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Gokey spurs 'Idol' talent search in Milwaukee

'American Idol' Season 8 contestant Danny Gokey is seen in this promotional photograph for the Fox show.

November 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Former "American Idol" contestant Danny Gokey said the show's producers told him that he was the reason they looked for talent in Milwaukee this year.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.