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American Idol contestant kicked off show thanks to dad: forgive/forget?

So the missus and I had this friendly debate last night while watching the start of AI's Hollywood week.

Apparently Michael "Big Mike" Lynch, one of the people who made it through to advanced rounds on last night's taped episode, made it all the way to the top 24, but was abruptly kicked off the show weeks ago after Lynch's father told hometown newspaper The St. Petersburg Times how far Big Mike had made it.

Now, Big Mike and his wife recently welcomed their first child into the world. Big Mike, like a lot of AI contestants, was putting lots of his eggs into the contest's basket. But he was pretty level-headed in his attitude and didn't come across like the kind of guy who'd have nothing to fall back on if he failed at AI.

Still, AI producers had the contestants who made it that far, as well as their family members, sign non-disclosure agreements about what was happening with the show.

In spite of that, Papa Lynch told the local paper and got Big Mike booted.

Question: If you're Big Mike are you ticked off at dad?

If not, you are a saint - a real saint, not a Who Dat? Saint - and you may as well stop reading here.

If so though, just how far does your anger go?

I know it's just a "stupid" contest, but top-24 is pretty far along. Big Mike was probably just starting to catch a whiff of what success smells like when his dad pulled the rug out from under him.

So I'm thinking I might be too angry to speak to my pops for a while after that one.


Let me know.

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I don't think it's a "stupid" contest at all. It's a life changing opportunity.

I can't stand the show, I don't watch it at all. But I am not naive enough to think that final 24 isn't a huge deal in regards to what it can do for your career.

I'm not a forgive and forget guy. I'll do the forgive part, but I think the forget part of the equation is the purest stupidity you can ever put out there.

Forgive the father, yes, in time. Forget? Never. Never put your father again in the positron where his actions can screw you over because he's proven he can't handle it. The time frame fr forgiveness would definitely be a sliding scale that factored in my chances of winning and my need for the money/exposure.

James B.

Wavemancali, I put "stupid" in quotation marks to emphasize that I don't necessarily feel that but some folks might downplay the show in that way.

I think our sentiments are the same or similar: I can't stand the show, but I watch it 'cause the wife got me hooked on the early episodes when the bad/non-singers audition. And I'm smart enough to know advancing on that show can open other doors.

Yeah, I think I'd be salty with dad for a long time after this, though my colleague Howard Cohen, who blogs about AI for the Miami Herald, says Big Mike's banishment might not be permanent.


Actually you nailed what I hate about the show. The bad/non singer part of the auditions are why I hate it so much.

Not only is it cruel and hurtful, it enforces the "everything is ok" as long as it gets you on TV attitude.


what? He's kicked off. NO. say it isn't true.

duct tape that dads mouth shut already!


Just throwing in my two cents ...

When I was in my teens, I started working on my relationship with my brother, which wasn't the greatest. (He was a couple of years younger.) One thing that I discovered was that I could evaluate things in terms of their comparative worth.

Let's say he borrowed my CDs and then, since he was an absent-minded, in-love guy, left them in the back of his truck in a warm spring rain while on a date. (But he didn't meant to and was genuinely sorry.) I had to ask myself, which was worth more? My CDs, or my relationship with my brother?

I found out that in every situation, my relationship with my brother is worth more to me than whatever material issue was the problem. And for close to ten years now, I've been able to say that I have a fantastic relationship with him ... we mutually believe that the other is the best sibling in the world. That's worth a lot.

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