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A Struggle Ahead for David Cook, David Archuleta

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Be careful what you wish for.

So begins an MTV article that asks if the winner of this season's American Idol - guaranteed to be a male - can break the jink on past Idol winners of this gender.

While fans (and certainly producers) have been itching for what they hope will be the epic showdown between the Davids for months, now that the last woman standing, Syesha Mercado, has been tossed from the locker room, it's worth asking:

Do we really want a male "Idol"? Or, better yet, is there a jinx on male Idol winners?

And So It Goes

Can David Archuleta sell records...

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

... or is David Cook the safer bet for a successful future?

Since season-one winner Kelly Clarkson took the mantle, two-thirds of "Idol" winners have been female and, to date, they have all managed to have very respectable (Fantasia Barrino, Jordin Sparks) if not superstar (Carrie Underwood, Clarkson) careers. The men, on the other hand, have had a less-stellar path.

In fact, so far, the two male winners, season two's Ruben Studdard and season five's Taylor Hicks, are the only top vote-getters to be dropped from their major-label deals.

Read the full article now and let us know: Do you think a male winner can succeed in the music business?

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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I agree with Chris! David Cook should win this. If its talent we're talking about he should def win this. I love that he can sing anything! unlike David A. ...boring!!!!

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Archuleta sings karoke and his followings are the tweens...puppy love doesn't go far selling records. Cook rocks and has a much broader audience even cougars love his signing. And, Tara, it was Cook they said that could sing the phone book!

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David A. will sell many records, look at his following and we all know that the young buy albums that has never changed. David C. already had an album out that didn't sell. Give the kid a chance he can sing and as they say the phone book.

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i believe it's david cook because even though he's known to have a rocker voice he can still sing just about anything!