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It’s been a good week for Michael Lynche.

The American Idol contestant was rumored to have been kicked out of this season’s top 24 because his father leaked his inclusion of that group prior to the air date (February 17) on which Fox will announce the semifinalists.

But multiple sources now confirm this was a false report and Lynche is still alive in Hollywood.

As if that weren’t enough of a reason to celebrate, Michael learned – on TV, at least, the show was taped a couple weeks ago – on Tuesday night that he’s a new father! His wife went into labor just as he was taking the stage to (successfully) audition.

Might this string of good fortunate end with an American Idol title?

Quick background information on Lynche:

  • He describes himself as a mixture of Gnarls Barkley, Outcast and R. Kelly.
  • Both Michael’s parents are pastors.
  • He played Division I football at the University of Central Florida.

Along with Andrew Garcia and Casey James, Michael has stood out among the men this week.

Watch his initial audition below.

Michael Lynche Audition