Ousted American Idol 12 contestant, Matheus Fernandes, insists that he is NOT a liar!  He explains via Facebook, that despite his experience as a finalist on the Glee Project, he really has never performed with a live band:

Alright, enough. For everyone who mentioned I lied about singing with a live band, because I apparently “have done it in the past with the Glee Project” hear this: REALITY is very much what is perceived to be through your TV Screen, but make no mistake. Make no mistake… LOTS happens behind the scenes to an extent where the audience is NOT very aware of all circumstances. That’s all I’ll say. I am an HONEST person. I do NOT lie. Lies for me are for life or death situations and any bit of dishonesty I see within a person completely turns me off from that character, because I have a moral code within myself. Thank you. Love you all. Hope this clears it up.

Matheus’ lack of specifics really explains nothing. But perhaps the “live” band we saw on The Glee Project really wasn’t live–but rather a band miming to a track? You never know.

Here’s Matheus performing on the Glee Project in 2011. His duet partner is Damian McGinty who went on to win the competition and subsequently star on Glee.


gp-matdam-pair by mjsbigblog

Here’s Matheus claiming After his Idol elimination that he’s never sung with a live band before


2nd Group Including Devon, Gurpreet & Cortez… by IdolxMuzic

So, what do you think? Is Matheus being truthful?

 
  • Latin2

     I think he said he never sang “by himself” with a band, or something like that. Not defending him, but I think that is what he said.

    If you compare the video he is singing with someone else, not by himself, but I didn’t watch the Glee Project to know if he sang by himself with a band.

  • Latin2

    BUT he did later say he that was the first time playing with a live band and he made it seem that has never performed in front of people. He acted like he was a novice. Saying he has only sang in his car and that is it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, the drummer was definitely hitting his drums and the guitarists look like they were strumming for real, but maybe it was a Beyonce-like performance where the band was playing live but also an instrumental track was playing? lol

    “I am an HONEST person. I do NOT lie. Lies for me are for life or death situations and any bit of dishonesty I see within a person completely turns me off from that character, because I have a moral code within myself.”

    Oh, OK then. Hard to know what Matteus is trying to say here, but he seems to distinguish between “lies” (which are for life or death situations) vs. “fibs” (?) which is what he did on Idol. lol Regardless, I’m fine with him being cut.

    ETA: Oh, so the qualifier was he had never sung with a live band “by himself”? lol One thing for sure, Matteus knows how to milk his backstory and he’s very good at parsing words. ;)

  • Latin2

    I would’ve let him slide because I went back and did hear him say that it was the first time he sang with a live band, BY HIMSELF, BUT AFTER his performance he said that was 1st time he sang with a live band.

    So it is a 50/50 to me.

    But then he says he only sang in his car that was his only experience, which of course is not true.

  • sporkle

    The specifics of his words don’t really matter to me except in the context of what he meant to do. Now I’m as skeptical as the next person of manipulative TPTB editing (the glee project was FULL of it), but his demeanor on stage and the story he was telling – giving specifics where not prompted, profuse OTT gratitude – that’s all on him. And irrespective of whether he meant to split hairs (“by himself” or not), the fact is that he tried to rewrite his history and pull the wool over the viewers’ eyes – I’m quite convinced of this – and that just puts a bad taste in my mouth. Did he really think he could get away with it? SMH.

  • RalphResty

    I believe him.  What would he gain by lying?

  • Latin2

    What I didn’t care for was his constant sob story, caterwauling and then acting like he was some guy off the street. I never watched the Glee Project and didn’t know he had already appeared on a major TV Reality Show. I went to his fb page and he already had like over 31,000 followers, and I was surprised, because it is early in the game. Then I went to Devin Velez’s fb and he had like 789 followers. So knew right there and then that Mathes was not telling the truth about being making it appear that he was a “novice”.

  • Latin2

     “what would he gain by lying?” uhm…a slot in the top 20 guys. But whatever floats his boat.

    There is always the Voice and X Factor.

  • Latin2

     “what would he gain by lying?” uhm…a slot in the top 20 guys. But whatever floats his boat.

    There is always the Voice and X Factor.

  • http://twitter.com/toastyred Sara Traynor

    Yeah exactly it’s the context.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the band on TGP isn’t really playing.  I have a friend who had to stand for a guitarist on a late night tv talk show.  He had no clue how to play and just moved his fingers around and it looked pretty convincing.  The issue I’ve had all along is that he acts like he’s never had a chance in life.  Like I understand if the edit doesn’t want to put in that he was on TGP, but it’s him that’s acting like he hasn’t ever done anything public.

  • http://twitter.com/hotelangel Joe Crisco

    Well heres a video of him singing with a band (not on TGP) from 2011

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZfAiHaIP9A

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    nvm

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.dangio.71 Robert D’Angio

    I believe that it was potentially the first time he ever sang with a live band like that… but honestly he played it like he has never done anything like this before and he obviously had been on the Glee Project. I don’t understand why people try to hide previous experiences. Just be honest and you won’t run into trouble.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh, but again, Matteus isn’t singing “by himself”, so I guess that performance doesn’t “count” for him. lol

  • Incipit

     

    so the qualifier was he had never sung with a live band “by himself”?
    lol One thing for sure, Matteus knows how to milk his backstory and he’s
    very good at parsing words. ;)

    Yes. And Idol encourages it, they certainly are less than forthcoming on backstories.  And we may pretend to believe it, til Matteus went a step too far.

    But he is parsing for all he’s worth – or spinning the story to give the impression he wants – call it either one, fuzzywuzzy. And there’s Joe Crisco’s post with the 2011 video that just makes it look like a plain old fashioned lie. He would be better off to sit down and shut up on Twitter, I think.

    I saw a few bits of him on that Glee thing, and he is still just as annoying here. So Nicki called him on “milking” his story? Good. IMO. Just give a good performance, that speaks for itself. But I suppose if one throws a lot of Pity Parties, one gets used to receiving presents, no matter what the quality of the performance is. Not this time.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Hope this clears it up.

    Honestly? No. That was an incoherent attempt to shift blame to some unspecified somebody.

    Dude. You auditioned to be on a reality show. Being on a reality show inevitably involves doing things you’ve never done before, including some you would have cringed at doing.

    You give it your best shot and you don’t whine about how haaaaaard it is. The sector of the audience that likes sob stories may want to feel sorry for you, but they don’t want to watch you feel sorry for yourself.

  • Xentusk

    For me he just came off as unlikable with unremarkable talent.

    “Devil’s advocate” point of view though….
    The evolution of reality singing competition over the years since Idol began, aspiring contestants have been conditioned to come armed with a sob story, the more pity inducing, the better.

    The number of contestants who come with a “I live a wonderful, blessed life with a happy family, but I’m chasing my dreams” story is by far dwarfed by the ones with sob stories.  So, it’s no wonder that the ‘win at all cost’ contestants, more often than not, ‘enhance’ the stories, just to get their foot in the door…

    Not excusing him, but he certainly wasn’t the only one that could have been called out ‘milking’ a sob story.

    Fortunately, most of the recent AI finalists have been able to do it without that crutch….  Haley, Scotty, Lauren, Jessica and PP to name a few

    The story gets you in, but it also ends up defining you which makes it harder for you to be appreciated for whatever talent you have that would carry you through your career.

  • girlygirltoo

    I don’t really care if it was his first time singing by himself with a live band. I was more bothered by the fact he acted like he had never been on a reality show before, that he was some kid just off the street. Also, I was put off by his general “woe is me” attitude. I understand he has probably been bullied because of his size, but that attitude still isn’t helpful.

  • Miz

    This guy turned me off on the Glee Project and he he’s amped the annoyance level up for AI. The guy is an actor, after all.

    They made the right decision to not fall for the sob story and send him home.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Someone posted that video on Matheus’ facebook thread with his denials that he lied.

    http://www.facebook.com/MatheusSings/posts/10151247976761638

    Of course, that video was ignored by Matheus. He’s being rather obnoxious and aggressively defensive in subsequent posts, continuing to claim that he didn’t lie. lol

  • http://twitter.com/dam744 Damien Roberts

    Its a lot more about what he was implying throughout the show in my opinion. He can work around this comment as much as he wants, but he’s no where near the amateur that he is claiming to be. The Glee Project alone was a platform bigger than his “car or room”. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6HV2UO4WHAHKMAPXSH5DZTLAM drew

    sure but he’s not *by himself* which is what he said on idol… not sung with a live band by himself.  does it matter?  he’s off idol.  he should audition for The Voice. 

  • http://twitter.com/JonKills Jon Glass

    BULLCRAP! The video is of him SINGING with a live band. How would that be edited?  Enough said.

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    Sashay away

  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    For obvious reasons it’s easy to forget he’s an adult with the ability to create elaborate BS, which is what I think he did. It would’ve worked better if he kept it cool. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Matheus’ lack of specifics really explains nothing. But perhaps the “live” band we saw on The Glee Project really wasn’t live–but rather a band miming to a track? You never know.

     
    MJ, do you think that maybe the Glee project contestants were lip- syncing to a track they recorded earlier?  I’ve watched both seasons, and always thought the contestant’s second chance performances were unusually amazing “live” performances. Maybe they weren’t ever live at all?
     
    The Glee Project gave the impression that the second chance contestants only have two hours to learn their song and then they come out and perform it. There may have been some recording going on during that time that we didn’t see. The two hour time frame could have been used for a dramatic spin.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I really don’t care if he lied or not as I havn’t seen his Glee Project resume. I do care about people that milk their backstory and those are the people I want gone. Bless Nicki for calling out the BS.

  • chris99x

    This is exactly what I think, too. I never bought that they were singing live. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R37UM43PITK7QU5SHTDWSU7SNA emme

    Who cares?

  • Montavilla

    If you compare the video he is singing with someone else, not by himself, but I didn’t watch the Glee Project to know if he sang by himself with a band.

    I did watch it.  Every week, the three bottom kids had to do that live “Last Chance” performance.  Only one week was a duet, the other times it was the kids by themselves.  Matheus sang two Last Chance performances before this one.

    Here’s the backstory he told on The Glee Project
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGAldP89-4k

  • Latin2

     BUSTED! lol X^)

    I notice that not only didn’t Matheus acknowledge it, but neither did any of his “flock”.

  • HKfan

    He definitely implied that he had never sang with a live band before…..and he definitely implied that he had ‘no experience’, said that the only singing he’d done was in his car and shower…….
    That part was definitely a lie. Didn’t like him on The Glee Project, didn’t like him on Idol, so not upset he’s gone.

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

     No way if you listen to Shanna’s stonger she flubbed almost every word in the chorus so they’re definitely singing live.

  • http://twitter.com/toastyred Sara Traynor

    I think they’re sung live, but I’m pretty sure that the sound is touched up afterwards.  I’m slightly obsessed with that show and remember reading an interview that implied this.  I’d say that the backing track is pre-recorded though.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I really wasn’t that impressed with him in the first place.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I notice that the post with that video has now been deleted from Mattheus’ facebook thread. lol

    http://www.facebook.com/MatheusSings/posts/10151247976761638Now, Mattheus has posted a long (38 minutes!), rambling video on youtube where he defends himself and says that he’s not a liar, but doesn’t address the video of him singing with that band.He’s now changed his claim to “never having sung with a band of that caliber before, so I guess that the video of him singing with that band onstage doesn’t count either. lol