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Gokey Fan Meltdown!

May 16, 2009

Yesterday, over on IdolForums, a well-known crazy Cook-Gokey fan posted this powerful diatribe. I mean, it’s like the William Jennings Bryan’s Cross of Gold Speech of Idolfanlandia. Such the wordsmith, this one, such the wordsmith.

I no longer have any faith that American Idol is a show is to find the best singer. It’s essentially a popularity and beauty contest, with singing talent being secondary.

Last season I thought the show actually had some credibility. David Cook came out of the shadows, and kept delivering outstanding performances week after week, and wound up winning it all. America–and TPTB (eventually, after first pimping Archie, MJ, and Carly Smithson) got it right.

This year, the first third of the season was all about the drama. We got Joanna the Plant, Tatiana, Bikini Girl, a stand-up comedian (Normund Gentle, who I actually enjoyed), and Nathaniel the drama Queen. We didn’t get a lot of singing until semifinals or even finals. I barely knew the contestants’ names until the Top 13 were chosen. The format was tweaked and changed around (hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) to maximize the drama and allow producers’ manipulations (the judges’ save, wildcard, etc.) to get the people they wanted in the finals, not necessarily the best singers. Danny was initially pimped, hated on for his heartbreaking backstory, and promptly depimped. Adam was pimped throughout the show–to a ridiculous degree. Who the heck gets special blue lights and a staircase? Certainly not Danny, who was never given the pimp spot after the semifinals–and yet still got blamed by haters as being overpimped, when it fact he became all but ignored.

Danny was like a sacrificial lamb this season–or maybe just a scapegoat. I have never, in my 4 years of watching this show, seen any contestant treated with such malice, viciousness and hatred as I have seen Danny Gokey treated during season 8–and not just by teenage posters on websites like IDF and the clowns at VFTW, but by professional writers, bloggers and journalists (Michael Slezak and Co. at Idolatry for example) who are being PAID to all but snuff the life out of this kindhearted and talented young man who has done nothing but sing his heart out every week and be completely honest about who he is. What has America come to that trashing a good, honest and kind man has become entertainment? What has the world come to?

But Kara had it right. Danny Gokey is a hero. He’s come through all this adversity and negative publicity with dignity and grace, and has grown as a person and a performer. He never gave up and never let it show how much it must have hurt him. He persevered in spite of almost overwhelming circumstances that would have driven most normal people insane.

The four judges do appreciate Danny and they all wanted him in the finals, so it’s not they who are at fault. Paula in particular loved him, but Paula’s always had a huge heart. She is a beautiful person. I hold to my belief that it was only due to malicious Kris/Adam fans who wanted Danny ousted so Kris could make the finals that Danny lost his rightful place there to Kris. On Tuesday night, they power-voted like mad AGAINST Danny to make sure this happened. So now, we have Adam Lambert up against a ligthweight singer who isn’t even in the same league with Adam or Danny. Sure. he’s cute, nice, has a nice, folksy voice (like Jason Castro or Jason Mraz) but sorry, he’s definitely NOT the best singer. Even Simon has pointed out on numerous occasions how much better Danny is vocally.

Yet Kris will probably win this. Danny’s red-state, Christian voters (those who haven’t stopped voting) will now vote for Kris rather than Adam, and since Kris and Adam were only a million votes apart this past week, it looks as if Kris will surpass Adam in terms of votes, even though Adam can sing circles around him.

This “finale” is going to be such a joke, but a sad one. American will get the Idol it deserves.

I hate this show–even though in all likelihood I’ll watch it again next season, foolishly hoping to relive my season 7 experience with the entire season and its outcome being perfect beyond what I ever imagined. I want that feeling again. It didn’t happen this season, as it looked for a while like it could, although third place is still pretty impressive and at least Danny got the homecoming he deserved.

I hate what was done to Danny Gokey, and how he was manipulated and turned into a national scapegoat, but I know he’ll use these experiences and become even stronger than he already is–and maybe even get a record deal out of it.

But perhaps it was God’s plan that Danny be on the show to teach us something about the kind of openhearted, compassionate, non-cynical human beings we all have the potential to become. To those of us open to Danny’s message, he provides a shining example of how to live, of what an American Idol really should be, and he can provide a beacon of light to help guide us out of our own personal darkness.

Relax, woman. The guy can go make some Jesus records and win some Dove Awards.

Others agree…Great post, and I completely agree with you. If American Idol was truly about finding the best singer, Danny would be in that finale. Unfortunately, the show has turned into the biggest popularity contest ever, with teenage girls running it. And because Danny’s singing style doesn’t appeal to that audience, he gets pushed to the side and ignored. And then there are also the money-hungry producers, who only care about finding the person who can sell the most and make them rich. The whole thing is sad, because Danny is the textbook definition of an American Idol. He is someone who people can look up to and aspire to be like, and he touches hearts with his music. Maybe he won’t sell the most records or be a worldwide superstar, but that shouldn’t be the most important thing.

Uh, hello? Teenage girls are not the biggest Idol voters, so don’t blame them.

DCfreak correctly used the word joke. I thought this was a singing competition. Although I do not like Adam, I can understand why he is in top 2 – he demonstrates the greatest vocal range.

But Kris, he more or less struggled with almost every song. Sure he brings a new arrangement, but so can hundreds of other good-looking aspiring young man with less than mediocre vocals.

So this is no longer a signing competition, with the purpose of bringing noble emotions, but the competition as to who will butcher and bruise music harder. Who will sadistically enjoy in music and satiate the lowest of urges.

Kris Heartless left me exactly like that Heartless, both vocally and lyrically. It arouses all the negative emotions. Instead of lifting you up that music and lyrics put you down.

A perfect reflection of Heartless society prevalent almost all over the world now.

And when someone like Danny shows up, the hordes of Heartless people cannot understand that music is also about noble emotions, not just sadistic entertaining abuse.

So iloveyoualilbit, yes, Kris performances were smart and great. They will continue to feed young men and women with hate and bile.

Wait. This show is a singing competition? No way. It is an CHAMPIONSHIP OF ARTISTRY.

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38 Comments leave one →
  1. lane Brandi permalink
    May 18, 2009 5:00 pm

    Danny was okay at first but he became overly self absorbed. Plus, he always looked dirty and unkept. He sang every song the same, as does Adam. Danny had no star power and lacked stage presence. He believed himself so great that he seldom paid heed to his critics advise. Kris is good and he is multi talented. Adam is like many others on the streets of Hollywood, he isn’t unique and does gross things with his tongue. He is no one for the youth of America to imulate. AI has pushed Adam on America to be the winner, yet, they too, pushed for Rueben and Fantasia, and Simon wasn’t overly pleased with Carrie Underwood. Now, she is paying for his homes, cars, and lifestyle. Judges should merely critique the performance and not try to influence the voting public who will become the buying public for recordings.

  2. lane Brandi permalink
    May 18, 2009 4:53 pm

    Danny was okay at first but he became overly self absorbed. Plus, he always looked dirty and unkept. He sang every song the same, as does Adam. Danny had no star power and lacked stage presence. He believed himself so great that he seldom paid heed to his critics advise. Kris is good and he is multi talented. Adam is like many others on the streets of Hollywood, he isn’t unique and does gross things with his tongue. He is no one for the youth of America to imulate. AI has pushed Adam on America to be the winner, yet, they too, pushed for Rueben and Fantasia, and Simon wasn’t overly pleased with Carrie Underwood. Now, she is paying for his homes, cars, and lifestyle. Judges should merely critique the performance and not try to influence the voting public who will be the buying public.

  3. Vizzions permalink
    May 17, 2009 3:18 pm

    Amazing weird shit being spewed by Gokey fans. One really fucking sick bozo is now comparing Gokey to a thunderstorm…..OMG, I hope some of these people seek psychiatric help soon!

  4. ednam permalink
    May 17, 2009 3:18 pm

    Sorry they closed down the Lion’s Choice near me and turned it into an AT&T store or something. We’re all about Arby’s here. Would that work?

    • TopIdol permalink
      May 17, 2009 4:24 pm

      Never. Only Lion’s Choice, although some of them have been on the decline.

      I always order 2 plain rare roast beefs on wheat. Wow. Now I’m hungry.

  5. ednam permalink
    May 17, 2009 3:01 pm

    “I hold to my belief that it was only due to malicious Kris/Adam fans who wanted Danny ousted so Kris could make the finals that Danny lost his rightful place there to Kris. On Tuesday night, they power-voted like mad AGAINST Danny to make sure this happened.”

    HELLOOOOO…Kris fans voted for Kris that’s why he’s in the finale. Danny’s fans didn’t vote as much….that’s the way this works. There is no hate-filled agenda here. As far as Kris being a lightweight singer, that depends on what you like. I didn’t see him struggle with every performance so that’s kind of a malicious untruth. And he never let out a blood-curdling scream like Danny’s that had cats everywhere running to find a fence so they could join in. He also took the time to help others with their arrangements out of the kindness of his heart so he’s not heartless. I like Danny but he was getting very boring. I think the only person that is filled with hate and bile because of Kris is the author of that blog and I’m not sure she can really blame it on him.

    • TopIdol permalink
      May 17, 2009 3:04 pm

      But it made you laugh, didn’t it?

      Now Ednam, go get yourself some Lion’s Choice so I can be jealous.

  6. Steven permalink
    May 17, 2009 1:55 pm

    It’s not a singing compitition…..it’s a TALENT compitition. If it was a singing compitition then Brooke White, Jason Castro, Kris Allen, David Cook and others would not be able to play instruments, leading to earlier eliminations. The only problem is 85% of people in America are idiots, and will vote for whoever is “hot” or “cute” which explains why mediocre talents like Haley Scarnato, Sanjaya, Chris Richardson and Anthony Fedorov made it as far as they did. The only “cute” contstant girls obsess over that actually has talent is Kris Allen.

    PS: TOPIDOL FTW!! Awesome blog.

  7. Mr. Antichrist permalink
    May 17, 2009 1:40 pm

    “Soulmate” my ass. He married the woman knowing she was going to die. She now makes a convenient beard for him — he’ll never have to marry again, he’ll be able to indulge in secret homosexual sex, and meanwhile continue to make his living as part of the megachurch scam.

  8. WaterMyPlant permalink
    May 17, 2009 11:35 am

    God uses reality TV to send lessons to the masses? How the mighty have fallen. Do these people really think God has nothing more important to attend to then making sure the person they want to sin with wins a reality TV show? What are they teaching kids in Sunday School these days?

    Textbook definition of an American Idol. Well I guess most of pop music is full of those who can barely sing but get fame and fortune for no reason other than the media finds some reason to make a big deal out of them. Look at the parade of famous people who would never get hired if they had to use their performance on AI as an audition tape.

  9. vorona permalink
    May 17, 2009 11:21 am

    Re: “Kris’ Heartless left me exactly like that, heartless,” et cetera…

    I believe it was the great Inigo Montoya who in The Princess Bride said, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

    This is all skeery, skeery stuff. Lawsy.

  10. jenne the niftywench permalink
    May 17, 2009 8:58 am

    *barfs on delusional people* you make me SICK. Danny is a fucking HERO? give me a fucking break. “Kris’ Heartless left me heartless”. that’s because you suck and should be destroyed. BUH BYE.

  11. Lisa permalink
    May 17, 2009 8:44 am

    Danny Gokey has been the most consistant throughout the season providing top notch performances with talent, passion and class. He never went for the sympathy vote, the media exploited that issue. He is just an old fashioned all around good guy with a heart of gold. Someone who lost his soulmate and is working through the pain in a brave and positive manner. He just loves to sing and does it well. I guess America is unable appreciate a nice guy who cares about people (The Good Guy). Not enough drama I suppose. Leave him alone! I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR AND BUY HIS ALBUMS.

    • May 17, 2009 7:01 pm

      He never went for the sympathy vote

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAA!

  12. May 17, 2009 7:34 am

    I loved/chuckled/hated idiot Heliotropes assertion that all christians are red stater idiot neocons because that is just not so. If Gokey starts putting out Xian records like Mandisa and Chris Sligh I’m going to have to pray a Biblical plague on his ass. Mandisa and Chris can sing, he cannot. I can just see him doing a round of religious programming, telling Jan Crouchs big pink weave about his Idol experience right after the wife dying. You think he pimped the dead wife on Idol? It would nothing compared to how he’d pimp her on God TV.

  13. d. b. cooper permalink
    May 17, 2009 5:49 am

    “I hold to my belief that it was only due to malicious Kris/Adam fans who wanted Danny ousted so Kris could make the finals that Danny lost his rightful place there to Kris. On Tuesday night, they power-voted like mad AGAINST Danny to make sure this happened.”

    Only a communist would say this^

  14. Betsy permalink
    May 17, 2009 4:07 am

    True, Danny Gokey had some of the best vocals this season but the guy was just so, damn, boring! Every song he sang, he managed to make it sound the same, with the exception of the Aerosmith song he attempted.. and failed miserably at. I admit that Danny can belt it out and he sounds really good but he had nothing else going for him. I think the finale this year is how it should be, if not Allison and Adam or Allison and Kris.

    I like Adam but he likes to do this screechy thing to all of his songs which gets a bit tiring sometimes because he overdoes it a lot. However, Adam is constantly changing it up. He does a big song one week, a mellow song the next and it’s like a guessing game. He doesn’t just stick to a certain formula and run with it like Danny. I like Kris because he can sing well too, and his ability of interpreting songs in a unique and completely different light is amazing. I mean, that version of Heartless, that version of She Works Hard For The Money, i never would’ve have imagined those songs to be sung that way! Danny Gokey lacked the creativity that both Kris and Adam have. Sorry.

  15. Mr. Antichrist permalink
    May 17, 2009 3:16 am

    I’m guessing that Gokey’s difficulties staying on key and his insistence on shouting instead of singing through pretty much every song he sung are now considered vocal talent?

    You’d think with all that prayer, he’d at least be able to heal the deaf.

  16. SpinningFasterAndFasterToNowhere permalink
    May 17, 2009 2:56 am

    “Kris performances were smart and great. They will continue to feed young men and women with hate and bile.”

    LOL…Yeah, that is how I felt when I listened to Falling Slowly…it just gets me enraged with “hate and bile”…lol

  17. May 17, 2009 2:13 am

    Adam makes certain people uncomfortable. So they attached themselves to the closest thing to an anti-Adam they could find. Danny seems to have bought into it all too. He has become the ‘Christian Warrior’ in truth; when all he really was when he began was a singer looking for a chance. That’s all any of them are, really. But no one these days is allowed to simply ‘be’. They have to get glommed on to and codified. Adam’s managed to avoid most of that (thankfully – its part of what makes him so much fun). But the rabbit (and rabid) public can’t let him win, doncha know. Out comes the big scary Adam brigade: quick! Shoot him before he gets loose! Oh – the nail polish! The eyeliner! (A pretty common accessory these days [see Billy Joe Armstrong] – but scary in the hands of someone charismatic like Adam Lambert).

    Quell bored. They should all slither away now and find another sandbox to be-foul.

    But I would like to make one serious point if I may (out of place, I know – but I’ll be brief): Adam in all his be-jeweled and bemusing glory has been a welcome distraction for me these last few months (one I’ve really needed). Idol as a whole is exploitive reality TV at it’s schlockiest (not at it’s worst – that honor is saved for that abominable show that created its own ‘Lord of the Flies’). But there are times when you just need to smile – no agenda, no rational thought – just your reptilian brain doing its thang. Adam Lambert – gay, straight or alien Elvis – elicits that response. For that alone – I hope he wins a thousand singing contests. As for the rest…..didn’t you say something about SYTYCD?

  18. May 17, 2009 1:31 am

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!! Danny {Karoake} Gokey cannot sing and FINALLY he got kicked off and the Looney Lady Tunes are acting like he was SABOTAGED!! Please get back on your meds ladies. Danny sadly believed the hype the *judges* were feeding him every week, reached where no average singer should ever reach and got the comeuppance he (richly) deserved. He’s gone, live with it.

    The only thing to think about now is: Adam or Kris???

  19. May 17, 2009 12:43 am

    Oh and my favorite is how Adam gets “special blue lights” and the staircase.
    Wow.
    If Gokey wanted them, he could have asked.

    If Gokey read any of these posts, he’d laugh his ass off like we are.

  20. May 17, 2009 12:42 am

    I love how when the person they shamelessly pimp and want to win gets kicked off, all of a sudden the world is an evil, dark place.
    I probably was almost as bad a tard as these people for Archuleta last season, and after he lost, a lot of the fans were just kinda cheering themselves up and saying how Cook really did deserve it, and he’s going to do well anyway. Except those 10 year olds who called Cook a loser who doesn’t shave LOL.

  21. Valentyne permalink
    May 16, 2009 9:56 pm

    Haha, that’s funny cause the producers didnt just go up to adam and say, “Hey man, we got these stairs… and sweet light setups, and since we like you best, you should use them”.
    Ummm, nooo…
    In the newest fox all-access vid, Adam clears up that HE is the one who requests those arrangements (“Oh, could I climd down the stairs?)and the producers are just willing to let him indulge.

    It’s Danny’s own fault he lacked creativity.

    and i agree. if it was a singing competition, then it’d be like america’s got talent where they care simply about the fact that you can belt out vocals.
    ITS ALL ABOUT ARTISTRY (though i hate to quote kara D:< )

  22. deez permalink
    May 16, 2009 9:39 pm

    WOW. Delusion at its best. You’d think that Danny Gokey ( a person they didn’t know until a couple of months ago…and still don’t, I might add) was Gandhi (or at least Ben Kingsley). Why the righteous indignation over a TV show? Crazy much? It gave the guy a break he wouldn’t have otherwise had, and yet somehow he is “suffering.”

    And YEAH!!!! HBD, STOP SPREADING YOUR HATE & BILE. THOSE LITTLE KIDS IN MOZAMBIQUE HAVE BEEN BAWLING EVER SINCE YOU LEFT….SO QUIT IT!!!!
    …AND NEXT TIME, TAKE YOUR SHIRT OFF!!

  23. afterhours permalink
    May 16, 2009 9:35 pm

    But Kara had it right.
    Haha. Oh, you.

  24. May 16, 2009 9:30 pm

    wait, Danny can sing?

    • Karylle permalink
      May 17, 2009 8:52 am

      Danny can definitely sing. He is way more better singer than Kris Allen. Adam is a noisy singer… Kris Allen is your typical singer.. I’m not a Kris hater. Kris is a good and talented lad. Danny is an amazing singer.

      • May 17, 2009 4:42 pm

        loud does not equal a good singer

  25. May 16, 2009 9:02 pm

    LOL, Danny is the textbook definition of what an American Idol should be but “Maybe he won’t sell the most records or be a worldwide superstar, but that shouldn’t be the most important thing.” Ah, yea it kinda is the most important thing. Winners who fail is what makes the show bad. Kris will most likely have some major hits and Adam is potentially legendary. Danny is fine, but NOT a dynamic performer by any means.

  26. May 16, 2009 8:10 pm

    And Heliotrope strikes again!

    That woman is warped.

    • TopIdol permalink
      May 16, 2009 8:14 pm

      Heliotripe is more like it.

      But I do love that last person who responded. That shit is golden.

      • May 16, 2009 8:56 pm

        But it IS a signing competition 🙂

        So iloveyoualilbit, yes, Kris performances were smart and great. They will continue to feed young men and women with hate and bile.

        This makes no sense. Typical frau.

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