American Idol: Danny Gokey does D’Arby, Cocker (video)

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Danny Gokey opened the show with a song picked by Paula Abdul—Terence Trent D’Arby’s Dance Little Sister. I thought it was pretty cool. But Kara said his performance was forgettable and didn’t like his dancing. Randy on the other hand thought the performance had “a lot of energy” and said, “That was dope for me.”

Simon liked the song saying that “Vocally it was very good” but he also added that the choice of song could have been better.

Then the 29-year-old church music director has chosen to sing You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker. This is what we’ve come to expect from Danny. The performance was a bit cheesy but he gave us a great moment with this song.

Randy: “Amazing song…you showed you’re here because you can really sing…mad vocals.”

Kara: “Everything you didn’t do in the first performance…you just did. Stunning!”

Paula: “You left all of us breathless…by changing the chords and infusing the gospel part…you nailed it…”

Simon: “I wouldn’t have re-arranged it…this is a singing competition…I would call that a vocal masterclass.”

VIDEO: Danny Gokey sings “Dance Little Sister”

VIDEO: Danny Gokey sings “You Are So Beautiful”