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“Idol’s” Matt Giraud feelin’ the love
He may have lost the race to become the ”American Idol” but Matt Giraud says he couldn’t have wished for a better way to go out of the TV singing competition than with his rendition of ”My Funny Valentine” in jazz week.
“Going out with Simon (Cowell) calling you brilliant and comparing you to Nat King Cole is pretty much the best way you could go…I was at complete peace with myself, ” Giraud, 23, told reporters on Thursday after being voted off the show .
The dueling piano player said that being saved by the judges from elimination two weeks ago under the new “judges save” rule introduced this year, was something he will always remember.
“I’ve never felt so much love in the room. It was one of the coolest moments of my life…I really didn’t know that people felt that passionately about me,” he said.
Giraud had some advice for other “Idol” wannabes that echoes the weekly refrain from the judges — song choice. “There are a million songs that you love and they move you. But picking a song that you sing well is the hard part. Picking the song that is good for you is a different part,” he said.
But would things have turned out differently for Matt if he had picked another jazz standard? “I’ve listened back to it and I wouldn’t change a thing…I’m proud of what I did,” he said.