So Kris, Adam, and Alison have all dropped their first singles, which meant that Danny Gokey’s first offering couldn’t be too far behind. Courtesy of MJ’s Blog, here is “It’s Only”:
If you want to see a perfect example of someone that is so desperate for fame that they will latch on to anything that seems to resonate with the public, here’s your man. The song itself is calculated religious country at its worst, and makes “Jesus Take the Wheel” sound downright transcendent. The “whoa ah ohhh”s at the end of each chorus are just bizarre, and the desperation of trying to find a niche on the first try is palpable. Only adding to my disappointment is the fact that one of my favorite country groups, Lady Antebellum, had a hand in this by writing this drivel.
If you think that I was waiting for a flop, you might be right. I am not a fan, and his prominence in the early going was one factor that caused me to abandon ship this year. Having said that, if Gokey had come out with something stellar, I would have been the first to admit I was wrong. No surprises today, though. This is the calculated lameness that I expected from a contestant who seemed hell-bent on making it big, even on the back of his wife’s memory. Danny’s got his fans, and I am sure I will catch some grief for this, but I don’t claim to be the voice of the people, so to each their own. I am just not hopping on this crazy train.
THANK YOU! He irritated me from the start. I get that they like to paint the sympathy card to create a backstory/interest/profile/whathaveyou so you can distinguish between the now sheer thousands of ‘Idol’ contestants, but the fact that he kept using his wife’s death felt fake and unfair to me.
Plus his Aerosmith cover was earsplitting and you. just. don’t. do. that. damnit.
Especially when it’s one of the only bearable movie power ballads known to man.
I agree the Aerosmith cover sucked, but to be so opinionated about a guy when you didn’t even watch Idol is sorta…hypocritical? Don’t get me wrong, I liked him early on, but he was not my fave when the finalists were chosen. And the Idol producers are the ones to blame for the sympathy factor. Yeah, we all got sick of it, and it finally stopped, but how much of that actually originated Gokey?
That being said, I don’t like this single either.
I respectfully disagree with your description of my comments as hypocritical, especially since I can cite blog entries where I didn’t care for him before I stopped watching the show. When he first auditioned, I was rooting for him. It just became more and more manipulative.
I don’t even know who he is! (Well i do now after reading this but you know what I mean!) NEXT! 🙂
If this is my last blog entry about Gokey, I will die a happy man.