Access Hollywood has learned that David's absence, however, was nothing dramatic.
David Cook had a charity event in Kansas City, his rep told Access Hollywood of the former "Idol" champ, who is known for his support of charities – in particular those related to cancer, a disease that stripped him of his brother.
Another popular "Idol" alumnus who was also conspicuously missing from the finale was Adam Lambert.
Adam's rep said that the Season 8 runner-up did not make it to the show as he was put on vocal rest.
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