David Archuleta will win American Idol tomorrow night, but David Cook will sell the most records. It will be a virtual repeat of what happened two years ago with Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry, with Hicks winning American Idol and Daughtry selling FAR more records (Hicks has sold 702,000 copies of his album, while Daughtry has sold 3,200,000 copies).
Archuleta has a good voice, but the little girls that are his fan base aren't going to buy his album, because Archuleta is NOT a pop singer. He's like a crooning, adult contemporary singer. He's a nice guy, and he has a great voice, but he's not going to appeal to the masses as far as record sales. Plus, he looks like he's about to throw up when he's on stage sometimes, especially when the judges heap praise on him.
David Cook, as opposed to Archuleta, has shown that he can sing a range of songs in different styles. He would appeal to the teenage crowd, as well as older folks. He also has a lot of stage presence.
Cook's album will sell more copies, so that means he'll continue to make more music in the years to come. Archulea? Not so sure. If his album is a pop album, he might sell some records. But the fact is, he never sung ANY songs in a pop style on American Idol, so that makes one think that he can't sing in that style. That means he'll have to sing his adult contemporary style, which is good, but will children want to buy adult contemporary? And will adults buy an "Aw shucks" kid singing adult contemporary?