April 15, 2011 07:30 PM by Lisa Princ
American Idol’s Paul McDonald is still smiling even after his elimination last night and he tells us in a conference call today about his plans for the future, the show and even his new romance! Here is what Paul wanted to share.
Question: How much of a thrill was it for you to be able to perform your original music during the ‘sing for your life’ show?
Paul McDonald: That’s the thing with this show – to branch out and let people see what I do normally. That was a great thing when they said I could do original material, and I was like “awesome” because it’s right up my alley and it’s what I’ve been doing for the past five years. I was right at home with this kind of stuff.
Question: Do you have any regrets or wish you did anything differently?
Paul McDonald: Some of the song choices that I did weren’t probably the best ones for me. When I first tried out, this whole thing was just kind of for fun, and I didn’t even expect to get this far in the competition. So when I got up here, I kind of listened to some people when I probably should have stuck with my gut. But other than that, it was fun. I just maybe wish I had done some more of these obscure artists and stuff, more of the vibe of music that I was into.
Question: You’ve done duets with Kendra Chantelle, could there more in the works?
Paul McDonald: Kendra’s great. I wrote that song a while back, and after doing the “Blackbird” thing I was like “hey, you should come over and try this out with me.” It turned out really cool. So yes as soon as I get back to Nashville I’m sure we’ll hang out and work on some stuff. I’ve been working on tons of material since I’ve been out here when I probably shouldn’t have….that’s probably why I got kicked off already!
Question: What did you think America was going to think of your unique voice and style?
Paul McDonald: In all honesty, I tried not to think of that at all. I never watched the show while I was on it, I never went back and read reviews of what people thought. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do coming in there, although it was tough picking all these different songs and trying to do them. But I was being me. I came in there, and it was funny because the hair and makeup team would be like, “Man, we don’t need to do anything to you today.” I was like, “All right, cool.” And the stylist was like, “I like your clothes better than what we got!” So I just kind of did my own thing, and it worked out good enough for eighth place. So I’m pretty happy with it.
Question: Do you think the guys have an advantage over the girls on the show?
Paul McDonald: I definitely do. It’s like the teenage girls are the ones who watch the show the most. I remember going on stage and I would look around, and people out in the audience have their posters and signs made. I was like, “Oh, there’s one poster over there that says Paul.” And then there’s like a thousand screaming 14-year-old girls that have Scotty McCreery posters. So I think the guys definitely have an advantage. It’s a shame for the girls, because they’re so talented.
Question: How did you remain so optimistic after your elimination last night?
Paul McDonald: When I came into the whole “Idol” thing, I had no expectations whatsoever. I never thought about winning or anything. If I had gotten kicked off months ago, I would have just gone back to doing my thing, and it just kept surprising me how far along. Now I’ve got this is a killer platform for me to get out my original music, which is what I’m better at anyway. So I was just happy to be there. A bunch of the kids, the contestants, they’ve been watching “Idol” forever and wanting to win this thing. It’s one of their hugest dreams. So it’s like, “Go get it, guys! I’m okay, I’m a 26-year-old man.”
Question: Did you get to keep any of the suits that you were so well known for on the show?
Paul McDonald: Actually, I had those outfits made for me before the show. I broke my bank on that first white suit before I came out to Hollywood. So yeah, I get to keep all of those. They were custom-made for me…my friend back home made them for me. Now I got the white and the black one, so I’ll get to keep them forever and wear them for my birthday and for New Year’s.
Question: Is it true that you are dating Nikki Reed?
Paul McDonald: Yes, me and Nikki Reed are dating. It’s officially true. She’s super smart and a super cool girl, so I’m happy with it. We’ve been hanging out here and there. We’re both pretty busy, but it’s been fun so far.
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