- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Gospel Music Channel will shine the spotlight on “American Idol.”

Filmmaker David Lewis’ “From Idol to Inspiration” will premiere Thursday before the Gospel Music Association’s 40th annual Dove Awards telecast. The one-hour documentary explores the effect of the Fox network singing competition on Christian music.

The documentary features interviews with several former “Idol” finalists and with Maria Santiago, sister-in-law of current finalist Danny Gokey, who has worked for eight years at Faith Builders International in Milwaukee and at its sister congregation in Beloit, Wis.

Mandisa Hundley, Chris Sligh, Phil Stacey and Melinda Doolittle are the ex-“Idol” finalists featured in the documentary.


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