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Interview with Paul Jolley of "American
Idol" on FOX 3/22/13
FBC PUBLICITY: American Idol Eliminated Contestant Call
March 22, 2013/1:15 p.m. PDT
Moderator: Welcome to the American Idol Interview call with
Paul Jolley. As a reminder, this conference is being
recorded. Iíll now turn the conference over to Molly OíGara
for opening remarks.
M. OíGara: Hi everybody. Thanks so much for joining us today
for the American Idol Eliminated Conference Call with Paul.
As a reminder, heís here to talk about his experience on
American Idol and his plans moving forward. As always, if we
feel that anyone is harping on any one subject, we do
reserve the right to jump in and move the call along.
With that being said, Laurie, letís get started with the
Moderator: We have a question from the line of Jamie Ruby
J. Ruby: Iíve got to say I was sorry to see you go. What do
you see yourself making now? What kind of album do you see
yourself making? What do you have planned coming up?
P. Jolley: I still want to stick with the country/pop lane. I
donít want to change what I feel in my heart that my calling
is and what I need to be doing.
J. Ruby: What were your first thoughts when you got up on the
stage before the huge audience? What were you thinking?
P. Jolley: Before I got up there, I was just trying to make
sure that my mind was clear and I was staying focused on the
big picture and not getting distracted from the main thing
that I was there to do.
Moderator: Our next question is from Russell Weakland with
R. Weakland: They definitely seem to want a girl to win the
show this year. Out of the remaining guys, who do you think
has the best chance to win, in your eyes?
P. Jolley: Honestly, I donít know because everybody is so
good and each in their own individual way. Everybody has
their own genre that theyíre doing and itís basically the
battle of the genres rather than who the better person is.
R. Weakland: What advice was given to you after your
elimination from the judges? Did you get a chance to speak
to any of them?
P. Jolley: Yes, a few of them came up and they just told me
to just keep on keeping on, pretty much, and believe in
myself and pretty much I have a career in this.
Moderator: We have a question from the line of Michelle
Angermiller with Hollywood Reporter.
M. Angermiller: I have a question for you. The question is,
were you guys confused by the conflicting advice that you
were getting throughout the competition?
P. Jolley: I was kind of confused because every week it was
something new, which I appreciated that a lot because I
always want that room to grow. Thereís always room to grow,
so if Iím not doing something wrong then thereís something
wrong with them not telling me. No, I really appreciate them
telling me things that I can work on.
M. Angermiller: A lot of people are saying that this is the
end of the white guy with the guitar era. Do you think
P. Jolley: For this show, yes, but in my eyes Iíve already
Moderator: Letís go to Michael Weinfeld with Associated Press
M. Weinfeld: Jimmy Iovine says that the judges are being too
easy on the contestants this season. I would guess that you
would not agree with that.
P. Jolley: I donít agree with it. I feel like theyíve 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. Iím okay with that because I
want that critique and I want to grow as an artist and I
want to go somewhere with my career. Iím okay with that.
M. Weinfeld: Itís seems that you look a lot thinner now than
when you tried out originally. Do you get to choose what you
eat in the mansion or do they serve you and you have to eat
whatever youíre served in front of you?
P. Jolley: Sometimes we get to choose and then sometimes they
just bring you salad and burritos and stuff, healthy things,
and Iím not really a health kind of guy. I just eat
cheeseburgers and pizzas and stuff.
M. Weinfeld: Do you know how much weight youíd lost?
P. Jolley: I donít, but I know that my clothes donít fit the
Moderator: We go next to Nahal Mottaghian with USA Today.
N. Mottaghian: If you had stayed on Idol, what song were you
planning on singing next week?
P. Jolley: It was going to be ďTracks of My Tears.Ē
N. Mottaghian: For all of those who are hoping to be on Idol
next year, do you have any advice for them?
P. Jolley: Just go for it and donít hold back. When you walk
in there just be yourself; donít try to be something that
youíre not. Just believe in yourself and have faith that you
can do this and if itís something thatís meant to be then it
will happen or maybe itís just not the right timing if you
donít make it. I just say keep on keeping on.
Moderator: Weíll go to Jamie Steinberg with Starry
J. Steinberg: I was wonderingóyouíre a passionate singer who
has this natural ability to express yourselfóI was wondering
if acting was something youíd also like to pursue.
P. Jolley: Sure, I want to do everything. I want to have an
album. I want to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. I
want to have my own clothing line. I donít know if everyone
knew, but that was a custom shirt that we had made when I
performed ďEleanor Rigby.Ē
I want to do acting. I would love to. I want to dabble in
everything and put my Paul Jolley stamp on everything.
J. Steinberg: What would you like to say to everyone who is a
fan in support of you?
P. Jolley: I just want to say thank you so much. Itís a true
blessing to have such loyal people that are there for me no
matter what. Itís crazy how after Iíve been kicked off how
many more followers that Iíve got and supporters that Iíve
received. Itís crazy and Iím still overwhelmed with it, just
over last night.
Moderator: Weíll go to Reg Seeton with thedeadbolt.com.
R. Seeton: How did you feel about Jimmyís comment that you
werenít ready for primetime? What did you take away from
P. Jolley: I would just have to say to each his own because I
think I am ready for it or I wouldnít be in the top ten of
the competition. Thereís no way I would be there. I feel he
saved me for a reason so I feel like he knows that I have
the talent and he knows that Iím ready or he wouldnít have
done that for me.
R. Seeton: Youíve said many times that this is your calling
in life. How do you see not winning as a positive for the
P. Jolley: I can move on and I can start doing my own thing.
I donít have to stay glued to just doing a certain theme
every week. I can still talk to my Troopers and fans and
learn about what they want to hear from me.
Moderator: Weíll go to Bill Pinella with UT San Diego.
B. Pinella: I have a question about the save concept. What do
you think of that? Do you think they should make the person
trying to get a save go ahead and sing, because it doesnít
seem like they were paying much attention to you singing
while you were doing it.
P. Jolley: I knew I wasnít going to be saved because Jimmy
already saved me once and I knew they werenít going to save
me again. Iím glad I got to sing because it makes the last
stamp of Paul Jolley. It doesnít just say okay, Paulís
kicked off the show and then Iím done. Iíd rather sing
something that means something to me and then leave on a
B. Pinella: Okay, what do you think about Jimmy? Do you think
heís good in the role heís cast in or do you think heíd be
better as a judge on a weekly basis?
P. Jolley: I think heís good in the role that heís in because
we get more one-on-one with him and he knows what heís
talking about. I really, highly respect his opinion.
Moderator: Weíll go to Matt Carter with cartermatt.com.
M. Carter: First things first, in this series you just talked
a little bit about wanting to be a fashion designer and I
didnít know that before this call. When did that thinking
and that dream come up for you?
P. Jolley: Itís always been in my head and itís always
something that I wanted to do, but this is American Idol and
this is where the spotlight is for this. But I think
everyone in the industry at some point in time wants to
stretch out, so why not go ahead and look at the full
picture now and let people know about it?
M. Carter: When it comes to Nicki Minaj in particular, she
was very hard on you at times. Whatís your general opinion
of her? Are you grateful for all the advice? Do you wish
sheíd been easier at times?
P. Jolley: Iím thankful for the critiquing that she gave me.
I wish it wouldíve been more things that I could take and
work on or learn from, but no, I still love her just the
same and I appreciate everything she has. She put me through
the first round as well, so Iím very thankful.
Moderator: Weíll go to Marisa Sullivan with US Weekly.
M. Sullivan: I wanted to know when the tour starts and what
youíre going to do to prepare for the tour. Will you guys
have vocal coaches? Will you personally seek out to take
some classes, whether itís dance, acting, vocal coaching
P. Jolley: To be honest, I donít know. There are so many
papers and stuff that tells us the dates and things of when
weíre going on tour and where weíre going and everything.
Iíd love to know myself so I can prepare and get my fans all
built up in the different cities weíre going to go. But
everybody just needs to know that Iím going to bring it on
the tour and they better get ready for a good show.
M. Sullivan: You were telling us last night that you had some
family and friends in town, but you hadnít had a chance to
speak with them yet. Iím just curious how you spent the rest
of your night and how they comforted you and what did they
say to you? What did they do to support you? How did you
P. Jolley: Well, I had to go and pack and leave my hotel and
then go to another hotel. Then I had to get things ready and
be up at 4:00 a.m.ówell, I had to be up at 3:00 a.m. this
morning to get ready for interviews all day long. My mom and
dad took a taxi and visited me for about 30 minutes and
spent some time with me and just shared their love. Thatís
what I need the most, is the love from them.
M. Sullivan: You should be celebrating because you did great
and you came really far. Thank you.
Moderator: We have a question from Kirsten Coachman with
K. Coachman: I was just wondering, which of the judges, when
they were doing the critique, which one of themódid you
favor one of their critiques versus the other as far as
their feedback helping you?
P. Jolley: I would say Keith Urban gave me the best feedback
that I could probably learn from and take and use in my
career that I want to do after Idol. Yes, for sure, Keith
K. Coachman: Very cool. What was your favorite moment from
P. Jolley: My favorite moment was the fans. I love them so
much and I wouldnít be where I am today if it wasnít for
them. I just want to give a big thanks and shout out to
Moderator: Weíll go to Beth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV
B. Kwiatkowski: Throughout the whole beginning of the season,
the judges criticized you for basically over performing
songs, like being too theatrical with your facial
expressions and everything. But this week, the judges had
the exact opposite reaction. Randy said you seemed
disconnected from the song and Mariah said you needed to
give more emotion. I guess I can only imagine how
frustrating that was.
It almost seemed like, at least in my eyes, you were trying
to maybe downplay the visible emotion as to not overdo it
again. Do you mind talking about that a little bit?
P. Jolley: Yes, to be honest, I didnít try to do anything
else different. I literally just went out there and because
the more and more Iíve kept doing it, it kept getting more
and more comfortable and I can be myself. Thereís a lot
going on on that stage. We have cameras we have to look for,
the red dots we have to follow to make sure that weíre
looking at the right camera. There are a lot of things that
a lot of the viewers donít know about that are all new to
all of us; itís all a learning experience.
B. Kwiatkowski: Jimmy Iovine had said that he expected Lazaro
to land in the bottom three following his performance
Wednesday night that obviously didnít receive great praise
from the judges. That didnít happen. Do you have any
thoughts on why that might be and did it surprise you that
he escaped the bottom three?
P. Jolley: Lazaro has a huge following. He has an amazing
story and everyone connects to it. I give him good props for
that and I wish him the best of luck.
Moderator: Weíll go to Krista Chain with TV MegaSite.
K. Chain: My question was I know that you had said that you
would prefer to do country and pop and some of the judges
didnít seem to think that your voice fit well in the country
genre. Did that hold you back as far as picking songs or
P. Jolley: Not at all because I know who I want to be and Iím
not going to change that. The story that Iíve been giving
people is when Elvis first started coming out, everybody was
taken by storm, like whoa, whatís this going on? Once they
caught on, now heís the King of Rock ní Roll. Everybody
loves him. Heís a king pretty much and I feel like once
everyone catches on and sees where I want to go with this
career and they hear the original material that Iím
literally wanting to do, I feel like there will be a better
understanding and people are going to love it.
Moderator: We go to Mark Stone with Vista Radio.
M. Stone: First, Iíve got to tell you how much I thought you
killed it last night and putting your stamp on ďHearts
Alone.Ē I think youíre the first Idol to ever do it justice.
P. Jolley: Thank you, I appreciate that.
M. Stone: Iíve read that you woke up yesterday and had a
moment with God where you just knew you were going home. Was
that realization completely spiritual or was it coming from
somewhere else? Can you elaborate on that?
P. Jolley: I have a really close connection with God. Every
morning I say my morning prayer to start the day off. Itís a
good start to the day because Iím so thankful for where Iím
at and where Iíve come and where I am right now in life. Iíd
just come to the realizationóI donít know, it was just a
moment I had and this is the day that Iím going to be
leaving the show and Iím okay with it because God, in His
own way, I feel like spoke to me and said, I have bigger and
better plans for you. This is just a stepping stone in life.
I was just so ready for it. Everybody throughout the day
could see it in my eyes, the people I talked to about it,
and they said that they felt that in me, that I was okay no
M. Stone: Did they think you were kind of crazy for thinking
youíre going home?
P. Jolley: No, because I feel like the world now, they want
people to be down and honest about the feelings and how they
are. I think thatís going to be more than anything to the
viewers and the followers and everyone who listens and
watches the show or looks into these interviews that weíre
doing. They want me to be real. They donít want me to be
fake, so Iím going to tell you the truth about what I felt
and what was going through my mind.
M. Stone: Perfect, and just as a quick follow-up, do you see
yourself everóbecause I know they wanted you to steer away
from country and onto pop or danceówould you ever do
something like that, like a dance record?
P. Jolley: I donít think youíd really want to see me dance,
but weíll see.
Moderator: We go to Jamie Ruby with scifivision.com.
J. Ruby: Hi, again. What was it about Idol that appealed to
you that you decided that was the one you were going to
P. Jolley: I had auditioned for American Idol a few times
before and I never made it past the cattle call. I got to
the point where I was like, well, maybe this TV show is just
not for me and I was okay with it. Then this year I opened
up for an artist named Billy Dean andóan amazing guy by the
wayóand so I was home the next week and one of the ladies
that got me to do the show called me up and she said,
American Idol is coming here next week, but itís not
released. We want you to come and represent our town and
come audition. I said, Iím off work that day, it works out,
Iíll be there.
At that time, I didnít even know Keith Urban was going to be
a judge and heís always been my idol ever since I was a
little kid. Itís funny how things just always play out in
the favor of if you want something to happen and you believe
enough that things will happen.
J. Ruby: It really worked out and Iím sure the rest of the
stuff will out now for you. Youíre still going to the
concert. Is there anythingóI know you donít know a lot about
it yetóbut is there something youíre looking forward to
P. Jolley: Of course. I get to do more than one song to the
audience and have fun with it. There are no votes, there are
no four judges just staring me down. I cannot wait until I
just have my moment with the fans.
Moderator: Letís go to Reg Seeton with thedeadbolt.com.
R. Seeton: How did you feel coming into the competition with
a country background? Did you feel you were at a
disadvantage or more comfortable since Keith was there?
P. Jolley: Not at all, itís not really a comfort thing. Itís
just being myself. Everywhere I go I just have to be myself,
no matter if itís 500 hundred people in a room or just four
judges in the room. I didnít feel like it was a disadvantage
at all. Itís clear now because you can see all the different
genres that we have in the competition still.
R. Seeton: Jimmy said the judges were coddling the singers
too much. How did you feel since they were a little harder
P. Jolley: It bothered me, but I was okay with it because I
want some critiquing. I want to grow ultimately.
Moderator: We have a question from Michelle Angermiller with
M. Angermiller: I wanted to ask you, you were a demo singer
in Nashville for a while too. I wanted to know who you
worked for. What songs you did, anything that we might have
heard of that became a hit?
Is it true that you were singing demos in Nashville before
P. Jolley: No, I wasnít doing demo work in Nashville. I was
just working on my songwriting and getting my book ready.
M. Miller: So you have a lot of originals ready to go?
P. Jolley: Yes, I do. Iím ready.
M. Miller: I think youíre also ready for modeling.
P. Jolley: Thank you. Thatís what the photographers told me
Moderator: We go to Beth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World.
B. Kwiatkowski: Randy announced the judgesí decision not to
use their save on you. It was not unanimous. Did you ever
find out which judges voted to save you and which ones
P. Jolley: No, and honestly I donít really want to know
because thatís their own personal opinion. I donít feel like
they should have to let us know. Either way, I respect their
decision. I still love them all the same, whoever it was.
B. Kwiatkowski: Sure. Everyoneís been proclaiming this season
the year of the girls. Do you think that naturally put the
men at a disadvantage voting-wise from the very beginning,
because thereís just been so much talk about how excellent
the girls are?
P. Jolley: I donít know, maybe, maybe not. I think theyíre
all amazing. I wish everybody the best of luck.
B. Kwiatkowski: Okay, and looking back, do you think that you
wouldíve done anything differently? If you could go back,
would you have changed anything to better your chances in
the competition, whether it be song choice or anything like
P. Jolley: I honestly would not change a single thing that
Iíd done on the show. I chose my song choices for a reason.
If you listen, everything that I sang had a lyrical meaning
and I loved every bit of it. Everything that I spoke and the
way I spoke on there I was truthful and I was myself. No, I
wouldnít change a thing that Iíd done at all.
B. Kwiatkowski: Okay, so just to clarify on something you
said earlier, you said the more your performed on the stage,
the more comfortable you got and the more you really acted
as yourself. Does that mean that all the different criticism
from the judges and the different things Jimmy had to say
really didnít bother you? Did that really not get inside
your head at all?
P. Jolley: No, it didnít get in my head at all. The only
thing thatís so hard is, like I said, following the cameras
and itís a big stage. Iíve performed in front of thousands
of people before and itís never been a problem. But when
youíve just learned a song within a few days and you have to
perform it, follow cameras, and then so many things you have
to worry about, it can play a toll on how your performance
comes across. No, I still wouldnítónothing I would change
M. OíGara: With that, weíre going to finish the call. I want
to thank everyone for joining us today. As a reminder,
American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX and all
of our photos can be found on foxflash.com.
At this time, Iím going to turn the call back over to Paul
for a final remark. Then weíll provide replay instructions
and then weíll be done. Paul?
P. Jolley: All right. I just want to say thank you so much
for all the people that are interviewing me, first off. It
means a lot that youíre interested enough in me to even
care. Thank you so much to all the fans and the Troopers out
there that have supported me and please continue to follow
me because this is not the end and I have a lot of other
things up my sleeve that I want to show and give and share
to you all. Thank you so much.
M. OíGara: Thanks everyone. We can give the replay
instructions and then everyone can disconnect. Please have a
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