David Archuleta, David Cook

David and David “American Idol” proved its star-making power yet again in 2008 with the creation of at least two new stars: “Idol” runner-up David Archuleta and “Idol” winner David Cook. With his boyish good looks, goofy demeanor and angelic voice, David Archuleta – dubbed “The Chosen One” by my colleague Richard Rushfield – seemed groomed from birth to compete on “Idol.” David Cook, by contrast, was not a front-runner when the season began but rose in America’s esteem through a mix of old-school rocker-angst and innovation. Both Davids’ debut albums have sold impressively.
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