The special, From Idol to Inspiration, about American Idols and their faith, has been airing on the Gospel Music Channel, a Christian-based cable music channel for the past few weeks.
The special features Phil Stacey, Melinda Doolittle, Mandisa and Chris Sligh talking about their faith and how it affected their respective Idol runs.
The very last segment is devoted to Season 8 contestant, Danny Gokey and his tragic Idol backstory.
The passing of Danny’s wife 4 weeks before his American Idol audition hasn’t been mentioned on the show in weeks. But here, Danny’s wife Sophia’s sister and her husband (you might recognize him–he held up Sophia’s picture during Danny’s semi-final results show performance) talk at length about Danny and Sophia, and the foundation he started after her death.
The special premiered right before the Dove Awards aired. Season 8’s other worship leaders, Michael Sarver and Kris Allen, were glanced over, but not mentioned by name in the special.
That the Gospel Music Channel would devote so much time to Danny validates my suspicion that he’s got quite a bit of buzz going on in the Evangelical Christian community. It partly answers the question, “So, who’s voting for Danny”?
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