May 20, 2009

LKL WEB EXCLUSIVE: Danny Gokey on Idol Finalists

Posted: 08:54 PM ET

"AMERICAN IDOL" contestant Danny Gokey was kind enough to spend some time on the phone with LKL Producer Michael Watts earlier today before the grand finale & Kris Allen's upset victory.DANNY---PR-IMAGE#1--#2E2D2D

The candid, wide ranging discussion covered everything from who Danny thinks will win Idol, to his trademark glasses.  Actually, the part about the glasses will be posted tomorrow so be sure to check this space then.

Q:  So what did you think about last night?

DANNY GOKEY, "AMERICAN IDOL" CONTESTANT:  Actually, it was my first time being able to sit in the audience.  And I really enjoyed the show, I really did.  It was - it just really felt good to be there in the crowd.  I still enjoyed it even though I didn't perform, because I love performing.   But it was just that - it was like electricity in the air and, man, I really enjoyed it.

Q:  Did you miss the performing aspect though?

GOKEY:  Oh yes, absolutely.  I love to perform.  You know, I love to
sing.  But that's the weird thing for me, it was so
enjoyable to watch.  So it was amazing last night.

Q:  How do you think Adam and Kris did?

GOKEY:  I thought they both did very well, especially on the first two songs.  You know the last song?  It's such a new song, I felt like there were - there was a little struggle on it, but I mean, you can't fault them.  They've been singing their behinds off this whole season.  But the first two songs they killed.

Q:  Who do you think is going to win?

GOKEY:  Well, if I had to answer this one, I honestly believe, and it's no fault - I just - I believe that Kris is going to win tonight. And it's no fault to Adam.  I think, you know, Adam deserves it just as much as Kris.  But I think, you know, it's with me leaving the show, my fan base, I would
most likely assume they went to Kris.

Q:  But this is not an endorsement.

GOKEY:  Absolutely.  This is not an endorsement.  I didn't endorse anybody.  I purposely didn't endorse anybody, because it's not my decision and I don't want anybody basing their votes out of spite that maybe I didn't make it or, maybe a little resentment or - because people, they get their hearts involved in this competition, which is a good thing, because that will keep them involved in my music.  Honestly, it doesn't bother me either way who wins this thing.  I'm happy for either one of them.

Q:  You have obviously spent a lot of time with those guys in the last couple of months.  Have you got any good stories about them?

GOKEY:  Not really.  I mean, they're just good people.  Everybody in the top 10 is really good people.  Kris's personality - he's such laid-back person, I really admire that about Kris, how he can just remain so calm in so many situations.   I'm a person who can be kind of intense.  And then you've got Adam, on the other hand.  He is very creative and it comes out in his music.  It comes out in his presentation when he sings.  And I really enjoy it.  He is creative in all areas of his life.

Q:  What has your "Idol" experience been like?

GOKEY:  You know, for me, it's been a human experience, I'll tell you that much.  You know, being on the show... I don't know where I'd be if I had to be at home right now and trying to just cope with life.  Coming on "Idol" has really helped me get through the passing of my wife.  But at the same time, I wish it could have been a more pleasant experience.  At times, that situation really weighed down on my heart.  But the thing is, I know this route I took on "Idol" is a much better experience than anything else I could be doing at this point in my life.  So I have to say that that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Tomorrow, Danny will talk more about the loss of his wife, his future, and those trademark glasses.

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eve marson   May 20th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

larry after watching american idol tonight – i realized it is a rigged show – he's why in my company we have 1010 employees – we took a poll 989 picked adam to win – so what does this tell you about american idol – it is a fake , manipulated cheap show – i do not believe for a second that chris won – and where ever he goes everyone will be thinking the same thing – what a rip off for him- he will always be known as the fake winner , the loser in the real world....i will no longer be watching american fake idol !!!!!!!

Sherri   May 20th, 2009 11:22 pm ET

OMG!!! I can't believe you Twittered the winner of American Idol–so much for watching the finale on the West Coast...

Woody McBreairty   May 20th, 2009 11:40 pm ET

Adam Lambert is light years ahead of Chris Allen talentwise. I think there are other elements involved, like personal prejudices, Chris' right-wing "Christian" know how bigoted they are! There were also negative statements made about Adam on certain right wing news channels, which I feel sure that Chris Allen's "base" are fans of. It is more than likely that Adam's talent will take him to monumental heights......Chris is less likely to maintain ongoing success to the same degree that Adam will.

Vicki P   May 21st, 2009 12:11 am ET

I could not believe it! I am watching Nancy Grace waiting for IDOL to come on and YOU SHOW CHRIS AS THE WINNER AND THAT HE WILL BE ON YOUR SHOW!!! THE SHOW HAD NOT EVEN AIRED IN SEATTLE YET! You runied this whole season for me....I have watched EVERY NIGHT and then you announce the winner in a commercial? I was so disgusted I didn't even watch the could you do that...poor programing and consideration is what I say.

Thanks alot LARRY and staff


WILLIE EDWARD TURNIPSEED SR.   May 21st, 2009 12:11 am ET

i feel that the decision of the parents in reference to their belief should be respected! otherwise they would be placing man above GOD!

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Ron Knight   May 21st, 2009 12:35 am ET

I think these people with their animals need to get their priorities straight . First of all they should stop sleeping with their animals and stop letting them lick them in the face. Many of these animal lovers are the nastiest people on the planet.
The animal rights activists such as the one that appeared on your show
talking about Michael Vick is a hypocrite. Tell him to call up the UfC and advocate human beings stop fighting for money.
Animals are what they are animals and we should stop treating animals like human beings. As far as I'm concerned animal rights is a front for a large business.

Sherri   May 21st, 2009 1:27 am ET

I couldn't agree more with Vicki P. I figured the results of the show would be all over the Internet so purposely didn't look; however, I did go to my Twitter home page. I happen to follow Larry King and there it was–he posted the results. I'm sure CNN ruined the finale for a lot of people.

Sherri   May 21st, 2009 1:48 am ET

All I can say is I would choose my pets over Michael Vick AND Ron Knight after reading his post. To harm a helpless animal tells a lot about a person–that's how Jeffrey Dalmer started his demented murder spree as well as other murderers. I'm sure Vick is sorry (he got caught) but I am also sure the sick nature of his personality is intact. It's not just making the dogs fight that is so repulsive, but the sadistic pleasure people like M Vick get from seeing them suffer. Dogs and cats seem to have one purpose-to love us and to be loved. I pity the people who feel so superior to animals they are unable to experience the unconditional love they bring into our lives and are unable to respect animals for the things they can do that humans cannot. Mr. Knight, perhaps some day you will be lost and close to death when a dog finds you and alerts searchers, keeping you warm until they arrive. Maybe that would open your eyes and change your pathetic attitude.

Sue   May 21st, 2009 2:45 am ET

I'm sorry that some of the American Idol fans on the West Coast had the finale spoiled for them. I live on the West Coast myself, and I figured that something like the winner of AI would be a hot topic, and that the only way for me to avoid finding out the results would be to stay off the Internet completely and keep the TV off until AI aired here.

Patti   May 21st, 2009 4:14 am ET

Kris and Adam are both good singers. BUT ADAM IS CLEARLY A BETTER SINGER THAN KRIS. Adam was the best thing to grace the stage in years! It will be tough to watch American Idol now for me. The show is supposed to reward the best singer. It failed to do so. I know it was America that voted. But, American Idol needs to take a closer look at the voting system. When you have the same person voting hundreds of times that is not a fair system. People should be allowed one vote. Based on a majority of the polls Adam was the clear winner.

ifedayo   May 21st, 2009 6:10 am ET

i am a nigerian and live in Nigeria. I have followed the American Idol from the first day and i am very disappointed in the american voters. Danny Gokey was and is still a real star. He has a beautiful voice that comes from the heart. When he was voted off, I knew his case would be like that of Jeniffer Hudson and dt doughtery guy.
Go Gokey, You are meant for the top. Waitin for your album to drop.

Vicki P   May 21st, 2009 10:39 am ET

I agree that Danny was definately better than Chris. Danny should have stayed and I think that is what sparked the "get Adam off the show vote" I have never thought AI voting was a great system either.
But Adam and Danny will have a great career ahead of them as with other 'Idols" that have not won the title.

Vicki P

Mike C   May 21st, 2009 1:15 pm ET

Danny Gokey has such a great voice for a variety of musical genres.
I thought it was going to be Danny and Adam in the finale, understanding that Kris had done really well the last few shows.
When Danny did not make it into the finale, I said look how successful some of the #2 and # 3 place Idols have done as compared with the eventual winner of a particular season. I think six or seven of this years final thirteen will have long term careers in the music industry. This season of American Idol was produced so well, the talent was incredible and they got along so well with one another. Adam Lambert will be a singing sensation, could you imagine him fronting for a band like Guns and Roses? Danny Gokey will write his own ticket, he has a lot of talent he just needs to work with someone like Paula Abdul to improve his dancing and stage performances. Kris Allen will have a great career, in my opinion, singing Country / Western and Pop tunes on the radio.

Marlene Kauffman   May 21st, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Adam, where were you all these years of American Idol, why you didn't try auditioning before????
You are the real thing, so proud of you, and proud to live in San Diego, you are so awesome!!!! Good luck, Marlene

karen cole   May 21st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I feel adam and danny should have been in the finale. Kris did not have the talent to compare to danny. I chose danny and my sister chose adam. two very talented guys. My sister will no longer watch american idol. They need to change there voting system. I wish danny had won. But he didn't so adam should have. Kris is good but not good enough to be the winner ADAM should be the winner All the seniors in pa. voted for Danny I'm sixty and my sister is sixty-one. I will watch next year but my elder won't we love you danny and adam

Betty   May 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I was voting for Danny, what a great voice the man has.

Just wish he would have sung one of Brian Adams, or Rod Stewart songs, he would have been great with his gravel voice.

Can't wait till he makes his first album..Best of luck Danny you
are my American Idol

hugh ~ california   May 21st, 2009 11:43 pm ET

It should have been Adam and Danny in the finals. Polls show most viewers who vote a young girls–so no wonder Kris won. I can sing better than Kris Allen! You can hear me sing on myspace. I'll never be on American Idol, you've got to be under 30. I'm not complaining, it's a fact.
Hugh Carpenter

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steve   May 22nd, 2009 12:50 am ET

I heard that two of Adam's lines were down! People I know tried to call in and they got a message to that effect. Also, it seem's to me that the last competitive night was scripted by song choices to give Kris a chance. Adam didn't get to do what Adam does best, but the songs fit right into Kris' wheelhouse. I called them fairly even in the first and third songs, but Adam crushed Kris on the second. Kris is a nice, talented guy, will sell some records, but Adam is going to be a superstar! I wish Queen would ask him to front for them, that would be something to see. I don't care what he or anyone else does in their bedroom, as long as it makes them happy. I'm straight and married to a Christian woman by the way!

Julie   May 22nd, 2009 12:55 am ET

I guess we have to face the truth, life is not always fare!
I also think the voting system needs to change to avoid mistakes.
I also think that people need to be honest with them self.
I also think voting should be about voice & talent only.

Adam: has a voice that is very flexible,free he could probably sing anything. But Adam had to work hard for years to have such a voice.

Kris on the other hand, honestly was singing from his throat, something good Artist don't do

I'm a Christian and I'm not into gays, in saying this, I have no right to judge a person life style. American Idol is to be about music,voice, talent, I voted for Adam, this should be about singers not life style.

Kris: I hear that Kris is suppose to be a religious person or christian, hmm ,who knows what that stand for in today's age. Though if that is the case that Kris is a christian, then he should know in his heart that he should not of taken that Award or the Title Of American Idol.

A true christian would of given the crown to the person who deserved it who worked darn hard to be a professional singer. I find it very hard to think that a christian would be so deceitful as to take on a title that belongs to another.

If American Idol is all about looks,hair dews,nail color,beliefs, or the way they live,or be it if they are gay or religious or not, then this is not longer a singing competition instead it has become a place where negative attitudes grow like weed on a lawn.

I will buy Adams music when it comes out, I won't buy Kris music simply because Kris should of humble him self where it counted instead he took the Title of American Idol, when he knew in his heart, that Adam should of been the winner.

What would be the point watching the show if the real talented people are not the winners.

I hope honesty comes out in the end, good people do what is right!


Grace   May 22nd, 2009 1:04 am ET

I, too, live on the West Coast. When the ad for LKL and AI winner and runner up came on the Nancy Grace show, I wasn't really paying attention as I had heard this ad several times but was astounded when it sank in that I really did hear that. That I really did hear who won etc. Who was the brainchild of that? No thought or consideration there. Selfish news hounds? Really, really bad.

Ann   May 22nd, 2009 2:35 am ET

You know, take a look back in time – at least this year they were both good singers! There have been other years that clearly one of the finalists was neither good or deserving. Think about Clay Aiken vs Ruben Studdard – Reuben was way off pitch. And Taylor Hicks....need I say more?

Mona   May 22nd, 2009 3:37 am ET


Leah   May 22nd, 2009 4:57 am ET

I wish I had known that Adam would not win beforehand. It would have given me time to not feel so cheated by AI. I won't watch the show again.

Amy   May 22nd, 2009 5:43 am ET


Mary Ann   May 22nd, 2009 6:02 am ET

idol (īd′'l)


1. an image of a god, used as an object or instrument of worship.

Does Kris fit this???

Adam was called a rock god by the judges. He was called the first
contestant that could have world wide success.
So what happened? The most talented and most likely to fit the image
of an American Idol lost. Could there be something wrong with the
voting system? Were lines down, votes not counted? I think so.

No more American Idol for me.

fidd   May 22nd, 2009 9:41 am ET

I can't wait for Goke to disappear. i hated his smug smile.

Dennis   May 22nd, 2009 10:02 am ET

Come on people, what is the idea behind American Idol? To give someone a start in a musical career, correct? Now which of the two finalists actually needs to get a helping hand for that start. Kris, because the Adam Lambert show has already become a hit, with guest stars like Danny, Allison, Matt, etc. I am sure that at least six out of the top ten will get a contract of some sort then it will TRUELY be up to the public to decide who is their Idol. It is a glorified opinion poll is all. I have watched every season and there are only 3 of the previous winners that could have been in this seasons top ten and they would not have won. Think about it.

Judee   May 22nd, 2009 10:25 am ET

Adam was clearly the best singer. From his Satisfaction all the way to his final song. Even when they sang together with Queen, Adam was superior. He could sing anything. I am not in America, so was not allowed to vote. It was also the first time I'd ever watched American Idol and will probably be the last. I actually wish I had known the outcome so I wouldnt have been so bitterly disappointed. I was devasted when they announce Kris as the winner. I felt so cheated for Adam and all his followers. Who cares if he wears make up, etc? Isn't it a singing competition? Many many great artists wear make up, including Kiss and we all know how great and successful they have been. I watched Idol each week and looked forward to it, just to watch Adam. His performances were so memorable, his voice amazing and he always went to great lengths to make his appearance fit the song. ADAM YOU WERE BRILLIANT!!!!!

Barbara Haynes   May 22nd, 2009 10:42 am ET

I think everyone should stop trashing Kris' American Idol win. People could just as well voted 100 times for Adam. I enjoyed both young men and know they will both go far in this industry. I just ask people to stop being negative about Kris. Would you give the title back? Think about it – don't think so!! This kind of talk demeans the program and it is so good to see such wholesome kids, good music, spectacular guests and no profanity, vulgarity, nudity, etc. on prime time TV – let it rest and enjoy each season and look forward to this program changing young people's lives for the better. What other stage offers this kind of exposure to kids from "nowhere towns". Thank you American Idol and Larry King for having the Idols as guests.

Susie Lamb   May 22nd, 2009 10:48 am ET

Adam was too dramatic with all of his performances and I guess that is what rock folks do. Kris was really great on his peformances and showed that nice guys do win.

Adam totally distroyed the Johnny Cash song. I am not a rock fan and don't go for the various garbs that Adam had on. He has a good voice but went overboard on lots of the songs. He will get a contract in the rock field and that is fine.

I don't plan on buying any of his CD's and listen to him. I will support Kris. He is a great tallent and great person.

Julie   May 22nd, 2009 12:19 pm ET

I thought American Idol was to be about music,singing,talent, what is up with the bikini show, I wanted to watch music not a strip tease!

They do have strip tease clubs, keep the voices on air not the body!

Lynette Ann   May 22nd, 2009 1:17 pm ET

To all the embittered Adam fans. I also thought Adam was an excellent singer, but in terms of overall popularity Kris has a larger audience appeal (plus he would have acquired Danny Gokeys fans for the final – think about that?). He fits many catagories whereas Adam is really only a rock star. Don't forget you have given the entire nation the opportunity to vote. The voting ages must fall between 11years and 65 years. The rock fans will form a smaller percentage of this group by and large. Many people simply don't care about rock.The rockers do not form the larger population of voters.As for Julie judging Kris's Christianity by whether he gives up the title or not is ludicrous to say the least. No one in their right mind who had been audited by an international audit company as a winner would do that.By the same token it would have also been up to Adam to refuse it as he was not the legitimate winner! There are many many people who regognise Adam's great talent, but voted for Chris as he has greater general appeal. Like it or not America, Kris Allen was the winner of American Idol. Also, lets not forget that he also worked equally as hard during the course of the show. As well as sing, he played two instruments, meaning he placed a lot more on the line and also displayed his multi-talents. So please give the guy a break and be happy for him. Adam will make it big regardless and he deserves it . But in the meantime give Kris his credit too. Regardless as to whether or not you approve of the voting systems, AI provides the best reality TV on the planet, so you guys who say you don't want to watch alone will be the losers.The shows appeal is too large and international to worry about you.

Luch Wilkinson   May 22nd, 2009 2:45 pm ET

It is too bad that the American Idol symbol has been ruined for a lot of folks. I have faithfully watched Idol each week and you can't tell me that the American public voted faithfully each week to bring Adam back that they would suddenly not vote for him when it counted most! I think they really need to look at the voting process and put the final decision on, who will be the next American Idol, back with the Judges who have been working with these young people through the whole process.

Adam Lambert was the one Idol that showed consistent improvement week after week; each week he made an honest effort to dress like an idol, and his singing does Elvis proud!! One thing is for sure, we will not forget Adam Lambert a true Idol in every sense of the word!!

If they didn't want to give the title to Adam, why couldn't they have set it up so that both Kris and Adam won the title!! The whole voting process appears very fishy and, unfortunately, the blame will fall on the American people.

Kimberly Clark   May 22nd, 2009 4:01 pm ET

Christians know in their hearts that they didn't vote for Adam because they think he's gay. All these other reasons are lies. We all know the truth. This was a gay thing 100%. Christians who lie go to hell. I hope they pipe in Danny Gokey singing 24/7

Nancy   May 22nd, 2009 6:17 pm ET

All you spoiled sports, pick up your toys and go home.....Kris is the new American Idol and deserves to revel in his accomplishment. What does being a Christian have to do with earning a singing award? Some may recall that in the beginning of the season it was Kris acknowledged by the judges as being the only one among the larger group to be setting aside his own personal agenda to be helpful to my definition, that is being a Christian if religion is to be brought into the mix at for the nay-sayers regarding Kris and his singing talent, I don't recall that Kris was ever in the bottom three, Adam was, even though Simon felt that was due to folks thinking Adam was a "shoe-in" and therefore didn't get as many votes – perhaps Simon got it wrong as it turns out in the end. I was a fan of Matt Giraurd and felt he was the best, but I kept watching anyway. Danny was my second choice and Kris my third......I believe we will see all of these talented individuals making their way in the music industry in the future, thanks to the opportunity they had to perform in the venue of this show, in the meantime, Kudos to Kris!! Perhaps a little "kindness and compassion" toward Kris as the new "Idol" is one's own true sign of being "Christian".

Debbie   May 22nd, 2009 7:40 pm ET

It is very unfortunate that ADAM LAMBERT lost the competition,however he has nothing to fear.He is a SUPER STAR and already is more popular than that "lick licking" Kris Allen.His dad even cried when he won ,and was probably thinking...OMG THERES BEEN A MISTAKE! I will buy ALL OF Adams CDS however I will never buy anything related to Kris.AMERICAN IDOL IS NOW MY WORST RATED SHOW.WHY BOTHER VOTING...IT DOESNT COUNT ANYWAY.Why dont they just call it FOX IDOL? ADAM U R OUR IDOL!!!!

Donnie   May 22nd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Congratulations to Kris and Adam. Also congrtulations to Danny Gokey who gave his best shot. Enjoyed watching American Idol as well as LKL aired in Perth Australia.

cynthia   May 22nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

what a bunch of sore losers. its really about stayin in as long as you can. the contestants that are good and get enough exposure will get something. stop crying about nothing, they both won.

sue   May 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I am still a huge fan of danny even though kris and adam were in the finals...I hope danny will be true to himself that it hurt when he was voted off. He deserved to be in the final 2 if people have just based it on the quality of voice...Again I will say and no offense to kris, america did not look at the real good singing voice of danny. Let's face it, AI is a popularity show and not strictly like Britain's Got Talent where it didn't matter who the performer is physically. Danny, pls be visible to your fans and ket us know about your new CD. And I hope american idol viewers will learn to see the true meaning of good singing by voting based on it....

Kris   May 22nd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I think Kris definitely deserved to win no matter what anyone else says. Adam deserved it too, but I personally liked Kris better and was very happy that he won. I also loved Danny, and wish he could've made it to the finale too, but that's okay, he still did great. And the voting was very fair. So CONGRATULATIONS TO KRIS ALLEN!

Bourbon   May 22nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Wow – I know it was a big upset, but if those who are complaining would take a look around the real world, I think they might wake up. First, I love Adam's genre – all I listen to is metal/heavy rock/glam, etc. dating back to the NY Dolls, thru Zeppelin, to Stone Temple, NIrvana, Metallica on thru Nine Inch, Jane's Addiction, and everything inbetween. So Adam's style was kick. I personally wasn't too much into his vocal sound myself, but the kind of music and stage presence was right up my alley.

Nevertheless, I am not so blind that I don't see what the majority of listeners like. I turn on the radio and my music preferences are rarely playing except on special stations. ALL the other stations play music that contestants like Danny and Kris sing. That is what the majority likes – obviously. So why the surprise that everyone didn't suddenly embrace Adam and the music I love which had its heyday in the 70s and 80s. Did you really expect people's tastes to change in the course of one American Idol season? Look at glam man George Michael (who I never liked in Wham – and isn't my cup o tea now) – but he never became a huge superstar until he stopped doing his whack thing and went straighter with the love/soul/pop sound. That is the way of the world.

So stop blaming everything under the sun for Adam's loss. Clearly he is just in a less popular genre. That he got to #2 speaks of his pure talent because most people are no longer buying Queen/Kiss/ or even Nine Inch – sorry. I'll always buy those of course, but I'm not so blind as to think my musical tastes are the most popular.

leeann   May 22nd, 2009 10:36 pm ET

I love american idol and all but Danny was clearly the best. If american idol was rigged doesn't anyone think that adam would have won? I mean all the judges did was sing his praises. rock god he is, but professional the judges aren't. Danny fans all didn't for Kris I have never liked Kris. He cannot even sing. Like for real those preteen and teen girls (except for me and my friends) all voted for Kris that is the real reason he won. Also I'm not gonna lie some people did not vote for Adam cuz they think he is gay. I think that is rather immature. I will be waiting for Adam's and Danny's Cds. If Anoop Dawg makes one I will totally buy it too. but DANNY IS THE BEST! AMERICA DID GET IT WRONG oh well the other people are always more successful anyway.

Heather   May 22nd, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Wow...I just read the comment that the "Christian" put on there about how Kris should have given Adam the title just because he's supposedly a Christian, and thats what Christians are supposed to do. Thats a bunch of bull. I'm sorry. I'm a Christian...and Yes, christians are supposed to be humble...but they also deserve to win. Kris worked just as hard as Adam did to win the title, and I think that God can use Kris to speak to lots of the youth that voted for him. Me personally...I voted for Danny because of the fact that he has an amazing voice and is a christian and you could see God shining through him...I was not aware that kris was a christian until today. Everyone deserves a chance to win...whether you're Christian, Athiest, Gay, Straight, Ugly, or Cute. I think they're all amazingly talented, and I pray that God blesses each of them in their careers.

Cher   May 22nd, 2009 11:37 pm ET

Our family was split this yr. My husband & I were for Danny with our 16 yr old daughter liked Kris. While we liked Adam, we objected to the judges trying to push Adam on the public. We more than likely will not watch AI anymore because its sending the wrong message to people. Which is doesn't matter how you vote, just vote as many times as possible. Real life isn't like that hopefully. Kris & his lovely wife have tough times ahead. They are young & don't realize how girls will be throwing themselves at Kris. We wish Kris & his wife the best.

Danny we are looking forward to your CD. Bless you for creating Sophia's heart. For anyone who has lost a loved one, what you did on AI was a miracle. You looked & sounded pretty tired on Larry King Live tonight (Friday).

We look forward to seeing all the Idols in San Jose,CA in July.

Allie B   May 22nd, 2009 11:44 pm ET

Some folks on this board are incredibly ignorant, small-minded, rude and dare I say it – down right dumb. Kris received the most votes on Tuesday night and the person who receives the most votes becomes the "American Idol." Clearly he appealed to a lot of viewers who picked up the phone/texted or he would not have won. Get real folks – there was no conspiracy or vote rigging against Adam, Danny, or any other contestant. AI producers and the judges showered praise on Adam (deservedly so – the guy is a mega talent) and Danny (overrated and based on Part I & II of his blog, a legend in his own mind) throughout the season. Kris was called the "dark horse" several times throughout the season – though it was clear that the judges/producers were not tuned into his appeal – which turned out to be a big mistake on their part. Frankly, I think they looked very foolish on Wednesday night but that won't stop them from repeating the same patterns in Season 9.

I voted Adam-Kris-Allison all the way and I would have been happy for any one of them to "win." The fact is, they're all winners. Exposure on the show will open many doors for them (and some of the other Top 13) – it's up to each of them to make the best of these opportunities.

Kris may not be the "best" singer of the bunch, however he is a talented singer/songwriter/musician and while he might not be your cup of tea – he won the hearts of many viewers who were motivated to vote for him week after week. American Idol is about discovering and nuturing new talent – and Kris fits that bill spectacularly.

Jodi   May 23rd, 2009 12:22 am ET

Allie- I agree with you that this show wasn't rigged. However, you accused people of being rude and what you said about Danny was very rude. He is a beautiful person with a heart for others. How can you put him down like that- i just don't think it's necessary to say mean things about people.

Eve, it doesn't matter that 99% of your work voted for Adam- no one i know voted for him and everyone i know think he is a genius when it comes to talent. We just don't want to hear his kind of songs coming through our speakers as we kick it at home. It's not just "who's the most talented", it's who do i want to hear sing their style of music? Most of America would rather hear Kris. Watch the Access Hollywood interview with Kris- the interviewer says he knows someone "high up" in Idol that told him it wasn't close. Makes sense. When Danny was eliminated, only a bit more than 1% separated Adam and Kris. If even 51% of Danny's votes went to Kris- he wins. People who like Danny's sound can appreciate Adam's talent like I do, but want to hear Kris's music more.

Wanda   May 23rd, 2009 12:33 am ET

Some of what I want to say has already been said by other so I'll just say this:

What I find sad after reading these comments, is that those Adam fans who are very vocal about their hate for Kris (and outrage that Adam was robbed) could actually be hurting Adam as well. If he were to read some of these comments about a person that has become an extremely close friend, all in the name of giving him support, I think it would break his heart a little.

I admit that I am/was both an Adam & Kris fan so for me, the outcome wasn't as disappointing. And although I think that Adam should have won, I am taking my cue from Kris & Adam and the way they are looking at the entire thing. After watching many interviews with them (both together and alone) it seems obvious that they are each others biggest fans. And they both feel as if the other person deserved the title but that they had BOTH already won once they made it into the top 2.

And the way I see it, if Adam is not only ok about the outcome but excited for Kris and what this means for him, then as an Adam fan I can't help but be excited too.

Karla Rounds   May 23rd, 2009 1:05 am ET

I am very disappointed with this years show out come. It should have been a Danny v Adam final. I personally believe that either would have been a stronger winner than Kris. Kris will never be a strong entertainment personality. He is too blah. and boring...This situation has happened in previous years as well, with most of the past winners fading into obscurity. The show needs to change the phone in rules somehow, giving the judges a vote (like dancing with the stars) . This will assist in guiding the outcome for a stronger winner.

Aggie   May 23rd, 2009 1:13 am ET

Kris totally deserved to win AI. He was consistent throughout and charismatic in his own subtle laid back way (which is very sexy btw). He stayed true to himself as a performer. No smoke, no flash , no trench coats, and no awful shrieking. Just piano or guitar, great vocals and a warm and appealing personality. He sings from his heart and and soul. His style of music is more popular across America.

Both Danny and Adam are extremely talented singers also but America made the correct call. All of this other discussion floating around is silly and irrelevant

Jo   May 23rd, 2009 1:58 am ET

Sour grapes, that is what this blog is all about. Just enjoy the American Idol show and don't get so personal just because your favorite didn't win. I didn't vote at all, but was pleased with who the American people voted for. People always try to blame someone when their favorite doesn't win. What would you be saying if it had turned out different....Like I said sour grapes.

Julie   May 23rd, 2009 5:17 am ET

It makes me so sad to see Adam fans trashing Kris. I totally love Adam. I love his voice, his vocal range is awesome, and he is a genuinely nice guy. I voted for Adam and I was sad when he didn't get the title, but his loss is not Kris' fault. Kris also has talent. A lot of Danny's fans trashed Kris and/or Adam the week after he was voted off too. It was wrong for them and it is wrong for us. Our disappointment, no matter how deeply we feel it, does not justify these attacks toward other contestants.

I know this is a hard loss to take when we look at numbers outside of AI, such as google trends and the numerous polls, and all of them indicate that Adam would win. If you look at the number of forums, fan sites and blogs about Adam before the finale, yes, it did seem like he would be a shoe in because his numbers were far beyond Kris'. Still, none of that is a true indicator of who will win.

The real problem with the voting system, in that people are allowed to power vote. I sent 3200 text votes for Adam over the 4 hour voting window! Am I the only person who thinks that this is completely insane?! That one person can vote this much? The final week was the first time I had power texted. From what I understand, every text goes through and gets counted as long as it is from an at&t phone and w/in the voting window. I've only just become aware of the magnitude of power voting that goes on in this competition (my first year to vote at all). I felt that I had to power vote if I wanted my vote to have any kind of impact. American Idol and 19 Entertainment should be ashamed of themselves for allowing power voting as it can never truly represent what America wants. I voted 3200 times! I will certainly buy Adam's CD when it comes out, but I won't be buying 3200 copies of it.

Because of power voting, the question will always be, did the winner win because he/she had the majority of fans or the majority of power voters? Did he/she win because more of his fans had AT&T phones with which to power text from? We will never know for sure and I think that this is sad for the winner.

Adam fans, please take a lesson from Adam himself and try to be more gracious. Adam would be absolutely appalled at some of the comments and the trashing and bashing that has been going on because of his loss. Let's remember what Adam stands for, which is to find some "common ground" between ourselves. Let's embrace our diversity and focus on the positives. If you need to place blame, make sure it is directed at the proper target. So much of the doubt and speculation would have no place if only one vote per phone number were allowed. American Idol and 19 Entertainment are the targets you should be directing your anger toward for allowing such an invalid voting process.

Go Adam!!

Liz   May 23rd, 2009 6:06 am ET

I am not against Adam, and I think he is talented, but he screams EXACTLY like Jim Bruer on SNL did when he did the Heavy Metal News. All of us 80s people have seen it before. Every metal band had someone hit that high note like that, so it is not different. Gokey, now his raspy sexy voice, that is exciting. It is true talent. Kris, you are a true talent as well, and I liked you over Adam no doubt, but my heart is with Danny.

Liz   May 23rd, 2009 6:16 am ET

I just read all of the Christian comments, and I am just thinking WOW! Of course us Christians were not in favor of Adam. I hope he finds Jesus, I really do. However, I am a parent, and I want my kids listening to artists like Toby Mac, Newsboys, and people like DANNY that just oooooz the Holy Spirit. He has an innocent loving smile, and you can tell he has a heart for Jesus. This is called American Idol, and as Americans, we have a right to our faith and applying it how we see fit. It is a talent competition, and I personally like Danny. The fact that he is Christian, well that just makes him sexy too.

Karen   May 23rd, 2009 10:21 am ET

We lived in Hawaii for 3 years and the internet had no respect for the people who received the show on delayed broadcast, it does ruin it for the rest of us. The are really going to have to figure out how to fix this, it's not just American Idol, it's also sporting events too. Nothing like tuning in to see watch the "BIG GAME" and checking your email and there it is on yahoo the winner. I used to tell all of our friends on the mainland who watched don't call and tell me nothing on American Idol night. I do think they could just wait a bit to post it. But with today's technology you can not keep people from posting it themselves, especially with Twitter. There's a good side to that and a bad, and with everything else in world people have no consideration for other's. So I do sympathsize with people on the west coast but you should have watched the finale any way having the winner announced really was not the highlight of the show. In my opinion it was the BEST idol finale ever, I almost forgot they were going to announce a winner. I felt like both Kris and Adam had already won. They got to sing together with Queen. Adam did a duet with KIss, and Kris with Keith Urban I mean how awesome for both of these guys who when they started this contest no one knew them. Plus the rest of the top 13 to perform with other IDOLS if you ask me I think they are all WINNERS!

Mary   May 23rd, 2009 11:08 am ET

I loved Adam from the very beginning. The only song I wasn't crazy about was Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire". I'm a country fan and it just seemed so "far out", but I give Adam credit for trying to "make it his own".

Except for that, I felt that every song Adam sang was a real "production" and he will surely be remembered for a long time. I'm very disappointed that he didn't win, but maybe it's all for the best. Now he can accept any offers that might come along, since he won't be "controlled" by AI, as Kris will.

Le   May 23rd, 2009 12:47 pm ET

I voted for Kris and was happy to see him win. His lines were very busy. The last two nights, I got a busy or "all circuits are busy" many more times than I got through. Kris was my favorite because his music appealed to me more than the other contestants'. Allison was probably my next favorite. I also liked Danny and was sad to see Alexis go much too early in the competition. Adam can sing but the theatrics, costumes, etc. did not appeal to me. Also I did not like the way the judges went on and on about Adam and how great he was as if noone else could possibly win. I like softer music–not ROCK. They all will do well in their careers. I could see Kris and Allison improving over the weeks but Adam and Danny still seemed to be doing the same thing to me. They are good singers though.

Deb   May 23rd, 2009 2:02 pm ET

This year kind of smacked of the Clay Aiken/Reuben Stoddard year didn't it? I can't be unkind to any of the contestants but don't really think the "best singer" won 2009.

deb brown   May 23rd, 2009 11:59 pm ET

I was a Danny fan throughout the competition, and I don't really get why people disliked him. The guy's been grieving his wife for 10 months. The fact that he got as far as he did must of taken every ounce of energy he had in him-for anyone who's lost-think for a minute about what it must have been like for him-saddest and happiest time in life.

Since the top 13 - they mentioned his deceased wife twice–the first episode of the top 13 and when he was booted off in the montage. That's his life and no more manipulative than showing Scott's blind sister during the show. The point is Danny, Alison, Kris and Adam were the best of the idols and they all deserved to be in the top 4 and any combination of them could have gone on to the finals.

I'm getting tired of all this Adam didn't win cause of his sexuality or that Kris won the Christian vote. Kris never mentioned his religious beliefs nor Adam his sexual preference all season long. If Adam's sexual preference was an issue, he would have been voted off in the early weeks. America voted and they picked Kris. Its done. Nothing else matters anymore. They will all be stars.

susanforadam   May 24th, 2009 1:37 am ET

Adam has the electricity of Elvis and is a super performer. He was robbed of the American Idol crown. Kris Allen will be forgotten in six months. All celebs should rally around Adam. Michael Jackson should write a song for his debut album. The American Idol show became the Adam Lambert show as we watched his varied performances from week to week. I cannot believe that he lost the title. American Idol should allow a re-vote – if we can all get through – we'll see who truly won!

susanforadam   May 24th, 2009 1:37 am ET

Adam has the electricity of Elvis and is a super performer. He was robbed of the American Idol crown. Kris Allen will be forgotten in six months. All celebs should rally around Adam. Michael Jackson should write a song for his debut album. The American Idol show became the Adam Lambert show as we watched his varied performances from week to week. I cannot believe that he lost the title. American Idol should allow a re-vote – if we can all get through – we'll see who truly won!

jan   May 24th, 2009 11:26 am ET

I do not see AI as a winner and losers comp. I think of it as a TV show that has a stupid voting system. How can they declare winner or who "goes home" when so many people who were voting could not place their votes due to an unlimited and not enough phone lines to handle the votes. It is so unbelievable that the results are facts when people can not get through to vote. Why not let people vote on line? It is already compromised by text voting and landlines are not capable to get any answers on their phones. With the millions of dollars AI takes in, they need to put a voting system in place that is fair. I am not going to even watch it next season and even if I tend to out of winter bordem, I will not ever vote. Spending 2 hours a week listening to busy signals for me it is over. Also having 4 judges, running overtime on several occasions and spending so much time on the stupid contestants who were idiots and came back to a scripted skit takes away from the time when real talent can shine.

Ana   May 24th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

It is so sickening to keep hearing how Adam got robbed. Danny is the one that got robbed. People condemned him for one stupid last note on 1 song that he did'nt quite hit. But every performance was perfect! He has a beautiful voice. I listen to his singing everyday on my ipod. Danny if you read this you are truly the best yet! You have the entire package- looks, personality, and your golden voice. We are all waiting anxiously for your music to come out. PLEASE HURRY and RECORD! I would love to hear you sing "If I could" by Ray Charles also performed by Regina Bell.

Cindy   May 24th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

l was wondering if that power dialing is against the show's rules. If it is, then why can't American Idol be required to show how many votes came from each person. If 50 votes came from someone in 4 hours, he probably dialed the phone. If 1,000 or 7,000 votes came from one place in four hours they obviously did not sit there and dial their phone thousands of times . Why can't they be required to prove how they got their results?

cef   May 24th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

I was upset at first that Adam didn't win the American Idol so-called crown. It bothered me alot when I heard that 38 million votes came from a state with around 3 million residents. I myself voted well over 300 times the old-fashioned way and even felt a little creepy doing I was cheating. American Idol will absolutely have to rethink their voting system if they want to re-establish any sort of credibility next season. Who knows what technology looms in the near future that will allow more voter volume than the power texting from Arkansas? Voting rules should be as simple as phone vote. Sure Mr. Seacrest won't be able to boast about 100 million votes, but at least it will be a legitimate process. Until voting reform happens I won't waste my time watching or voting. However, after the initial letdown I began to think that the anti-hero deal will benefit Adam as much as the dark horse label will suit Kris. Anyway...that's how I managed to rationalize my deep disappointment.

Both finalists are very likeable and should do well in the real world.
I think they provided a nice contrast of styles and seemed to be genuinely supportive of each other. Both handled the flip sides of victory and defeat with graciousness and humanity. Their mutual respect and comraderie was quite evident and refreshing to see in this world with its' first place or nothing attitude. What Danny Gokey lacks in class, these two make up for in spades. There...I said that and got it out of the way.

Best of luck to both "winners" and thanks for such a memorable finale. I will be cheering for almost all of the contestants at the Idols Live concert in Ontario, California. Can't wait.:)

Olivia   May 25th, 2009 12:01 am ET

I have been reading so many comments from both Kris and Adam.
I am from the Philippines and I have watched every single show of AI.I have enjoyed the show so much.

The one who did the Brilliant performance was Adam Lambert. He can sing any song whether it's a pop, rock and ballad he is capable.

There are are so many reasons why he did not win.. No.1 people from abroad couldn't vote. There are millions watching AI I am one of them.. I even cooked dinner for my children before the show starts just because I don't want to miss the it even though there's a reply.

I always watched because I wanted to see who is really doing the best. I know for sure that most of them are really good and talented contestant but I have seen Adam is the best.

So much for that .. it's all over anyway .. even if Adam did not win.

I am sure that will be successful in his future journey.


Dexter Emanuel   May 25th, 2009 7:40 pm ET

Season 1 had 'Greatest Moments'; Season 2 had 'All-Time Classic American Love Songs'; Season 3 had 'Greatest Soul Classics'; Season 4 had 'The Showstoppers' & an 'American Red Cross (Together, We can save a Life)'; and Season 5 had 'Encores'

So, I was wondering why Season 6, 7, & 8 haven't did any Greatest Songs from the top 12 (13), like in the first 5 Seasons? Will they go back and make albums? I think it would be nice to have and album from every Season.



wannabeMRSglambert   May 26th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

To the danny fans...I just don't get it...danny??! Danny??? Danny????? He is not that great of a singer...and I see darkness in him.some people you can tell give off bad vibes..that's him I bet he reads everything he can on himself...kradam way more classy and good people...I think adam is an old soul and kris doesn't talk much but adam says kris is an old soul so I believe him. Oh and I think it should be one vote per phone too...I think as someone put it..kris had "a perfect storm" brewing. I shouldn't have to vote 5000 times. I tried voting for four hours and only got through 30 times. People say about adams fans..u should have voted more...why? I tried! But it shouldn't be like that. I'm willing to accept the fact kris won but I can't help but wonder if it was by getting votes or by more people voting? And I knew nothing about mass vote texting or whatever. No matter who won I would have wondered if they really won? Will we ever really know? Part of me doesn't want to know. I'd rather be happy for kris and would rather think that adam lost this way than not having enough fans..a selfish sore loser indulgement...but to make it to the top two is huge and I am most happy danny didn't win no offense but something seems..sneaky about he is secretly wishing the worst for everyone

Kat Lee   May 29th, 2009 1:04 am ET

I myself watched AI for the first time this year. I loved the top four plus a few that were voted off earlier. I couldn't believe the talent. Adam, Danny, Kris, Allison. etc....... I can't understand the hatred towards Danny Gokey for people who profess to hate judgement that is what you are doing here. I have watched and didn't see anything deserving of the attitudes and spite being put out there. I believe that Adam should have won. I also believe that Kris is very talented and will do well. You can see the friendship between these guys. All of them. I am a christain that voted for Adam, and truly loved and enjoyed all the contestants. I don't think that Adam's sexuality whatever it is (I don't care) had anything to do with the loss, if the "Christain" voters were so all powerful as you say and had such an agenda Adam wouldn't have made it to the finals never the less the last two standing. Talent is talent and cream will always rise to the top. Adam is very talented. I watched him on Regis and Kelly and he was so comfortable and powerful. He will be fine. I like what he said about it not being a competition for him, but a platform. He is a smart man and will go far.

Kat Lee   May 29th, 2009 1:07 am ET

I also believe that Danny and Kris will have wonderful careers. I wish and pray the best for all of them.

Vikki   May 31st, 2009 10:30 am ET

We were watching the IDOL competition in the Middle East week after week!
My husband supported all the way through Danny, as absolutely the best singer. I think Adam would have fitted the best to be an American Idol. The looks also matter!

From the start I supported Allison- her voice is gorgeous. Please do not forget her. As we did not have a chance to vote please accept my opinion on this blog.

amy McGee   June 7th, 2009 2:09 pm ET

First off, all you people below... learn to spell KRis Allens name. it is with a K not a CH !!
and Adam was fabulous BUT, seriously, he deserves broadway theatrical hits. the guy is so talented.
Kris on the otherhand is more musically talented. He sings ( not screams), and plays guitar and piana. SOOO talented in the misuc industry. they are both awesome guys. it's not a Christian thing, nor a right wing or left wing thing and NO AI is not rigged. Points to Adam for NOt being a sorry loser like some of America and being the bigger man about coming in second. He was so gracious to Kris ... as Kris was to Adam. They are both awesome, but Kris is the better musician. note, i didn't say Adam is not talented. 🙂 good day to all

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