He may not have won American Idol Season 8, but I think Danny Gokey is happier right now without that title as Danny Gokey and his wife welcome their new baby boy. His wife, Leyicet, delivered their son, Daniel Emanuel Gokey, on Sunday. This is the first child for both Danny and his wife. We all saw Danny Gokey make the Top 3 on American Idol Season 8, but lose one step before the finale and now I’m sure he considers himself the winner.

The happy couple welcomed their son at 9:52 pm EST and Daniel Emanuel weighed in at 8 lbs. 11 oz. Gokey said: “Leyicet and I are overjoyed to welcome the new member of our family. I’m ecstatic to be a first time dad and to have a new little buddy to hang out with.” It was right on too, as Daniel Emanuel was born on his due date. How often does that happen?

I guess Danny Gokey thought the birth of his son would be a perfect time to promote his own schedule and happenings, as he told People magazine: “Thankfully, because of what I do, it will also allow me the flexibility to spend a lot of quality time with him. I have so many exciting projects ahead this year but a brand new baby is an amazing way to get the new year started. We feel really blessed!”

It was a busy year for the couple, as they were married in Florida last year on January 29 and a year later welcome their first son. Congratulations to the American Idol family!

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