Michael Lynche exits ‘American Idol’

Updated: May 13, 2010, 09:21 AM IST

New York: Michael ‘Big Mike’ Lynche was voted off ‘American Idol’ on Wednesday as the singing show whittled down to three the number of aspiring pop stars vying for the coveted title and a shot at stardom.

Lynche, a personal trainer who won hearts when his wife gave birth to their first child during early audition rounds, was finally shown the door by the public after having being saved from elimination by the judges more than a month ago.

His rendition of Michael Jackson`s theme song ‘Will You Be There’ from the movie ‘Free Willy’ received a lukewarm reception from the judges on Tuesday.

Favorites Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, as well as Texan guitarist Casey James, will compete for a place in the finale, which will be broadcast live on Fox on Tuesday, May 25.

Bureau report