Friday, April 1, 2011

American Idol's Paul McDonald Soars to New Heights with "Rocket Man" on Top 11 Revived

Paul McDonald, American Idol Season 10's 'Man with the Bright White Smile' performs "Rocket Man." Idol contestants take on classics by the legendary Sir Elton John in this week's 'Top 11 Revived' Show.

"My band (Hightide Blues) covered this song years ago," said Paul, adding, "and it was a disaster." Hmmm...I'm torn on this one. First, the tweaky suit. We've seen it already on Idol, and in old videos of his band. Paul, you have stylists and designers throwing free clothes at you now! My advice: Take advantage!!! I liked Paul's arrangement and the quiet, intimate vocals, but that ending just freaked me out. The whisper was creepy. Randy Jackson said, "We just got some quiet comfort from Paul. There were a couple of things that were a little pitchy, but when you get into that tender zone, that quiet, that soft voice it's very infectious. But you’re holding back." Jennifer Lopez interrupted to say, "I wonder if you're holding back in a way? There’s a little bit more to your voice than you even know. And I think you haven't gone there." Steven Tyler, with his usual dry wit asked, "So have you been watering that suit? Cuz there's a lot more flowers on it this time. I love your voice. You always do a little something. When you start singing, hitting every note, that's the day I'm not gonna like you anymore. I like the character where you sometimes hit a note and sometimes you don’t. That's my cupa tea." So Steven Tyler like off-key singers. Who knew?

Get Paul McDonald's Pre-American Idol Album The Grand Magnolias
5 Star Review!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars "Keep this band together"
By ConsumerAware March 18, 2011
This review is from: The Grand Magnolias (MP3 Download)
"Actually, I first looked at this because of American Idol. I'm not wild about Paul doing cover songs (sounds too much like Rod Stewart doing covers), but I definitely understand why he is in the top 12. The fact that he is on American Idol sparked my interest as I was wondering how this guy would get away from the "Rod Stewart" feel. This album answered that question for me - very nice, very nice indeed. I applaud all the musicians in this band, your music is upbeat, contemporary and new and it sound great! On top of that, in videos you all look like they are having a blast and really connecting with their audience. Ultimately, I watch American Idol to see people that definitely have talent and really like to see what they do to change cover song arrangements. However, I rarely like where American Idol takes them when they do win - they tend to lose their personal flare. I tend to be a much bigger fan of those who get known by American Idol, but continue with the bands and passion that they had prior to it - too me, these people are the real winners, and I see Paul in that group with this band. Thanks for the great music guys - keep playing!"

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