Why 'Idol' David Cook Missed the Finale

Most of the "American Idol" winners were at the finale Wednesday night -- Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Taylor Hicks and Kris Allen -- save one: David Cook.

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The 27-year-old singer-songwriter could not attend the finale because of a scheduling issue. He reportedly had a charity event in Kansas City.

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"Congrats to Lee Dewyze! So sorry I couldn't be there to see all my fellow idols," Cook tweeted Wednesday. "I'm there in spirit!"