones song. (And not a particularly good Stones song at that.) Yet, they apparently think Ke$ha’s and Orianthi’s original work is entertaining enough to showcase.

    I think that’s overthinking the matter. They are trying to deliver one consistent message re Cook — that he is out of the grid right now because he’s writing/recording, but hey, since he’s here, how about this cool cover he’s doing that melds with this week’s RS theme. With Ke$sha and Orianthi, the situations are totally different because they are promoting singles that are currently charting. I don’t see how these things are all of a sudden a window into the producers’ view of the comparative worth of each of their songs. Plus, the last time I looked they had Cook perform two songs off his last album on the show last season so they obviously thought his own stuff was good enough for the show back then. Also, last time I looked Cook freaking charted three songs in Top 40 of HAC (all of them reaching Top 10) in a single calendar year, a record tied only by Pink herself. So what’s this about his own material not being good enough for Idol producers? Obviously it was good enough — but its time has passed and you risk diluting the message of “brand new album coming in the summer” if you sing songs off an old album.

  • IdolThoughts

    But instead he’s doing a RS cover. Like the contestants. It’s almost as if the producers don’t think his own original work would be as entertaining as a cover of a Stones song. (And not a particularly good Stones song at that.) Yet, they apparently think Ke$ha’s and Orianthi’s original work is entertaining enough to showcase. That’s the problem I have with doing a cover. It’s aligning him more with the contestants and simply reinforcing that rep as an Idol guy who sings covers.

    I think we’ll have to see how he is presented before we come to any conclusions! It will be so much fun to see him perform. He always has a way to freshen up covers. It’s what the contestants need to see. It will inspire them. And I’ll enjoy new Cookie hair and hopefully some banter. Yippy!

  • competitivebynature
  • sfbb

    BonJovi seemed to do okay with JJF….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaKwCfmAvkA
    I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow night!

  • unidentified

    I just think someone from Idol said “hey Dave, want to come on and do a Stones song?” & he said hell yeah! He was put in the show after everyone else that’s booked. So it wasn’t no big plan thing.

    Makes me happy. I get a song I have never heard him do before. So Yay!

  • lydia

    Jesus Christ, I think David Cook fans may be the most neurotic (but funny and snarky) group of people ever. Can’t we just be happy to see David (and maybe spanky guitar) in HDTV.

    By the way, I can understand not liking DC as a performer or singer. I defy anybody to show any evidence that he is not anything but a stand up type of guy.

  • sunchick

    Ya think, lydia? LOL Had to come back after tonight’s show and say at this point, Cook could be singing a rocked out Mary Had A Little Lamb and I would be looking forward to it. So, yeah, nothing to see here…

  • cookbunny

    competitivebynature:
    03/16/2010 at 6:32 pm

    I hope they perform the song like this. I would die. Seriously.

    You mean shirtless? :D

  • 123abc456

    Someone last week was asking about BAJ review of David Cook and asked about a thread that has all of them well here it is: http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/blog/twop-where-it-all-began

    It is a fun read. I have absolutely no problem with what David is singing. I think it will be great. It is a great rock song. It is short and it rocks and it will highlight the whole band. It really is an inspired choice and I think David has done it again. I do not think there is any down side to this. It is fantastic. : )

  • jamaica168

    Jesus Christ, I think David Cook fans may be the most neurotic (but funny and snarky) group of people ever. Can’t we just be happy to see David (and maybe spanky guitar) in HDTV.

    I agree with that statement one thousand percent, and I am a David Cook fan.:)

  • progression

    So, just had to pop in here after tonight’s rock-free Rolling Stones night to say DC&TA are going to blow the socks off this bunch tomorrow (tm KLC). Can’t wait.

  • MollyAnnMay

    Someone last week was asking about BAJ review of David Cook and asked about a thread that has all of them well here it is

    That was me! (Or I was one of the people who’d never read them, anyway.) Thank you so much. : )

    Re: The Unbearable Neurosis of Being (a Cook fan) — it’s such a chicken and egg question for me. Since I came in so late, I didn’t experience any of the traumas and successes that shaped most of Cook’s fans, yet here I am, angsting away. So am I neurotic because I’m a Cook fan, or a Cook fan because I’m neurotic? Heh.

    Actually, I think I’m a Cook fan because he rocks. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  • sylvanaire

    competitivebynature:
    03/16/2010 at 6:32 pm

    I hope they perform the song like this. I would die. Seriously.

    I heard that cover for the first time today, & I have to say it is so much better than the Stones original. I mean, listen to the guitars, man! I don’t know if Neal will have the time to learn the solo parts, or if he knows it already, but the song is short enough by itself, I think there could be time for a little shredding on the Idol stage, and wouldn’t that be awesome!!! Is it WednesDave night yet? WhooHoo!

  • BootStar

    After watching last night’s The Rolling Stones, Now Without the Rock edition, I seriously think the producers called Cook up at the last minute and begged him to perform a Stones song to help the show save face. I’m only half kidding.

    And I now officially do not care if he does show all the current contestants up — deliberately or not. Because there was very little actual rock last night, and I’m assuming that was our “rock night” for the season. It wasn’t a terrible show (if you grade it on a curve), but that was not rock and roll last night.

  • offside

    It’s finally Wednesday!!

  • Trina

    Ugh you know how I always says its not fair to compare a whole season to this season which fully hasnt even kicked in yet? Well I decided late last night to watch Top 12 week from season 7. Dayum. just Dayum. That is all. Eleanor Rigby was on par with Billie Jean compared to last night. God that was amazing and at that point even the judges realized he had a good shot at winning

  • jumpstart

    It’s finally Wednesday!!

    Yay!

    On a side note, last night made me want to jab myself in the eyes with sharp objects. Can this season get any worse?

  • tierbee

    I just think someone from Idol said “hey Dave, want to come on and do a Stones song?” & he said hell yeah! He was put in the show after everyone else that’s booked. So it wasn’t no big plan thing.

    That sounds about right, lol.

    It’s WEDNESDAY! Cookie’s gonna be on my TV!

    Life is good :)

  • Incipit

    FYI, if anyone is still visiting – Shirley Halperin just said in her Live Chat that Kesha was pre-taping tonight, not guesting live, and she didn’t know when that performance was going to be shown.

    IMO, after they finish censoring it, there may not be much left to show – unless she’s pre-taping so they can substitute some lyrics for the Family Show. ;)

  • Balance

    Shirley also said they were doing JJF pretty much straight up and that David was playing one of his new guitars.

    ***small almost inaudible squee***

  • tierbee

    Shirley also said they were doing JJF pretty much straight up and that David was playing one of his new guitars.

    Playing his guitar? Spanking his guitar? Oh, I am so looking forward to this ;)

  • Incipit

    Yeah, she said playing one of the new custom ones, that she called “sexy, Dave Grohl-like guitars” – and then this showed up:

    from Russo’s Guitar Center (which appears to be in Omaha):

    >>Russo’s Guitar Center – Tune into American Idol tonight to see David Cook wail on one of the famous “Friedenbirds!”

    - A Gibson Firebird converted to Lefty by Marc Frieden