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'American Idol' finalist Danny Gokey has a son

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If ever an American Idol finalist needed some good news, Danny Gokey would qualify. Luckily, he and wife Leyicet welcomed a baby boy over the weekend. That's a nice way to start the week.

Daniel Emanuel Gokey arrived Sunday, weighing in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces; It was his due date, so he's already good at keeping appointments. "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," Gokey told People. "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's the first child for Gokey, 32, and Lyicet, 26, who were married in Miami on Jan. 29, 2012. Gokey had a rough time of it before now, coming in third  on the eighth season of Idol after his first wife Sophia died in 2008 after surgery for a congenital heart defect, only weeks after auditioning for the show. He since starts the Sophia's Heart Foundation to help homless families, so he deserves some good news.

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[Last modified: Monday, January 21, 2013 3:31pm]

    

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