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Danny Gokey of 'American Idol'
Singer: DANNY GOKEY
Song: "Endless Love"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Which is more distracting -- The harp player to Danny's right, or Danny's lack of glasses? It's a different sort of song for Danny, because it mostly begins in his lower register, something we haven't heard much of this season. It's not where his voice is best, but it's good to know he can do it. I like Danny without his glasses. He'd rocked the geek thing for as long as he could, but he's much immediately package-able tonight. He also looks five years younger. It's the night's most straight-forward arrangement yet and Danny is respectable and earnest, giving a look to the sky at the end. After making his late wife the centerpiece of his story in the audition rounds, Danny hasn't played on any personal tragedies (including, reportedly, the death of his grandfather) in weeks, so if he wants to do it here, with just a look, he's entitled.
Mean Joe Green, L.C. Greenwood, Ernie Holmes and Simon Say: Paula wasn't sure the key should have been lowered, but that he pulled it in from midway. She's got her words very carefully prepared tonight. Simon calls Danny a brilliant singer, but he didn't like the harp or the arrangement. Simon admits he was bored, but congratulates Danny for singing a song that was emotional for him.