Gokey spurs 'Idol' talent search in Milwaukee

APPLETON, Wis The Milwaukee native told the Post-Crescent of Appleton that he was surprised he made such an impression - having only place third on Season 8.

Auditions in Milwaukee were held for the upcoming season last summer and fall.

Gokey is nominated for the New/Breakthrough Artist of the Year award at the American Country Awards in December. His first album, "My Best Days" boasted the highest first-week sales of any debut country male artist in 18 years.

The 30-year-old artist said he would like to collaborate with Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood or Tim McGraw.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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