Change is good for American Idol, according to Danny Gokey. While many fans are dreading Simon Cowell's impending exit, the Season 8 third-place finisher tells TVGuide.com that playing musical judging chairs is necessary for the aging Fox juggernaut. "I think in order for Idol to stay alive, they need to reinvent the wheel," he says. "He is irreplaceable, and when you bring someone new on, you don't want them to copycat exactly what Simon did. But you should let their qualities take over and start fresh." Gokey, who will release his debut album, My Best Days, on March 2, already has some people in mind to take Cowell's seat. Find out who he'd nominate for the judges' table, how he hopes to give back through his organization, Sophia's Heart Foundation, and more.
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Gokey: A little bit. I've been on the road ...
American Idol Season 8 finalist Danny Gokey is going a little bit country.
The singer, who finished third in the reality competition, has signed a record deal with 19 Records/RCA Nashville, according to USA Today.
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Gokey's deal marks the first time in Idol history that ...
Will Danny Gokey go from American Idol to Dancing with the Stars?
That has been the talk ever since the third-place finisher was asked about using the ABC reality competition to improve upon his footwork, which was at times dissed by Simon Cowell.
"This thing has blown up," Gokey says of the Dancing rumblings. That said, "I would do it," he shares in his TVGuide.com video Q&A, "and I would be happy to do it."
In this on-camera sit-down, the 28-year-old from Milwaukee also talks about ...
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 ...
As each American Idol sing-off signs off, TVGuide.com is checking in with TV Guide Network hosts/Idol alums Justin Guarini and Kimberly Caldwell for their particularly qualified takes on who soared, who stumbled, and which judge's review most rang true.
This week, Guarini shares his thoughts on the Top 3, each of whom this week each served up a tune of his own choosing, as well as a song chosen by a judge. Read his full review after the jump.