Paul Jolley found himself the second person to be eliminated from this year’s American Idol last night, a development in his career that he was expecting after a spiritual moment from god that morning, he claims.
The country-pop singer, from Tennessee performed a slowed version of the Beatles’ classic “Eleanor Rigby” on Thursday’s show, which the judges said he didn’t seem connected to, but he insists he gave it his all.
Unreality TV were lucky enough to be invited to a Q&A session with Paul last night to find out what he thought about his time on the show, and what the future holds for him now he is not going to be this year’s American Idol!
What does the future hold for you now?
“I am going to stick with the country pop, I don’t want to change who I am and what my heart says my calling is and what I need to be doing.”
What were your thoughts going out to sing in front of all those people?
“I was just focussing and making sure my mind was clear so that I could just go out there and give it my all.”
It seems pretty clear that people think that it is the girls turn to win this year, who out of the guys do you think has what it takes to win the show?
“I don’t know because everybody is so good in each their own individual way and everybody has their own genre that they are doing so it’s basically the battle of the genres rather than who the better person is.”
What advice was given to you after elimination from the judges?
“They were all so supportive and basically just told me to keep on keeping up with it and believe in myself and that pretty much I have a career in this.”
There was a lot of conflicting advice given to you from the judges, did you find that confusing?
“You know what, it kinds was because every week it was something different, some of which I appreciated a lot because I’ll always work where there is room to grow, and there’s always room to grow. If I am not doing something wrong then there’s something wrong with them not telling me.”
A lot of people are saying that this is the end of the line for the one man and his guitar era, do you agree?
“For this show yes but in my eyes I’ve already won.”
Some people have said that the judges are being too easy on the contestants the season, do you agree with that?
“I kind of agree with that. I feel they’ve been really really easy on some contestants, but for some reason I feel that I was chosen to be picked on this season and I’m okay with that because I want my critique and I want to grow as an artist and go further with my career so I am okay with that.”
You seem a lot thinner now than when you first auditioned, did you get to choose your own meals in the mansion, or did they just bring you what they wanted you to eat?
“Sometimes we get to choose, and then sometimes they would just bring us salad or something healthy like that. I’m not really a healthy kind of guy, I would rather just eat cheeseburgers and pizza all day.”
So, how much weight have you lost?
“I don’t know, but my clothes don’t fit the same!”
If you had got through, what would you have sung next week?
“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to tell you that, but it was awesome – it was Tracks Of My Tears.”
What advice would you give to people who are thinking about auditioning for American idol next year?
“Just to go for it and don’t hold back. When you walk out, just be you, believe in yourself and have faith that you can do this – if it is something that is meant to be then it will happen, or maybe if it’s not the right time just keep on keeping on.”
What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?
“I just want to say thank you so much. It is such a blessing to have such lovely people supporting me – it’s crazy how after I had been kicked off how many more followers I got and support I’ve received its crazy.”
It was reported yesterday that you knew you were going to leave yesterday after a moment with God, was that a spiritual experience?
I have a really close connection with God and every morning I say my morning prayer to star the day off. Yesterday after my prayer I just felt that this was the day I was leaving, because God in his own way, I feel, spoke to me and said “I have bigger and better plans for you, this is just a steppingstone.”
Watch Paul’s performance from this week’s American Idol in the clip below: