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Matt Giraud of 'American Idol'
Singer: MATT GIRAUD
Song: "You Found Me"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: The last time Matt went current, his Coldplay cover got him temporarily booted from the competition. The Fray isn't a much better fit. He's growling and yelling when he ought to be singing. It's odd, because Matt has a gravelly voice, but he doesn't have a gruff voice. There's a difference and when he tries the latter, he really falls on his face. Also, why is he sitting at a keyboard smack in the middle of the mosh pit? Why was that a good staging decision. He looks cramped and uncomfortable.
Michigan State, Villanova, North Carolina and Simon Say: Paula missed the riffing (again) and she compares it to his Coldplay performance. The audience boos. "You should be happy, Matt, because we don't like you this week," Simon says, adding, "This was just uncomfortable." Randy wanted something Justin Timberlake or One Republic instead. Kara wants Matt to commit to either the rock side of pop or the R&B side of pop. She tells him he doesn't deserve to go home. This confuses me. Kara natters on and on about wanting the singers to be contemporary. Well, every time Matt has tried to be contemporary, he's stunk. Why doesn't he deserve to go home, then?