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Rocker David Cook won the coveted title of “American Idol” on Wednesday, dealing an unexpected but decisive defeat to a silken-voiced teenager, also named David, on the most popular U.S. television show.

Cook, 25, who was tending bar and playing in a band before he auditioned for the singing competition, stood back to applaud rival David Archuleta, 17, and then bent over crying after host Ryan Seacrest said he had won by 12 million votes.

“This is amazing. Thank you,” said the Blue Springs, Missouri, native, who in addition to being crowned this year’s “Idol” will receive a recording contract.

It has produced mega-stars from both winners and losers, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry

This season, however, average audiences on the show have slipped from just over 30 million viewers last year to roughly 28 million this year, the second straight year of declines.

Nevertheless, the dueling Davids garnered a record 97.5 million votes between them, smashing the previous record by 23 million. The contest was decided by a telephone and text-messaging vote in which Cook received 56 percent to Archuleta’s 44 percent.

Throughout this year’s months-long competition, Cook wowed both the show’s viewers and judges with updated, rock versions of pop classics like Lionel Richie‘s “Hello” and Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean.”

On Tuesday night’s show, however, the judges said the babyfaced Archuleta had outperformed Cook with his pitch-perfect renditions of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” and Elton John‘s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Acid-tongued judge Simon Cowell criticized Cook for choosing a song he had never performed before during his last chance to woo voters and called the evening “a knockout” by Archuleta. Cook sang Collective Soul‘s “The World I Know” instead of reprising one of his best-loved performances of the season, as Archuleta did with “Imagine.”

SIMON APOLOGIZES

But just before Seacrest announced the results on Wednesday, Cowell — in an unusual move for him — apologized for his comments from the previous evening.

“I went back home to watch it, it wasn’t quite so clear cut as we called it,” Cowell said, adding to Cook: “I will take this opportunity to apologize because I think I was verging on disrespectful with you. I don’t think you deserved that.”

Backstage, Cook said he didn’t think Cowell’s comments warranted an apology, though he was happy to receive it.

“An apology from Simon is a pretty rare gem,” he said, adding that he had not expected to win the “Idol” title.

Also backstage, a giddy Archuleta was effusive in his praise of Cook.

“He’s like my big brother,” Archuleta said. “I have looked up to him since the beginning of this. I just feel so honored to be standing next to Cook.”

About 100,000 people auditioned for this year’s “American Idol,” which puts contestants through auditions and performances that showcase musical genres from musical theater to country to pop.

“Idol” has also become a coveted forum for established artists to be seen. Wednesday night’s star-studded show at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles included performances by George Michael, Donna Summer, Seal, Underwood and Bryan Adams

The “Davids” duel is the first time two male contestants have competed for the “Idol” title since Ruben Studdard defeated Clay Aiken in the show’s second season in 2003.

However, a showdown between the two was widely anticipated as neither ever landed among the show’s bottom three vote-getters on the weekly broadcasts in which contestants are whittled down before one is sent home.

Under Cowell’s deal with Fox, he has the rights to sign the winning singer and runner-up from each “Idol” contest to a recording contract with his label, Sony BMG, a partnership between Sony Corp and Bertelsmann.

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Samsung’s New LCD TV goes on a diet – just 1cm thick –


Samsung has taken the wraps off an anorexic 40in LCD TV with a 1cm thin waistline at this week’s FPD International show Japan .

Just weeks after Sony kicked launched its first skinny OLED-based TV – just 3mm thin – Samsung is out to prove that existing LCD technology can be placed on an extreme diet too. This 10mm panel uses an LED backlight to provide what Samsung claims is 92% of the NTSC standard for colour saturation – almost as good as a CRT TV – but with a low power consumption of under 90W.

Unlike the Sony OLED panel, which is restricted to just 11in and is not HD-ready, Samsung’s super model is a HDTV, capable of displaying Full HD (1080p) video. When we will actually see them in shops is anyone’s guess.

                       

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May 16, 2008  
M’sian muslims protest ruling on renunciation of Islam
PENANG (Malaysia) – A GROUP of Muslims in Malaysia’s northern Penang state staged a protest on Friday to denounce an Islamic sharia court’s rare ruling allowing a Chinese convert to renounce her faith. Last week the Penang Sharia Court allowed 38-year-old Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah, or Tan Ean Huang, to renounce Islam and return to Buddhism. Siti, a cook, told the court she had never practised Islamic teachings since converting in 1998 to marry Iranian Ferdoun Ashanian.

The couple married in 1999 but her husband left her months later and she filed for renunciation two years ago.

Hizbut Tahrir Malaysia, an Islamic hardline group, gathered outside the court and submitted a memorandum urging a judicial review of the decision.

‘We outrightly disagree with the court decision as it is against Islamic laws. In Islam, a person who insists on leaving the religion must be punished with death,’ the group’s president Abdul Hakim Othman told reporters.

Apostasy, or renouncing the faith, is one of the gravest sins in Islam and a very sensitive issue in Malaysia where Islamic sharia courts have rarely allowed such renunciations and have also jailed apostates.

Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, where more than 60 per cent of its 27 million people are Muslim Malays.

The Islamic sharia courts operate in parallel to civil courts but apply specifically to Muslims. — AFP

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Beijing Olympic medal reverse side

Obverse side

Selecting stones

Jade cutting

Medal machine tool

Medal after punching

Putting jade into the medal

Finishing

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS

 

I SURE DIDN’T TILL NOW

 

Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death!

 

Make a personal reflection about this…..

 

Very interesting, read until the end…..

 

It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7)

 

 

‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked

 

 

For whatsoever a man sow

 

That shall he also reap

 

Here are some men and women

 

Who mocked God :

 

 

  John Lennon (Singer):

 

Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said:

 

‘Christianity will end, it will disappear.

 

I do not have to argue about

 

That. I am certain.

 

Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him’ (1966).

 

Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.

 

 

Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ):

 

 

During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency.

 

 

 

Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.

 

 

Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet):

 

 

During A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ),

 

 

While smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said:’God, that’s for you.’

 

 

He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.

 

 

 

The man who built the Titanic

 

After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be.

 

With an ironic tone he said:

 

‘Not even God can sink it’

 

The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic

 

 

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)

 

 

She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show.

 

 

He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her.

 

After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said:

 

‘I don’t need your Jesus’.

 

A week later, she was found dead in her apartment

 

Bon Scott (Singer)

 

 

The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang:

 

 

‘Don’t stop me; I’m going down all the way, down the highway to hell’.

 

 

On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.

 

 

Campinas (IN 2005)

 

 

In Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend…..

 

 

The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car:

 

 

‘My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.’

 

She responded: ‘Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here…..It’s Already Full ‘

 

Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died.

 

The car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact.

 

The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken

 

 

Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer)

 

Said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written.

 

In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.

 

 

Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus.

 

Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive.

 

‘Jesus’

 

 

PS: If it was a joke, you would have sent it to everyone.

 

So are you going to have courage to send this?.

 

I have done my part, Jesus said

 

 

‘If you are embarrassed about me,

 

I will also be embarrassed about you before my father.’

 

You are my 8 in 8 seconds. I am not breaking this. No way!

 

 

I’M TOLD THIS WORKS!!!!! 

 

Just repeat this prayer and see how God moves!!

 

‘Lord, I love you and I need you, come into my heart, and bless me, my family, my home, and my friends, in Jesus’ name. Amen.’

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ABSOLUTELY MINDBLOWING .. 

1. GO TO THE FOLLOWING SITE : 

http://www.tatuagemdaboa.com.br/
 

Wait for the lady to appear, then … 


2. WRITE YOUR FIRST NAME IN THE 1st LINE. 

3. WRITE YOUR FAMILY NAME in the 2nd LINE 

No need to write your e.mail address. 

4. Press the VISUALIZAR bar. 

Unbelievable. Can you explain how this is done 
? 

, change your name and check again……. 

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