American Idol's Matt Giraud
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This Kalamazoo, Michigan, native is all about soulful singing and killer piano skills. Top five contestant Matt Giraud made history as the first contestant ever to be saved by the judges. We think they made the right call.   

Matt sits down with Oprah.com's Screening Room to chat about his rise to fame.  


Screening Room
: What has the American Idol experience meant to you?   

Matt Giraud: You know, this obviously meant a lot to me. It really sent me off on where I'm supposed to go, I think. I always wanted to be a singer, I always knew I wanted to be a performer on this type of scale—I just never really knew how I would get there. So, it was really cool that Idol could give me that chance to get up on the big stage and really show a lot of people what I can do.  

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