Hometown: Los Angeles/Atlanta
Musical Favorites: Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Mercury, Stevie Nicks
Idol Pursuits: Tennis
Audition song: I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
The Wizard From Oz: Michael was born in Perth, Australia, but moved to the US in 1998 to study in Georgia on a tennis scholarship. He still works as a tennis coach.
Rising Star: In 2001, Michael – then know as Michael Lee – formed a band called The Rising, which was signed to Madonna’s Maverick label. They recorded an album called Future Unknown.
Guys’ gang: Friends since Hollywood Week, four of the older guys – Luke Menard, Jason Yaeger, David Cook and Michael – were known inside the AI camp as the Four Horsemen.
Vegas Wedding: Michael got married in Vegas in May, but hopes to have a proper ceremony after Idol is over.
Tough Guy: Back home, Michael used to play the brutal "Aussie Rules" version of soccer.
Semifinals Week 1: "Light My Fire" (The Doors)
Semifinals Week 2: "Go Your Own Way" (Fleetwood Mac)
Semifinals Week 3: "Don’t You (Forget About Me)" (Simple Minds)
Finals Week 1: "Across The Universe" (The Beatles)
Finals Week 2: "A Day In The Life" (The Beatles)
Finals Week 3: "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" (Queen)
Finals Week 4: "It’s All Wrong, But It’s Alright" (Dolly Parton)
Finals Week 5: "Dream On" (Aerosmith)