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Rock star palsy and ‘kooky chirping’ enough to cougar Paul McDonald into American Idol’s Top 13

The frontman for Auburn-born band The Grand Magnolias is one giant step closer to being the second American Idol the Loveliest Village can claim a piece of (eyes or teeth? Hard decision).

While panned as “kooky chirping” by the New York Times, Paul McDonald’s sandpaper-smooth vocals during Tuesday night’s performance of Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” was bangin’ enough to cougar him from the Top 24 into the Top 13. (Or actually, the Top 10 — three contestants eliminated by fan vote were allowed to sing their way back onto the show for at least another week.)

Most critics actually can’t seem to get enough of his “distinctive, raspy delivery and ’70s vibe,” and so far, most are giving him the benefit of the doubt when questioning the wisdom of that drunk-sexy, stage-spanning rock star palsy, dubbed by judge Steven Tyler as “the McDonald Two-Step.”

From our highlight clip perspective, when it comes to consolation hugs for the banished, the Auburn alum appears to already have the posture of someone who knows it’s his to lose (at 4:20 — coincidence? — in the video below).

Catch Paul perform next Wednesday at 7 p.m. (CST) on Fox.

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