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David Cook holds successful concert at Araneta

Posted at | Updated as of 07/16/12 1:10 AM

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MANILA, Philippines – “American Idol” season 7 winner David Cook held a successful concert at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

Thousands of Cook’s fans trooped to the Big Dome in Quezon City to hear the “Idol” winner perform his hits from his second album.

"American Idol" season 7 winner David Cook performs before fans at the Araneta Coliseum on July 14.

A day before his concert, Cook held a press conference in EDSA Shangri-La where he revealed that he is happy to be back in the country again after he came here with season 7 runner-up David Archuleta in 2009.

“It’s been three years since I’ve been here. This country is incredible and beautiful. In my travels so far, I have yet to find people more inviting and more friendly than [the people] here in the Philippines,” he said.

Cook said he also does not see any reason to stop coming out with good music and concerts for as long as his fans are excited for him to come out.

Aside from this, Cook also talked about the latest season of “Idol,” where Filipino-Mexican-American singer Jessica Sanchez was named as the runner-up.

“The last season of ‘Idol’ I thought was interesting. It’s one of the seasons I ever watched where I couldn’t really get a pulse on what the American public was thinking. It seemed like every week, whoever we thought would go home didn’t go home,” he said.

Cook also shared the moment when he met Sanchez when he performed during one of season 11’s episodes.

“I had a chance to meet Jessica early on. In my experience with the show in the last four years, sometimes we meet contestants who are very sweet and very sincere. Sometimes we meet somebody who’s been through a little bit more so they’re more professional and it’s harder to kinda get to the real person behind it. Jessica is definitely somebody who immediately came off as sincere to me,” he said.

“To hear her sing is ridiculous. She’s so good and what’s scary about it is she’s young. That’s frightening. It’s Archie (David Archulea) territory. Archie was so good at such a young age like how good does that person gonna get? I think of Jessica the same way,” he added.

Cook also believes that Sanchez would be one of the biggest names in the future if given the right projects.

“She’s just really really good. If everything falls in the right place for her, she’s gonna be one of those contestants where years from now and people are talking about Idol’s success stories, I think she’ll be on that list,” he said.

After his Manila concert, Cook is set to perform again at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu on Sunday night.