American Idol 10 Top 40 Spoilers – Featured Contestant – 01/07/11

Gangreen29 is back with another American Idol 10 Top 40 spoiler! Today’s hopeful is male and plays guitar. Sound familar? Check it out below.

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Paul McDonald –  Seems to be this years designated WGWG.  His voice is much grittier than past pop rockers on the show, and it will be interesting to see if that turns off many voters who traditionally go for that type. His voice reminds me of Bob Dylan mixed with James Blunt. It seems like his band has had some moderate success already, so he might have some allegations of “plant” thrown his way.

Videos after the JUMP…

American Dreams – Song he Sang on Idol

  • Mtlfan

    dude is talented. I like his tone and he got a very good phrasing. Not musically ground breaking here although there are a couple of songs i did like.. but hey he’ll be interesting to watch.
    Listening to the first song i tought he was a country WGWG ..haha

  • http://idolstages.com Connie D.

    Uh… no… to superstar potential.

    Did I hear him sling a few off-key notes? Sorry. I tried to like him, but based on these vids, I’ll have to wait and see what he does on the show.

  • OvenMitt

    *sigh*…..no, he won’t win.

  • CanadianFan

    Well, I can’t vote, but I LOVE his voice. However, I don’t know where he would fit in the contemporary music scene.

  • Kiska12

    I like the song that starts at 3:30 on the first video (Black Crows?).

    Definitely nice tone to his voice.

  • Mark

    His voice reminds me of Bob Dylan mixed with James Blunt.

    When I read that, my first thought was, “Damn, did AI piss so hard on the universe that it deserves this?”

    When I listened, it wasn’t that bad. Even if I wasn’t totally in love with him. The James Blunt side of his voice is a turn-off, though.

    That said… he is a WGWG. Therefore, it’d be well beyond me to assume he couldn’t win. And he does seem to have some talent musically, some sense of expression that may or may not be missing from the “contemporary” contestants they’re going to be forcing down our throats.

  • koshka

    I could vote for this on the show…. if I voted. ;)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    His

    voice reminds me of Bob Dylan mixed with James Blunt.

    Exactly what I thought when I heard him. His voice and singing style is distinctive in the initial part of the video, not so much so later on. Personally, I’m not a fan of either Dylan or Blunt (as singers) though, so meh.

  • jammasta

    One of the pictures I saw of him had a face that was the scariest lovechild of David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze, it wasn’t shopped (Honestly, from the resemblance I thought it WAS photoshopped), AND he’s a WGWG? Scariest coincidence ever.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    One of the pictures I saw of him had a face that was the scariest lovechild of David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze, it wasn’t shopped (Honestly, from the resemblance I thought it WAS photoshopped), AND he’s a WGWG? Scariest coincidence ever.

    I just googled him.

    What a nightmare. Are the producers really that stupid to put him to the voting rounds?!

  • MaryS-NJ

    Oh geez. He’s definitely my (musical) type… That said, I tend to prefer gritty baritone rather than tenor voices. His voice reminds me of vintage Rod Stewart, which isn’t a bad thing. Some Dudes with his kind of voice (Ray LaMontagne, Paulo Nutini) have had moderate success recently.

  • Miss Blue

    Geezuz. I must really have bad taste, based on all the other reactions here. I loved this guy. I could easily vote for him.

    The guy has some grit. It’s about time. I don’t mind WGWG at all – what bugs the hell out of me is the white paste, blander than bland white guys, with or without guitars that AI seems to specialize in. Add in every single girly-girl this show has featured as well.

    My favorites all claimed fame by being different in sound. Kelly – grit plus. Cookie – grit leaking out of his ears. Adam – drama along with the pipes. Crystal – defines grit with a smoother than smooth voice. Bo – can you say grits?

    This guy’s got my attention. Hope he goes far. I’ll take him over any of the other spoilers we’ve seen.

  • 10DogMom

    I haven’t listened to many of the spoilers, but I’m glad I listened to this one. Me likey! But he’s not an AI type, so we shall see.

  • MaryS-NJ

    This guy’s got my attention. Hope he goes far. I’ll take him over any of the other spoilers we’ve seen.

    Ditto. I just watching some performance video of his band Hightide Blues on YouTube. I like it, although…I thought the PTB had sworn off any more (older) male singers from Alabama – lol.

  • Reflections On Life

    I could hear this guy on the radio right now. V commercial voice. Style might be dated, though.

  • Incipit

    Prefer a darker voice and lower tone than that, myself – and more resonance in a sustained phrase – but I got the oddest ‘vibe’ – that this was Alex Lambert’s voice grown up and with some mileage and experience on it. Same kind of range, same sort of sound, same lack of timbre – just speaking of the vocals – not the songs they sing.

    YMMV, Of Course.

  • Breno

    So many amazing songs out there and Gangreen chooses a bunch of snippets lol Anyways, this is studio recorded, of course it’s optimized and whatnot, but it proves the guy can be a successful artist if he’s given the opportunity.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr9L1xgM3dY

  • meyers77

    His band is very good. Strange though, they just changed their name (from Hightide Blues to The Grand Magnolias – fan naming contest) and released a new album 11/1/10. So not quite sure why he is trying out for AI??? Maybe get publicity for the band??? (It worked with me)

    As the Hightide Blues they had that southern rock/blues sound (Black Crowes). You can check out almost all their stuff on iLike.

    http://www.ilike.com/artist/Hightide+Blues/songs

    Not sure how he will do on AI. In videos of HTB’s he does a lot of lead singing without his guitar.

    Actually not sure how I want him to do on AI anyway. Much prefer him with his band than the crap they would have him do with AI.

  • Valentin432

    Heh, this guy is so in the right demographics to win, it’s scary. I hope he brings it because he should be here for the long haul.

  • windmills

    Valentin432: Heh, this guy is so in the right demographics to win, it’s scary.

    But he’s missing a very key ingredient. His name is not Ty.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Valentin432: Heh, this guy is so in the right demographics to win, it’s scary.

    Oh Yeah. If he makes it to the voting rounds, he has great chances to win the show and then even better chances that his album debuts with 20K sales.

  • sr4mjc

    No, just no.. beating head against the wall…

  • chessguy99

    All I have to say is, if they allow him to the voting rounds, I know who I’ll pick in the pool for winner. Also, I will have lost pretty much any interest in the Idol season. If Nigel allows him into the voting rounds after reviewing the past three seasons, then he’s total fail.

  • tierbee

    Some Dudes with his kind of voice (Ray LaMontagne, Paulo Nutini) have had moderate success recently.

    I got sort of a Ray LaMontagne vibe from his voice, too. I like him from what I’ve heard. Which is not surprising I guess since I like Dylan, and James Blunt is ok, and I love Ray LaMontagne lots. Heh!

  • Mark

    If Nigel allows him into the voting rounds after reviewing the past three seasons, then he’s total fail.

    To be fair, it’s a significant risk not to. If, as a show, you spend a whole ton of time cultivating a specific audience, only to then say, “oh, whoops! No one here for you! Move right along!”, it’s not the kind of thing that ends well. And they have no guarantee (I’d say little chance) of creating a new audience. So putting none of these types through might ensure the winner they want, but it also might really hurt the show.

    This guy might not be a bad choice because he’s going to appeal to that audience, but might also be polarizing enough (just on vocal quality alone) to not actually win. But that’s going to depend on competition. If they try and go back to the days of S3, I’m willing to bet almost any one of these types can win.

    On the other hand, I’m not against them taking risks per se. We’ll see what happens.

  • Incipit

    But he’s missing a very key ingredient. His name is not Ty.

    Windmills, you are so right! *chuckle*

    Is anyone yet named TY? We ought to be on the look out. It could be male or female!

    Seriously, though – who can tell whether this dude, or any of them, will make it through the Idol Swamp yet? There are many more R.U.S.’s planned for this year, too. Not crazy about his voice, and that counts over the genre or the guitar. For me.

  • jammasta

    But he’s missing a very key ingredient. His name is not Ty.

    Do you WANT the world to explode? Too many coincidences does that to planets.

  • Yvonne13

    I like this guy but I don’t think there is any way a WGWG will win this season. TPTB will fudge the voting in some way to ensure that a different type makes it to the end. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t sign him later on if they think he is a money-making potential.

  • jersey

    I like him! :-)

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    decent i guess…im naturally inclined to not like him :P

  • BootStar

    Prefer a darker voice and lower tone than that, myself – and more resonance in a sustained phrase – but I got the oddest ‘vibe’ – that this was Alex Lambert’s voice grown up and with some mileage and experience on it. Same kind of range, same sort of sound, same lack of timbre – just speaking of the vocals – not the songs they sing.

    Personally I love gritty tenor voices (huge Joshua James fan — who has a serious Neil Young vibe going), but I also thought of a seasoned, grown-up Alex Lambert when I heard this.

    I have no problem with one person in this genre making it into the top 12 because, for me, I want some variety in the contestants, but I don’t think he’d win the whole thing. He’s too alternative for the majority of the Idol audience at home.

  • Hazehel

    Seems like some people like the producers to engineer a girl win by keeping out guys who might win. It won’t work. All you get is a season that people don’t likes, and still a guy wins. It’s exactly what happened in Season 9.

    The reasons the guys won the last few season were all different. David Cook won because he was the best of his season, Kris won because he wasn’t Adam, and Lee because the chosen girls weren’t well-liked enough. it’s just lazy thinking to lump all of them together.

    I like Paul’s voice, but I don’t think he’d win if he is chosen – I don’t think he has that something special that will draw people in. The person he reminds me most is actually an X-Factor contestant, Ben Mills, just not as interesting- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MykH-EbhWUY (he was third place finisher in the season Leona Lewis won.)

    The only way a girl can win and do well later is to be likeable, be very good of course, but also there must be proper competition, preferably from a guy who is good. So far from what I’ve seen, the best is a young girl (can’t remember her name, a Filipino perhaps?).

  • platoken

    I can see the producers cutting him right before the voting rounds. I can also see backlash against him.

    So far from what I’ve seen, the best is a young girl (can’t remember her name, a Filipino perhaps?).

    Thia Megia. She is VERY good.

  • tierbee

    Is anyone yet named TY? We ought to be on the look out. It could be male or female!

    The closest we’ve seen so far is Ta-TYnisa, haha. Maybe her nickname is “Ty” ;)

  • Ratna12

    The only way a girl can win and do well later is to be likeable, be very good of course, but also there must be proper competition, preferably from a guy who is good. So far from what I’ve seen, the best is a young girl (can’t remember her name, a Filipino perhaps?).

    I agree, and I think she might be who JLo was talking about, the talented 15 year old. I forgot her name too.
    I think that if she is likable, she can go very far.

    But, I disagree about Kris, I think he won because he was and is a great, great talent, with great like-ability factor, easy on the eyes too and most importantly has that something that makes the audience want to vote for him.
    But I’m a biased Kris fan.

  • superfudge

    Did I hear him sling a few off-key notes?

    If there’s anything season 9 taught us it’s that you don’t have to sing on key or in pitch to win Idol.

  • Hazehel

    Thia Megia. She is VERY good.

    Thanks for the name, makes it easier to check. It’s either her or Jessica Sanchez, both are good, although Jessica probably has the slight edge – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFLhg27tZC8
    I probably thought Jessica Filipino because she looks a bit like Ramiele Malubay. I think Thia should watch her gestures, it gets a bit excesssive, and her performance of The Climb on AGT wasn’t great, the song doesn’t suit her at all. Song choice for these girls would be very important.

  • karenc

    I think he’s good, the closest on AI he reminds me of is Lee, actually, in the style of music he is doing, though it’s a little more country than Lee’s. Also a similar voice, although from the videos, Paul Mcdonald does seem to have a stronger voice. Definately someone I would watch for.

  • Grammie Kari

    I am glad several have mentioned Thia Megia, and also Jessica Sanchez. They were the two I was thinking of who may well be in the TOP 10. Paul seems likely to get far, but having too much experience sometimes works against a contestant.

  • lili_anne7

    This guy has an interesting voice, but I can’t say that I’m a big fan. I find it odd that he would try out for AI though, maybe he’s just trying to get more exposure for his band.

    It’s either her or Jessica Sanchez, both are good, although Jessica probably has the slight edge

    I didn’t know that Jessica Sanchez tried out for AI. If she did, then I’m positive she’s the 15 year old girl everyone is predicting will win. I remember watching some YT videos of her singing like 2 years ago. Here’s a vid of her performing on AGT as an 11 year old:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX3Myu5mDvs&feature=related

  • jacquesthedog

    This year probably WON’T be the year of the “Singer/Songwriter”. My impression is that they want someone that is an entertainer, not necessarily a musician or great singer (you know dance, mannerisms, and probably singing that can be auto-tuned enough to sound like Katy Perry, Ke$ha, etc.) Wish they could find a girl like Grace Potter, of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, now she is a chick that can actually play an instrument, sing and move around the stage without it looking ridiculous:) I am feeling that it might be more of a Sugarland type musician, more country pop that wins..we will see.

  • BootStar

    Wish they could find a girl like Grace Potter, of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals,

    That would be awesome. Throw in somebody like Florence Welch and Janelle Monae, and I’d be all set!

    Florence and the Machine

    Janelle Monae

    Maybe Paul has been selected to fill the Mumford and Sons role? The lead singer of that group’s voice is eerily similar to Lee DeWyze’s — if Lee had an English accent, could sing on key, and had any elasticity in his voice. I’m crazy for them.

  • Nina1

    I really like this guy….now that should be the kiss of death.

  • kmd

    Jessica Sanchez has a great voice. If she is on AI this year I would say that she would have a good chance of being top 10 and winning.

  • mzbet

    In these clips, I think he has a sound of Rod Stewart. I could hear him singing “First Cut Is The Deepest” or “Maggie May”. My son said that’s who he immediately thought of, too. I like him, but I don’t know if he’s what the voting audience will be looking for.

  • sagi

    I can plainly hear the Lynyrd Skynard influence in the last number, Take me Home. Reminds me of Skynard’s Tuesday’s Gone.