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Michael Lynche booted off 'American Idol'? Who knows?


By Joshua Gillin, [email protected]

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The power of interest in American Idol and a single online post have combined to create a tidal wave of media speculation centered on a single question: Was St. Petersburg native Michael Lynche ejected from the talent competition for violating the show's confidentiality agreement?

The Web log Joe's Place Blog posted a report on Friday saying Lynche may have been disqualified for violating confidentiality concerns, citing a "rumor floating around American Idol message boards."

The Web site Reality Blurred noted Friday that Lynche's father, Marque Lynche Sr., confirmed his son's place in the top 24 in a story by the St. Petersburg Times, which might violate the show's confidentiality rules.

But neither blog cites concrete evidence connecting the newspaper story to any possible dismissal of Lynche. The Fox network has continually refused to comment on the status of contestants before it is revealed on the show, and Marque Lynche Sr. has now disconnected his home phone in Sarasota.

Nevertheless, Web sites maintained by People magazine,, Us magazine, MSNBC, the New York Post and the Tampa Tribune have all reported more definitively that Lynche was cut and that the newspaper story may have been the cause, citing Joe's Place Blog as the source.

"It's like a big game of telephone, but it's completely based on rumor," said M.J. Santilli, a freelance writer in Boston who maintains another Web site that features American Idol rumors, MJ's Big Blog. "As far as I know right now, it's all just a rumor."

The final 24 contestants on American Idol will be revealed Feb. 17, according to the network.

Eric Deggans, Times TV/media critic

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