American Idol

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See David Cook’s Fave Spin on “Light On”

For the last month we’ve been asking you guys to send in clips of yourselves performing David Cook‘s hit, “Light On.” We got lots of entertaining submissions. Watch them and comment on them right here. But the end date has arrived, and the “Light On” Challenge is over. David has checked out lots of the clips himself (see him assess a few right here) and he wanted to comment on one that really impressed him. Check the video above for his reaction.

Watch the “Light On” video and other clips by American Idol winners.

See a David Cook photo gallery.

Download David Cook songs on Rhapsody.

Another pop star wants to check out your creativity, too. Send Katy Perry a list of what you thought was hot and cold in 2008, and she just might comment on it.

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David Cook Wants To Hear You Sing!

For the last few weeks we’ve been encouraging fans of David Cook to send us video clips of themselves singing the American Idol winner’s new “Light On.” It’s been working out well, as you can see from the submissions.

Well, David recently himself swung by to see how things were going. In the piece above, he’d tells the world that he’d love for his audience to generate few more additions – c’mon, take a chance. We’re ending the deal on December 2, so if you’re going to make a fun clip, do it now. Find out about the “Light On” challenge right here.

Also, after the jump you can watch David perusing some of the already submitted performances. Check out what he has to say.

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5 Music Videos For Idol Lovers

It’s Idol mania around here, with both David Archuleta and David Cook launching a chart-assault with their debut albums, and rumors that Kelly Clarkson‘s working on one right now. And of course, there are those Idols who’ll seemingly never leave us — like Clay Aiken and Daughtry. Check out videos from some of our favorites, and be sure to enter our David Cook’s “Light On” Contest. Check here for details on how David Cook can see you perform his brand-new hit single, and get some practice by watching these Idols!

David Cook — “Light On”

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David Cook’s “Light On” Challenge

No way you can sing as well as David Cook, but hey, you can always give it a shot. We’re asking fans of the American Idol winner to create a video of themselves rocking a rendition of Cook’s new hit, “Light On.” It’s the first single from his upcoming CD, which is being released next Tuesday, November 18.

You can sing it with a ukulele, sing it a cappella, or sing it with a full-blown band – it’s up to you. Usually, it’s the silly or fun ones that get noticed – David’s pretty much got the serious stuff covered. It’s a great chance to show the world how down you are with with him. And guess what? He may very well comment on the submissions. (In fact, DC’s coming into our offices on Monday afternoon, so if you’re going to participate, you might want to do it over the weekend.)

Getting this done is easy. Upload your clip onto VH1.com (first you’ll have to join our community) and then take the resulting embed code and place it on Cook’s official site to share it with David and his fans. Visitors to both sites will be able to view, comment on, and rate your efforts.

David encourages his fans to put a spin on his song – that’s how he rolls. Check the video above for a short musical lesson from the master himself. He’s also going to be keeping an eye on all those creative clips that wind up on his site. Don’t be shocked if he weighs in on which ones tickle him most on both his personal blog and VH1.com. You will be able to upload your videos through December 2.

Watch the video for “Light On” now.

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Little Idol Paris Bennett Is A Mom

Paris Bennett was just a tiny little teen when she stormed onto the fifth season of American Idol. In just two years, she’s become a professional singer – and a mom! Bennett gave birth to a baby girl yesterday in Minneapolis, after five hours of labor. She named her new 5 pound 15 ounce bundle of joy Egypt. Paris – whose new album drops next week – gushed about her little girl: “I’m so excited to finally see my little angel – and man, does she have lungs on her. I guess she’s gearing up to be the next American Idol.” The identity of the child’s dad remains a mystery to fans and gossips, and Bennett’s mom reveals that he, “chooses not to be in the public eye.”  [People. Photo: Getty Images]

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Paula Abdul Is Pissed About New Idol Judge

Paula Abdul is not exactly pleased about Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi being added as a fourth judge on Fox’s American Idol. This morning, on Phoenix’s Johnjay & Rich radio show, she said, “I am concerned about the audience and acceptance. Time will tell. We’ll see.” But Idol producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz has a different take: “We’ve seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers.” Nothing like a cat fight to keep ‘em watching!

Abdul claims she’s not jealous, just concerned for the kid. “That’s gonna be weird if it’s a split decision,” she explained. “It takes the fun out of all the hard work I do to push those kids through.” Apparently, it’s really “hard work” to stay awake and mutter incomprehensible soliloquies. DioGuardi’s songs have appeared on more than 100 million records by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Her songs have also been used by past Idol contestants including Katharine McPhee, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, and Clay Aiken.

She might have a few more successes than Paula, but did she dance with an animated cat? [Photo: Getty Images]