Newest 'Idol': David Cook
The elder David wins in season finale
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2008 9:15 PM CDT
David Cook, right, and David Archuleta are seen on stage at the season finale of American Idol on Wednesday May 21, 2008, in Los Angeles.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The newest "American Idol" is David Cook. The 25-year-old defeated David Archuleta, 17, in the season finale, the New York Post reports. The two received a record 97.5 million votes from viewers, eclipsing the previous mark by 23 million votes. Cook got 56% of the vote. The victory is a bit of a surprise because the judges swooned over Archuleta in Tuesday night's show. Simon Cowell called his performance that night a "knockout."