April 28th, 2009
08:42 PM ET

Top 5: Matt Giraud and the hat are back

Matt studied jazz in college, but did it pay off?

Matt Giraud

I freaked out a little bit when Jamie told Matt to change the key of "My Funny Valentine." After all,  why mess with a classic?

The song started off rough, real rough, and was it just me or did he sound like he was completely off key? He sounded so good in rehearsal, but his performance was less than stellar.

Everyone but Randy seemed to really like it.  Simon even said he was brilliant and I am completely stunned.

Did it perhaps sound different, and better, in the studio than it did on air?

soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Karen

    April 29th, 2009 6:16 pm ET

    The JT comparison is ridiculous. He’s not at all trying to be justin timberlake, he wants to do something very different. People need to get over the fact that just because he has curly hair and can sing high notes that it means he’s a wannabe."

    I TOTALLY AGREE. I used to like JT. But Matt isn't copying him. Matt has a style on his own. People are just saying this 'cause Randy compared him to JT.

    June 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Karen

    I like Matt!!! He's cool and funny but I can't remember this performance. LOL.

    June 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Laurie

    I agree with Lil Blossom on everything

    April 30, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Laurie

    Well I thought matt was good for once Simon was right . it was about time Adam was in the bottom 3 and I think Danny should be there also . And I agree with what Paula said to matt at the end it just begin they are all very talent and I think they will go far in there life .American Idol just help them out .

    April 30, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bruce

    ...and there ya go....or more like, there Matt goes!~

    April 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carol

    He did a great job on the song. And thank you Lin, Gorky does need to leave, he is sooooooo boring. If Matt should not be voted of tonight. Simon and Paulamknow Matt should stay. He is remarkable and one of the top three. Matt great, great and great. Don't know what some of you are hearing.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Murphy

    He needs to take his hat and grab his coat, leave his worries on the stage and hit the bricks.

    No good enough, he should be embarrassed to be on the same stage as the rest of them.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bruce

    ..and, My Funny Valentine is not that hard of a song to sing, so those of you who are holding him up as some "risk taker" or "vocal daredevil"...not so much!
    It does have some tricky intervals but, for anyone who (once again) has any REAL sense of pitch, it's about par for the course as far as difficulty.
    And by him saying "his genre/forte/or whatever he said is Jazz....Um last time I checked, it wasnt a Jazz tune or a Jazz night for the competition. So, in my opinion, another example of him not REALLY knowing what he's talking about/doing...just trying to mimic or do/say what he THINKS he's supposed to. OK, off the soapbox!~

    April 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bruce

    Um, yeah...

    He has always had pitch problems. If he isnt trying to mimic Justin Timberlake and Mariah Carey, he cant hold pitch. So no matter what key he attempted to sing in...there's no getiing around no sense of pitch. Usually a person who always har to throw a run or a "lick" into most every phrase, shows he/she has no real support behind the note and has to try to save it somehow.And can we just get rid of the stupid hat....

    April 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rose

    What the h3ll are some of you people smoking? Matt was amazing! I ushally don't like American Idol contestents, but Matt is the only one with exeedingly great talent that has been on the show since Clarkson. He totally broke my ushall stereotype of the wannabe sucsessful artiststhat are in the top 5 on AI. and as for the Justin Timberlake comparison... since when could JT sing soul?

    April 29, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ujb

    Matt messed up a good song. He needs to go home and for the
    people who thinks he did a good job you're the same ones that
    encouraging those other people who can't sing to addiction for the
    show. He was terrible

    April 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ujb

    Matt messed up a good song. I needs to go home and for the
    people who thought he sounded good you're probably the same ones
    that encouraging those people who can't sing to addiction.

    April 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Vickie

    The JT comparison is ridiculous. He's not at all trying to be justin timberlake, he wants to do something very different. People need to get over the fact that just because he has curly hair and can sing high notes that it means he's a wannabe. I have Matt's studio songs and he sounds amazing, I think he probably just gets very nervous on stage – i'm sure he'll get over this eventually.

    April 29, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mel

    Yep, the Justin Timberlake copycat hat is back. I don't think this one knows who he is so he copies JT.

    April 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sue

    I still think Matt's the only singer who's worth listening to.

    April 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Lil Blossom

    I agree with Ken. Most of you posting have no flippin' clue with regard to music, aside from what you hear via the radio. I am a singer and have been for years (yes, I had several opportunities for the "big time", but honestly I opted for the wonderful -albeit broke – life I have!) and technically speaking, Matt and Allison had the best performances. Although Matt's version sounded odd, it was because we haven't heard him in his lower register and it felt a bit forced. Compared to the original, I'd give him a 9. Compared to everyone else, I'd give him a 9, Allison coming in a close second and Danny pulling the rear.
    Adam was attrocious. I don't understand what people see in him, aside from his pretty face. I wouldn't buy an album/cd of screaming shouts followed by off-key woman sounding notes to save my life.

    April 29, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. inspired in mn

    I am a big fan of Matt. Of all of them, he in my opinion is well rounded in the music business. I do think that he needs to get back on the piano with a jazzy rendition. He seems to be more connected while playing. I look forward to hearing him every week, and hope that he does take the competition. Even if he doesn't I would love to hear a contempory jazz album from him.

    April 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Richard S

    Hey Public,

    Matt is a very talented person, however that song he did last night was a tad disappointing and it may earn him a trip home tonight, some parts of the song seemed forced.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. wmu

    if you listen to the song for a second time on youtube, it sounds better than when you hear it for the first time on the TV.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. The best critic

    He did a great job with a difficult song! Shows new technical skill each week. Technique and difficulty, however, seems to be beyond the average viewer.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lin

    Matt was awesome! Gokey needs to go and can take his heart shape hands with him along with his smugness and smirk. Matt is sooooo much more talented than him.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Linda

    I totally agreed with Randy. I thought changing his key was a bad move. The whole song sounded off key to me and I think his performance was bad enough to send him home tonight. One of the first times I did not agree with Simon. I usually think he is right on the money. Not last night. I think when he listens to the performance again he will regret what he said.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. K Perry

    Not crazy about it, he seemed to keep changing his singing style, and I agree on the pitchiness. Shame cause this should've been his week.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sally

    I don't know what was wrong with the song. I loved the song choice for him, one of my favorites. And I'm not a musical expert, I don't know if Matt took Jamie's advice about the key and it didn't work, or if he didn't take Jamie's advice. Either way, I was hoping for a more bluesy version of the song, and while there were touches there wasn't enough. I think he will be in the bottom 2, and most likely going home.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Carolyn

    Simon was trying to be smart.....Matt going home tonight.

    April 29, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  26. You Go Matt G.

    Matt has great talent. Nomatter if he wins or not someone will pick him up and he'll makes records – and I'LL BUY IT. He has swagger and soul. Justin Timberlake wannabe? Who cares – like noone else sings like Justin Timberlake?

    You go Matt G. I LOVE everyweek you sing!

    April 29, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  27. Sasha

    LOOOOOOOOOOOVED it!!! He's my fave.

    April 29, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  28. Millie Bea

    if he studies music, then he should know how not to slide off the edge of notes- which he did through the whole song. He's done.

    April 29, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  29. HJO

    I am sorry, the man cannot hold a pitch. WAY OFF. Booooring!

    April 29, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  30. Mike

    Another forgetable performance. Matt should have been sent home weeks, of not months, ago.

    April 29, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  31. Toni

    I thought Matt was definitely off key. I think it is awful how people say negative things about the idols and how they look. You are watching a singing contest, not a beauty contest. Matt should have gone home before Anoop, but because Anoop didn't jump around the stage, he didn't have a lot of fans who voted. Matt is incredibly talented. He can play the piano and I do believe he has a nice voice, it was just last night he was off key.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  32. Pemberley

    Matt, it is time to go home. You are good but not better that the rest.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  33. RMac

    Great appearance and performance by Matt.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  34. Linda

    I totally agree – I thought it sounded off key and strange! I definitely didn't see any "brilliant" there......

    April 29, 2009 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  35. Jay

    Go Matt ♫ Go Matt ♫

    It is time for you to leave.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  36. Nancy

    Man, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one! I thought it was BAADDD-and not in a good way....!

    April 29, 2009 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  37. Sean T

    Matt's performance last night was painful. He has no stage presence and his vocal skills are not on par with the other 4 contestants. America got it right a few weeks. He should have been gone by now.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  38. Rick

    I am sorry..Would you pay 75.00 to hear this guy sing? Is he really marketable? I really cannot understand how he was saved first of all. Second of all I cannot understand how he made it to the top 100. Go home..

    April 29, 2009 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  39. Jeanne

    The only tone deaf people here are the ones who think Matt was off key. Matt was perfectly ON key with that rendition of My Funny Valentine and I nearly jumped out of my seat when Randy said he was "pitchy". Pitchy? What the h3ll does THAT mean? Randy shows his ignorance and lack of musical knowledge when he uses the term "pitchy". No such word in music. You are either flat, sharp or on key. And Matt was on key. I could have lived with a few less runs, but overall he sang much better than either Allison or Chris and I can definitely see him being in the top 3.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  40. Fergie

    A lot of what I am hearing is kind of the same thing people were saying about Justin Timberlake. I am a Timberlake fan and think that Matt defiinetly has the potential. Has he picked the best song every time NO. But he has what it takes. Simon is right on!!!!!!

    April 29, 2009 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  41. erin

    I completely agree with you. I did not like his performance and was completely surprised with Simon's comments. Was he watching the same show I was?

    April 29, 2009 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  42. Ohio

    I have no idea how anyone can say Matt was even slightly off key. He nailed it! This was definitely Matt's genre! He was fantastic! I really like Matt, Adam and Danny. Kris wasn't as boring as he normally is. Has Kris EVER hit a high note without straining his face?

    April 29, 2009 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  43. Lee

    There were four really good performances last night. Unfortunally Matt;s performance was not one of the good ones. I usually agree with Simon, but not last night. Matt should be gone this week based on last nights performance. Adam still has an edge on the other performers, but Allison and Kris are very close. I don't think Danny will make the top 3, even with all the judges pushing for him. The home voters will place Kris and Allison in the top 3 and likely Adam and Kris in the final 2. Allison is very good, but the competition is so strong this season she is not likely to make it to the finals. She will have a career in music though.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  44. stevenjaba

    yeah, I didn't understand Simon's comments at all – Matt was so off tune it was painful. I wanted to smack some sense into Simon – is he touting the party line here, or did he genuinely think Matt sounded good? Very, very random.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  45. Stephen

    When I heard Simon's comments, I thought maybe I was going crazy. He was horrible and off key for almost the entire song. It's time for him to go...

    April 29, 2009 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  46. tina

    I guess it's in the "ear of the beholder." I have never understood the fascination with Matt. Neither my husband nor I think he's a great singer, nor is he "marketable" as others state. We all have our opinions!

    April 29, 2009 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  47. Diane

    I'm not feelin' Matt, dawg. He's a Justin Timberlake wannabe. We already have a Justin Timberlake. I don't want a copycat. He was my least favorite last night. He MUST have sounded better in person than over the airwaves since Simon praised him. I think he should go home tonight.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  48. Natty

    I need ear pluggs for Adam. Matt has soul and talent and I wish him the best of luck!

    April 29, 2009 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  49. Wendy

    I just don't get him. He's a great, great talent but BORING!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't like this performance at all!

    April 29, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  50. Garry-Arkansas

    Not my favorite of last night..I would say he and Allison in the bottom..

    April 29, 2009 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  51. jmarm

    We were floored when Simon called Matt's performance brilliant. Our family would rank him #5. He is talented and has a future in music biz! (However, Simon, he's no Susan Boyle) Tonight will be interesting!!!

    April 29, 2009 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  52. James

    He had one moment where he didn't quite make it up to a note but....other than that he was smooth man!
    Ahhh why is everyone dogging Matt on here? He was awesome last night! Sounded very real and perfect for that style.
    Adam will not sell to the mainstream, he can sing, he can entertain but he is too much, he's cocky and most people can't relate to him.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  53. Dee

    I don't know what Simon is up to but he always tries to rock the boat at this stage of the game. Matt was horrible. He destoyed a classic. Allison rocked, Adam is the best and Danny was awesome, Those are my top three

    April 29, 2009 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  54. Dunerider

    Simon does the reverse psychology thing when it's down to the last few. Say good things about Matt –bye bye Matt.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  55. Sherry

    That was not a good performance! Off key and boring! End of line for you Matt!

    April 29, 2009 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  56. Sam

    Shannon- what is an Urban Run???? When you say Urban do you men inner city, ghetto, black???

    April 29, 2009 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  57. Sam

    He should go home this week. They never should have saved his behind two weeks ago. If he had taken Jamie Foxx advise and sang falsetto the song would have sounded a lot better.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  58. Josie

    I didn't agree with Simon at all. I always look to him to make the best critique of the performance, but this time he let me down. Matt needs to go. He's great but definitely not worthy of sticking around another week.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  59. Linda

    Needs to go....

    April 29, 2009 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  60. Dan Michigan

    Couldn't agree more with the review, I was in utter shock when Paula and Simon actually liked this performance.

    April 29, 2009 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  61. SMJ

    Ken – YOU are tone deaf! I have been directing musical theatre for many, many years. I have perfect pitch. Too bad Matt didn't last night. I like the guy, but he was the worst. The best performances tonight were by Kris, Adam, and Danny (in that order).

    April 29, 2009 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  62. TSRVT

    Matt was just awful. He blew one note so badly that my wife and I both cringed. He's hung on three weeks or more longer than he should have. I can't believe Lil went home before this no-talent groaner. And to the blogger, it's apparent you know little about music or music theory. Changing the key a tune is performed in does not 'mess with' the tune in any way, it just places it in a register more favorable to the vocalist. You are displaying how little you know with each passing week.

    April 29, 2009 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  63. Donski

    I really like him but he was awful last night. I don't know WHAT Simon was hearng!

    April 29, 2009 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  64. JLD

    Matt is TOTALLY remarkable. Maybe not last night, but generally he is so great. He deserves to be there, but I think maybe his confidence has been shaken. He can definitely sing and sing well, I personally do not get why everyone likes Kris so much. He seems like a nice enough guy, but I have never heard him sing something that knocked my socks off.

    April 29, 2009 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  65. molly shepherd

    Snowball, you and Simon must both have been listening to someone elst. This guy is always off pitch and he really, really sucks! And that stupid HAT!
    Please America, send this guy home so we won;t have to endure him another week!

    April 29, 2009 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  66. nin

    Matt was really good at this performance. I felt a connection. I don't get why some people think it's pitchy. I think he had a nice twist to the song and his rendition was really unique.

    April 29, 2009 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  67. Penny

    This wan one of his best performances in my opinion. But, Matt has not been consistent and that may be a problem. Everyone pulled off Rat Pack night. But, I felt Matt and Kris were the best. Adam and Danny were okay and I expected more from them. Danny has been a disappointment for me his songs always sound the same. I also do not feel the connection as I do with the others during his performances. Kris was sexy tonight and I usally don't think of him in this way. But, I do think he is shining more and more. My top three are in this order: Adam, Allison and Kris. The can sell records and appeal to audience. Allison and Kris just need more experience on the stage. Unfortunately, no-one can touch Adam unless he really screws up a performance.

    April 29, 2009 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  68. Travis

    I too was confused when only Randy had negative things to say.

    I thought he was pitchy, he just seemed all over the place. I stopped eating when I heard Simons critique, I thought he was joking...but he was serious. Matts best performance? I sure don't think so, I think it was one of his worst....

    I thought he would be going home for sure when I heard his performance, but Simon holds a lot of weight, now I'm thinking Allison and Kris are going to be on the bottom 🙁

    April 29, 2009 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  69. GA-Peachgirl

    Bye Bye Matt and hat! Tired of hearing you and your crap falsetto. Go back to singing in the shower where you belong.

    April 29, 2009 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  70. gg

    I was so hoping Matt would do "Mack the Knife", would have been just perfect for him......hope he reads and will consider.

    April 29, 2009 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  71. dana

    Just. Please. Go. Away.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  72. Galoux

    This is one very hard song to sing, and I just don't feel he was up to it. My complaint isn't so much whether he was always on pitch (and it's just nuts trying to sing this song plain and simple and stay in tune), but that his voice didn't seem strong enough for it, and this is a common complaint I have with Matt.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  73. Grant Devereaux

    My daughter and I loved him tonight. We voted for him a bunch, but I thought all the contestants were great – though Danny Gokey is starting to annoy me a little. The choir director image is there, in my opinion. He is a bit too cocky for a guy who is not that great.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  74. Nethie

    Absolutely the worst performance of the evening. I'm not saying it was bad, because it wasn't. But it was not on par with the others.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  75. KiKi

    Matt was just off- I have to agree with the others who think that Simon has some sort of agenda here. Poor Matt did NOT sound good.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  76. Delia

    At this point of American Idol there aren't any weak contestants. Sadly for Matt he kind of messed up his son tonight. He's already been voted off the show once and I think tonight will be the second time.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  77. gormas

    Ken Ken Ken,
    Yes I agree that Matt is very talented and that his performance was right on for those who know the song. However this show is about popularity and appeal to those that watch the show. Most people that watch this show, are not the type to listen to and look for sophisticated musical nuance. Success in the music business is not always talent, but appeal to your audience, look at Madonna, does she really have singing talent? That is why Chris and Danny are likely to go farther in the competition. Allison who I think also has an incredible amount of vocal talent lacks the appeal factor for a significant portion of the viewers, why I don't know. But clearly this show is not about talent per se.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  78. Carol

    Bottom three:

    April 29, 2009 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  79. Kay W

    Matt will go home this week. Someone has to go and it is getting harder and harder to weed out the weakest performer, but overall Matt just did not measure up to the rest of the pack.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  80. Kay W

    Well, at this point in the competition it is getting harder and harder to separate the weak from strong, the best from no so great. My thought is that Matt had the overall weakest performance and I think it was obvious that he just was not comfortable with the key change that Jamie suggested. He just couldn't puu it off. Given all the advice that went right with the other contestants, i don't think it was bad advice, just not so great execution. Matt will be going home this week.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  81. Sue

    Matt , great preformance. Dont, know what all the fuss about Danny, I don't think he ever sounds too great. Matt will go a long way, when the show is over, I want to go to the idle show just to go see him. I also think there is too much fuss about Adam. Matt is equal or better than him. He always sings from the heart. Thanks Simon, Matt was billiant.
    Go Matt, to the end.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  82. NE Girl

    Matt was fantastic tonight. Adam belongs on Broadway. Not sure I would buy a CD from Danny. Who's left?

    April 29, 2009 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  83. Carol

    I agree with Simon and Paula, Matt was one of the best tonight, I do think he should make it to the top two. He is very talanted, I don't think Randy likes him. I hope Kara is not taking Paula place. I don't think the show will be the same without Paula. But for Matt, don't think he should go. Danny or Allison should be next. I think Allison. Matt if you read these things, you have many fans. Matt go all the way.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  84. Suz

    Jamie Foxx suggested Matt change the key to better suit him. There is no one "standard" key for any song. Unfortunately it didn't help him much.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  85. ivy

    Ken. I agree – that was musically a brilliant performance. I love the tone of his voice – his lower register is gorgeous. I enjoy Adam and Alison also, but Matt has the most vocal talent.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  86. Ben Lee

    I wish Matt had not set himself up by saying that this music genre is his favorite, believes he can excel in, just because he is trained in Jazz...what a let down!!! Previous contestants, Constantine Mouralis and Malinda Doolittle have done this song and check out their arrangement...they scored great and the creative liberties, they took paid off big time. For Matt, he played it safe and he fumbled. I am so sorely disappointed!!! Simon's evaluation...don't even get me started – this is one that I totally disagreed with him!

    April 29, 2009 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  87. Jack in TampaBay

    I USUALLY admire Simon's truthfulness but THIS time .. something is off! Matt was lousy as far as I am concerned & Allison outdid herself!

    Sayonara Matt!

    April 29, 2009 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  88. Donna

    I think matt was great, he can really sing. I do not see myself buying adam, chris, or danny's cd but I would buy matts

    April 28, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  89. rational mind

    i didnt see anyone post the point that Simon picked on Kris and Allison for not being confident enough and in it to win....but no such comment about Matt! Matt seems least confident of all of them to me.

    April 28, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Gee Dub

    Pitchy and not very hot....time for Matt to go along with his JT hat

    April 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  91. casey

    can he get any worse time to go Matt

    April 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  92. caseysride

    He has to go, there is already a Justin Timberlake and Matt is no way that good

    April 28, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  93. susan

    Matt is my american idol.

    April 28, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Karen

    What was in Simon's coke tonight? Usually love what he says, but he was way off on this one. Sorry Matt, pitchy, baby, pitchy.

    April 28, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Diane

    I thought he sounded very off key at the beginning, somewhat better at the end.

    April 28, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  96. EB

    It was painful to listen to and I am so disappointed they saved him two weeks ago. I usually agree with Simon, but tonight... what was he listening to, Matt needs to go!!

    April 28, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Laura

    He sucks

    April 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Dee Texas

    He did sing off key on several notes, what was Simon listening to?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Yo-yo

    Ken, I don't know too many "real" musicians who admit to watching American Idol, so kudos to you, oh brave one!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Snowball

    You people must be tone deaf. Matt is ALWAYS on pitch. I just went to YouTube to listen to My Funny Valentine again. Simon was right, it was brilliant!

    Can't figure out why there's so much hate on Matt. He's a prince of a man...a Big Brother, actually, and he's a fabulous musician.

    If you want boring, see Kris Allen and Danny Gokey.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Ginger

    Matt is seldom in pitch, and the hat he wears makes him look like a dork. He appears to want to be "cool", but just can't hack it. The real problem is, he just can't sing.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Jeff

    Matt can sing but he doesn't emotionally connect to the songs he sings. He should have been gone three weeks ago and he should be gone again this week...but with crazy voters like Ken you never know.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  103. PC

    Boring and pitchy.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Snowball

    I'm willing to concede that the first part was just a little rough, but Matt came through with a brilliant performance. You just try to sing that song some time.

    Next to Adam, Matt is probably the most marketable Idol left in the competition. He's very very talented and a bona fide musician and singer. Wake up, people, and stop picking on Matt. People will buy tickets to see Adam and Matt, and I'm not so sure about the rest of the top five. Can you see Danny Gokey or Kris Allen selling out a concert?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Shannon

    OH LORD! PITCHY PITCHY, AND STOP THOSE SILLY 'WANNA BE' URBAN RUNS! Thsi guy has no style, you MUST get the wart on his forehead removed, and he's just not that good! Sweet little Allison has him beat head to toe in soul, charisma and talent!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Nick

    i would love to see an upset tommorow night and see like Danny leave it would make the show more interesting because at this pace we know what is going to happen

    April 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Kristi

    Matt rocked it. He was amazing!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Sheri


    April 28, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Lin

    I liked Matt's performance and agree with Simon. What I don't understand is how everyone thought Gokey was so great. I thought he was awful and did nothing more than he always does – sing as loud as he can and growl.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Nick

    Matt should leave this week, he should already be gone and simon was so lying when he said his singing was good, it was not

    April 28, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Clipper

    Matt sounded weird to me but maybe he was just offkey; it had the same effect as when I used to slow down grndad's old records with my finger; well everything but the 'popping' sound of grndad's hand on my rearend. Hmm; Simon thought it was brilliant but what does Simon know? He's tooo busy playing games w/ Paula.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Mary Lou

    This was Matt's best performance since Georgia on My Mind. this is a very difficult song to sing and while I agree that it started out a bit rough, he got it together quickly and I thought it was super.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Renuka

    Oh, why oh why did they use the save on Matt. This is torture to endure. He sang off key and seemed so nervous. I hope he's eliminated because this is so wrong. Matt shouldn't have come this far. They wasted the save.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Nadia

    yep... definitely horrible performance
    I don't know what he is still doing there

    April 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  115. td

    Yes, off-key. And inconsistent mood and phrasing. I don't know what Simon was hearing.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Ken

    America and a vast majority of the posters are either a) not musicians, or b) tone deaf. Matt's performance tonight was stellar. For those who know anything about the original version of "My Funny Valentine", you know that it is an incredibly difficult song to sing and only a truly classically-trained, talented musician can even touch it. Matt put his own spin on it. Simon was right on the money – Matt was brilliant. It is clear that vocally, he is the most talented person on the show.

    Seriously, the Justin Timberlake comparisons are amateur hour and bush league. I wear a hat cocked to the side on occasion, but by no means am I a "Justin Timberlake wannabe." I've said it before, and I'll say it again, if you want to compare Matt to current artists, compare him to Robin Thicke and/or Glenn Lewis.

    Also, for the last time, there is no such term as "pitchy"; it's simple – you are either sharp or flat. Even the writer for this blog is apparently tone deaf and/or a teeny bopper.

    Bottom 3 (based on tonight's performances):

    1) Danny
    2) Alison
    3) Kris (I like Kris a lot, but his performance tonight was both safe and boring)

    April 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  117. robct

    I agree with the original post. Matt was off key. Time to go home with your hats.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Tina

    I thought this was one of his best tonight.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Billie

    I usually agree with Simon about almost everything. We obviously weren't listening to the same Matt though!

    April 28, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Lisarose

    It wasn't good. I was surprised by Simon and then decided he was playing a game because Allison was really good. Matt just wasn't great tonight and I did want to like him. Constantine, and I can't believe I'm saying this, sang that song much better.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Carl Brown

    Adam's performance was a direct rip-off of Muse's Matt Bellamy's performance including the staircase and the piano opening. So much for originality, and Adam you are no Matt. Long live Muse!

    April 28, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Paul

    Simon has an agenda. This was off key and dull.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  123. ch1ck

    He was pretty good tonight. I didn't watch him (back to the TV) and he was alright. Better than chickie and Kris.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Wayne

    No it was a good performance. Listen to the original song and you will see that the diction and everything is part of it. Good job matt

    April 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Wayne

    No it was a good performance. Listen to the original song and you will see that the diction and everything is part of it. Good job <att

    April 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Dewey

    Totally agree with Dave and J Burns – Simon is manipulating the vote

    April 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Yo-yo

    And the fix is in...Simon's comments have totally proved that American Idol is semi-fixed.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  128. B

    Maybe I am being a conspiracy theorist, but I think that Simon, at times, praises a performance to make voters feel someone is secure so they don't feel the urgency to vote thus helping to insure the person gets voted off. A bit of a reverse psychology thing...sort of like what he did with Allison when he said he thought she might be in trouble tonight. In that case, I think he wants to make sure she stays in the competition so he scares her fans into voting and voting. In the case of Matt, I think he thinks it is Matt's time to go.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Michael

    *hat...not fat

    April 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  130. J Burns

    It just hit me why Simon loves Matt so much...he wasted the save on him a couple of weeks ago, so he is trying to save face!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Cryssy Kyle April

    Agree with Simon 100%. I usually agree with your posts but you are off on this one! He did great! Simon was absolutely right!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  132. dave

    I totally agree with Randy...way off key and pitchy. Not sure what Simon Cowell is listening with. Sure can't be his ears. Like I said in a post on Kris' page...Simon knows his comments can manipulate the results...why he's trying to hang onto Matt, I don't know. I thought Allison and Kris were far better.

    But with three out of five ending up in the bottom three, the odds are getting tough. I personally think Matt is the weakest of the night so far...and has been unpredictable all season long.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Michael

    Definitely not that great. I just can't get over how unmarketable he is: the ill-fitting suit and the awkward fat that his face can't pull off do him no favors.

    He started out in a weird place and although it was on pitch for the weird key, it just sounded forced and out of place. I think he will be the one to go – or at least I hope so.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Shannon

    Matt was not at his best tonight. He has a great voice, but it is in control of him.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Eva

    I agree he was all over the place vocally

    April 28, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Shellyspice

    Not a real fan of this Justin Timberlake wannabe....sorry!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Dewey

    I have NO IDEA what Simon was listening to but it was not what I was listening to....the beginning was AWFUL....he (somewhat) redeemed himself towards the end but he is the one TO GO tonight!!!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Rafael

    Can someone explain to me how this guy still in the competition?

    April 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Shaiyna

    I think Matt is amazing, and he is my favorite in the whole competition!!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  140. kelly

    I totally agree it started off so poorly. He came together but practice he sounded brilliant. I would use those words.

    I think he's talented – more so then he appears on stage.

    Go Matt.. (Don't go yet)..

    April 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Kbomb

    SO out of tune and awkward! What was Simon seeing/hearing??

    April 28, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Bob S

    It was one of Matt's best performances. And, Matt, thanks for hiding the third eye. People now focus on your talents vs. the pulsating orb on your forehead.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  143. dan and stacie

    I loved that song, he sang it with heart and that is all that matters!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Yuna

    I agree with you, Matt was NOT in his game tonight as Randy would say, and what is up with Simon? Is he really tone deaf tonight? I can't believe he praised Matt but discourages Allison!!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Spammy

    I don't get what was up with Simon but, Matt was definitely "pitchy". Even my tone deaf husband noticed it.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Chuck

    Matt Giraud will not make it to the top 3.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Bob

    Either Simon has completely lost it or he's purposely trying to get Allison out of the competition. Matt was completely off key the entire song. He definitely sounded better in rehearsal and shouldn't have listened to Foxx.

    Unless America is tone deaf as well, we should be saying goodbye to Matt and his hat tomorrow.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Cy

    I'm with ya, girl! Once again, I agree with Randy. I thought his diction (perhaps the Nat King Cole stuff) was odd and forced. There was a moment where I felt like he was trying to channel Billie Holiday.
    It was a very inconsistent performance. It's unusual for him: he tends to lack consistency from week to week, but not within a single performance. I, too, do NOT understand Simon's assessment.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Dcutch

    it was OK. 7 out of 10.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |

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