American Idol

Meet American Idol's Top 13

These contestants can rest easy – for now! – after they've earned their spot in the next round. By Serena Kappes and Aaron Parsley

DANNY GOKEY

Age: 28
Hometown: Milwaukee
He won over hearts with his tragic story of loss. But the church music director, whose wife died just weeks before his Idol audition, won over the judges and voters with his cover of Mariah Carey's "Hero." "My wife would be telling all her friends," Gokey told reporters. "She'd just be so happy."