Paul McDonald Gets Kicked Off 'American Idol': What Is Wrong With America?

Fri, April 15, 2011 9:31am EST by 18 Comments
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Paul was immediately sent packing after the April 14 episode of ‘American Idol’ — but they sent the wrong guy home!

Paul McDonald IS an American Idol. The 26-year-old Alabama native struck a chord with audiences from the moment he stepped on the Idol stage. Paul had girls swooning with his sparkly white smile, which judge Jennifer Lopez said “lit up a room.” But above all, he was talented — beyond gifted. Paul wasn’t a manufactured popstar and that is why he should have won the entire competition!

Why did the other bottom-two contestants, Haley Reinhart and Stefano Langone, deserve to be there more than Paul? Paul has been touring with his band the Grand Magnolia’s (formerly Hightide Blues) since he was in college at Auburn University.

Every night his loyal bandmates put their lives on hold because they believed in Paul. Paul toured the Southeast for years after college devoting his entire life to music. The quirky guy with the Rod Stewart-style vocals is so much more than what Fox showed each week.

Paul wasn’t a chameleon — he didn’t want to change who he was just to win Idol — and that’s probably why he lost. Still, anyone with the least bit of musicality knows Paul defines the word musician. But Paul had the fewest of the 53 million votes — and the facts are the facts.

But America sent the wrong person home! This isn’t the last we’ll see of Paul. Trust me, you’ll be going to one of his sold-out shows one day — and saying “Stefano who?”

— Chloe Melas

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Posted at 10:55 PM on April 24, 2011  

You mean they kicked off Paul, and kept that big goofy looking guy, who can’t sing,.

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Posted at 3:47 AM on April 19, 2011  

I LOVE PAUL! he was by far one the most most talented people of this show. he was so different and he is a true musician. he is one where just by watching him perform and listening to him sing you can tell his original music will be good and not that stupid poppy sound.
i hate pia! she was a good singer but she wasnt thaaat good. she did the same thing every week- just stood there with her microphone and sang a sow song, BORING! and laso i think she was a little stuck up, and now she’s even worse.
stefano, ok poor guy. he is good but i do agree his time should have been up instead of paul, but haley is worse and must go!
james and casey are very good. bring something different every week and take chances and wont let anyone else te them what to do when it comes to music which i think is what a true musician is like.
at first i liked scotty and jacob but now theyre really starting to bore me. they both have great voices but they need to do something different.
i love lauren. she is the ony girl in the top 13 that can actually sing. she’s young, beautiful and has an amazing voice.

now that paul is out, i guess im going for lauren, james & casey!

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Posted at 5:04 AM on April 17, 2011  

geez,i didn’t realize that there were so many music producers/professional singers on these boards!!
you all do realize that only 1 person can win…right.
and if you really stop and think about it,in the past,the contestants who were voted off seemed to do better than the ones who actually won idol.except for kelly clarkson and carrie underwood(& maybe jordin sparks & david cook) none of the other winners have done that great.
so plz.,everyone just chill.and stop getting yourselves worked up over this.

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yeah yeah

Posted at 12:11 AM on April 17, 2011  

sorry i didnt like him

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Posted at 10:28 PM on April 16, 2011  

Everyone should know by now that American Idol is rigged. It’s obvious for shock purposes. Since the past few American Idol winners have totally bombed and barely anyone bought their albums but yet people supposely voted for them to win? Right. I think Paul is nice and fun but you have to get aquired to his voice because it’s very different and I personally didn’t care for him singing Old Time Rock N Roll, his voice just didn’t suit the song.

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Posted at 2:52 AM on April 16, 2011  

Sorry to borrow this particular thread but HL has a “click to comment” button on the Khloe Kardashian article about her shoe closet…but no comments are allowed. Ok, I’ll do it here.

HL wrote that they were “dying of envy”.

HL, a lot of kids in Africa could have been fed with the money spent on those shoes…and they’re just plain dying.

oh yes, I do give money for that cause. that’s why I’m commenting

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Posted at 6:48 PM on April 15, 2011  

What is wrong with America? Are you kidding me?

What is wrong with HL is a distilled and encapsulated in whats wrong with America.

HL writes pervy articles about an underage boy all the time. They harp incessantly about thin women yet have an ultra-thin female logo. The focus on vampires and werewoves like nothing else exists.

In short, HL is America. Shallow, vain and only about fame.

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Posted at 6:31 PM on April 15, 2011  

Paul is very talented and deserved to be more so than Stefano. Nothing against Stefano, but he doesn’t have the unique quirky qualities and voice that Paul had. Stefano is forgettable in 10 years time, he will be another american idol contestant that you will say ‘stefano who’?

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Posted at 4:37 PM on April 15, 2011  

im no vegas odd maker but im going for scotty mccreery for da win.

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Posted at 11:27 AM on April 15, 2011  

i think that Paul is very talented but i think it was just his time to go home. It is getting to the point now in the show that ALL of the contestants have grown on us and they are all very lovable. It is gonna be hard to see any of them go. I personally like Stefano, Scotty, Jacob and Lauren. Hopefully they make it as far as they can. I’ll be voting :)

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Posted at 2:03 PM on April 15, 2011  

i agree. paul was good and will continue to have a career, but he wasn’t the rising superstar the rest of them have the potential to be. he’s where he’s going to be- very good, and i particularly loved his maggie mae. i’m sorry to see him go, but i have many others that i would’ve been more sorry about. they’ve got a great group of kids this year, with very diverse singing abilities.

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Posted at 11:08 AM on April 15, 2011  

The ignorance people have shown and snobbish people who take to the internet to voice their hatred for Paul. What a pathetic excuse for human beings they all are. One thing is true, Paul had the whole package and had this thing won. A mistake for Idol to leave the fate in their own uneducated, ignorant hands voting for someone like Stefano over Paul. What a disgrace. I for one have been really pissed right off. He was voted off too soon and deserved to have a fight at the finals unlike most that are left.

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Posted at 10:35 AM on April 15, 2011  

Haley and stefano suck! I wish Paul stayed he is much more talented than those two. I honestly believe American idol is rigged, due to the people left standing can’t sing. Also Please get rid of caveman. What a waste of a save. Jennifer Lopez you suck a** as a judge and you’re so far from being number one most beautiful woman. What a joke!

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Posted at 11:22 AM on April 15, 2011  

Yeah, they do. I really dislike Stefano and Haley. Paul was talented, and Pia was too. I wish both of them were still in the competition. I love J-Lo, but a judge needs to give criticism every now and again. I loved Pia, and I HATE that they used the save on Casey. I also hate the fact is that little girls are the only ones voting, so that’s why Stefano is still in and Paul and Pia aren’t. The show is suppose to be looking for a talented singer to be called “American Idol” NOT “The Next Justin Bieber, who all the teenage girls can drool over.”

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Posted at 2:00 PM on April 15, 2011  

hahaha… the show is there to make money for the people who put it there! period. if they could come up with the next justin bieber you can be DAMN sure that’s what they’d come up with! the producers bank on the fact that someone who is willing to vote, is someone who will buy records. that’s all that matters in this thing.

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Posted at 2:08 PM on April 15, 2011  

disagree re jennifer. and let’s not forget, beyond what these judges are saying here and now- they are the ones who actually picked these guys. the talent they came up with, and how far it exceeds previous panel’s choices, speaks volumes about their collective talent as judges.

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Posted at 2:52 PM on April 15, 2011  

I’m with you. Haley and Stefano suck!!! Paul isn’t that good, All he’s got is a bright smile and and a do. It was time for him to go weeks ago and leave Pia in there.

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Posted at 10:05 PM on April 16, 2011  

Paul is terrible.. His vocals were usually out of tune and he sounds like a Wannabe singer.. never did get how he made it on the show… He just doesn’t seem talented to me.. Pia was a great singer and should not have been voted off.. Tired Of seeing Jacob Lusk’s Tonsils.. He sounds the same on every song.. boring…

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