David Cook of 'American Idol'

David Cook of 'American Idol'

After a five-month season leading up to a seemingly preordained Top Two, American Idol reached its orgiastic two-hour finale on Wednesday (May 21) night. As the show began, only one thing was certain... David's got it in the bag. Follow along to the stunning conclusion...

7:58 p.m. ET. Ample supply of caffeine? Check. Seven seasons of accumulated knowledge of American Idol? Check. Red Sox game in the background (and ready supply of " Bartolo Colon is soooo fat..." jokes)? Check. Ingrained sense of cynicism and wonderment? Check. It's time for...

7:59 p.m. The American Idol Finale!

8:00 p.m. David Cook and David Archuleta, bathed in a spotlight and both wearing a blinding white, are facing off against each other like ancient warriors. Ancient wimpy warriors.

8:01 p.m. We're one minute into the show and nobody has made a boxing reference. How long can that possibly last?

8:01 p.m. After Tuesday night's show, 97.5 million votes came in, smashing the show's previous record by more than 20 million. One David, we're told, received 56 percent of the vote. The other received 44 percent. Hillary Clinton would advise the second David to stay in the race to the very end, but if we're being honest, that's a rout.

8:02 p.m. OMG! Mikalah Gordon? Oh the nostalgia. Squeezed in a gold dress and squeezed more awkwardly into Kansas City, it's good to have The Nanny Junior back.

8:03 p.m. OMFG! It's Matt Rogers in Utah. He played in the Rose Bowl, y'all!!!

8:04 p.m. Trendspotting alert: Rogers and Gordon were the 11th place finishers in the show's third and fourth seasons. Can we expect appearances from Kevin Covais, Stephanie Edwards and Charles Grigsby later in the episode?

8:05 p.m. The So You Think You Can Dance hoofers come out and rock the stage before being replaced by the much less graceful Idol Top 12 singing "Get Ready." David Archuleta appears to have been too busy learning his songs this week to worry about the choreography. America's Nanny Brooke White, on the other hand, proves that with three weeks to learn her steps, she can be an enthusiastic participant.

8:10 p.m. The Davids were worthy finalists, but they wouldn't be asked to sing together under normal circumstances, as their duet on "Hero" proves. This is much more of a Cookie Monster song. Li'l' Archie's just hanging out and being a good sport. He'll get a personalized song later, I'd guess.

8:13 p.m. Coming soon to a theater near you, Michael Myers' new exercise in ethnic caricature, The Love Guru. The Finalists got to see The Love Guru and, guess what, they loved it! The joke is that they've had lots of mentors on American Idol this season, so this is just another one. Meanwhile, all of America is having the same thought: The Guru Pitka may be lame, but he couldn't be worse than Randy.

8:15 p.m. Awkward humor ensues as Michael Myers reprises his character to advise David Cook to shave and David Archuleta that he'll soon be facing puberty. The Davids play along ineffectively, especially when Cookie has to force out laughter at Myers attacking him with a razor. His feigned enthusiasm reads as "This is funny and I'm wanting to kill you now!"

8:17 p.m. The commercial continues as Myer comes out on stage. He's still in costume, but he isn't even bothering with his accent. Obviously he hasn't been paid enough to care.

8:18 p.m. This season's third place finisher, Syesha Mercado arrives to sing "Waiting for You" with special guest Seal. They're quite excellent.

8:20 p.m. Marry me, Cat Deeley! Ooops. Did I say that out loud?

8:21 p.m. Oh look. An official commercial for The Love Guru.

8:25 p.m. We're traveling back through this season's Idol timeline with Jason Castro reprising his version of Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah." They weren't able to get Leonard Cohen join Clifford the Muppet for what would have been the funniest Idol duet ever.

8:27 p.m. Set to "Let the Good Times Roll," the night's Ford commercial is outtakes from all of the season's earlier Ford commercials. Ford saves money and makes money at the same time.