The last time we checked in on Paul Camp and Kelly Ignacio in February, they were holding court at Bounce
, the popular gay bar/club on Detroit Avenue near West 25th, for the club’s weekly American Idol viewing party. Three months later, the duo is still glued to the widescreen TV, where they’ll be tonight for the crowning of America’s next pop tart. ...
But allegiances have shifted. At the start of the series’ seventh season, both Camp and Ignacio predicted the field of 12 finalists would be whittled down to a “battle of the Davids.” They were right. Sorta. Ignacio had her eye on 17-year-old David Archuleta of Utah; Camp was rooting for 24-year-old David Hernandez of Arizona, who was knocked out of the competition a couple weeks later. Neither of them foresaw 25-year-old Missouri rocker David Cook making it to the final two. “For the first couple weeks, he was a dark horse in my book,” says Camp. “Then, all of a sudden, he shot to the front, and I’ve been behind him ever since.”
Despite all the fawning over Cook by Simon, Paula, and Randy, Ignacio is still behind Archuleta for tonight’s ceremony. “Sure, he’s forgotten the words a couple times. And, yes, the stories about his stage dad are kinda frightening,” she says. “It all comes down to Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now. Cook will probably have a longer life span in rock music. But Archie is the real American Idol.”
Watch the finale on the big screen a 9 tonight at Bounce, 2814 Detroit Avenue. Call 216-357-2997 for details. -- Cris Glaser