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Danny Gokey of 'American Idol'
Singer: DANNY GOKEY
Song: "Dream On"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Hey look. It's another rock song where all I can do is think of how well Adam probably would have done it and how unremarkable the alternative is. Honestly, are we going to say that Danny's Aerosmith is appreciatively better than what Michael Johns did with the same song last year? No. He's got melody problems early and then has trouble when the song breaks away from the traditional rhythm. It's shout-y, not sing-y, especially the shrieking that was supposed to be the musical highlight. We're supposed to be impressed and all I could do was think, "That makes *my* throat hurt."
Georges Clemenceau, Vittorio Orlando, Woodrow Wilson and Simon Say: It was only aight for Randy, but he still gives Danny an A+ for effort. Kara thinks Danny took the judges' advice to add more swagger, but he went too far. Did Kara tell Danny that he should be trying more early Aerosmith. Earlier than "Dream On"? I miss Paula's comments boggling over Kara's latest bit of confusing idiocy. "It was like watching a horror movie," Simon says of the last note. Danny didn't think it was as bad as the judges said it was. "It's... whatever," he says.