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Interview:
"Idol" alumnus says the show has run its course
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Michael Lynche will watch the final season of "American Idol" a bit differently than most viewers.

The Florida-born singer was a finalist in "Idol's" ninth season, placing fourth in the competition and distinguished by renditions of Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work" and Elvis Presley's "In the Ghetto." It gave him "a powerful platform" to launch his own career, but Lynche expects to be dry-eyed when the curtain comes down in May.

"Everything runs its course," Lynche, 32, says by phone from New York, where he now resides. "It's given the world a chance to see some amazing musicians, singers who otherwise wouldn't have gotten that chance/ I was on five years go and I still find people who are moved by some of the songs I sang on the show.

"So it's done a good job and run its course. I don't get a chance to see it all the time, but I root for everybody, man. I like to see people do well."

Lynche has certainly kept himself busy since "Idol." He released a self-titled debut album in 2012 and is working on another one for release next year; he's performing one of the new songs, "There Will Be Love" -- "A big, positive song that just talks about peace and love in the world," he says -- in concert.

He's also worked with Detroit Symphony Orchestra Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik to create a pair of orchestral shows, one of pop standards called "Let's Dance" and another, more R&B-oriented set titled "Heart & Soul;" they'll present a hybrid of the two as part of the DSO's New Year's Eve gala on Dec. 31.

"We'll do a little Dean Martin, a little James Brown, a little Ray Charles...classic stuff," Lynche says. "It's incredible. It's moving music in itself, and you're hearing it in a really pure form -- so many different musicians on different instruments playing the same piece in concert together. To be up front singing on it is incredible. it's the best thing I do."

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra New Year's Eve Bash, featuring Michael Lynche

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31.

Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Concert, dinner and afterparty packages range from $150-$500.

Call 313-576-5111 or visit dso.org.


Web Site: www.dso.org

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