FOX is gearing up for season 10 of American Idol. Producers are traveling the country profiling the nine previous idol winners. On Tuesday they put David Cook in the spotlight in his hometown of Blue Springs.
Cook said he's excited to be back home. He went to the Chief's game Monday night and he's happy for their win and he's also looking forward to finishing up his second album. On Tuesday he was front and center on Main Street in Blue Springs shooting a promo to kick off the next season of American Idol. Cook said the show changed his life, but he's trying not to change who he is.
"I come home and all I really want to do is grab Quik Trip taquitos. (YUCK) My LA manager is looking at me like I'm crazy. (You eat those things?) I love those things, but I must say being out in LA I've come to appreciate Sushi too, so I'm trying real hard not to change, I'm trying real hard," Cook said.
People were looking out of store fronts and huddled along Main Street watching the shoot.
"I've heard his music and I've met his brother at an American Idol concert, so this is cool," said 10-year-old Clare Moron.
Cook said the stares and well wishers are welcoming but they also make him feel like he has to stay on point.
"It's always a little strange when you are walking somewhere and you catch somebody like sneaking a photo, but in truth, it's all part of the gig," he said.
Cook is looking forward to the 10th season of American Idol but he hopes the attention will be put back on the contestants instead of the judges, although he said he's a fan of next season's judges.
"As a music fan I'm certainly excited to see Stephen Tyler and JLo and I want to play on the show again so I can meet them, but I'm hopeful that the contestants' stories will be what continues to sell the show," he said.
Cook said his performances will remain on hold until he finishes his second album expected to launch in early 2011. American Idol Season 10 begins in January on FOX 4.