Multiple entertainment news sources are reporting that Danny Gokey will be returning to the “American Idol” stage on April 7th as a part of the final send off of the show that he credits with giving him a music career and hope when he most needed it!
Broadcasting & Cable reports:
On April 7, former Idol winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood return to the stage to perform during the two-hour show, before the 15th and final Idol is crowned. Other guests include Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Danny Gokey, Elliott Yamin, Justin Guarini, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler and, yes, season six surprise finalist Sanjaya. Full article HERE.
Entertainment Weekly reports:
April 5: American Idol: American Dream at 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, a retrospective that includes 15 seasons of memory-lane strolls from host Ryan Seacrest, current and former judges, former contestants, and Idol staffers.
Thursday’s big-send off will also feature group and solo performances by such former Idol contestants as Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Ace Young, Allison Iraheta, Amber Holcomb, Blake Lewis, Bo Bice, Brandon Rogers, Bucky Covington, Carly Smithson, Casey James, Chris Daughtry, Clark Beckham, Clay Aiken, Colton Dixon, Constantine Maroulis, Danny Gokey, Diana DeGarmo, Elliott Yamin, George Huff, James Durbin, Jessica Sanchez, Josh Gracin, Joshua Ledet, Justin Guarini, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Kimberley Locke, Kree Harrison, LaToya London, Lauren Alaina, Melinda Doolittle, Pia Toscano, Sanjaya, Skylar Laine, and Tamyra Gray. Full article is HERE.
And some career background from The Christian Beat:
Danny Gokey’s sophomore albumHope In Front Of Me debuted at No. 1 on multiple Nielsen SoundScan Billboard Contemporary Christian music sales charts. The title cut from the album was a multi-week chart topper and rounded out 2014 with placement on multiple Billboard Year End 2014 Christian charts including No. 7 on Christian Airplay Songs and No. 8 on Hot Christian Songs for “Hope in Front of Me.” He also landed Best of 2014 on iTunes in the Christian/Gospel format. An acclaimed singer and author, Danny Gokey made an indelible first impression with 2010’s record-breaking debut album, My Best Days with the best opening week for a debut album from a male country artist in almost two decades.
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Our thanks to “American Idol” for granting our wish to see Danny Gokey back on the big stage (even if only in a group number…) and for the use of this photo from his appearance in 2013.