American Idol Finalist David Cook's Prom Date Cheers Him On

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"American Idol" finalist David Cook has a lot of fans cheering him on, including his 2001 prom date.

"At the time, I was just excited to be asked," Molly Hastings told "I was just a sophomore so it was great to be asked by a senior, and he was my friend. So I went, and now it's definitely — it's exciting now, too."

Hastings, now a sixth-grade English teacher at a middle school in their hometown, said she is constantly answering questions about her prom date, who has shot to stardom nearly overnight since appearing on the show.

"They are always asking me if I still keep in touch with him, and I haven't talked to him in probably five years," Hastings told

That all changed last week when Cook visited his hometown and was treated to a parade, in which Hastings was asked to be a driver.

"I got to talk to him really briefly when he was driving by in his limousine," Hastings said. "He goes, 'What's up, Molly?' And I just yelled, 'You're a big star.'"

Cook responded that it was weird, Hastings said. She called it "a neat moment."

The two-part finale of "American Idol" airs next Tuesday and Wednesday.

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