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Paul McDonald on ‘American Idol’: Top 11

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Video: Paul McDonald sings “The Tracks of My Tears”
for Motown night.
[buy it on iTunes — aff. link]

Motown never dies. At least, not on “American Idol.”

American IdolThe Top 11 pick their favorite hits from the label, including Huntsville’s Paul McDonald, complete with guitar.

Song: “The Tracks of My Tears,” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

[buy Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ “The Tracks of My Tears
on iTunes, Amazon;
buy Paul’s version — aff. links]

Judges say: Randy: “You have a distinctive voice. You took it to a Rod Stewart level. When you sing tender, you’ve definitely got that husky, quirky voice quality. Bring more of that out.” Steven: “Like (Bob) Dylan, Willie Nelson, your voice is that different. I love it.” J. Lo: “You’re the most seasoned performer we have. You’re the complete package.”

We say: The uptempo version charmed the audience and the judges, but where’s the sorrow, the longing, the true emotion of a classic? And yet, he’s growing on us.

Paul McDonald, American Idol

Paul McDonald, American Idol

Behold the power of the trucker hat.

Paul McDonald, American Idol

Rehearsing for Motown night.

Paul McDonald, American Idol

Paul McDonald, American Idol

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Audio: “The Tracks of My Tears,” Paul McDonald

“American Idol” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox 6.

Voting closes at 11 tonight.

Update March 24: Casey Abrams was almost sent home, but the judges unanimously decided to use their one “save” to keep him on the show.

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Video: “The Tracks of My Tears,” by the Miracles

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3 Yips for “Paul McDonald on ‘American Idol’: Top 11”

  1. Jeff Vreeland
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 10:24 pm
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    First time I have watched him (or the show this Season) and was quite impressed with him. Could see myself jamming to his song on the radio much like I felt with Bo Bice.

  2. Wade
    Thursday, March 24, 2011, 3:39 pm
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    If he makes it past this week, he’ll be part of the Idol tour, depending on if they can still make it worth the expense.

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