Outgoing American Idol contestant Michael Lynche has been talking about why he gave up his future in football and got back into singing and making music.
Michael was voted off the show last night, after giving a disappointing rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘I Will Be There.’ But before auditioning for the show, he was a football player at Gibbs High School and the University of Central Florida. He played two seasons at University of Central Florida and later dropped out in 2003 to take care of his ailing mother. His mother died the following year of pancreatic cancer.
Speaking to reporters during a post elimination interview Lynche talked about discovering music again, saying:
My mom had failing health for a long time. She was diagnosed with cancer and my heart really was missing home and missing my mom and being with her. Then my mom ended up passing away and it just really kind of threw me for a loop for a bit. I lost my way and I started working with kids at a middle school, special ed kids, and it really was just the best thing for my heart at the time. Really was the best work I’ve ever done in my life.
At the same time, I bought a guitar again — I hadn’t had a guitar for awhile because my plan was to play professional football. But that [music] side started growing again, I just really hadn’t explored it because of athletics. When I left [the University of Central Florida], it was a really confusing time in a young guy’s life, just really trying to find my way. But I got to spend some great last time … at home with her in that last little bit of time here on earth.
It’s enough to make you wish that Big Mike had been saved last night!