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Matt Giraud of 'American Idol'
Singer: MATT GIRAUD
Song: "Viva La Vida"
Monkeys as Critics Take: Matt reminds me a little bit of John from Cincinnati. Am I the only one? Nevermind. It's a mighty gutsy choice, singing a song this recent and this decorated. In the audition rounds, I compared Matt to Chris Richardson, but this is like a bad Chris Richardson performance. Where's the soulful touch Matt boldly announced he was going to bring to the song? To my mind, he's annoying, thin-voiced and warbly. He keeps throwing in vibrato, runs and at least one really unfortunate falsetto. And when I say "unfortunate falsetto," I mean I actually got a little bit queasy as he squealed off-pitch. All he made me do was recognize what amazing rock vocalist Chris Martin is. That's now two straight singers who are going to leave viewers trying to remember what they liked about them previously.
John, Paul, George and Simon Say: Kara starts off the commentary by remembering how much she was blown away by Matt before and how much she's not blown away now. She blames song-choice. Paula thinks it was a risky song choice and that he was better than in rehearsal. Who cares? Simon says it was "verging on a horrible performance," dubbing it "jerky and uncomfortable." Randy goes last this time, which just confuses me. He adds nothing new. Oh and if Randy thinks Chris Martin do a darned fine cover of any number of Ray Charles songs, he's nuts. Ryan tries making things awkward by leading a disagreement with the judges. Please shut up, Ryan.