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Jordin Sparks says David Cook could win 'American Idol'

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Now that we’re down to nine finalists on American Idol, the mad frenzy to project the winner has begun. Joining in on the fun was Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, who EW.com caught up with at Saturday’s Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles. “I hate to choose because they are all good and I don’t want to discourage any of them, but based on what happened last week I think David Cook has a good chance of being the last one standing,” said Sparks, while on a break from walking the orange carpet of Nickelodeon’s annual awards fete. “He sang the heck out of ‘Billie Jean.’ I didn’t even know it was ‘Billie Jean’ when he started the song. I think that is a good example of taking a risk and it paying off. It is really hard because they want you to take risks, and the judges ream you if you don’t, but they also often come after you when you take one they didn’t like.” Still, Sparks continued, “A lot can change from week to week. Voters have short-term memories, so if David blows it next week he could go home and I’d have to pick a new favorite. It is so unpredictable.”

Sparks will appear on Idol Gives Back on April 9, and she’s scheduled to go on tour with Alicia Keys and Ne-Yo this spring. “Sometimes I can’t believe this is my life,” she said. “I still get butterflies when I hear my song on the radio.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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