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Michael Alexander Lynche (born May 31, 1983) is an American singer from St. Petersburg, Florida who was the fourth place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol. He is the second finalist ever to receive the judges' save, which was introduced in season eight.

Michael Lynche
Michael Lynche.jpg
Michael Lynche in July 2010.
Background information
Birth name Michael Alexander Lynche
Also known as Big Mike
Born (1983-05-31) May 31, 1983 (age 35)
Origin Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Genres R&B, pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels Big3 Records[1]


Early lifeEdit

Lynche was born to Michele and Marque Lynche, Sr. His older brother Marque Jr. was a star on the All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child from 1993-1995 & was a semi-finalist in season three but did not make it to the top 12. Marque Jr. died on December 6, 2015.[2] His musical influences are Lauryn Hill, Maxwell and Al Green.[3]

Before Idol, Lynche was a football player at Gibbs High School and the University of Central Florida. He played two seasons at University of Central Florida and later dropped out in 2003 to take care of his ailing mother.[3] His mother died the following year of pancreatic cancer.

American IdolEdit

Lynche auditioned in Orlando, Florida on July 9, 2009. He sang Unchained Melody by Alex North to all four judges, including guest judge Kristin Chenoweth.

During Hollywood Week, Lynche received news via telephone that his wife, Christa, had gone into labor and given birth to his daughter Laila Rose. A week after Hollywood Week taping ended, his father revealed to a local newspaper that his son had made it into American Idol's Top 24, thus violating a confidentiality agreement with the show. Fox declined to comment on the report.[4]

Since Lynche was among the top 10 finalists, he was part of the American Idol 2010 summer tour.

On April 7, 2010, Lynche was the lowest vote-getter and would have been eliminated from the competition, but the judges used their only save on him.

Lynche was eliminated from the competition on May 12, 2010, thus finishing in fourth place.


Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Unchained Melody" Todd Duncan N/A Advanced
Hollywood First Solo "Waiting on the World to Change" John Mayer N/A Advanced
Hollywood Group Performance "Get Ready" The Temptations N/A Advanced
Hollywood Second Solo "I'm Yours" Jason Mraz N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Men) Billboard Hot 100 Hits "This Love" Maroon 5 9 Safe
Top 20 (10 Men) "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" James Brown 1 Safe
Top 16 (8 Men) "This Woman's Work" Kate Bush 8 Safe
Top 12 The Rolling Stones "Miss You" The Rolling Stones 1 Safe
Top 11 Billboard #1 Hits "When a Man Loves a Woman" Percy Sledge 6 Safe
Top 10 R&B/Soul "Ready for Love" India.Arie 3 Safe
Top 9 Lennon–McCartney "Eleanor Rigby" The Beatles 4 Saved1
Top 92 Elvis Presley "In the Ghetto" Elvis Presley 7 Safe
Top 7 Inspirational "Hero" Chad Kroeger 6 Safe
Top 6 Shania Twain "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing" Shania Twain 2 Bottom 33
Top 5 Frank Sinatra "The Way You Look Tonight" Fred Astaire 4 Bottom 24
Top 4 Songs of the Cinema Solo "Will You Be There" — Free Willy Michael Jackson 2 Eliminated
Duet "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" — Don Juan DeMarco with Casey James Bryan Adams 6
  • ^Note 1 Lynche received the lowest number of votes; however, the judges decided to use their one save for the season to allow him to remain in the competition, resulting in two eliminations the following week.
  • ^Note 2 Due to the judges using their one save to save Lynche, the Top 9 remained intact for another week.
  • ^Note 3 Lynche was saved first from elimination.
  • ^Note 4 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results in the particular night, Lynche was in the bottom two but declared safe when Aaron Kelly was eliminated.

Post IdolEdit

Lynche joined the rest of the Top 10 on the American Idol LIVE! tour. His 3-song set included "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush, "Ready for Love" by India.Arie, and "My Love" by Justin Timberlake. He also appeared alongside Casey James to perform their duet, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" by Bryan Adams during James' set. He is signed to Big3 Records, and has recently released a single, "Who's Gonna Love You More," for his self-titled debut album. The song has charted at number 36 on the US Hot Urban AC chart.[5]

Lynche went on a diet and lost ninety pounds, while recording his debut album.[6]



Title Album details Peak chart
Michael Lynche
  • Release date: August 14, 2012
  • Label: Big3 Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions

2012 "Who's Gonna Love You More" 28
"Today" 39


  1. ^ "Michael Lynche label signing". 
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  3. ^ a b "Michael Lynche Biography". Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Report: Idol Contestant Cut After Dad Talks to Paper". People. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  5. ^ "Kelly Clarkson's all over the charts". USA Today. June 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Dimas Sanfiorenzo (September 11, 2012). ""American Idol" Standout Michael Lynche On Who Would Make The Perfect Judge & How He Lost 90 Pounds!". Global Grind. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2012-03-28). "'Idol' album sales: Clarkson, Daughtry, Studdard". Idol Chatter. USA Today. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Radio Idols: Kelly Clarkson, Phillip Phillips and more". USA Today. September 3, 2012. 

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