DAVID ARCHULETA DAVID COOK
Round 1 "We Can Work It Out" "Eleanor Rigby"
Justin: Archuleta not only forgets the words; he forgets he can't rock.
Salas: Cook worked it out simply by not flubbing his lyrics.
Round 2 "The Long and Winding Road" "Day Tripper"
Justin: Archuleta's superior lungs trump Cook's superior arrangement.
Salas: Slight edge goes to the teen balladeer, with the Beatles tune being an ideal fit.
Round 3 "You're the Voice" "Billie Jean"
Justin: Archuleta's status as the frontrunner is no longer so clear.
Salas: Cook borrowed Chris Cornell's version of the Michael Jackson song and stole the show.
Round 4 "Smoky Mountain Memories" "Little Sparrow"
Justin: "Sparrow" fails to fly, while "Smoky" rises.
Salas: Cook goes acoustic and Archie goes schmaltz -- for a draw.
Round 5 "Angels" "Innocent"
Justin: Cook is guilty of phoning it in, something he'll do again and again.
Salas: Archuleta scores big after a rare Cook misstep.
Round 6 "When You Believe" "Always Be My Baby"
Justin: The kid sounds as rich and full as Mariah and Whitney's voice put together.
Salas: Both guys get props for covering Mariah Carey well, but Cook is the bigger surprise.
Round 7 "Think of Me" "The Music of the Night"
Justin: Cook comes across like the phantom of the oppressed.
Salas: Cook looked uncomfortable singing Broadway.
Round 8 "Sweet Caroline"/"America" "I'm Alive"/"All I Really Need
Justin: Archuleta plays it safe, and it finally catches up with him. Yawn.
Salas: Archuleta goes for the hits; Cook goes for originality -- and the win.
Round 9 "Stand by Me"/"Love Me Tender" "Hungry Like the Wolf"/
Justin: Cook looked about as hungry as a poodle.
Salas: Song choice wins as the youngster goes big with Elvis.
Round 10 "And So It Goes"/"With You"/"Longer" "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"/"Dare You to Move"/"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Justin: Consider them both losers. Boring, boring, boring. These are the finalists?
Salas: On an alarmingly weak night, Cook ekes by with superior musicality.
In a close battle, David Archuleta wins over David Cook 5-4 in our view, with one round a draw. But who will voters pick as the next American Idol? Tell us at www.startribune.com/remoteisland.