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“Idol’s” Matt Giraud feelin’ the love

April 30, 2009

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 .giraud

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.


I’m quite certain that Giraud will carve out his career path in his own unique way.


Matt gave me goosebumps in his rendition of My Funny Valentine. Wednesday night he connected emotionally more than Tuesday night. In fact, I was teary eyed while listening to him. You are one brilliant and talented guy, Matt. Will miss you. But I’m sure will see more and hear more from you. Go and make that record. Your strength are the bluesy and soulful numbers. Will love it. More power to you. Will miss you.

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I’m from Japan, I love your unique voice, and want to buy you CD soon, ganbatte kudasai. Come to japan soon.

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Yes, I agree. Matt’s studio recordings are phenomenal. I’ve downloaded all of them I think. Can’t wait to see him on tour and hear more of his music. Love him!

Regarding the comparisons to Justin Timberlake, I guess to the extent Justin is widely regarded as sexy and talented, the comparison fits. I, however, have never found Justin Timberlake sexy (I know, I must be the only one). Too commercial… But when someone pours their heart and soul out in a song to the likes of Alicia Keys, John Legend, and yes, Matt Giraud, now that’s sexy!

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