The rumors were true, the vocals truer — Huntsville native and Auburn alum (strict definition) Paul McDonald not only made it to Hollywood on the first Simon-less season of American Idol, he’s made it to the show’s Top 24. Performances like last night’s duet of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” with fellow Nashville audition contestant Kendra Chantelle — as well as that killer suit — are a reason why.
When the moment of truth came, judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson wasted little time teasing McDonald about his future on the show: they expect big things. Indeed, the biggest year in the history of Auburn football is being followed by the biggest year — Idol, Survivor, and of course the Ziemba lookalike on The Biggest Loser —in the history of Auburn-connection reality television.
Some Idol blogs actually consider the 27-year-old frontman for formerly Auburn-based (and currently Nashville-based) roots rockers The Grand Magnolia’s (formerly Hightide Blues) a favorite to win it all thanks to his gritty tone and potential for charming the “cougar demographic” which is thought to have shaped the show’s voting results for several seasons.
Live voting for American Idol Season 10 begins next Tuesday.
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