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American Idol (2011)


Taylor Hicks on “American Idol” (2006)
Paul McDonald, American Idol 2011

Alabamian Paul McDonald competes on
the 10th season of “American Idol.”

The lead singer of the Grand Magnolias has a bigger gig in 2011.

Paul McDonald performs weekly in front of a national audience as a finalist on “American Idol.” The Fox reality show offers the winner, based on audience votes, a recording contract.

McDonald was born in Auburn and graduated from Huntsville High School. The 26-year-old Nashville resident has released three albums with the Magnolias and its previous incarnation, Hightide Blues.

Wade on Birmingham provided features and weekly recaps of the reality competition, starting with the Top 13 Finalists on March 9, 2011.

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  • March 7 | Alabamian Paul McDonald competes as ‘American Idol’ finalist
    State has first contestant in finals since 2006.
  • April 16 | Paul McDonald: ‘The “Idol” stage was out of my element’
    Singer reflects on his time on the show.

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