American Idol Goes Live on One21music

Tuesday night is the night. American Idol Season 8 goes live on Fox and on One21music!

Two of the eight contestants we have identified as Christian music artists, Danny Gokey and Michael Sarver, are competing on Tuesday night against ten others in the first round of live competition. We will be live blogging it all.

Let me explain how American Idol Season 8 works. The Top 36 will compete in groups of 12 over each of the next three Tuesdays. The top three vote getters on each Tuesday will move on. On Thursday, March 5th, American Idol will present a special “Wild Card” episode featuring the judges’ favorite remaining contestants. After each of the contestants performs, the judges will select the three final contestants. If you were doing the math as we went along, that would bring us to the top 12 finalists.

At One21music we are covering Christian music artists who are competing on American Idol’s Season 8.

Tuesday night our live blog will feature Danny Gokey and Michael Sarver.

Danny is a worship leader from Wisconsin who has gotten a lot of air time. His musical experience leading two different worship services every Sunday, a good voice and a flair for song arrangment make him one of the early American Idol favorites.

Michael is a Texas oilfield worker who has surprised the judges every step of the way. He leads worship in his church in Jasper, Texas and has received substantial coverage from the Southeast Texas press. Last week the judges forced him into a “sing-off” against another contestant for the last spot on the live telecast. They both went through. The press coverage from Southeast Texas, including Houston, could help him in this first round.

Danny and Michael face some tough competition. Anoop Desai is a terrific singer who has received much love from the judges. Stephen Fowler is a seasoned musician who can really sing as well. Alexis Grace and Ann Marie Boskovich are great singers who have also received a lot of judge love. Jackie Tohn is a performer who stands out in the crowd.

Oh, by the way, it is not exactly the top three who go through. It is the top male, the top female and the next top vote getter. This should be a stressful show with some shockers.

Here are the Christian music artists competing on Tuesday:

Danny Gokey
28 years old
Milwaukee, WI


Michael Sarver
27 years old
Jasper, TX


Here are the other contestants competing on Tuesday night:

  • Alexis Grace, 21, Memphis, TN
  • Ann Marie Boskovich, 22, Nashville, TN
  • Anoop Desai, 21, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Brent Keith, 28, Blanchester, OH
  • Casey Carlson, 20, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jackie Tohn, 27, Silver Lake, CA
  • Ricky Braddy, 26, Nashville, TN
  • Stephen Fowler, 26, Beachwood, OH
  • Stevie Wright, 16, Phelan, CA
  • Tatiana Nicole Del Toro, 24, San Juan, PR

Best wishes to all.  Join us as we begin live blogging Season 8 of American Idol

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