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 .

Early LifeEdit

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.

Brother's deathEdit

On December 6, 2015, Lynche's brother, Marque, was found dead in his New York apartment of acute and chronic alcoholism.

Personal LifeEdit

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.

American IdolEdit

Lynche auditioned in Orlando, Florida on July 9, 2009. He sang Unchained Melody by Alex North to all four judges, including guest judge Kristin Chenoweth.

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
Bryan Adams
  • 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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