Danny Gokey Ponders American Idol

Like other former American Idol contestants, Danny Gokey recently weighed in on the popular talent contest's recent farewell to the popular judge Simon Cowell. “I think we can all come into agreement that we think, ‘Wow, what is the show going to be like?’” said Danny, who placed third in the eighth season of the show. “Simon didn’t make the show. It was the chemistry of the people on the show that made the show. But he was the front face of the show. To see him leave is sad,” Danny said backstage during a press conference at the CMA Music Festival.

With Simon leaving, Danny says that he thinks radio show host Howard Stern would be a possible choice for someone to replace the often brash and brutally honest judge. “American Idol was successful in the beginning. If they use that same formula and bring in somebody polarizing, it will be successful. I heard a rumor that Howard Stern could be that guy. Regardless of whether you like him or not, he would draw crowds. I heard that [Howard’s] not going to do it, but they are looking in the right direction. We will see what happens.”

While American Idol’s future may be uncertain, Danny has a lot going on. He will release his new single, “Will Not Say Goodbye,” soon, and will embark on a tour in the fall.

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