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Review: Matt Giraud’s dreams come true as he and fellow American Idols rock Grand Rapids

Though Adam Lambert undoubtedly set the crowd at Van Andel Arena ablaze Sunday night, and Kris Allen was superb, a near full house had already experienced the highlight of the “American Idol” live tour: Watching West Michigan’s own Matt Giraud’s dreams come true.

American Idols have another ‘crazy’ hometown experience with Matt Giraud’s West Michigan performance

GRAND RAPIDS — When Matt Giraud woke up Sunday morning, he knew the day would be like none other.

“This show is the biggest of my life so far, ” he said in an interview at Van Andel Arena, just hours before he and his fellow Top 10 “American Idol” contestants would perform. “I literally got up, stretched and said, ‘Let’s do it!'”

It was the Kalamazoo resident’s “Hometown” tour stop, the one he’s been waiting for since he realized he’d be in the Top Ten and thus joining the national tour.

Season 7’s Top 10 ‘American Idols’: Where are they now?

Tonight, the city of Grand Rapids welcomes West Michigan’s own Matt Giraud and his American Idol pals, including Season 8 winner Kris Allen, to Van Andel Arena.

Just one year ago, though, West Michigan was all a-twitter over the Season 7 live show, featuring David Cook, David Archuleta, and the rest of the Top Ten. How have those Idols fared in the last twelve months, since they were wrapping up the live tour and embarking on their own solo careers? Some, like Cook and Archuleta, have forged highly successful solo gigs, releasing, in Cook’s case, a platinum album, and in Archuleta’s, a near-million seller.

Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers? Don’t ask Adam Lambert!

MADISON (WKOW) — Some of the contestants who finished in the Top Ten of American Idol Season 8 may know music, but don’t ask them about sports!

The American Idol Tour made a stop in Madison Friday. Before they took the stage, several of the singers met with media.

When we asked Adam Lambert to choose Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre, he said, “I plead the 5th. I know nothing about sports. I know Brett Favre is an athlete. He’s a football player, right? I guess I’ll go with him because I know who he is. I don’t know the other guy!”

Allison Iraheta didn’t know of Favre or Rodgers.


Last question: Will there be a “Bat Out of Hell IV”? It’s like a franchise.

No, never. It was all about a trilogy and you know because of some of the things that happened. Jimmy wrote me an e-mail and said we need to do another thing, but it won’t be called “Bat Out of Hell IV.” I said, “Well, whenever you want to do it.” I’m in the middle of a record now with a Rob Cavallo, who is like the god of producers at the moment. He’s doing an Adam Lambert track, and I’m going over to meet Adam. Adam Lambert [of “American Idol” fame] is the only singer that I’ve ever thought was amazing. I think there have been great singers, you know, Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler, you know, a lot of great rock singers. Michael Jackson was one, but Adam Lambert is one I haven’t been awestruck with since [Janis] Joplin in the ’60s. I don’t think anybody actually comprehends how good this guy is. I mean, I downloaded everything he did for “American Idol.” I’m like this Adam Lambert groupie.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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