Matt Giraud, born on May 11, 1985, is one of the finalists of the eighth season of American Idol. Born in Dearborn, Michigan, he was raised in Ypsilanti, and later moved to Kalamazoo. He graduated from Western Michigan University, and later worked as a dueling piano player in numerous clubs across the town.
Giraud became known for his stint with American Idol, beginning with auditions held in Louisville, Kentucky. Initially considered as a judges’ favorite—Randy Jackson pegged him as one of his top five favorites—he also became known for his group performance with future finalist Kris Allen. He went to the Top 36, but he struggled as part of the second batch of performers, and was eliminated. However, the judges—partly because of his wrong song choice then—elected to include him in the Wild Card round, which helped him get one of the last slots in the finals.
Giraud eventually surprised audiences with his bluesy voice and his talent in playing the piano. His performances were pegged by the judges as the best of the week, and he’s remained safe in the competition so far.
2/25: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
3/5: “Who’s Lovin’ You” by the Miracles
3/10: “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson
3/17: “So Small” by Carrie Underwood
3/24: "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
3/31: "You Found Me" by The Fray
4/7: "Part Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder
4/14: "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" by Bryan Adams
4/21: "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees