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American Idol 2011: Paul McDonald, James Durbin at the Movies!

Posted by on April 13, 2011 at 7:31 PM EST

paul mcdonald american idol 10James Durbin and Paul McDonald head to the movies tonight on American Idol.

Going into this week on American Idol we find James Durbin getting stronger and stronger while it seems like Paul McDonald is still working to truly find his groove and settle into his own place.

James Durbin’s voice is truly amazing. At first he relied heavily on his ability to hit that loud, lasting high note, but in recent weeks he has showed that he has a strong voice and doesn’t need that primal scream to be very effective. His performances have been getting bigger and better and he seems like he is truly enjoying himself and his time on the show. With this being a week where they do songs form movies I would love to see him do the Bob Seger classic “Old Time Rock and Roll.” It seems like something that is right in his wheelhouse and could allow him to cut loose and have fun. But who knows, maybe he will surprise us and go just the opposite with something quiet.

Paul McDonald seems to have a good week then a bad week then a good week. Last week I was not impressed with his version of Johnny Cash, which means that this should be a good week for him. He has such a distinct and interesting voice that he really needs the right song. I want to see him to “Everything I Do, I Do It for You” from Robin Hood. It is a little cliché, but I think he could slow it down and give it a real interesting turn. Paul MdDonald’s voice has just the right tone that a song like this can allow him to find that emotion and really connect with the audience.



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