Stacey: Judges save Matt Giraud; two go next week

Stacey: Judges save Matt Giraud; two go next week

April 15th, 2009 by Phil Stacey in Idol

The judges have saved Matt Giraud, and no one was booted off "American Idol" tonight. Matt Giraud received the least amount of votes, just as I predicted in my blog Tuesday night, but the dueling piano man from Kalamazoo, Mich., will get a second chance to win over America. I believe he can do it, but as Simon said, it will be hard since next week is disco week.

Because of the judges' kindness tonight, two Idols will get the disco ball dropped on them and boogie on home due to a double elimination.

It was no surprise that Lil Rounds and Anoop joined Matt Giraud in the bottom three. Anoop Desai was in the bottom three for the third week in a row despite one of his best performances but was the first sent back to the safe couch. Lil could have easily been chopped tonight, so next week she will have to do amazing to survive the odds. I believe disco might give her that chance.

Oscar and Grammy winner and booted Idols' role model Jennifer Hudson came back to her starting place. She did an amazing performance of her new single, "If This Isn't Love." Much to my daughter's delight, Miley Cyrus also made an appearance, singing "The Climb."

What do you all think? Did the judges make the right decision?

On a personal note, I will be in Chattanooga this Sunday, April 19th, at a luncheon to support the MaryEllen Locher Foundation. If you would like more information, please visit

I would love to see you there!