March 31st, 2009
09:00 PM ET

Top 9: Someone found Matt Giraud

Weren't you secretly hoping Matt sang some Justin Timberlake?

Matt Giraud

Maybe he should have because he went with "You Found Me" by The Fray, and the judges didn't dig it.

Simon sounded like his dad when he told Matt "you can frown all you want" as he criticized him. Randy read my mind when he suggested that Matt should have gone with a JT song.

Matt shocked us when he was in the bottom three last week, but might he be heading back there again?

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer


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  1. joel

    I think Matt is tremendous. But I was not familiar with the song that he chose the other night. I think that hurts with the voting.....So Matt..always choose something that is relatively familiar....and then put your soulful twist on it when you do. (And soulful twist does not necessarily mean screaming)......You've got it buddy. Just don't overdo.

    April 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. anastacia

    matt is from Kzoo, and so am i, i will vote for him til the end.

    April 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pam

    I like Matt, one of my favs, but last nite's song choice, yuck! A lot of shouting the same line.

    April 1, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Audrey

    So, I grew up in Kalamazoo, MI and have watched Matt grow as a musican. He is a wonderful artist! His song was OK to me not his best, but I belive there are a few people such as Megan and Scott who need to go home before him. I am VERY proud of Matt for putting Kzoo on the map and showing what he is made of, but he does NOT deserve to go home tonight! He will have a great career ahead of him and I can't wait to follow it!!!!! GO MATT GIRAUD!!!!!!

    April 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dmintz

    I think Matt kind of blew it and it saddens me because he's talented. He's one of my faves but he's not being smart about song choices and use of his voice. Maybe he'll get lots of votes from kids who like The Fray and that genre. I think he got lucky that Megan bombed because she should go home tonight. The only way he'll keep surviving is if Adam, Alison and Kris mess up. Good luck Matt - because you'll need it!

    April 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jamie

    I really like Matt and I think that the judges are sabotaging him with their comments while they praise Scott who I have yet to think even 1 of his performances was worthy of him being on stage. Nice guy, not a great singer.

    April 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jen

    I ♥ Matt! He is my second fav. He has been awesome, but last night he blew it with the song choice. The Fray's You Found Me is still current and such a beautiful song. A shame he did not do it justice. But I have faith that America will look past this week's performance. Megan and Anoop suck way more consistantly than Matt did tonight.

    April 1, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. jlm

    matt, matt, matt, k-zoo was in the house i'm from battle creek i hope
    you can get yourself together if there is a next time

    April 1, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Caleb

    He is talented. Just didn't show it last night.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. YEC

    I know Matt has a bluesy R&B voice, and I like it. But the judges seem to want to pigeon-hole him into being JT, Jr. I'd rebel against that too. I hope everyone listened to Kara–"You're a talented guy, and I don't think you deserve to go home."

    April 1, 2009 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Julie

    I love Matt Giraud! His voice, his effortless awesome piano skills. He has the swagger/sexiness, yet also a vulnerability. He's got the X factor. Go Matt!

    April 1, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cheryl in NH

    He started out rough, but it got a lot better. It just didn't showcase him as well as it probably needed, too. This guy is great! But, he may be in trouble this week again. B

    Bottom three should be Scott, Meghan, and Anoop.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. brittany

    ive liked everything he has ever done...... i thought he was incredible last week... and i know studio can do a lot for people but hoenstly, listen to the studio versions of his stuff on itunes; thats what the album is going to sound like and its absolutely amazing... this guy deserves a top spot!

    April 1, 2009 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ed

    Matt is still my man! Do not experiment too much though... As far as musical talent is concerned, you are on your own... I feel that it's going to be an all-male finals again this season. And I want you in it! And win it! I support you all the way!

    April 1, 2009 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nik

    Didn't like him singing that song...he did a good job, but could have passed on it.

    April 1, 2009 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. Dawn

    Don't think he will ever be saved! Not to impressed with him, but i dont see him going home this week.

    April 1, 2009 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  17. Greg

    Matt is my favorite this season. Yes, bad song choice, but I love Matt – the performer- so much more than Matt the vocalist. He does such a great job in keeping it current, and has sincerity when he sings. I love that!

    April 1, 2009 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  18. Big Man

    Now this guy I can see doing something in the real world. This is a talented young man. This guy I could listen to, versus that troll Adam.

    April 1, 2009 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  19. Chuck

    Matt should have done another soulful classic; instead, he "coldplayed" us again. He's his own worst enemy.

    April 1, 2009 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  20. David

    Matt is a great singer and talented musician but something ain’t working for him. I am not sure about this guy. He may be in trouble.

    April 1, 2009 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  21. Penny

    All I can say is Matt seemed a bit nervous. I felt for him because he was in the bottom three last week. He should not have been there and that may have played with his mind a bit. He needs to get his game back on and his confidence back.

    April 1, 2009 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  22. sally

    Matt, remember to make the song your own. You are talented enough, you can change things around to give it your own sound. Even if it is just by a little bit. You need to do more like Adam & now Kris. Remember Elvis! The greatest of all times. "Elvis- globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist". Just think what he would have done if he would have had the technology we have today. He was one that sang many different genres & was very successful. So the fact that you want to show the people you can sing different types is great. Keep taking chances, but again I say change things up just a little more to make it yours & not so much like the original. Great job!!! Make sure to stay confident in yourself & your ability.

    April 1, 2009 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  23. sally

    Remember to make the song your own. You are talented enough, you can change things around to give it your own sound. Even if it is just by a little bit. You need to do more like Adam & now Kris.

    April 1, 2009 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  24. melissa

    I would have to tell Matt to remember Elvis (The Greatest of All Times). "Elvis- globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist". Just think what he would have done if he would have had the technology we have today or even when Michael Jackson or Mariah Carey were on top. Artists like Michael & Mariah Carey were fortunate to be born later. Don't get me wrong they are great, but lets be real, when it comes to how many albums they were able to sale & the records they have broken (technology). Elvis is & will always be on top. He was an artiist that didn't just sing R&B he sang different genres. This was a man that could sing anything and be successful in doing it. Admittedly not many artiist can do that. If you think about it, the kids of his day knew of him & the kids of today know him & enjoy listening to him. By Matt wanting to show he can sing a variety of music shows his talent, as well as him "taking a chance". Great job Matt!!!! Make sure you stay confident in your ability.

    April 1, 2009 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  25. SUEnTX

    OK, I voted and voted for you again Matt. I think you have the talent to have a great career, but......... this song? What is the deal with the " I chose this song for me... I like it" stuff??? Come on top ten... choose songs that show off why you are in the top ten, and after you win and have that huge record deal and have won grammy awards for years... then choose a song just for you and not your audience. But, not now!! That was dumb, and you will probably earn a spot at the bottom of the ladder for that. Sing something you like when you are in your apartment and it is just your family or your best friends around to listen. This is American Idol Matt......sing to show the world that bluesy, rich throated voice, making the song your own .. with your new twist. You chose this song like it did not matter.

    April 1, 2009 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  26. Christian

    I liked it. Different than his usual style but he pulled it off great for me. I can see him hitting the bottom 3 again, but no way should he be sent home

    April 1, 2009 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  27. ashley

    I really like Matt I think this was probably his worst performance, but he doesn't deserve to go home yet. I think Lil, Megan, and Anoop should go first.

    April 1, 2009 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  28. Rick

    I'm glad Meghan and Lil were there to be worse than him....I like him but who he was trying to be that he isn't I'm not sure.

    April 1, 2009 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  29. Sean Serritella

    This guy is just boring. Why do I have to be forced to watch his performances?

    April 1, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  30. tammie

    He needs to stick with songs that showcases his soulfulness! Not too sure about his performance tonight, but it is NOT his time to go...I still can picture him in the final 4. Megan needs to take her quirkiness or whatever you call it along with Scott and hit the road. I could not sit thru a concert with either one of these two.

    April 1, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  31. MaryAnn ILLINOIS

    Matt you are my FAV...What was up with the mix tonight...Keep the faith you are not going home .......

    April 1, 2009 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  32. Ben Lee

    Matt came from nowhere, wasn't a fan, then he won me over...for just two weeks...then...this...*SIGH*...I felt so betrayed!

    April 1, 2009 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  33. LJ

    Somebody's got to help this dude pick songs. He sings songs he likes...not songs he can knock out of the park.

    April 1, 2009 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  34. Beth

    Matt if you are reading this,you shoudln't read blog comments. Matt is great, fantastic. I'm not going to say everyone should love him or anything, but I just personally LOVE him. He has been a fav. of mine from day one – but unfortunately should just play to the crowd who seems to like him doing Ray Charles. THEN he can go out and make whatever kind ofalbum he wants and the people who do love his voice like myself and others can buy it.

    April 1, 2009 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  35. Carol

    Matt, my pick for American idol. I think he should be in top three, Adam , Matt and Kris. They are the best.

    April 1, 2009 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  36. Kelly

    Not the best song choice but i think he will be safe this week and will be back stronger next week.

    March 31, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Mark

    He was ok. Not great and not terrible. It didn't seem like he was into the song and he did not make it his own.

    March 31, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  38. katie

    Matt by far is one of the most talented on the entire show! Should not go home!

    March 31, 2009 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  39. David

    Awful. that is it....just awful.

    March 31, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jeff

    Matt's trying too hard. I don't think he will be in the bottom three this week but he needs to quit trying to give people what he thinks they want and just sing for the music.

    March 31, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. lynn

    Matt impresses me week after week, not only for his excellent song choices, spot-on vocals and brilliant piano style.. but he also exudes a natural onstage presence that tells me he'll be succesful – regardless of the outcome of the show – and I believe him!

    March 31, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Not A fan

    Sorry Bottom 2 for sure.. Either Megan or Matt need to go for sure..

    March 31, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Dana

    Actually liked it. PLEASE DO NOT DO WHAT THE JUDGES ASKED–NO JT!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Olga

    I loved his song and he has a great talent

    March 31, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Snowball

    If only the man would sing House of the Rising Sun!

    March 31, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  46. michelle

    I hope Megan goes home and not Matt he can sing and i would like to see more of him....

    March 31, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Zion

    I forget this guy even exists each week. Why even keep him around?

    March 31, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Si

    Loved him at first....sorry to see him spirriling downward F-A-S-T!

    March 31, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ecomcon

    I think the judges' perception of Matt's performance changes a lot based on the type of song he performs. Some of his selections have not been the best. Since Matt calls Billy Joel his favorite male performer, maybe he should do something by Billy next.

    But regardless of recent selections, the judges have been correct in the past by saying that Matt is one of the most talented performers this year. I believe the judges will have one opportunity to "save" a performer this year if he or she is voted off by the viewers. I think Matt is good enough so that if he's voted off, he may be the one who's saved.

    March 31, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Stan

    Judges were WAY TOO harsh with him... Matt is pure talent, super versatile. Danny sounds the same on every song; how can you even compare... MATT ALL THE WAY !!!

    March 31, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Dee

    I am loving Matt so much and I am always anxious to hear what he is going to do. Tonight?...not so much. Bad song choice but I think he got the point from the judges. If he comes back next week (and that's iffy after tonight), he needs to put a little bit more fire underneath his fingertips.

    March 31, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Brandon

    Matt, your fantastic. You clearly are gifted. Don't choose The Fray. In this case, choose the money-maker. Do what you know in your heart is what is wanted; then once you carry serious weight and have won, ( WHICH YOU CAN EASILY) then engage your personal choices. Your clear extremely talented. We all love you here in Dallas Texas. You're the favored to win, even over Danny, who is great but not better than you! Don't over sell yourself in your own mind. Stay focused and give what is wanted and you'll be more famous and wealthy and hopefully fulfilled in your soul, which is more valuable than $$ wealth! We love ya bro.... from Brandon Pugh in Southlake Texas(outside of Dallas).

    March 31, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jack

    Every week gets worse .. living on borrowed time I'd say.

    March 31, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  54. lfy

    Not his best but I thought the judges were too harsh. It wasn't terrible and Matt has crazy skills. He's definitely in my top 4.

    March 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Linda

    I'm speed dialing for Matt. Although I loved his performance last week more than this one, I'm still cringing that he was in the bottom 3 and want to make sure he doesn't get there for awhile. He's at least in the top 5!

    March 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Amy

    Man, if you guys could really see him sing back at home. You would have no question, HE IS THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL. Hang in there Matt, let's show everyone what you have been showing Kalamazoo for years!

    March 31, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Ryan

    Matt's good and I "liked" the performance. He picked a bad arrangement and a song that is currently too popular. Not his best, but he should stay. Vote for him.

    March 31, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Renuka

    Sorry, Matt ... but home is the right place for you

    March 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Amy

    I don't understand what was not to like. He took a song I love and did his version. I thought it was hot!

    March 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  60. sunnyinfla

    Sorry, but I think the judges showed just how old and irrelevant they really are tonight. Matt's performance was great..I loved it and will be really surprised if he's in the bottom 3 this week.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Marc Astor

    Matt is probably one of the most talented performers on the show. Perhaps not his best performance, but WAY better than Megan or Adupe or Scott. He'll be back.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Wayne

    I thought he was good. The judges criticize him of being too switcheroo on genres. But look at all the other contestants. Even Adam switches from a rock indie, to a jazz artist... totally different, yet they dont criticize him. Matt did fine tonight, even thought it was better than Fray's version. They just hating on Matt.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Idan

    Come on Matt.......you're talented to the core. Sing the right songs and you've got a good chance. Once you're famous you can sing anything you want!! Play the game and stay on top! Good luck from a distant relative who's only watching this show because you're on it! Make the Giraud family prouder than you already have! Go Matt!!!

    March 31, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Not A fan

    Well he should be in the bottom 3 and could very well be going home.. Either him or Megan should be going home his week for sure..

    Never liked him any way..

    March 31, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  65. katie

    I loved it! I think he should be in the top 3 not the bottom 3. he has raw talent and is a real musician.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  66. roz

    Matt sang? Oops, went to the kitchen and didn't miss a thing. Yuk!

    March 31, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Elsie

    I still like him.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Mr. Bill

    OMG – how terrible!!! What's with that tremlo that was waaay too fast and the gravel voice. And I thought Megan was bad..Bye-Bye Matt.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Karen

    OK.. well maybe the playing the piano in the middle of a crowd of 9 years olds, singing the fray was pretty tacky... but this guy still has something I love!! I know he can do it some how... some way!

    March 31, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  70. LZ

    Not Good

    March 31, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Bob S

    Matt Matt...why commit career suicide before you have a career. You're one of my faves, but, that was terrible.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Ric Shaw

    That was an unfortunate song choice. He never quite got on track. Sounds like he will be leading the way in the bottom three once again.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Slainte

    What happened Matt??

    March 31, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  74. John

    I like him, but didn't do much for me this week.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Paige

    He won't go home, regardless... they'd prolly save him.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  76. la la

    sounded weird

    March 31, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |

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