Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Meet Group 2 - Part 6

Here's the last of our Group 2 contestants performing TOMORROW night. American Idol pushed back this week's show to Wednesday and Thursday due to President Obama's speech tonight.

Matt Giraud
When Matt Giraud performed "Georgia" on his keyboard during Hollywood week, we all sort of blinked and said, "Where did he come from?" The answer is Kalamazoo, Mich. After his initial "I don't wanna be" audition (the same song our Michael Sarver sang to grab his Top 12 spot), Simon said Giraud didn't seem to have enough confidence. But Simon also compared him to Elliot Yamin, who finished 3rd in Season 6. And like Elliot, Matt's already hit the record store shelves. He previously released two albums - one in 2003, one in 2006. Regardless, we can't wait to see what Matt brings to the live show.

Kai Kalama
Kai Kalama is sort of the Danny Gokey of Group 2, except he doesn't look anything like Robert Downey, Jr. Kai spends his days caring for his mother who has a seizure disorder. His audition of "Smoke gets in your eyes" showcased his bluesy voice, and after he got the golden ticket, he called Mom to tell her all about it. Kai has shown he can be a strong contender. Just how strong will he be? We're curious to see, too.

In case you missed it, here's the rest of Group 2. Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5. Enjoy!

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