Danny Gokey

To hear American Idol castoff Danny Gokey tell it, Terence Trent D'Arby may have simply finished what Aerosmith started.

Though Gokey's take on D'Arby's "Dance Little Sister" drew him so-so reviews this past Tuesday night, the 28-year-old widower suspects it was his big finish to "Dream On" the week prior that laid the foundation for his eventual ouster.

"I was thinking about that this morning. Maybe that [scream] was kind of like the downfall," Gokey told TVGuide.com the day after his Idol dismissal. "It could have been one of the variables."

Gokey stands by the Aerosmith selection, explaining, "I really wanted to have a big song, and I never [sang] rock." He also goes on to say that "everything in the performance was good, up to that point."

"That point," however, demanded that he bellow in a way he had attempted several times prior, during rehearsals. The repeated run-throughs, he says, "really hurt my vocal chords. I'm still kind of sore this week."

All told, though, and despite not making the finals, Gokey has a good attitude about his "Dream On" "nightmare."

"That was funny," he reflects with a chuckle. "It was a very funny scream."

Got questions for Danny, for when he comes by for his TVGuide.com video Q&A? Share them in comments.

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