Video: Idol Talk with Danny Gokey Exclusive Interview with Danny Gokey!

We recently sat down with Danny Gokey in Nashville to discuss a wide range of topics: His new music projects, upcoming touring, American Idol and more.  In this first segment Danny talks about album #3, his focus on providing more on demand content and the Spanish “Hope in Front of Me” album.

In the second segment, I introduced two topics together to see where Danny would go with them:  Appearing at Summerfest and returning to “American Idol”. During this chat I had to ask Danny if he had seen the article on determining that he was the “Worst American Idol Finalist” of all time.  His reaction was classic Danny!

In case you haven’t seen the article, here’s the excerpt about Danny in the author’s very subjective opinion:

Every American Idol Finalist, Ranked From Worst to Best

By Maura Johnston

As a warm-up for this final run through the Idol choreography, we’ve decided to rank those singers who have reached the almost-winner’s circle. Only 168 people in the world can currently claim to be American Idol finalists

168. Danny Gokey (Season 8, Placed 3rd)
Season eight was perhaps Idol’s pinnacle; it also had a contestant who might have been the closest villain analogue Idol has ever had to offer: Danny Gokey, an early-odds favorite whose wife had passed away shortly before he auditioned with “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” He stuck around for a long time, vanquishing contestants with okay-enough performances that would sometimes tip over into horror (recall the Gokey Scream) and sometimes be just really boring (the anodyne “What Hurts the Most”) and too often be capped with that heart-hands gesture and never, ever result in his being in the show’s bottom three. His snide comments about “loving” his fellow contestants in a strictly “Godly way,” which came before season-eight runner-up Adam Lambert came out on the cover of Rolling Stone, played both to his fanbase and to those who were looking for reasons to vote him off. Which they did, setting the stage for a finale with two singers (Lambert and Kris Allen) who had honed their talent on-air — and become nail-polish-matching friends in the process.

Well, THIS author doesn’t agree with THAT author on almost anything she has stated in her summary on Danny. Ummm… she didn’t mention that the guy can SING.  Isn’t it a singing competition?  Personally, I loved Danny’s version of “What Hurts the Most”. I’ve played it countless times!  (It’s better than the Rascal Flatts original, IMO.)

I didn’t bother  to comment on her article.  What’s the point? Old “Idol” fights clearly don’t bother Danny anymore.

I’ll have MORE interview videos to share “soon”! 😳

7 thoughts on “Video: Idol Talk with Danny Gokey

  1. I’m Danny Gokey fan since American Idol <3 He is amazing !!! I'm proud fan 🙂

  2. Okay.. I hope you don’t mind my comments.

    1. Danny looked good, and was so sweet.
    2. You have a great voice, Jan.
    3. I’m happy for Danny’s positive attitude for the future.
    4. My mouth went open when you told him about “being
    the worst” American Idol. Even though he handled it
    with great maturity.. it has to hurt a little. I wish the mean
    little gremlins would think before they speak or write..
    5. I know Danny would like the exposure of an American
    Idol appearance, but I’ve changed my mind. I think he has
    too much class and success to go on that show. It’s in the
    past, and let it stay in the past. Move on…
    6. I love “What Hurts The Most” and the way Danny sang it. It’s
    just hard to listen to because it was a time when Danny was
    going through so much pain.
    7. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you… Jan. 🙂

  3. Thank you Jan you always come through for us. I like Cindy3 number 5 comment. Danny has come a long way since his Idol days. I have not watched Idol since Danny’s year. I personally think that Danny did not make it to the top 2 was because they did not know what to do with him. But that is just me. And it sure would be nice if he did come back to Summerfest. If not I hope when his new CD comes out that he has a CD launch here in Wisconsin.
    Thanks again Jan 😍🎶🎤

  4. I appreciate all your comments Kathy and Cindy 🙂

    I want Danny back on Idol because I think it would be GREAT for his career, fans that have lost track of him can reconnect and it would brighten my day to see my favorite American Idol on the show that launched his career!

    Danny was so much fun to interview. He was really comfortable with me, funny and relaxed. And he knows to expect the unexpected with my questions— the Worst Contestant discussion actually continued after the interview. Penny found it and he had a good laugh over it.

    I really appreciated Danny and Penny taking time out of their day for our little blog site’s interview ♡

  5. I see a second career for you Jan 😉 Good job and very nice of Danny to sit down with you (although this has always been his best website for fan information of course so why wouldn’t he?).

  6. Thanks, Pam. Not really interested in another career…. retirement is good!! This hobby, my part time job and being a new Grandma are about right!

    Danny and Penny (his manager) are being very supportive of DGNews. It seems even more than he was for ihrtDG?

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