It was later revealed that his non-selection resulted in serious rift between Simon Cowell and the show producer Nigel Lythgoe.
David Cook (born December 20, 1982 in Houston, Texas, 24 at the time of the auditions and 25 at the time of the show) is a native of Blue Springs, Missouri who auditioned in Omaha, Nebraska with Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer".
In 2003, at the age of 12, he sang on several episodes of the television show Star Search In one episode, he competed against Alexandréa Lushington, who was a fellow semi-finalist this season.
He formed a band while still at high school called Axium which was chosen as the best band in Kansas City in 2004.For Season 7, auditions began in San Diego, California on July 30, 2007, and continued in the following cities: Contestants were required to be between the ages of 16 and 28 on July 28, 2007, and eligible to work in the United States.Those ineligible include former contestants who had previously reached the semifinal of Season 1 - 3 or the last phase of Hollywood round of Season 4 -6 (top 44 of Season 4 and 5, top 40 of Season 6), those holding recording or management contracts, or those who were not US citizens or landed immigrants (i.e. One auditioner this year Alexis Cohen gained media attention due to her outraged reaction and profuse profanities after the judges rejected her in the Philadelphia audition.A brand new set was built, and a new introduction credit sequence created.The season finale also moved from the Kodak Theatre to the larger Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
He later joined Midwest Kings in Tulsa, but left to pursue a solo project where he released an album titled Analog Heart.