My wife and I were shocked — SHOCKED — upon hearing the news Wednesday night that rocker Cook beat out overachieving Archuleta by some 12 million votes. Both have vocal talent, but Cook is better and he’s clearly not out to please anybody.
It remains to be seen what an “Idol” victory will do to a rock musician’s credibility; remember that success story Chris Daughtry benefited from not winning the competition a few years ago. He clearly has the talent and appeal, though, to make waves in the music industry.
Local fans looking for their first glimpse of the new idol will have to trek to Toronto on July 26 or Rochester on July 27, as the Idols Live Tour once again is skipping Buffalo. I’m not positive, but I don’t think the tour’s visited Western New York since John Stevens of Williamsville was a finalist. What gives? The tour even visited Syracuse — in the OnCenter, not the much larger Carrier Dome — a few years ago while bypassing Buffalo.