Today’s Idol photos includes Paul McDonald and Haley Reinhart posing with the judge they never knew…Paula Abdul! Paul tweets, “Paula Abdul just hooked us up with a glorious piece of Bubblicious bubble gum! She’s super cool.”

I’m assuming that Bubblicious was sugar free–don’t want to mess up those scary white teeth.

A couple of tweets about this week’s music:

Casey Abrams tweets, “Excited to record some jazzy stuff” (He breaks out the bass again this week, if the photo after the jump is any indication)

Idol band leader, Ray Chew tweets, “Session w/ Don Was. Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar – one of the toughest instruments to play! http://yfrog.com/h86x5hzj” Who gets the pedal steel? Scotty? Lauren? Paul? Hm.

More photos after the jump…

@AmericanIdol: “Not only does @CAbramsAI10 play his bassy, but he also teaches #Idol staffers how to do the same…”

@AmericanIdol: “Having a Nashville sing-a-long, @PMcDonaldAI10 and @LAlainaAI10″

 
  • cathadhaka

    Oh Casey!!! Jazzy, the Bass… This is going to be something… Oh My!!! Could Tuesday and Wednesday go by faster?

  • gangreen29

    Don Was was working with Paul, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t working with someone else as well. Scott worked with Rodney Jerkins so it isn’t him.

  • BrandoC15

    Man, haley almost has as white as teeth as paul, and that’s sayin something! Haleys beautiful all-around though: looks, personality, voice.

  • NOLA

    Great pic of Paul. That’s what happens when your caps are a shade, or two in Pauls case, whiter than they should be.

  • songsungblue

    You know, I don’t think he has caps. I think he got his teeth professionally whitened at some point, and that’s just the color of his teeth. I say this because I have a friend who has VERY white teeth – and they were whitened by some quickie zoom system, not capped. Looks just like Paul’s in photos. Other friends have done the same thing, but their teeth are less white.

  • SuperNut

    Same people, once again.

    So to all the teenage girls and cougars-are you ready for your crush Paul and Stefano to outlast another one of the more deserving girls this week?

    Oh, yeah. Those two are going to be hanging around after this week. So, I guess that means Jacob will finally leave and there will be celebrations throughout the internet Idol world.

  • jodeb

    Only one difference: Stefano can sing, Paul can’t. Sorry, but if you look good as in Stefano’s case, it shouldn’t be held against him with a voice like his. :)

  • sherimoonzombie

    Since Paul was working with Don Was, I’m guessing the steel guitar is for him. Could he be doing something from O Brother Where Art Thou? That would be pretty cool.

  • SuperNut

    Since Paul was working with Don Was, I’m guessing the steel guitar is for him. Could he be doing something from O Brother Where Art Thou? That would be pretty cool.

    Oh, yes. I think the cougars will just eat that up. Expect to see Paul hang around for at least another week.

  • MayMirabella

    The only ones not to land in the bottom 3 are now Lauren, Scotty, and James. So I am going to predict them likely for the top 5. I am not sure who the other 2 will be in the top 5. But I expect Paul and Casey to outlast Haley and Jacob and Stefano.

  • jersey

    You know what? As far as perceived “cuteness” is concerned? To each his own. I kinda think Stefano looks a little bug eyed and his voice puts me to sleep.

    I love the idea of Paul doing something from “O Brother….” with the pedal steel guitar. I may even have to vote for him this week if he does. Sorry if that puts a crimp in the plans of other voters ;-)

  • supermart

    Paul tweeted sometime this week that his song is a dancing tune. Ohhhh lawd. I’m envisioning some kind of jig-y mess with that pedal steel guitar. Guess we can only hope for the best?

    In other Idol on Twitter news– it irks me that he always calls his songs “cover tunes”. Don’t know why…..guess that’s what they are- but still.

  • googletot

    Paul went to college to study to become a dentist, so I’m sure he knows how to keep them purly white!

  • SuperNut

    I just hate the fact that Paul’s got the cougars and everyone’s going to be voting for Stefano out of sympathy.

  • SpenserJ

    I may even have to vote for him this week if he does. Sorry if that puts a crimp in the plans of other voters

    Oh no jersey, this will instantly turn you into a cougar!

    Although Haley is my overall favorite (so far), I keep changing my mind on who I like each week. So now, I’m uber confused about whether I’m a Cougar, Tween, Middle-aged housewife or a Sparkle Cow.

  • LK3

    Paul tweeted sometime this week that his song is a dancing tune. Ohhhh lawd. I’m envisioning some kind of jig-y mess with that pedal steel guitar. Guess we can only hope for the best?

    In other Idol on Twitter news– it irks me that he always calls his songs “cover tunes”. Don’t know why…..guess that’s what they are- but still.

    Maybe he’s doing Saturday Night Fever? ;)

    I assumed that because Paul writes his own song, any other song that he performs which isn’t one of his own, he calls it a cover tune, as it’s not really ‘his’ song. That’s my take on it anyway.

    Although Haley is my overall favorite (so far), I keep changing my mind on who I like each week. So now, I’m uber confused about whether I’m a Cougar, Tween, Middle-aged housewife or a Sparkle Cow.

    LOL. I’m not even 40 but I guess I could be a cougar-in -waiting, seeing as I’m rooting for Paul (also, seeing as 40+ seems to be the age applicable to become a cougar) :)

    But then, I also like Haley and Scotty and Lauren….and sometimes Casey….

    So, maybe I’m a Sparkly Tweeny Cougar-Cow??

  • meyers77

    sherimoonzombie: Since Paul was working with Don Was, I’m guessing the steel guitar is for him. Could he be doing something from O Brother Where Art Thou? That would be pretty cool.

    OMG, that would be more than pretty cool. Loved the movie, loved the soundtrack.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    In other Idol on Twitter news– it irks me that he always calls his songs “cover tunes”. Don’t know why…..guess that’s what they are- but still.

    McDonald seems to be running a strategy of making it abundantly clear that he expects any major-label signing to be with his band and to involve releasing original material. Whether this is the best way to deal with UMG is anybody’s guess, but one can’t fault his honesty.

    I just hate the fact that Paul’s got the cougars

    Y’know, outside the Idolsphere, “cougar” doesn’t mean a woman who’s attracted to younger men, but a woman who attracts them.

    If the Idol audience truly is dominated by 45+ women who are merrily having it off with hot 20-something dudes, it might be time to reconsider the meme that voting is based on thwarted hormones.

  • tierbee

    So, maybe I’m a Sparkly Tweeny Cougar-Cow??

    Hahaha, I wanna be one, too. Can we make puffy paint signs?

    Y’know, outside the Idolsphere, “cougar” doesn’t mean a woman who’s attracted to younger men, but a woman who attracts them.

    If the Idol audience truly is dominated by 45+ women who are merrily having it off with hot 20-something dudes, it might be time to reconsider the meme that voting is based on thwarted hormones.

    I just love you :)

  • SpenserJ

    Y’know, outside the Idolsphere, “cougar” doesn’t mean a woman who’s attracted to younger men, but a woman who attracts them.

    At least once a day, I’m fighting the urge to say: “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

  • LK3
    Y’know, outside the Idolsphere, “cougar” doesn’t mean a woman who’s attracted to younger men, but a woman who attracts them.

    If the Idol audience truly is dominated by 45+ women who are merrily having it off with hot 20-something dudes, it might be time to reconsider the meme that voting is based on thwarted hormones.

    I just love you :)

    Me too :)

    Hahaha, I wanna be one, too. Can we make puffy paint signs?

    Hey, the more the merrier! :)

  • jersey

    Love ya’ Spense! :-)

  • Landmd

    At least once a day, I’m fighting the urge to say: “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

    LOL as we both found out this weekend in another thread!!

    Y’know, outside the Idolsphere, “cougar” doesn’t mean a woman who’s attracted to younger men, but a woman who attracts them.

    If the Idol audience truly is dominated by 45+ women who are merrily having it off with hot 20-something dudes, it might be time to reconsider the meme that voting is based on thwarted hormones

    I love reading your posts and tweets!! How to make that funky meal with cool music blogs you write so well.

  • chearts77

    Some other tweets from Ray Chew that I’ve seen sound like they are doing group #s (plural) for results night. Wonder if that pic of Paul and Lauren mean they duet Thursday?

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Leave it to Spense to quote Princess Bride!!!

  • songsungblue

    I just hate the fact that Paul’s got the cougars and everyone’s going to be voting for Stefano out of sympathy.

    Can we retire the word ‘cougar’ at any point in the future? Or at least put it in the trash bin with ‘baby bump?’ My husband is ten years younger than me, and he’s pretty tired of it too. :)

    Besides, I would imagine that Scotty would have those mythical beasts.

    If you ask me, it’s Stefano who can’t sing. He’s about as interesting as the entertainment in the Catskills, after the shuffleboard tournament has ended. :)

  • Elek

    I keep changing my mind on who I like each week. So now, I’m uber confused about whether I’m a Cougar, Tween, Middle-aged housewife or a Sparkle Cow.

    Nice to see those terms… very educational. LOL!

  • SuperNut

    Y’know, outside the Idolsphere, “cougar” doesn’t mean a woman who’s attracted to younger men, but a woman who attracts them.

    If the Idol audience truly is dominated by 45+ women who are merrily having it off with hot 20-something dudes, it might be time to reconsider the meme that voting is based on thwarted hormones.

    Actually, I’ve never heard “cougar” used in that way. I’ve always heard “cougar” used as older women who lust and chase after younger men. In fact, that’s how everybody uses that term. Doesn’t matter if they’re in the “Idolsphere” or not. The only people would probably use your definition are cougars themselves.