Posts Tagged ‘PAUL MCDONALD’

I was half-joking when I first mentioned it, but I really believe there will be no outright winner of “American Idol” and that the show should end right now with Jacob Lusk named “Gospel Idol”, Casey Abrams named “Jazz Idol”, Scottie name “Country Idol”, the hugely made-over Lauren Alaina named “Teen Idol”, James Durbin named [...]


Quite a few people have asked, “Mate/Man/Dude/Hey, why do you write so much about ‘American Idol?’ Does anyone really care?’” I don’t just think so, I know so ‘cos the “views” go waaaaay up plus, love it or not, there is no way one an ignore the show. When the history books are written or [...]

A few weeks ago, I caught a TV Special where Phil Collins paid homage to the music of Motown. To re-create that sound, he had brought in the brilliant Funk Brothers, the studio musos who gave every Motown track that back beat and those riffs. And though not exactly a Phil Collins “fan”, I respected [...]

In no particular order of importance, what has been going through my head is [A] why so many contestants from this season’s “American Idol” are singing in keys that are way too high for them? It reminds me of being in a band rehearsing “Bend Me Shape Me” by Amen Corner in the original key [...]

One has to wonder if “American Idol” is a competition between the contestants or if it has suddenly become a contestant between music executives Jimmy Iovine and Antonio “LA” Reid, both, at least for the moment with Universal Music. As we all know by now, Mr. Jimmy is resident mentor/producer of “Idol” whereas the news [...]

More Jimmy Iovine, please and far more of the different groups of producers as this has brought about a HUGE new element to the inner workings of what it will take to be an “American Idol”. I just kept wishing there could be more- much more- of the studio work and far less of the [...]

The ratings for “American Idol” on Thursday was THE HIGHEST in FOUR YEARS for the FOX channel and makes all those naysayers who did the voodoo dance, proclaimed that “The End Is Night” and said the show was kaput without “Mr Nasty”. It made me think of the line from Mark Twain: “Rumours of my [...]

Is it just me or is there a whole heap of SCREAMING happening on “American Idol” so far this season and with nearly every contestant almost REQUIRED to do “Georgia On My Mind”? I don’t know, but it has all been very nice and polite up till now and I look forward to Jimmy Iovine [...]

Much has been said and much has been written about the screamers and “soul men” on this season’s “American Idol”. Sure, perhaps they’ll win whether America votes or not and some might have already been offered recording deals. But, don’t count Paul McDonald out. Okay, the guy has sung “Maggie Mae” one too many times [...]