David Cook Dating Past Idol Kimberly Caldwell

05/27/2008 at 07:00 PM EDT

David Cook Dating Past Idol Kimberly Caldwell
Cook (left) and Caldwell
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David Cook

David Cook

This season's American Idol champ, David Cook, is dating second season alum Kimberly Caldwell.

"She's great," Cook tells Extra. "So far, I've had a really good time with her."

Cook hasn't been shy about his interest in Caldwell. He even asked her out on the TV Guide Network.

"I'm just excited because I finally get to talk to you," he told her during an interview Wednesday night on the Idol Tonight show. "I've been hearing you say all these nice things about me all season, So I'm actually going to ask you to dinner right now."

Caldwell accepted, with a hug, telling the camera after Cook left, "I just got asked out on a date."

And while he's interested in her romantically, Cook admits he's not entirely familiar with Caldwell's music. "I knew who she was, but I can't remember a song that she sang," he told Extra. "I'm probably in the dog house now."

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