With last night behind them, David Cook and David Archuleta can finally breathe a sigh of relief. No more performance. No more pressure.
Just one final results show this evening.
Before they took the stage for that heart-pounding event, though, each sat down with Entertainment Weekly. Here are excerpts from their interviews...
How did you go about choosing your second and third songs?
David Cook: With the songwriters' competition [song], I listened to the first 30 seconds of each song, and ''Dream Big'' was the one that grabbed me the quickest, so I figured if that's the case, I should probably follow my instinct and just do something with it. And I was actually happy with the way it turned out.
My third song [Collective Soul's ''The World I Know''] â€” I've wanted to do that song all season, and I just never really got comfortable with the arrangement until a few weeks ago. And I almost did it last week. You know, it was a song that means a lot to me. It's just an amazing song, so to be able to do it on the show, win, lose, or draw, it was more fun than I could possibly put into words.
How do you think Archuleta did tonight?
Oh, the kid did amazing. He's such an immense talent, so to be able to share the stage with him tonight was a huge thrill for me.
Follow this article's jump to read Archuleta's segment...How did you go about choosing your final two songs tonight?
David Archuleta: Well, we didn't have much time to pick the songwriting song. So I just kinda listened through and thought, Okay, which one catches my attention, which one gets to me the most?
How do you feel David Cook did tonight?
Cook did awesome, I think. [Laughing] I don't know what Simon's problem was. But I think Cook really showed what he could do and he connected with his songs really well. We'll just have to see. I think Simon's opinion is just one opinion, and just because Simon didn't think it was his best, I think America and millions of viewers will disagree with him. And I disagree with Simon, too. He was awesome.