Eliminated ‘Idol’ Contender Jolley Shoots Down Iovine Criticism

by | March 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM | American Idol

Paul Jolley performs on "American Idol" (Frank Micelotta/ FOX)


On Thursday’s elimination show, Jimmy Iovine may have said that Paul Jolley is “not ready for primetime,” but the “American Idol” contestant wouldn’t agree.

“I’m ready,” Paul said, about making an album, acting and even designing his own clothing line. “I want to dabble in everything and put my Paul Jolley stamp on everything,” he said.

As for Jimmy’s critique, Paul didn’t take it too hard.

“I would have to say, ‘To each his own,’” he said, “because I think I am ready for it or I wouldn’t be in the top 10 of the competition.”

He also felt that, despite Jimmy’s scathing criticism, he had a special connection with the record exec, ever since Jimmy chose to save him in a tiebreaker during the Las Vegas semifinals.

“I feel he saved me for a reason, so I feel like he knows I have talent,” Paul said. “He knows I’m ready or he wouldn’t have done that for me.”

Jimmy also had a critique for the judges on Thursday, saying that they have been too easy on all the contestants. “I don’t agree with it,” Paul said. “I feel like they’ve been really really easy on a lot of the other contestants, but for some reason I feel like I was just the pointed out one to be tough on this season.”

Paul told reporters Friday that he wouldn’t change a thing about his run on “Idol,” despite the fluctuating criticism he got each week about either being too theatrical or not showing enough emotion.

“I chose my song choices for a reason,” he said. “Any everything I spoke and the way I spoke on there, I was truthful and honest and I was myself.”

He said he woke up Thursday morning with a message from god that it would be his last day on the show.

With all the focus on the girls this season, could that have been a factor in his elimination? “I don’t know,” he said cagily. “Maybe, maybe not.”

If he gets to make an album, Paul said it would still be in the country-pop vein, even though judges told him his voice was better suited for other genres.

“I know who I want to be and I’m not going to change that,” he said.

“The story I give people is when Elvis started coming out, everybody was taken by storm, like ‘Oh, what’s going on?’” he explained. “And once it caught on, now he’s the king of rock and roll…Once everyone catches on and sees where I want to go with this career and the original material that I’m wanting to do, I feel like there will be a better understanding and people are going to love it.”

Paul told reporters Friday that he wouldn’t change a thing about his run on “Idol,” despite the fluctuating criticism he got each week about either being too theatrical or not showing enough emotion.

“I chose my song choices for a reason,” he said. “Any everything I spoke and the way I spoke on there, I was truthful and honest and I was myself.”

He said he woke up Thursday morning with a message from god that it would be his last day on the show. With all the focus on the girls this season, could that have been a factor in his elimination? “I don’t know,” he said cagily. “Maybe, maybe not.”

If he gets to make an album, Paul said it would still be in the country-pop vein, even though judges told him his voice was better suited for other genres.

“I know who I want to be and I’m not going to change that,” he said.

“The story I give people is when Elvis started coming out, everybody was taken by storm, like ‘Oh, what’s going on?’” he explained. “And once it caught on, now he’s the king of rock and roll…Once everyone catches on and sees where I want to go with this career and the original material that I’m wanting to do, I feel like there will be a better understanding and people are going to love it.”