By Michael Slezak
Updated August 21, 2009 at 04:35 AM EDT

Like Denise Richards’ E! reality series, the relationship between Idolatry and Danny Gokey is complicated. But when we caught up with American Idol‘s season 8 second runner-up during the Idols Live tour stop in Albany, NY, Danny took control of the interview for a hot minute to ask me some tough questions of his own, and to give a shout-out to his nemesis, Idolatry co-host Kristen Baldwin. Press play below to hear what he had to say, click here to see our chat with Kris Allen (he’s got new collaborators!), and stay tuned in the days ahead for more Albany interviews with Mr. Gokey (he’s picking a genre!), Matt Giraud (he’s been writing!), Megan Joy (she’s not just just pursuing singing, folks!), Lil Rounds (she’s a bedazzler!), and of course, ANOOP DESAI (he’s always on our minds)! (Also, special word of warning to Kradison fans: Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta had the day off from the promotional grind during the Albany pit-stop, so we have no new footage of them. Sads! But Kris brought Wolfgang the Skunk to our sit-down, and that’s cause for celebration! Also, my mom’s exact quote, screamed wildly during Adam’s “Whole Lotta Love” performance: “COME TO MAMA!” Oh, mom.)