American Idol 12- Contestant Preview #9- Paul Jolley

Another WGWG. This one, honestly, is fodder. I don’t think he’s nearly the singer/performer that Jimmy Smith and Josh Holiday (or even Johnny Keyser) are. He of course, sings country music. He hails from Palmersville, TN.

On his ReverbNation, I think his voice is really shaky on his originals. I think he sounds a bit like if Clay Aiken tried to fake country music. I’m not a fan.

Paul Competed to Open for Dierks Bentley (He lost)

If You’re Reading This (best part about this video is the guy in the band behind him. He gets REALLY into the song.)

Need You Now

Any Other Day

Run To You

Love Don’t Live Here


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  • Mateja Praznik

    Fodder? PFFT. Just watch. That kind of mediocrity is what really works for Idol viewers.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Fodder? PFFT. Just watch. That kind of mediocrity is what really works for Idol viewers.

  • Kariann Hart

    Well, Paul is not bad.  In fact, I have seen worse get into the TOP 12.  He’s cute and tall, and we know how important that is! [sic]

  • WestiesRule

    Meh??? I guess they have to give Keith something to promote.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I could see this guy going really far if he gets into the voting rounds.

  • mchcat

    His voice reminds me of Hunter Hayes and he is better looking – who knows – he is no Scotty that is for sure

  • Leandro

    You can think he’s a fodder WGWG, as people once thought Kris Allen would be. He’s OK, IMO.

  • chessguy99

    Again, proof that TPTB at Idol have no clue what they are doing. They’ll cast Paul, along with Jimmy, Josh and Johnny, hoping that the vote will get split four ways. And, they’ll end up with white guy winner #6. Their biggest problem is, all these white guys are all generic; headed for Lee Dewyze level success rather than Phillip Phillips level. IDT Jimmy Iovine wants that, with two successful winners and one, soon to be two, decent runners up. I really think Jimmy is going to veto this white guy glut. Wouldn’t be surprised if the whole lot gets cut before the public gets a chance to vote.

  • ladymctech

    He’ll win.

  • Mateja Praznik

     I really doubt it. I’m sure TPTB will try to convince us that 2013’s WGWG bots are all different from each other and all other past Idol’s WGWG.

    Oh and I don’t see much difference between Lee DeWyze and Phillip Phillips. They are quite similar, the difference is only the level of success.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I really think Jimmy is going to veto this white guy glut. Wouldn’t be surprised if the whole lot gets cut before the public gets a chance to vote.”

    That’s the only way to prevent any of these guys from getting far (or winning).

  • Leandro

    C’mon people, if they are good, they deesrve a chance to be, at least, on Top24. It isn’t their fault people vote for them. TPTB needs to please their viewers. 


  • SullyD

    I’d agree with this if we were talking about Jimmy/Johnny, but this guy is pretty meh. He does deserve a chance to be in the top 24, though.

    On a side note: I remember people complaining about the girls being “too similar with similar names” (aka: Hollie, Hallie, Haley and Baley) last season, I wonder if the same complaint will happen this season with the Jimmy, Johnny, Josh and Josh? Probably not, everybody knows why lol.

  • andy

    Here is he singing a bit of Carrie’s Blown Away.  He’s pretty good…

  • AlesheaDominique

    I’ve tried to stay away fro all the spoilers but I just couldn’t. 
    I think how he is packaged will be the test for him. Also song choice will be key to see if fans latch on to him, say he was to make the voting rounds. Also I think his vibrato sound like an early Blake Shelton.

  • sheila g.

    i find this guy better than Philip…looks and voice wise… yup hell win.

  • sheila g.

    double post

  • Caro3278sweet

    He’s actually got a very nice tone to his voice. He sings on key and with some good phrasing. Looks don’t hurt him. This is the first of the spoilers that intrigued me. Hm. 

  • girlygirltoo

    I doubt Jimmy vetoes all of the WGWG types, for all we know he may want another winner who he thinks could  have Scotty or Phillip type success if they get the right songs. It may depend on whether he thinks any of these contestants has that sort of potential — remember, he said very early in the competition that he would sign P2. 

    I do think that TPTB will make sure that there won’t be a glut of WGWG types that make it through to the public voting. Maybe 1 or 2. But I’d be surprised if no WGWG makes it through, since it’s clear that is what the public likes to see (or at least vote for). For all the complaining about the succession of these type of artists winning AI, there is also the possibly of losing a lot of viewers if, all of a sudden, TPTB decide to block any of that type of artist from having the chance to compete.

    As for this guy? He’s not horrible, but he’s just sort of meh, in my opinion.

  • XoLuv2SingOx

    I honestly thought the girl in his “Need You Now” cover totally outsang and would be better on Idol. He’s good, but I don’t know if he’s necessarily the next American Idol.

    And in regards to what people are saying about the WGWG. I agree, I’m tired of the same exact type of person winning. But first of all, they’re not all the same. How can you say that David Cook is just like Scotty McCreery? Also, it’s not their fault they’re white and they play guitar. These guys want shots at stardom just as much as everyone else, and based on who they are or what instrument they play, people are ruling them out. I personally don’t want to see another WGWG win, for the sake of the show itself, but if they’re truly talented and deserving, I won’t object.

    EDIT: I just watched his “Love Don’t Live Here” cover, and I thought he did a great job! Pleasant surprise! Maybe this guy DOES have a chance! :)

  • julesb2183

    I actually iike this guy :)

  • Valarie

    I like him. He has country-pop crossover potential. He wouldn’t threaten Scotty’s old school niche. I can see Keith Urban supporting this guy.

  • Karen C

    I like his voice, oddly enough, he reminds me a bit of Adam Lambert even though he sings country. Something about his mannerisms. 

    And at least on these videos, he isn’t playing guitar, so I don’t see why he’s being called a WGWG.

  • durbesque

    If they cast Paul in the heartthrob role, I think he would do very well.  I like his singing….it’s on pitch, it flows musically, the tone is pleasant, his charm comes through….he could win.

  • blackberryharvest

    And X Factor viewers.

  • blackberryharvest

    In the end, most viewers don’t care about WGWG winning. Its mostly the hard core fans. I haven’t seen anybody who say they aren’t going to watch this year due to WGWG-they are using Nicki Minaj as an excuse to not watch. Maybe she will chase away the frauen voters. 

  • blackberryharvest

    Basically any white male now is considered a WGWG. I think One Direction should be considered WGWG now even, LOL.

  • maymay

    People have created many theories to judge and predict WGWG. Some theories are right, some wrong. I don`t mind WGWG wins again if he is good enough. I don`t think WGWG is mediocre like some people said.

    I actually hope a girl wins this season. And also hope a non Bible Belt contestant wins. People coming from east or west coast never won. It`s ridiculous. At least WGWGs only won 5 seasons. But Bible Belt contestants won all seasons.

  • Jake Williams

    Lol. I’ll pass on this one.

  • fantoo1

    Lee and Jordin aren’t from the bible belt. Lee is from Chicago and Jordin is from Arizona.

  • ZsusK

    Of course, what with the show getting so long in the tooth, we might be looking at the WGWA (White Guy With Accordian.) The nursing home circuit is becoming quite lucrative due to aging baby boomers. Just a thought, Nigel Lythgoe. *wink* 

  • Pietro Matos

    He’s ok but it doesn’t look like he has a decent stage presence. Very cheesy, very clay aiken without the super talented vocals. If he’s into the voting rounds he’ll probably make it far just because he sings country and is white male lol.

  • John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    Lee wasn’t even given an original song as a winner. Had Lee been singing Home instead of P2, it still would have been a massive hit. It’s just a really well written song. 

  • ******

    Yeah he’s got a decent voice. But ladies, don’t let your hearts go pitter patter too quickly, this one has his eyes set on men. The Nashville gays send their love! Go Pauly!

  • overthetop1

    He looks like Aaron Kelly, crossed with young Wil Wheaton.