Giraud was born in Dearborn, Mich., but was raised in Ypsilanti and graduated Lincoln High School disambiguation needed in 2003. She is the daughter of Daniel Giraud and Kami Zoltanski and has one sister, April . He plays at clubs in Kalamazoo, where he also graduated from Western Michigan University.
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 initially make the finals, but was brought back for the Wild Card show. The judges unanimously lauded his performance of “Who’s Lovin ‘You” and he became a part of the Top 13 (along with Anoop Desai, Megan Joy, and Jasmine Murray). Giraud was also the first and only recipient of the new judges’ save for his season on April 15, 2009.
After his Top 13 performance of “Human Nature”, Kara DioGuardi remarked “I hope we see you for many more weeks.” On Top 11 night, he performed “So Small”, provoking Simon Cowell to state “I don ‘ t think you’ve had enough credit in this competition, “and compare him to Michael Buble. On the night of the Top 8, Giraud sang” Part-Time Lover. “Paula Abdul kept her compliments short (due to time constraints), simply saying “Two words: Standing O”. The next week, however, Giraud received poor reviews from Jackson and DioGuardi. The following night, the results revealed that he received the lowest amount of votes. However, for the first time in American Idol history, the judges’ save was invoked and Giraud was spared elimination when the judges utilized Season 8’s new twist. The consequence of this, for all of the contestants, was a double elimination after the second top 7 night. On that night, Giraud performed “Stayin ‘Alive” and received mixed reviews. Nevertheless, he survived the vote that week and even avoided placing 3rd in the Bottom He was eliminated on April 29, place 2009 and finished in 5th. In interviews after his elimination, Giraud says that he believed the ” ‘Idol’ judges’ save was not a waste”.
Giraud was a favorite of Joel Madden . It was also mentioned that Lady GaGa had told Matt she was sad to see him leave the show after being eliminated.