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Michael Lynche is not a small man. This American Idol contestant is as strong as they come, but he's also sensitive:

On the very first Hollywood night of season nine, he learned his wife was in labor and was clearly affected by the news. Lynche went on to perform well and receive a pass into the show's final 24.

Lynche auditioned in Orlando. He describes himself as a cross between Gnarls Barkley, Outcast and R. Kelly. Also of note:

Both Michael's parents were pastors, which led to this aspiring singer singing in the gospel as a child. He attended the University of Central Florida on a full academic and athletic scholarship. He played football there.