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Danny Gokey of 'American Idol'
Singer: DANNY GOKEY
Song: "Stand By Me"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Have you always supposed that Danny Gokey was really 48 years hold? Wonder no further, as Gokey selects Ben E. King's 1961 classic. Why was this an acceptable song choice? Not only it a dreadful, amelodic arrangement of the oft-covered song, but it's cheating the theme for no good reason. Paula is very excited, but I'm not quite getting it. I guess he's going for a Revival Tent Preacher vibe, but the version of the song isn't as rousing as his performance mannerisms seem to imply. Oh and having one shot of The Observer in the "American Idol" was creepy. Having two and then three shorts? Kinda demystifying.
Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Simon Say: Alright, so, dude. Randy did not love the arrangement, but he loves that Danny made him love the song anyway. Kara also didn't like the arrangement, but he killed it and turned it on its head and did his own thing in his own time. Paula warns that the bar has been set so high that everybody after him will have to run fast to keep up. What does that have to do with the height of the bar. Simon thought the beginning was good, the middle was lazy and the ending was terrific. By Simon's math, this equals an overall "great."