Matthew Scott “Matt” Giraud (born May 11, 1985) is a singer-songwriter and musician from Kalamazoo, Michigan and the fifth place finalist of the eighth season of the reality television series American Idol. He is the first recipient of the Judges’ Save.
Giraud was born in Dearborn, Michigan, but was raised in Ypsilanti and graduated from Lincoln High School in 2003. He is the son of Daniel Giraud and Kami Zoltanski and has a sister, April. He started as a drummer, playing and singing in church in Ypsilanti.
Giraud auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky. He was considered a judges’ favorite in Hollywood, with Randy Jackson naming him among his “top 5” early favorites. During Hollywood week, he performed “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 as part of a group called White Chocolate, along with fellow finalist, and future season 8 winner, Kris Allen. He did not make the finals initially, but was brought back for the Wild Card show.