Michael Alexander Lynche (born May 31, 1983) is an American singer from St. Petersburg, Florida who was the fourth place finalist on season 9 of American Idol. He is the second finalist ever to receive the judges' save, which was introduced in season 8 .
Lynche was born to Michele and Marque Lynche, Sr. His older brother Marque Lynche Jr. was a semi-finalist in season 3 but did not make it to the top 12. His musical influences are Lauryn Hill, Maxwell and Al Green.
Before Idol, Lynche was a football player at Gibbs High School and the University of Central Florida. He played two seasons at University of Central Florida and later dropped out in 2003 to take care of his ailing mother.
On December 6, 2015, Lynche's brother, Marque, was found dead in his New York apartment of acute and chronic alcoholism.
During Hollywood week, Lynche received word that his wife, Christa, had gone into labor & had given birth to their daughter, Laila Rose. When he was eliminated from the show on May 12, 2010, Lynche held his baby girl in his arms while he sang his farewell song.
A week after Hollywood Week taping ended, his father revealed to a local newspaper that his son had made it into American Idol's Top 24, thus violating a confidentially agreement with the show. Fox declined to comment on the report.
Since Lynche was among the top 10 finalists, he will be joining the American Idol 2010 summer tour.
On April 7, 2010, Lynche was the lowest vote-getter and would have been eliminated from the competition, but the judges used their only save on him.
Lynche was eliminated from the competition on May 12, 2010, thus finishing in fourth place.
|Week #||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"Unchained Melody"||Todd Duncan||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood||First Solo||"Waiting on the World to Change"||John Mayer||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood||Group Performance||"Get Ready"||The Temptations||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood||Second Solo||"'m Yours"||Jason Mraz||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24 (12 Men)||Billboard Hot 100 Hits||"This Love"||Maroon 5||9||Safe|
|Top 20 (10 Men)||"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"||James Brown||1||Safe|
|Top 16 (8 Men)||"This Woman's Work"||Kate Bush||8||Safe|
|Top 12||The Rolling Stones||"Miss You"||The Rolling Stones||1||Safe|
|Top 11||Billboard #1 Hits||"When a Man Loves a Woman"||Percy Sledge||6||Safe|
|Top 10||Soul||"Ready for Love"||India.Arie||3||Safe|
|Top 9||Lennon/McCartney||"Eleanor Rigby"||The Beatles||4||Saved|
|Top 9||Elvis Presley||"In the Ghetto"||Elvis Presley||7||Safe|
|Top 7||Inspirational||"Hero"||Chad Kroeger||6||Safe|
|Top 6||Shania Twain||"It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing"||Shania Twain||2||Bottom 3|
|Top 5||Frank Sinatra||"The Way You Look Tonight"||Fred Astaire||4||Bottom 2|
|Top 4|| Songs of the Cinema Solo|
| "Will You Be There" — Free Willy|
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" — Don Juan DeMarco with Casey James
| Michael Jackson|
- Due to the judges using their one save on Michael Lynche, the Top 9 remained intact for an extra week.
Post American IdolEdit
According to Lynche, he is working on an album as well as trying to get a record deal. He even recently posted a video on his YouTube channel showing him working on some songs with season 2 Idol winner Ruben Studdard. Lynche later got signed to Big3 Records and released his self-titled debut album on August 14, 2012. The first two singles off the album are "Who's Gonna Love You More" and "Today".
- Michael Lynche (2012)
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