American Idol

Jamar Rogers — “The Show is Danny’s for the Taking”

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Found this video recently from Fox News. Former American Idol contestant Jamar Rogers defends Danny Gokey saying:

“I know for a fact that he (Danny Gokey) would give all of this (American Idol) back to have Sophie back.”

“It (talking about Danny’s wife) was a means for America to take notice, but he would never ever ever use Sophie’s passing to go further.”

“The show is Danny’s for the taking.”

“He should be a shoo-in.”

Watch the video here:


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Keiley
Keiley

Sorry but Danny has mentioned the departed wife one too may times for me and I need to file it under the "tastless" and "oppotunistic" catagories. It might just be the produecrs looking for personal stories for mileage, but can't Danny say "No, this was my wife and I won't exploit her for fame".....

Guess not!

annie
annie

To the poster who said didn't Jamar and Danny just become friends. The answer is "no". They sung together in Church and Danny helped Jamar though a health crisis before Danny lost his wife and then Jamar helped him. They are friends.
It is so hard to read this hateful bashing. One poster above started out by saying I am a compassionate person and then went on to mention dead-wife pimping, which shows no compassion whatsoever. Whether you like Danny's style of music or not (which I happen to like), I don't fo rthe life of me understand how people can be so cruel about someone losing the love of their life.

idoljedi
idoljedi

I simply do not like Mr Gokey's voice. I prefer Mr Lambert's and Mr Allen's.

This isn't aimed at personality.

Betty
Betty

You know what I have to say?
I think it is very unfair what everyone is saying about Danny.
Yes, he lost his wife, and yes, the producers made it into a sob story at his audition.
But, they usually make a video package at the auditions of the really good contestants to give them a push.
What they did for Danny was really no different for what they did for that cowboy guy who was going to have his first kiss when he was married or something...David Archuleta had a package about his vocal paralyis... and I'm pretty sure Kellie Pickler had one...
must I continue?
Plus, Danny hasn't said one word about Sophia after the top 13...its everyone ELSE bringing it up. If people ask him a question about his wife, I'm pretty sure he's allowed to answer! And Jamar can bring up Danny's wife without getting bashed, but Danny can't?
He is not trying to use his wife for votes. I do not know him personally, but he doesn't seem like the type of guy who would do that.
Now, you can all have your opinions on his singing and everything, but please, can we try for ONCE not to bring his wife into this?

P.S. I know technically I just brought Sophia into it, but she was already in it, so I'm trying to bring her out. It's a SINGING competition, so let's focus on the singing part!

P.P.S. I think he is a very talented singer who will go very far in the competition and beyond!

amor825
amor825

are they even real friends? how long have they known each other? didn't they become friends only during the audition? and does jamar really know what the american people want?

so many questions. one thing i'm sure of: jamar is no expert. on danny gokey and the american public. (at least)

Gurwulf
Gurwulf

What that on Jamars right lip a wart? I cant tell man a donkeys better looking then him.Man oh man how would you like that in a dream he needs to be bottled up then zipped up a loser on AI.

Franky
Franky

I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but Jamar needs to STFU. Danny is going to get eliminated, just like Jamar was.

Adam and Allison are so unique in terms of voice, and in referring to musical arrangement, Adam and Kris bring something new to the table.

What does Danny do? Bring a mediocre, clumsy performance to the show. Big whoop; it's Taylor Hicks version 2.

bwatt27
bwatt27

Rickey just posts for our benefit. Either way he tries to pimp each contestant equally. So let's back off him.

Seriously, the danny fans scream that all the masses does is rant him, but is attacking rickey any better?

Beth
Beth

I used to be a huge Ricky fan. No more. This site has become as over the top with the Danny hate.

One post after the next is wreathing with hatred.

It is despicable.

trish101caravana
trish101caravana

i believe jamar rogers

Danny never mentioned his sophia after hero performance! he never used his wife. and this is already a buried non-issue so let us forget this.

GOGOGOKEY

JD
JD

Jamar was so full of it just like Danny. I don't dislike Danny because of his backstory, I dislike him because he comes across really smug, douchy, calculating and is a hokey performer.

Mplat
Mplat

Just speculation, but here's my opinion... for people who complain about Danny trying out for the show so soon after his wife died, I think he was probably close to the American Idol 28-year-old age limit cut-off when he tried out, so it was probably a "now or never" situation, and something to help him get his mind off the sad life situation he was in.

To me, it is very sad that people are so harsh towards others, especially in online blogs like this.

The American Idol producers control the face time and image portrayed of each contestant, so if you get mad at anyone, perhaps they are the ones who should be the recipient of your anger.

robertmalcolm
robertmalcolm

I pretty much agree with "soundslike" on the matter. I was never upset with Danny mentioning the loss of his wife Sophia as I could never imagine such a loss and it was his to share with us -- though I thought the producers spent way too much time with the subject. His own personality (and generic voice) is where we part ways -- just am not enamored with either.

Selena
Selena

Jamar looks ridiculous with that hat and that thing on his lip.

soundslike
soundslike

I simply don't care for Danny's personality or his voice for that matter. I have no problem with his mentioning of his wife's passing either. I do though, have a problem with the show making it such a story and giving Danny an unfair amount of air-time. Take someone like Felicia Barton... there was no story there and her talent, in my opinion, was overlooked by fans.

I think that if Danny were to actually win this year, he'd be yet another case where he fails to make his mark and ends up losing his record deal and finds himself singing on Riverboat casinos.... not that that is such a bad thing.

tiana
tiana

hes an idiot.

silverfangs
silverfangs

O_o please stop bashing Rickey! Rickey wants Danny Gokey to win American Idol!

abercrombieco2
abercrombieco2

genabrie
what on earth are you smoking because he hasnt' said one thing about his wife in the top 13 , not even mention her once. he stoped to make every one happy. yet ppl can't get past it , and thikn that he is still doing it when hes not.

the only douche bags are the people hidding behind there computer and bashing danny , because they like other contestants. its funny adam kris and allison would probally hate there fans for bashing danny. they don't want fans like that.

Again
Again

Her name was Sophia.

genabrie
genabrie

I am a compassionate person... but I don't like it when people try to get too much mileage from their personal issues. This is a talent show, not Queen For a Day.... too much "dead wife pimpin" for me... I really liked him at first, but it was a turn off.

laney
laney

I think like Jamar said it helped people to notice Danny, but I guess even with a sob story if you are not a good singer you wouldn't go this far. I am not really a Danny fan but when he sings it has full of emotion. also I think it is disrespectful for haters especially to his wife and her family.

michaelasmom
michaelasmom

Ya know...I am 37. My husband died last year. What I have learned in the past year is that there is certainly a difference in treatment between young widows and those who are older. The pain is still just as bad when you're 24, 44 or 84 when you lose your spouse but there is a definite stigma when you're younger. Not all people are insensitive but I have been on the receiving end of some pretty rotten comments. I am amazed at the lack of compassion and all this talk about Danny just takes the cake. It validates how I have felt the past year. And this poor guy has to do it in public. He's trying, people. He's trying to live with his loss. You can't move on. It doesn't work that way. You learn to live with it. Kudos to him for pursuing a dream. I wish him well and I am cheering him on because he deserves a chance to be happy again. Any compassionate person would wish him that - like his style of singing or not.

bwatt27
bwatt27

Seriously, can we just not talk about Danny? I don't care one bit about him or his sad story. People make way too big a deal on it. Its just getting to be too much. Yeah, I personally do not like him as a singer, but respect should be given. He did make top four for a reason.

Anyway, Jamar on the other hand shouldn't be so confident. Cause ny girls gonna strike and take the crown!

Allison 2009! FtMFW!!

lotus
lotus

Wow. Since I've been following RIckey since the Fantasia days, I am a little surprised at the Rickey hate regarding this video. IMHO, I believe Rickey posted it not as "another way to show Gokey hate" but to present some positive vibes for him. Yet it is perceived as more hate. Let's see some love here and back off the anger.

daniccb
daniccb

"The “Sophia” situation, please show a little respect when referring to her, was brought up again by Rickey, not by Jamar. Do you know how old this is? So I have the same question, why was this brought up again?"

That's it 'Again'...I don't know what is Rickey's pleajure for bringing up this subjact all over again!!!
This video from Jamar is soooo OLD!
Come on...leave Danny alone

kmra
kmra

I can't imagine losing my spouse, especially at such a young age. I've been pretty disgusted about all of the hate on this subject. Almost anything he does can be interpreted poorly — he wears the ring, he's exploiting the situation; he doesn't wear it, he's an insensitive prick who never loved her in the first place. It hasn't even been one year since she passed — the wound is still fresh. Have a heart people.

Again
Again

The "Sophia" situation, please show a little respect when referring to her, was brought up again by Rickey, not by Jamar. Do you know how old this is? So I have the same question, why was this brought up again?

LRdawg
LRdawg

Danny and Jamar = Bromance

Aprylette
Aprylette

You know, I supremely enjoyed Jamar's "Hey There Delilah" audition during Hollywood week, replayed it countless times & wished that he could have progressed to the 36. Perhaps, next year. Hopefully.:)

However, I sure don't need him or anyone else in the Danny camp feeding me BS because the presumption is that Gokey has a definite lock on victory due to Adam's stunning appearance in b3 yesterday.

And, the "deceased wife" surfaces - yet again!?

ceebeedeedum
ceebeedeedum

Druzilla, you must know what you are talking about. You know what they say, takes one to know one.

druzilla
druzilla

Ugh Jamar is a douche like his pal.

Heather
Heather

Go Danny! I like Adam and Danny both, but Danny has a little more of an edge with me because of all the bashing and undeserved crap he has taken from people from the very beginning!

Go Danny!!!

deb haeson
deb haeson

Thanks Jamar,
I agree Jamar is Danny;s best friend and he knows talent when he sees it.

Danny its yours for the taking so go take it.
And thanks for working so hard and studying up on different performers and how they perform Kudos! To you. Your working hard and studying how to win this thing since you NEVER have had experience in this before. and your doing a GREAT job!!!!

Again
Again

It's obscene people refer to her as his dead wife. That is very disrespectful.

ceebeedeedum
ceebeedeedum

I really like Jamar and it was fun watching him and Danny together in Hollywood. I thought he should have made it to the top 36.

It was their close friendship that made me root for Danny even more, not the dead wife back story.

Now, only if Danny is half as articulate as Jamar.

Rachel9isfine
Rachel9isfine

Well that much was obvious. Though a lot of people here were too stupid to realize that no human would be as shallow as people seem to think Danny is for no reason at all.
The Danny bashing needs to stop.