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Michael Lynche was a contestant on the ninth season of American Idol. He was the second finalist to receive the "judge's save."
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Michael Lynche was born on May 31, 1983, in St. Petersburg, Florida. His parents were pastors and Michael began his career singing gospel. He left college to care for his mother who was diagnosed with cancer. Lynche competed on the ninth season of American Idol and the judges used their only save of the season to preserve him after he was nearly voted off. He ended up as the fourth place finalist.
Singer Michael Lynche was born on May 31, 1983, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Marque and Michele Lynche. Lynche's parents were both pastors. Michael began his singing career as a child, performing gospel at church with his brother, Marque, Jr.
After high school, Lynche attended the University of Central Florida on a full academic and athletic scholarship. He played for two seasons before dropping out in 2003 to care for his mother, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She died a year later from complications of the disease.
Lynche began working as a personal trainer after his mother's death. Inspired by his brother Marque, Jr., who was a finalist on season three of American Idol, Lynche decided to audition for the ninth season of reality-singing competition in 2009. After he was nearly voted off the show on April 7, 2010, the judges used their only save of the season to preserve Lynche—making him only the second finalist to compete on the show to receive a save by the judges. He went on to place fourth in the competition, and Lee DeWyze was named season 9's winner.
Lynche is married to his high school sweetheart, Christa Angelelli. The couple welcomed their first child, Layla Rose, during taping for American Idol's "Hollywood Week" competition.
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