David Cook, David Archuleta

The project: “ American Idol’s” David vs. David showdown. The build-down: After a season in which “American Idol” experienced a slight dip in ratings, would audiences care for David Archuleta versus David Cook face-off? Hit or miss: Music purists may cringe, but this was a hit. “Idol’s” two-hour finale was the third most-watched season wrap-up in the show’s history. The following week, the two Davids flooded the U.S. pop charts, with Sir Cook scoring a whopping 14 songs on Billboard’s digital songs chart. All told, Cook's 14 digital tracks sold a total of 888,000 downloads in one week.
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