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Matt Giraud of 'American Idol'
Singer: MATT GIRAUD
Song: "My Funny Valentine"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: This week really doesn't have anything at all to do with the Rat Pack, does it? This song is probably in my Top 10 all-time, or at least the Chet Baker version is. Matt makes it is own with the sort of runs that he thinks are jazzy, but which more often tend to be nonsensical and unilluminating. He just can't help himself. He hits a beautiful note at the end, the full-voiced note Jaime Foxx said would bring the house down. And then he adds a pointless falsetto and vibrato that buries the note. It's all the work of somebody who's studied jazz, but doesn't really feel jazz.
Barney, Betty, Wilma and Simon Say: It didn't all quite come together for Randy. Kara appreciated the runs, but didn't feel like he was emotionally connected. Matt protests and rolls his eyes. Paula, however, felt the emotional connection, calling it pure and simple. No. If there's any accurate word to describe any Matt Giraud performance, it wouldn't be "simple." Simon says it was the only believable and authentic performance he's heard tonight, calling it "absolutely brilliant."