The final American Idol showdown has finally arrived with the captivating rocker pitted against the all-American pretty boy.

But who will be crowned the seventh season’s new Idol? Will it be 17-year-old David Archuleta from Murray, Utah? Or will 25-year-old David Cook’s rock edge place him in the lead?

Throughout the entire season, viewers have learned a lot about both Archuleta, the singing sensation with the over involved stage dad and Cook, the former bartender from Blue Springs, Mo. And both have equally powerful vocal ranges.

There’s no doubt Archuleta would make a great pop star. After all, this is the type of artist all the 16-year-old girls go gaga for. His sweet, sultry-yet-cute look is what makes him so marketable. This aspiring young singer is best known for singing love songs, something he can nail without a hitch — of course that is if he doesn’t forget the lyrics.

Archuleta made that mistake earlier on this season, but was able to put the nerves behind him, and come back stronger than before. And though Archuleta is good at playing the balladeer, it does get kind of old.

Archuleta needs to learn how to change things up a bit in order to keep people hooked — then again, why mess with a good thing?

Cook, on the other hand, keeps viewers on their toes with his interesting performances and unbelievable vocals. Week-to-week, you never know what to expect in terms of his song choice and what he plans on doing to that song.

It doesn’t matter what type of song Cook is given. Whether it’s a tune you would hear today’s kids bopping their heads to or something taken from the ’70s, Cook keeps it fresh. A perfect example was what he did last week with The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack — he’s a brilliant singer.

His ballsy risks of completely changing the arrangement of a song has worked for him thus far, and might help him win the title of American Idol tomorrow.

Yet, although Cook is very talented, as we’ve seen in a previous season with former contestant and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, talent doesn’t always get you the win.