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Matt Giraud of 'American Idol'
Singer: MATT GIRAUD
Song: "Let's Get It On"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: It isn't fair to discuss the hypothetical song preferences of the deceased. If Marvin Gaye isn't around to defend himself, let's not speculate on how much he'd love Matt Giraud, eh? Matt starts behind the piano, but he slides away from the ivories, awkwardly detaches his microphone and takes the stage sans instrument to try wooing with crowd. Wearing a tie and a button-down sweater, he looks like one of those white characters in a 1950s movie who, after being inspired by their wacky poetry teacher, meets their first African-American and soon finds himself drunk in a bar in Detroit singing soul. How does he sound? Fine. While Gaye made this song sound effortless, runs and all, Matt can't convince me that everything he's doing to embellish the song is worth it.
Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Simon Say: Randy knows that there are some other frontrunners, but Matt's challenging them for the top spot. Kara nods and says that there were lots of women in the audience thinking they'd like to get it on with Matt. Paula liked Matt's "sexy, cool vibe" and raves about his "tasteful" riffing. Simon says the performance was cool and that this was the sort of song he should be singing and proclaims Matt one of the frontrunners in the competition.