I had a chance to chat with American Idol third place finisher Danny Gokey this afternoon, for a story that will run in the Aug. 6 issue of AC Weekly (the Idol Tour hits Boardwalk Hall Aug. 7). However as a nice teaser, here was Gokey’s reaction when I asked him about the negotiations that appear stalled regarding Paula Abdul’s status as an Idol judge.
Danny did not hesitate or hedge. Says Gokey, “I think they need to bring her back. I think they need to up her contract. It’s none of my business, I should make that clear. She brings compassion and kindness that the show needs. She’s the only one that really brings that. It’s a very balanced show with all the judges bringing different emotions and different flavors. The show will not be the same without her.”