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'American Idol': David Cook heading to 'SNL'

October 16, 2008 |  7:15 pm

Davidcgallery2_0421abrf Last May David Cook made history triumphing in the greatest upset in "American Idol" history. Now the reigning Season 7 champion is about to break another sound barrier: On Nov. 1 he will become the first idol to appear as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" immediately upon release of his debut album.

Cook will become the fourth idol to appear in the prestigious slot.  However, the three previous "American Idol" graduates who took the 30 Rock stage did so later in the runs of their albums or in their careers.  Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood both appeared after their albums had been out for several months.  Kelly Clarkson appeared in support of her second album.

Cook's eponymous debut album is set to hit stores Nov. 18.  He will perform the first single, "Light On," in his "SNL" appearance, which will mark the first televised performance of the song, as well as Cook's first public outing with his new band. The song is already available for download on iTunes. His publicity tour in support of the album will also include a live, open-to-the-public performance on "Good Morning America" booked for Nov. 17.  Cook plans a national tour early next year.

-- Richard Rushfield

(photo courtesy of Fox)