April 21st, 2009
08:57 PM ET

Top 7 Part Two: Matt Giraud tries to stay alive

I was waiting for some Bee Gees.

Matt Giraud

Honestly, can it be disco night without one of their tunes? I'm kind of shocked that Matt went up-tempo with "Staying Alive," but I am not surprised that the JT hat is back.

Matt had some fun and so did I. Was it the earth-shattering performance that made me say, "Wow I am so glad the judges saved him last week?"

Not at all, but it didn't make me think that he should go home any more than Lil should. At least he sang on key.

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  1. Bridgette M. Brinson

    Matt, all you need to do is sing, "one more try" by George Michael...I mean really sing it, don't try to change it too much, JUST SING..

    April 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lynn

    (sigh) of relief. Matt needs to show them what he's made of and knock it out of the park next week! He can do it.

    April 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cat

    And He's SAFE! Love Matt. You were all wrong. I would buy his album before any of the other contestant's.

    April 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. marleis

    going home!

    April 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chloe

    I hope you stay Matt. I don't think you will win, but who cares now. You made it by being in the top ten, so where you go from now is anyone's guess. You are known throughout the country now, so make a go of it. Look what Chris Daughtry did and Jennifer Hudson. I hope your family is printing all the blogs and pictures etc. to make you a huge scrapbook to show to your future children and grandchildren. Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And good luck tonight. I will be watching and rooting for you.

    April 22, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JRoss

    Adam, Kris & Allison, top 3. Lil, Anoop & Matt, bottom 3. Let's face it, these people are all incredible singers, if any one of them was in a room with one of us, non-singers, or at least non-ever-gonna-make-any-money-singing-singers, we would be blown away by their talent. They all made it to the top 10, they are all good in their own way, it's just that at this point in their lives, some are better singers, some are more memorable on stage and some are more creative (Adam, Adam & Adam, with a little Kris thrown in...) It doesn't mean that they all won't be at some future date, and it doesn't mean they are not ALL going to have music careers. It just means that a couple of them are going to get there faster, particularly the one that wins the competition (Adam, Adam & Adam, again with a little Kris thrown in...) Um, yeah, that's it.

    April 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. deaf in mn

    I have been partial to Matt since Hollywood week. He was genious with Georgia. He has all the talent musicwise but lacks stage presence and confidence. I resent the remarks on his looks, how shallow has society become that we are basing talent on looks? I hope that he does come into his own on this show and if he doesn't, I hope he still comes out with an album. His piano skills are beautiful, so hopefully he will come out with a jazz album, I will be first in line for that!

    April 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Deb

    Matt you have a kind presence, Whose that guy who sang Dolphins? Searching for the Dolphins in the Sea? Touching song... Melodic and deep.......I can see you doing something like that. The hat is not so bad. Especialy if you are comfortable in it. Wonder if you actually read this stuff? Ha! 🙂

    April 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Barbara

    Matt you are so underrated!! You just need to relax more. You sing with such feeling. I would love to know your story. You seem nervous all the time and don't need to be. I hope you don't go home tonight. It should be Kris and Danny. I'd like to see you and Adam win. .......and keep wearing the hat.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MARY LOU


    'NUF SAID ?????????????

    April 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. susan

    I never have cared for Matt. I HATE the hat thing-on anyone. Yuck! So I don't care if can sing or dance, I want to vote him off just for wearing that d#&n hat!

    April 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sarah

    Whoa... This is why american idol is a popularity contest; not a singing contest. People have favorites and most of the people who have commented on here; hate Matt, which is fine people have views. But seriously Matt is worst than Anoop?? Anoop had to know someone on the show to last this long. He is annoying and thinks the idol title should be given to him and not earned by him.

    Anyways Matt was awsome before Idol and will be awesome after Idol. No matter what happens; he rocked it.

    To note; Adam, Kris, Matt and Allison are the only ones who do not sound exactly the same in any song they sing. Anoop, Lil, Danny and even Scott never changed; sang different songs the same way.

    Just thoughts; I know this will annoy someone out there...Since some comments on here made my skin crawl with the hatred in them

    April 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lisa

    Matt has talent but he doesn't always pick the right songs. He is a very talented piano player and I hope he stays for awhile. I believe Adam has already won AI, he seems to be the judges & peoples pick..I like Danny and I think Chris was awesome last night...Bye Bye to Anoop & Lil....

    April 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Davey34


    Scott was a no talent boring slug. How could anyone with a brane or hearing be his "fan". "Bitter"? How bitter will you be when Adam, a true entertainer blows the competition away (no pun intended). ;o) I love you!

    April 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tweety

    I was one of the few who liked Scott. The judges didn't see fit to save him. However, they saved Matt. He stunk last week and he stunk even worse this week. Sorry, I'm bitter. Scott may not have been good enough to win, but he was 100 times better than most of the ones left.

    April 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Brandi

    Amy you got to be kidding me, right? He DEFINITELY OUT SANG Danny in a BIG WAY! He rocked the house. Danny is too boring, even I can sing like him. lol Bye , Lil and Anoop (dosen't even want to be there anymore.) If they don't go tonight, somethings up.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Brandi

    Amy you got to be kidding me, right? He DEFINITELY OUT SANG Danny in a BIG WAY! He rocked the house. Danny is too boring, even I can sing like him. lol Bye , Lil and Anoop (didn't even want to be there anymore.) If they don't go tonight, somethings up.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Char

    He should not have been saved last week, he is no better than Scott.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  19. Vivian, from Singapore

    I'm watching American Idol here in Singapore every week, never missed it out. Unfortunately, it's showed here after the voting closes.

    I was so excited and happy that Matt was saved last week and worried about him when i realize this week 2 people will go.... I have to say I do not prefer him to sing like JT coz that's to personalized style of JT and it puts Matt in danger and lost of his own when he sings like that more than once.

    However there are so many performances in which he showed the true talent of him, which I think is so much better than Danny, not mentioning Anoop and Lil... His voice is so good with so much sensation other contestees do not have and he's so perfect in Piano.
    If one day he had an album, I will definitely go and buy it.

    I guess the problem is he didn't show enough "Matt Style" or he's still trying to find it. otherwise, he must be trying to show the diversities which makes him lost in everything.

    My suggestion is with such talents in piano, he should easilty change old time songs and make them Jazzy and touching. And keep doing that to form a consistent style like how Chris did, but in Jazz style. Then he would become the top 3 with Adam and Chris together.

    Anyway, I loved Matt and hope he can stay on and find and form his own style with his talent....

    Whatever people say, I think Mare one of most talented in the competition.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  20. Bye Bye Matt

    See ya, Matt

    April 22, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  21. Randy

    Goodbye Matt and Lil.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  22. shaklein

    I think Matt did a good job, can't blame him for being nervous after last week. I do not think he should be going home yet....Lil and Anoop have to go

    April 22, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  23. S Callahan

    I see in Matt the 'spirit' of a performer...one still struggling to find his niche...which is R&B...once he gets ahold of this he is going to fly to great heights....He has it in him... let go of your anexity Matt...be YOURSELF....remember those days in front of the mirror and how comfortable it felt.....say a quite prayer and let God help you soar! 🙂

    April 22, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  24. The best critic

    Again, I think the low number of comments here will correlate with Matt's general unpopularity right now. (last week it correctly predicted the bottom 2, but this week it implicates at least Matt) I don't know why. It was great to hear the crowd shouting "Save" last week. He had a ton of support. He is extremely talented and will make a CD someday that I will want.

    Unfortunately I think this is it for him. I was hoping Anoop would choose "Stayin Alive". Matt could have chosen something stronger for him this week. I could hardly hear his vocals.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  25. lin

    Matt Giraud has NEVER been a good enough singer for the top ten. It's pretty obvious that he knows someone, or his father knows someone. And if you don't think connections work, just look at Jordin Sparks and her NFL father.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  26. Jeremy

    I thought that Matt did alright yesterday. So it wasn't a showstopper. So Simon hated it (OH NOES). He kept his pitch centered throughout except on the falsetto inflections. So not a bad performance. Right now, it's a tossup whether it's he or Anoop that will join Lil at the bottom.

    April 22, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  27. Allen

    Goodbye Matt... you just don't have what it takes!

    April 22, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  28. Judy M

    Matt you have great vocals. I wish you would just be you and sing your way and forget about what votes you may or may not receive. I voted for 45 minutes last night and all my votes were for you. Lil Rounds has not carried a tune since show number one, she should have been voted off. Anoop did the safe thing, but he can't hardly carry a tune either...Matt deserves to be in the top 5. If you like screaming and yelling and call it talent then by all means Lil Rounds should be your Idol. Anoop get rid of the UNI Brow, please!

    April 22, 2009 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  29. Pat


    Yup, it was a white tee shirt. Who cares? Simon wears one too, every 3rd week, alternating with his black shirt & grey sweater.

    April 22, 2009 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  30. Ohio

    I really like Matt, Adam and Danny. Was Kris wearing an undershirt? He's so goofy and looks like he is going to blow a gasket when he even comes close to singing a high note. Matt's got sooo much soul!

    April 22, 2009 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  31. Jefe

    Actually, all 7 can sing, but it does seem that Matt and Lil should go home this week. Either Anoop or Danny should be in the bottom 3 with them.

    April 22, 2009 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  32. Ro

    Even though I like Matt, I believe he will be going home tonight. I like his vocals, however with his history of being in the bottom 3 lately and even though he was saved last week, I just don't think he is cut out for AI any longer.

    April 22, 2009 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mike

    See ya, we already have a JT.

    April 22, 2009 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  34. YEC

    Is it encouraging that every time I tried to vote for Matt last night, I got a busy signal? I hope so.

    I didn't expect him to sing "Stayin' Alive," but I think his voice is well-suited to BeeGees, and I thought "How Deep Is Your Love" would have been a great choice for him, because he does have a great falsetto. In my opinion, he was a thousand times better than Lil and Danny. It will be hard for me to forgive Danny for screwing up the best disco song ever.

    April 22, 2009 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  35. Joe

    Matt should have been gone long ago. I have no idea why they have kept him around. He's one of the least talented singers on the show, without question!

    April 22, 2009 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  36. Shawna

    I love Matt and I think his performance was definitely better than Danny, Anoop & Lil's. I hope he stays this week...I love his voice and he is talented.

    April 22, 2009 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  37. Surfgirl

    It's a mess. The arrangement was aweful and didn't suit his vocal. I just felt the rhythms were right there. This song was supposed to make you feel like dancing, but ...

    April 22, 2009 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  38. Allie B

    Matt isn't a favorite of mine but over the weeks I came to appreciate his talent as a vocalist, musician, and performer. I've played piano for 20+ years and teach privately, and Matt has has real talent.

    The judges have been hot and cold to Matt – sometimes the criticism was justified – at other times – what were they thinking AND hearing? On the downside, I don't think that Matt is particularly charasmatic and among the current crop of Idol hopefuls, this has been to his detriment. That said, I think Matt deserves to be the fourth place finisher – ahead of Lil, Anoop, and Gokey.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  39. amy

    After reading other comments I have a few points to make.
    1. He did not out sing Gokey. He may have better stage presence, but he did not out sing him.
    2. Compare him to JT all you like, but let me remind you of this, JT can actually sing. Singing annoying crap does not make you less of a singer.
    3. His performance was a mess and try as he might, Anoop still out sang him and Matt needs to go home. He should have gone home last week. I love him dearly, and once he is free of Idol I'm sure he will sing many songs and albums I shall buy later, but he is not doing well in the competition itself...which has become really boring thanks to Glambert and the amazing shrieking falsetto.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  40. Allison

    He's not going to win, but he was worth saving. He is still fun to watch and he CAN sing. And "stayin' alive"? He had to sing that, because he's the only contestant who ever has!

    April 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Ben Lee

    Matt...the next song on the soundtrack..."How Deep Is Your Love"...how could you have missed that??? Sit behind a piano, belt it and emote it and you will out last 'Lil and Noop dog (love him!) and maybe even Allison. Anyway, I'm glad the judges saved you last week...you did not waste it. All the best and hope to see you around the next week or two.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Tiffany

    What's up with JT.....he is never going to make it if he doesn't shake the JT look....thought the performance was pretty good....but was it a joke to do "staying alive" after last week???? Bad choice of words that can come back to haunt him

    April 21, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Fitzwilly56

    Bye bye Matt. Don't know why they saved you...cause if my votes count, you're out of there.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Terri W

    Ken is RIGHT ON in his comments!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  45. GW

    I don't agree with the comment that nobody should touch the Gibbs, but the Bee Gees' version of "Stayin' Alive" is so unique and iconic that almost everyone who has done a cover of it has come off sounding like a spoof or send-up. Matt was not bad at all tonight, but I think he could have done better with "How Deep Is Your Love", or maybe "More Than A Woman" if he wanted to venture into "Fever" territory.

    April 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Mary Lou

    Matt did very well but he needs to lay off the falsetto.He can't seem to pull it off. I think he is a very good singer and entertainer but he is surpassed by others.

    April 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Nay

    Matt should have left last week, or even weeks before that. I still don't se ahy he was saved, but I bet he goes bye bye this time around.

    April 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Sherry

    It was strange . Not great he may be in trouble- no save this time around!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Kat

    Ken, I'm with you on that almost 100% – except that I think Allison is my #3 least favorite. I think she needs to go home after LilRounds and then Anoop. I swear if I didn't know the actual song Allison is singing, I wouldn't know what the heck the words are. She's very difficult to understand vocally. Matt, however, is clearly one of the best vocals on the show, and I don't get the JT references. He doesn't remind me of JT in the least, other than a slight physical resemblance.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  50. sandi

    It seems like Matt is always so frantic. I think the judges should have let him go home last week, but it wouldn't be fair if he went home before Lil. Long past time for her.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Ken

    I think America has officially gone tone deaf. Matt has one of the best set of vocals on the show. For those of you saying he "sounds like Justin Timberlake" simply because he wears a hat cocked to the side, I'd hate to ride in your car with you playing DJ. Matt is more of the Robin Thicke mold and I love Robin Thicke. Matt is a true talented musician. Danny on the other hand reminds me of the show choir kids in high school – he's not very good. Everyone keeps talking about Lil's "potential" – I am yet to hear a good performance from her. And, Anoop is better served going home.

    Bottom 3 (from a non-tone deaf viewer):

    1. Lil Rounds
    2. Anoop
    3. Danny

    April 21, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Lisa from NY

    I love Matt. He's got a great voice and range...he'll go far no matter what happens tonight, but I really hope he stays another week. He adds a lot to the competition. And what is it with people making fun of him? A third eye, c'mon. And how perfect are you? ?

    April 21, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Snowball

    So glad the saved Matt. He's one of only a couple out of this group who is a real entertainer. Go to YouTube and check him out doing Georgia. I'm telling you, it's enough to have Ray Charles come back and cheer! He sure outsang and outperformed Gokey tonight.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Nathan Sokalski

    I will admit that I wouldn't have saved him when making the decision last week, I'm glad they did. In fact, of all the performances tonight, I think Matt was by far the best.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Dan from Iowa

    Time for Matt and Lil to go, I think. Not saying anything bad here, my gosh, they made it to the top 7 of American Idol! But I do think its their time.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Lin

    I really liked Matt and love his voice. He did a heck of a better performance than Gokey! Gokey and Lil should be going home, not Matt.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  57. RJ

    Nobody should touch the Gibbs. Not even Adam should. No one should. He did and it was bad. Really bad. You are probably going home, BUT it was all because of poor song choice, actually its a history of poor song choices. Would've liked you more but you kept singing the wrong things.


    April 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  58. dmcpartl

    Good Bye Matt, too bad, so sad. Justin Timberlake's clone with a lot less talent. The judges should not have used a perfectly good save on you. You are a mediocre singer at best, go back to playing the piano at hotels. If it were not for your looks (which the teeny boppers seem to like) you would not have made it this far. Simon was right on key tonight.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  59. C. Elliott in VA

    Bye Matt – take Lil's hand and leave the stage.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  60. B

    Have any of the judges ever told him the industry already has a Justin Timberlake? I can't believe it when Simon doesn't call him on it and can't believe they wasted a save on him.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Shaiyna

    I think he was great!! Him and Alison are the only ones I'd buy a cd of.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Lori from MO

    Matt just isn't right for idol but is an amazing singer – along the lines of eliot yamin, not gonna win this but we'll definitely hear from him. This didn't work in my opinion.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Ror

    BYE BYE stupid hat wearing dude. What a waste of a "save".

    April 21, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Happy in Arizona

    Realistically, he just doesn't have it.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  65. 007

    matt did his thing...

    April 21, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  66. bearhater

    hahahahaha bob you funny

    April 21, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Cy

    Matt was okay. He might be "Stayin Alive" thanks to Noop Dogg.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Gkygrl

    Matt is too much of a JT copycat. I am not enjoying him anymore. There are many more talented idols. To me, Adam, Allison and Kris are the best.

    April 21, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  69. bearhater

    a straight quote from bear "matt its been nice knowin ya."

    April 21, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Bob S

    Matt needs to just relax and realize he can sing. He does not need to imitate Justin Timberlake. But, thanks for the hat, we did not have to look at the "third eye".

    April 21, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |

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