Monday, September 12, 2011

#112 Michael Sarver

Next on my American Idol finalist countdown is my number 112 finalist Michael Sarver. He got 10th place on American Idol season 8. He should not have been on the tour. He is from Jasper, Texas.

Jeremy Michael Sarver was born in Sulphur, Louisiana, on March 28, 1981. He attended Sulphur High School. His wife is Tiffany Sarver, and he has two children: McKenna and Grayson. He wrote over 890 songs for himself since the age of 14, and he has been singing since his teenage years. Before his stint on American Idol he worked as a roughneck on an oil rig.

Sarver auditioned for American Idol season 8 with the song "Thank You" by Boyz II Men in Phoenix, Arizona. During the semi-final week, after performing "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw, he was barely able to garner enough votes from the American public to claim a spot in the top 13, defeating fellow contestant Anoop Desai with a margin of 20,000 votes. On top 13 week, he performed "You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson. On top 11 week, he performed "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)" by Garth Brooks. After performing "Ain't to Proud to Beg" by The Temptations, he was eliminated at 10th place, after the judges could not unanimously agree to save him. As he made the top 10, he was qualified to perform on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009. I would have replaced him with my season 8 favorite, who is my all-time favorite. Reflecting on his stint on American Idol, Sarver stated that his family thought Cowell acted "like a jerk" but was entitled to his own opinion.

On October 31, 2009, Sarver was signed to Dream Records and Universal Music Group. He went the country route and released his debut album on July 27, 2010. Around the time of American Idol season 9, he participated in the American Stars in Concert Tour alongside season 6 finalist Gina Glocksen, season 7 finalist David Hernandez, and my number 116 American Idol finalist Alexis Grace from seaosn 8. He performed his first single "You Are" at the Dream Center, a Pentecostal Christian Church located at 2301 Bellevue Avenue in Los Angeles, California. According to his MySpace page, he signed to Dream Records/Fontana Distribution. Sarver is also the official spokesman for Credit Power Educational Foundation, Inc. He recently released an official single titled "Ferris Wheel." He also filmed a music video for it. It will be Sarver's first official single being broadcast on country radio. In June 2010, he also launched his official web site where fans can pre-order his album.

Next up on my American Idol finalist countdown is my number 111 finalist, a season 2 finalist who hails from Brookfield, Connecticut, and is the youngest and only girl of six.

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