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Matt Giraud Voted Off American Idol But Judges Use Their Save to Keep Him on the Show

American Idol Elimination: Unlucky Number Seven?

"I think America's gonna have a tough call, but I think I know who's going to leave," Quentin Tarantino said in the opening minutes of Wednesday's American Idol elimination episode. I wonder how this week's guest mentor is feeling now that he knows who fell to the bottom of the heap after this week's movie-themed episode. Did he guess right? Did you? And did the much-discussed but not yet used judges' save come into play? To talk about it, just


Well, I guess this is Idol history: America wanted Matt Giraud out of the competition, but the judges stepped in to save him. I'm not sure his dismissal would have been exactly a Chris Daughtry-style mistake, honestly, but he's had good moments and I suppose I'm happy enough to see him again. Still, Simon saying Matt really has no chance of winning Idol seems contrary to the point of the save, right? Are you surprised the judges kept him in the competition? Do you think he was more deserving than any of the folks eliminated before him? Of course, this will make next week awfully interesting, because two people are getting eliminated. And on disco week? My ears are hurting already.

In other news, I'm officially worried about Anoop. I thought Tuesday's performance was one of his best, as did the judges (er, at least the ones we got to hear from), and he still wound up in the bottom three? This does not bode well. At least he was sent back to safety first; Lil and Matt had to sweat it out a little longer. Lil, by the way, definitely seemed due for a trip to the bottom three, and I'm hoping she can snap herself out of whatever funk she's been in for the past few weeks.

Also: Is anyone else secretly hoping for a Lambert/Gokey bottom two next week, just because it would mean the judges' save created exactly the kind of situation it was intended to prevent? This season's been so lackluster, I guess I'm rooting for chaos.

Some other thoughts on Wednesday's show:

  • Given the way Paula and Kara were goofily dancing during Matt's potentially last performance, I have to assume that any "deliberation" about saving him happened long before he took the mic.
  • I'm a little surprised Ryan didn't do that thing where three singers stand on one side of the stage, three singers stand on the other, and the unlucky seventh has to choose which group to join. But I'm glad, too; I was kind of over that schtick.
  • The Ford commercial mainly just reminded me how much more I like Lil with shorter hair.
  • At first I thought Paula was ducking to get out of Kris's way during "Maniac."
  • It was good to see Jennifer Hudson back on Idol — and appropriate she was there on the night of the judges' save. I thought she seemed a little nervous at first talking to Ryan, but once she started kind of making fun of him, everything snapped into place. I can't believe this is the first time she's touring!
  • How far do you think Miley Cyrus would have gotten in Idol? Top 36? Top 12? Could she have won?

Are you happy to see Matt granted a second chance?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
so if all goes according to my plans: lil and Anoop will be sent packing next week.
emalove emalove 8 years
Matt isn't a favorite of mine, but I thought it was nice that they saved him. Lil needs to GO.
zeze zeze 8 years
I hated the save that they used it on Matt, I love it - lol! Oh and does anyone think they were setting us up last week - the Ford commercial, the performance...all of it the focus was on Matt - seemed like they planned to use the save from before the shot and rehearsed their stuff. Buzz - EXCELLENT idea; Adam in the bottom 2 would be HILARIOUS, at least Gokey. I had the same thought about Miley, I doubt she would make it past Hollywood.
wdspat wdspat 8 years
I love Matt! I will literally stop watching if he does get voted off. So glad they saved him!!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Kris FTW; he reminds me of Jamie Walters from 90210. I want to see him sing "How Do You Talk to an Angel"
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I'm soooo glad they saved Matt
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
Next week will be really interesting with the bottom 2 going home.
care0531 care0531 8 years
by the way love the picture- so cute!
care0531 care0531 8 years
I agree SifiaNYC! Now help me vote next week so he isn't in the bottom 2 since the bottom 2 are going home next week!
hokiepokie hokiepokie 8 years
I am super happy that Matt was saved. He's not my fav but I'm def a fan. I'll be mad if Kris or Allison go next week, though, because I love them both. I agree, Buzz, a Danny/Adam bottom 2 would be fantastically hilarious. Am I the only one who doesn't get what the big deal about Danny is? He's not a bad singer, exactly, but he's boring and unoriginal and wayyyy overrated, imo. I'm hoping for an Adam/Kris/Allison final 3.
SofiaNYC SofiaNYC 8 years
I love Matt....and Miley! Thanks so much to the judges for keeping him around, he is really refreshing and has TONS of talent!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I thought what Simon said to Matt after they saved him was so cruel yet so true.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
miley would have not made it past the first audition on idol. mediocre talent, mediocre looks.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I think Miley has to grow on you. My daughter is a big fan and I think that is just it- she is good at entertaining the young crowd just like the Jonas Brothers but she is trying to grow up a little too fast and become more of an artist for all ages. To see my 5 year old get so excited to watch her and make comments about how beautiful she looked- that is priceless. I think you form a different/more positive opinion about her when you don't have the ability to read all the negative press from the gossip sites.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
I don't have hate for Matt- but I agree with Simon that he just isn't strong enough to win the competition, so I think the 'save' - which is a total stichk anyway- was pointless. I also think Kris is not terrible, just not strong enough to win, but I have to say that I thought his performance of the song from 'Once' was terrific. I totally agreed with Cara. I didn't hate Lil's The Rose as much as everyone else seemed to, but I don't think she can win. I just thought Danny's Endless Love was mediocre and still don't quite get why he is so popular- he has a good voice, but he just sounds very elevator-music to me. Allison continues to rock and be TERRIBLY dressed- why do they keep dressing her in these giant shapeless shirts with big belts??? Adam is always a hoot to watch and never misses his notes. It's very difficult to go from your regular vocal range up into a falsetto and come back into the right key and he just consistently nails it every time. I think he might win. Jennifer Hudson sang beautifully and has great poise on stage. After such a terrible year personally, I'm glad AI acknowledged her successes- and she should be an inspiration to those who get cut that winning AI is no guarantee of success. Fantasia who?? Miley Cyrus was... weird. She is such a completely over-produced product of marketing that any ability she has does not show up much. Even my fiancee was like " What's she doing with her head? Is this really that intense a song??" I'm not sure why she was even on here, but I bet she wouldn't have made it past the first few weeks of AI with that performance.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I was thinking Lil should do Donna Summer too! I'm not a fan, but she could possibly to well with one of her songs. Disco week will be interesting. Maybe Matt could do something by the Bee Gees? I don't know... Adam will probably do well with whatever songs he chooses. :)
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I think if Lil sings something Donna Summers she could actually really rock- I am kinda worried for just about everyone though. Disco does not really lend itself to strong voices and big notes... I was frustrated they saved Matt. America didn't vote for him, he should have gone home. At this point in the game, I don't see anyone switching and starting to vote for someone else..
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I am glad Matt was saved--I LIKE HIM--I think he has talent, he is fresh, I could see myself listening to him. I think next week it HAS TO BE Anoop and Lil, even though Anoop may have had one of his best weeks he is just blahhhh to me. He may have a nice voice, but I would never buy anything he sang. Lil is terrible, she definitely deserved to go before Matt--without a doubt. It made me wonder IF Lil was in the bottom, but they put Matt there just so the judges could save him? B/c of course they would never save Lil and you know producers were dying to have them use that save. The final five NEED TO BE Kris, Matt, Danny, Allison, and Adam. **I thought Paula was ducking at Kris during maniac--what was she doing?? **I was happy when people were chanting save! **Miley's hair was HILARIOUS! I fast forwarding through most of it, then I saw her hair at the end and said "oh i'm so sad they didn't do her hair well enough to hold up" then I rewound and saw her head banging...hilarious! Especially in that dress! (I would have loved to hear the judges critique her!) **WHY are they doing a disco week?!?! **I WAS SO HAPPY WHEN SIMON TOLD KRIS HE WAS BRILLIANT--I agreed! (I hope all the judges can speak next week!)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
"This season's been so lackluster, I guess I'm rooting for chaos." Well said, Buzz! Couldn't agree more.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Disco night does not bode well for Lil Rounds! :ROTFL: I am so excited, I think Adam is going to slay it. As for last night, I liked the group sing. Matt certainly was the start of that, huh? Interesting.... Miley was AWFUL. Really, who is buying her music? oh right... haha
care0531 care0531 8 years
Okay I lied- last thing how great must that have been for Matt to hear the crowd chanting SAVE after his performance?
care0531 care0531 8 years
One more thing- I think Jennifer Hudson was sent home during this week and I saw all the AI contestants interviewed about who their favorite past Idols were and Matt was the only one who said Jennifer Hudson. Everyone else said either Kelly Clarkson or Fantasia. I just found that a little ironic..
care0531 care0531 8 years
I am a big fan of Matt! I knew he was going to land in the bottom 3- and since this was one of the last weeks that the judges could use the save- I was hoping he was the bottom so that he would be saved. I have been commenting every week on Idol and there seem to be other Matt fans or Adam haters- LETS ALL START VOTING FOR MATT! The voting lines are open till 11pm Eastern! Disco night next week scares me for all!
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