American Idol: And the winner is…

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David Cook has triumphed over smooth-voiced teen David Archuleta to become the new “American Idol.”

While Archuleta was heaped with praise by the judges the night before, the voters decided otherwise — and it wasn’t even close. Host Ryan Seacrest said during Wednesday’s show that 12 million votes was the difference.

Cook was overcome by emotion, bending toward the stage after his name was announced.

“This is amazing,” he said. “This is all your fault,” he added, addressing the brother who Cook had accompanied to the “Idol” audition that started it all.

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