Season 7 winner David Cook, in 2008, was more than shocked, admitting to Access Hollywood backstage after the show that when he first heard his name called, he thought it was David Archuleta who had actually taken the title.
“I had my mind made up that I was taking second,” Cook told Access backstage following the finale. “I had it in my head, ‘All right they’re going to say his name, I’m just going to make sure that I congratulate him properly.’ When they said my name, I heard Archuleta, so I turned, then it processed as I was turning.”
Not long after his 2008 win, Cook landed on People magazine’s “Sexiest Bachelors” list.
“It’s cool, it’s a pretty huge honor. You know, you grow up walking through the supermarket and you see People magazine and it’s like Brad Pitt, George Clooney,” he told Access at the time.
“It’s not a bad thing,” the humble star said. “But I don’t know, it’s new territory.”
And after the tour and the rush of that first single, it’s off to the studio to start work on the winner’s debut album.
“It’s been really interesting, I have gotten into the writing process and for me, I want to put out music that that is still, you know, popular music, but also kind of strays from that [traditional] pop music vibe,” Cook told Access in 2008 as he was gearing up to hit the studio. “I have come up with some really cool songs that I am really proud of. I feel like I am in a place musically that I have never been before so it’s interesting. This record will be something.”