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Danny Gokey of 'American Idol'
Singer: DANNY "THE REDEEMER" GOKEY
Song: "Jesus Take the Wheel"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Danny went up-tempo last week, so he's back to quasi-spiritual mode this week. He's tremendously dull in the verses, slurring and mumbling until he gets to the chorus. The chorus, though, is in his wheelhouse, allowing him to overcome the normal deficiencies of genre-swapped songs on this show. I could have done without the bright white lights on top of Danny's bright white jacket. We get that he's this season's Heaven-approved "American Idol" contestant, but bathing him in a divine glow is just gratuitous.
Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Simon Say: Kara didn't like the front half either, but she says when he finds his groove, it's a connection unlike any other. Paula, at her least coherent this season, thinks Danny was brilliant straight through, that Carrie Underwood would go out and buy the record. Simon's only problem is with Danny's attire. Randy agrees that the verses needed to be supported a bit better.