Danny Gokey wows judges on ‘American Idol’

danny-gokeyDanny Gokey was proclaimed the “Hero” of “American Idol.” Three of the show’s four judges heaped praise on the 28-year-old church music director from Milwaukee on Tuesday, following his rendition of the Mariah Carey tune “Hero” at the end of the Fox singing competition’s first performance show of season eight.

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“You are the hero, man,” said Kara DioGuardi. “You give us all hope. You were great.”

Gokey was the last to perform in a group of 12 singers out of the top 36 semifinalists. The judges directed their harshest criticism at Stephen Fowler, Casey Carlson and Stevie Wright, who Simon Cowell said had “zero” chance of advancing to the next round. The top three vote-getters will be revealed during Wednesday’s live episode.

14 Responses

  1. Danny Gokey is ridiculously talented; i would put my money on him to win the whole thing

  2. […] Danny Gokey wows judges on ‘American Idol’ […]

  3. […] Danny Gokey wows judges on ‘American Idol’ […]

  4. Dannyyyy…….Dont Worryyy ur just WOw…and the HERO as Kara SAid….:) Vote For DAnny..:D

  5. […] told Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Scott MacIntyre they gave their best performances so far in the top-rated Fox singing […]

  6. […] Danny Gokey: The competition’s elder, at 27, is a great singer, but he didn’t do as much stylistically with “Come Rain or Come Shine” as Kris or Matt did with their songs—until the end, when he busted out some runs and a big, booming finish that really got our attention. “You are the only one I’ve heard so far tonight that actually could have an album of songs like that—and win!” exclaimed Randy. Paula thought the performance “stellar,” Kara was happy to finally see some “Rat Pack swagger” from him, and Simon—one of Danny’s biggest critics of late—thought he was “outstanding.” […]

  7. […] Gokey, 28, of Milwaukee, also defended his performance. He stepped out of his soft pop-soul comfort zone to perform “Dream On” by Aerosmith. While Jackson gave his rendition an “A-plus for valiant effort,” Cowell said Gokey’s final note “was like watching a horror movie.” […]

  8. […] finalists left in contest are Lambert, a 27-year-old theater actor from San Diego; Gokey, a 29-year-old church music director from Milwaukee; and Allen, a 23-year-old college student from […]

  9. […] Danny Gokey picked “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker to sing. I didn’t like the beginning, but the middle and end is better. Randy liked the change in the arrangement. Kara tells Danny that the performance was stunning. Paula tells him that he left everyone breathless. Simon didn’t think the song needed to be rearranged, but says that was a vocal masterclass. […]

  10. […] with Lambert, Gokey had long been considered to be a front-runner of the eighth season, never appearing as one of the […]

  11. […] Gokey, a volunteer church music director who knows mostly gospel music, had to learn new songs every week. He also tailored his image, turning his collection of more than 50 pairs of funky glasses and the heart symbol he makes with his hands into his signatures. […]

  12. […] forming a connection with the audience, and it’s really about who’s gonna get those Danny […]

  13. […] was also the Danny Gokey factor. Gokey made it to the top three before he fell out of the contest, leaving his supporters up for […]

  14. […] later dueted with Cyndi Lauper on “Time After Time” and Danny Gokey joined Lionel Richie for two […]

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