Amid the carnage and genuinely confusing results on Thursday night's (March 11) "American Idol" (Aaron Kelly? Katie Stevens? Paige Miles?!?), two of last year's hopefuls took the stage to lighten the mood with a sunny, dueling-pianos duet.
Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre — who just released a brand-new album called Heartstrings — joined forces on an upbeat version of Billy Joel's "Tell Her About It," trading verses and runs up and down the keys. Backed by the "Idol" house band, the duo muscled their way through the song, with Giraud hitting a few falsetto spots, each ripping off rocking, fleet-fingered solos.
The performance earned a standing ovation from the "Idol" crowd, and as Ryan Seacrest approached the two grand pianos, the host gave MacIntyre a chance to plug Heartstrings and asked Giraud about the status of his new EP, which he said is well under way.
When MTV News spoke to Giraud last month, he told us about the EP, which he's working on in Nashville with songwriters like Marcus Hummon (Rascal Flatts, the Dixie Chicks) and Monty Powell (Keith Urban). But he made sure to let us know that — unlike fellow season-eight hopeful Danny Gokey — he wasn't about to get fitted for his 10-gallon hat.
"I'm not really going country," he said. "But they appreciate soul down there, and I've been playing with them and making great music. ... Really, I'm just learning the craft of songwriting."
And while Giraud and MacIntyre's version of "Tell Her About It" may have seemed slightly out of place on such a grim night, perhaps the newly departed contestants can take some solace in where each man is today. Giraud especially knows a thing or two about the heart-stopping "Idol" moments. After all, last season, he was voted off the show, only to be rescued by the judges when they used their controversial "save" to keep him around.
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