It’s been almost 15 months now and David Cook still doesn’t get it. He doesn’t get the contrived rivalry between himself and American Idol competitor David Archuleta.

“We always felt that it was funny when we were on the show,” Cook told IdolChatter, “that everyone tried to create this ‘David vs. David’ thing. We just didn’t get it.”

The two Davids were the last contestants standing on AI Season 7 and Cook won on May 21, 2008 with 56 percent of the vote. Today both Davids on their concert tours and doing quite well.

“I talk to Archie every couple of weeks,” Cook said. “He’s a great guy. One of the nicest people I think I have ever met.

“I was one of his biggest fans and still am.”

Cook will be performing Aug. 21 on opening night of the California State Fair in Sacramento,