Original Air Date: February 19, 2008
Theme: Music of the 60’s
David Cook’s debut in the first show of the seventh season of American Idol was not exactly encouraging for him personality-wise. He was kinda forgettable plain looking white dude that giddy fangirl wouldn't bother of taking a second look. He had this ridiculous emo hairstyle, his a bit overweight especially with that obvious double chin, his face looked pale and he was wearing these awful clothes that made him looked like he hadn’t bought anything for his wardrobe in years.
Prior to this first episode, during the Hollywood rounds, his rivals namely David Archuleta, Michael Johns and Jason Castro were considered as the early front runners, they had already built a solid fan base and were common beneficiaries of praises from Simon, Paula and Randy. As for David Cook, Simon said “no” to him during Hollywood audition because obviously he didn’t liked him that much but thanks for Paula and Randy, he had gotten his chance to perform in the top 24 show.
After his performance of a 60’s song Happy Together, David Cook tickled Randy emphasizing how a campy song turned out to become a rock edgy song. Randy was instantly interested on David’s style. Paula praised it but not as much as her exaggerated metaphors thrown to the so called front runners and Simon... well he thought it was almost believable which means he was not impressed yet. By the way, David hits the highest note among others when he sang it and I can’t believe they ignored it.