Paul McDonald, Stefano Langone, Casey Abrams On Idol, The Tour and The Future!

Check out these interviews with Paul McDonald, Stefano Langone and Casey Abrams from last week’s Idol Press day from Yahoo Music’s Lyndsey Parker.

Both hint that they didn’t have much control over what songs they will be performing on the upcoming Idol tour.

Paul McDonalds’ first post-Idol album will be a solo album, although he may have a few of his Grand Magnolia’s bandmates play on it. Namia was singing one of her original tunes in the background. “I’m 26 years old, if I’m going to sell my soul,” says Paul, “I might as well do it now.” He sang “Tutti Frutti” as a joke at his audition. Despite his “too cool for school” attitude, he appreciates that Idol has opened doors for him. (Read more at Yahoo Music)

Stefano Langone hints that he didn’t have much choice as far as what songs he’s singing on tour.   Stefano talks about his choice to stay in Los Angeles to network, rather than heading home for a little R&R after his elimination.  He also talks about his decision NOT top play piano on the show.  However, Stefano will be tickling the keys on tour!

R&B, soul and a little jazz are the styles he hope to incorporate into his sound when he gets the chance to make an album.  Stefano doesn’t feel he was represented properly when he was on Idol. “I’m an artist with an edge,” says Stefano, “On the show I didn’t get to be seen so much with that edge. ”

“I fought for that spot,” Stefano says of making it all the way to 7, “Even with being misled, even getting wrong songs…we don’t always get to pick our songs.”

“I worked just as hard, if not harder than anybody there,” says Stefano of his time on Idol. (Read more at Yahoo Music)

Casey Abrams spills the tour concert order! “Lauren goes, and then Jacob goes, Haley goes, Dubin goes and then Scotty goes…something along those lines.”

“It’s going in a different order,” says Casey, “but I like the way it is.” Casey says he’ll be doing songs on tour that he wanted to do on Idol. (Read more at Yahoo Music)

  • TyraRay

    I ADORE Paul Mcdonald! HES SO CUTE! :) The way he put both his hands on his face and totally got all giddy when talking about Nikki at the end! AWWW <3

  • Lucy1234

    Love me some Paul too. He’s awfully cute and he is staying true to his “too cool for school” attitude he has had throughout his journey on AI. He’s no dummy and has alway been realistic about the whole AI experience.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Wow! Listening to these two interviews at the same time is interesting. True that Paul has a “too cool for school” attitude, but somehow I get it and I don’t mind. I don’t think he is dissing the show, he is making clear that the show is on one side of the music business and he is in another. He is not bitter about it. He appreciates the opportunity and wants to make the most of it.
    On the other hand, Stefano is full of himself. He really thinks he is God’s gift to music. He threw the show, the producers, and one could argue the other contestants, under the bus.
    I would love to know more about Stefano’s run on Idol though. Is his bitterness justified? Was he given just too little choices (which is well known) or was he given no choice at all (which is what he implies)? How many times? Which week(s)?
    Even if he wasn’t properly treated, it would be smart for him to just roll with the punches for a bit. Not kiss ass, but not sound piss (see Paul above). No one will sign a problem child.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Ok, Stefano didn’t want to play the piano on covers on AI but will now play piano on tour on covers? I am confused.

    I think that month gave Stefano a real reality check.

  • alison8701

    i watched Paul’s and loved it- he’s so real. But I haven’t watched Stefano’s. Is he as insufferable as he usually is?

  • lavenderpixie

    Probably just a slip of the keyboard, but ‘tinkling’ the keys? lol. :p

    Thanks for posting, MJ!

  • Buffynut

    Gee, Stefano is so unlikable to me. I wonder if he was just afraid to stand up to song choices and suggestionns that the producers or Iovine gave him? I really doubt that he was given one song every week.
    About the tour, though, I find it interesting that both Paul and Stefano said they had no choices on what songs they are doing on tour. I wonder if there are very few solos from most of them. Even Naima said only one solo. I don’t know for a fact, but I doubt, for instance that the Idol tour director/producers chose Starlight or the Bowie medley for Adam, ya know?! Hmmm, very curious about the tour. I skipped season 6. To those who went, does it sound like it will be more like that tour?

  • lili_anne7

    On the other hand, Stefano is full of himself. He really thinks he is God’s gift to music. He threw the show, the producers, and one could argue the other contestants, under the bus.
    I would love to know more about Stefano’s run on Idol though. Is his bitterness justified? Was he given just too little choices (which is well known) or was he given no choice at all (which is what he implies)? How many times? Which week(s)?

    I did not see any bitterness from Stefano. He said he was thankful for the experience and he did not throw anyone under the bus. He’s a confident person, maybe some see it as “being full of himself”, but I don’t. He’s a nice guy and he understands that after idol, he’s on his own. I’m not even a fan of Stefano’s, I just don’t think he should portrayed as this arrogant guy.

  • lili_anne7

    About the tour, though, I find it interesting that both Paul and Stefano said they had no choices on what songs they are doing on tour.

    I was going to ask the same question. Has there ever been a tour where the contestants had no choice over what songs they would perform?

  • flyaway

    Now I so want to hear Paul sing Tutti-Frutti!

  • Buffynut

    Casey just said in his interview that Lauren opens the show! That is really different!

  • lili_anne7

    Casey said ” Lauren goes, then Jacob goes, then Haley, Durbin, then I think Scotty goes”. WTH is that? Does that mean Scotty appears in the 1st half of the show?

  • zzatrms

    I think AI is mixing it up so people won’t walk out before Lauren and Scotty perform. I don’t care for Lauren at all and tho I like Scotty, country is not my thing.

  • Buffynut

    lili_anne7 says:

    06/29/2011 at 3:37 pm

    Casey said ” Lauren goes, then Jacob goes, then Haley, Durbin, then I think Scotty goes”. WTH is that? Does that mean Scotty appears in the 1st half of the show?

    That’s what it sounded like to me! So they’re starting out with the top 5. Interesting and Weird!

  • jeffreythegleek

    If the top 5 went in the first half, who would stay for the second half? Casey could just be messing with people. Unless they come in, sing a song, then come back later for more. Not do their whole sets at one time.

  • Buffynut

    I know what they’re doing! They’re making Pia the star! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

  • zzatrms

    LOL Buffynut ….I was just going to ask if Pia was closing the show.

  • Ringo

    Casey interview here http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/422621/casey-abrams-on-the-scene-of-the-idol-tour-rehearsals/

    I took it that the Laura, Jacob, Haley, Durbin, Scottie order was more the second half of the show. Which makes a nice country music sandwich.

  • whateverblah

    I wonder if they will change up the order based on where they are performing.

  • TyraRay

    I too would love to hear paul sing tutti frutti! hahaa! :)
    and also, I dont think the whole ” too cool for school” thing came off as a bad/cocky kinda thing.
    Paul said when he left that he wouldnt feel right leaving later because he knew everyone was “better” then he was, and it wouldnt be fair.
    He doesnt think hes too “cool” for idol, he just knows that like.. idol isnt exactly up his alley.
    But he was totally nice about it, and completely thankful for it, :)

  • Ladyhelix

    You know, I don’t think I’ve EVER flipped off my computer monitor before. Stefano really IS special.

  • Buffynut

    whateverblah says:

    06/29/2011 at 4:48 pm

    I wonder if they will change up the order based on where they are performing

    Doubt it.

  • tomk

    Yep, I think that is the “close the show” order, and it makes some sense to do it that way.

    If I was booking the tour, I’d have Pia start the show…though something tells me they will have her go right before intermission.

  • halo9125

    I wonder if they will change up the order based on where they are performing.

    This. It makes perfect sense. I know so many people that are going to the concert when it’s in NY (to see Pia, of course) we didn’t even have to plan to get blocks of seats together- it just happened. SO- to spotlight a hometown girl/boy depending on the venue makes sense.

    As for Stefano- he is truly a legend in his own mind- or simply delusional, take your pick.

  • oqwerd

    OBVIOUSLY the order that Casey just listed is for the 2nd half of the show.

  • Tess

    As far as what the Idols sing on tour….The vast majority of idol fans are into the familiar that they can relate to from the show (just like most Artists where their “old” stuff is always loved more than their upcoming music). This may not make the idolettes happy but it will the fans…and the show is for the fans not a reward for the idols. Some of the biggest “what the fuck” moments I have witnessed at an idol concert were times when the audience were dumbstruck at an obscure song an idolette chose to sing. People just want to hear their favorites sing their favorite songs…..idols can pick new stuff when they have their own solo careers.

  • Lexus

    I’ve gone to both the Season 7and Season 8 tours and, for me, there is something really special in the build up to the winner at the end. You can feel the excitement ramp up after each performance, coming to a crescendo when the #1 appears on the screen. Personally, I don’t like the idea of switching the order up (though that’s not to say I don’t understand their reasoning for doing so). Scotty finally deserves his pimp spot since he was denied it all season. ;)

    As for Stefano, admittedly I was a big fan in the beginning, but even I’ve noticed that he’s really become rather pompous. Sure he can sing, but so could all the others so, no, I don’t think he worked harder than anyone else for his spot and it’s a bit presumptious of him to say so. He needs to tone it down.

  • JoCeeisme

    Tess, I agree with you about the fans wanting the ‘old’ stuff but some new stuff is good to as long as it doesn’t stray too far from what the fans are used to from the performer. In the format that this tour seems to be taking obviously new stuff will be better though if there is lots of duos and trios because otherwise people will be singing other idols fan fav songs, don’t want to hear Scotty dueting on Uprising for example,lol!

  • OldHag

    Scotty finally deserves his pimp spot since he was denied it all season

    Yes he does. I really want the season 7 format. I think duos/trios don’t showcase some of the idols in their best light.

  • lla2827

    Well, you can’t say that Stefano lacks confidence–LOL! He seemed kind of full of himself when Slezak interviewed him too. But, he’s a kid–so I take these interviews with a grain of salt.

    Poor Paul. He really doesn’t care for the whole idol thing. But, at least he got great exposure and met his true love. But, I guess he feels that he kind of sold out in a way. I really haven’t heard any of his originals except for the one that he sang with the tall blond girl who should have made top 13. But, that song only had two chords or something and I wasn’t too impressed. They sounded nice together though. He seems like a good guy.

    I love Casey. He is so casual and awesome. I would go see a whole concert of Casey. Or, a whole concert of Casey and Haley. He is so versatile. Plus, he doesn’t brag about all his talent like some others. I sure hope the AI brass are not making him do that Maroon 5 song on tour. I don’t like that song much. But, I noticed that when they sent him out after he was voted off–he was always doing that song. I wonder if they are going to have Casey open the show–since he is very entertaining and would get it off to good start.

    Seems that last night Casey and Jack Black went to see Tim Minchin. I would have loved to seen him in concert. Tim M even tweeted a very nice shout out to Casey–said he was incredible.

  • McCreerian

    Shocker…James doesn’t have the pimp spot for the tour! ;)

  • Trina

    Gah I hope Casey is accurate because James/Scotty back to back makes me way too happy!

    Even with season 6’s messed up format that screwed over my beloved Mindy Doo, Jordan still went last. I think the winner going last is one of the rare things that’s never been messed with and I think Scotty will be a terrific headliner.

  • tomk

    I don’t think the Idols themselves mind…but I would still consider it a bit unfair if the winner was the headline act on the tour, regardless of where they are stopping on that particular night.
    Pia is the rare contestant who has turned #9 into a good start to her career – but even she would very likely admit that she should not be amongst the headliners on the tour itself. There needs to be some reward for those who finish higher up in the ranks.

  • SajiNoKami

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/american-idol-summer-tour-preview-206914

    the idols interviewing each other
    Casey & Scotty…. [dying]
    Paul & James….. [funny voices]
    etc

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/american-idol-summer-tour-preview-206914

    the idols interviewing each other
    Casey & Scotty…. [dying]
    Paul & James….. [funny voices]
    etc

    Casey and Scotty are adorable!

  • xxe

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/american-idol-summer-tour-preview-206914

    the idols interviewing each other
    Casey & Scotty…. [dying]
    Paul & James….. [funny voices]
    etc

    Casey and Scotty are adorable!

    LOL.. they were cute together haha.. they can’t seem to stop talking about food huh :) ..

  • Tera2

    As long as the winner goes last it doesn’t what order they go out on tour. They should arrange it in ways that works best, and I like that James goes 2nd to last, and Scotty is last. It should be entertaining.

    Casey is all laid back growing out his beard bushy again. He’s gonna need to carry a comb around to keep it in check.

    Paul is talking like Idol isn’t his thing again, and he never even watched it before or whatever. I can’t stand it when contestants do that. Don’t come on the show if you gonna act like its beneath you. They act all desperate to get through auditions, and beg for votes, then once they get exposure they pretend they didn’t care about getting on the show in the first place. But there are contestants who are genuine about being fans of the show, and wanting to be part of it, and glad they finally did. How can you say music is your talent or biz, and say you never watched a show that’s been on for a decade and number 1 show. Who are they kidding. He definitely knows when to go for what he wants — he put a ring on that actress’s finger within a couple months.

  • tomk

    Paul is talking like Idol isn’t his thing again, and he never even watched it before or whatever. I can’t stand it when contestants do that. Don’t come on the show if you gonna act like its beneath you. They act all desperate to get through auditions, and beg for votes, then once they get exposure they pretend they didn’t care about getting on the show in the first place.

    I like Paul, but I do agree in general that a contestant shouldn’t talk about “not being a fan of the show”, etc. I think it was obvious from Day 1 that Paul was looking for exposure – for himself, for his band. And I really have no problems with that – he is probably a realist in that he knew victory was likely not in his future. And let’s face it – every contestant, whether they are a fan or not, is obviously looking for exposure.
    I also don’t like it when I hear a contestant talk about “not doing everything I am capable of” on the show (looking at Stefano for this one!) – how is that exactly going to impress a record label? You have a huge TV audience, an audience that includes some heavyweights in the business..and you are holding back and not showing everything? You are either lying or you are stupid.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Why are they so secretive about the stupid songs?
    After the first show everyone who cares would know them, so they are keeping it a surprise for one out of 50 dates.
    If they decide to change them later on, its no big deal, no one will sue them.
    From the tours I have tracked, they generally chose good songs, and even change songs half way when they don’t work (remember Kara’s craptastic coronation song?). Knowing a bit more about the songs will make for better press and, I think, would get people more excited to go.

  • Mike M

    Could it really be that Lauren is going first, Haley third and Scotty fifth? Haven’t listened to all the interviews but read that on another thread. Are they serious?

  • Grammie Kari

    Having the first performer be unique and upbeat is the best way to start off the concert. I felt so sorry for Didi last year. Yet in Season 7, Chickeze was perfect and had the crowd up on their feet wanting more.

    Siobhan sang two songs that weren’t on the Idol show but most of the young people knew. Plus, she sang, “Paint It Black.” I believe she did have a say-so and her choices were wild and good!

    I am not happy with the way Stefano has been handling his interviews. He does come off as being full of himself. It is as if he’s been listening to those self-help tapes. I was a huge fan, but not so much now. He made a major mistake by not playing the piano on the show since he did so well in Hollywood.

    Pia will probably sing just before the intermission. She does have a lovely voice. It will be interesting to see how this line-up works out.