You don"t need to be a winner on American Idol to be in the spotlight, through the likes the Jennifer Hudson, Haley Reinhart, and also Adam Lambert walk on to have huge careers regardless of not put first. In 2011, Paul McDonald stole the show with his initial songs and also smooth nation voice, but ended increase placing eighth in the competition. So where is Paul McDonald now?




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Before American Idol, McDonald remained in a band dubbed the grand Magnolias (via EW). Created in 2006 as the Hightide Blues (via the Opelika Auburn News), the band readjusted their surname to the cool Magnolias a year before McDonald"s appearance on the talent show. As result of McDonald"s figure on the show, their self-titled debut album made Billboard"s Heatseekers chart and also sales because that the record raised 146%, follow to USA Today

After leave the show, McDonald left the cool Magnolias and also went ~ above to craft a solo career. He released his an initial EP in 2015, and his debut document Modern Hearts in 2018 (via Spotify).


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During his time ~ above American Idol, Paul McDonald met gibbs Nikki Reed at a movie premiere (via Billboard). They began dating, walk on come marry in 2011. They also released a five-song alternative country EP in 2012 (via MTV) under their own record label. The monitor "All I"ve ever before Needed" to be featured on the Breaking Dawn component 2 soundtrack (via YouTube), the last film in the Twilight Saga i beg your pardon Reed starred in as vampire Rosalie Cullen. The couple announced your separation in 2014, "citing irreconcilable differences," per Billboard


McDonald briefly date actor Emily Kinney (The walking Dead, The Flash) indigenous 2017 come 2020 (via US Weekly), creating a music duo called the Sweethearts deal in 2018 (via Yahoo! Entertainment). It"s not clear as soon as McDonald and also Kinney parted ways, however on Jan. 11, 2021, McDonald revealed on Instagram that he proposed come girlfriend Leah Blevins, that he had been nearby friends v for "almost a decade."


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"Despite the state of the world, 2020 was the most phenomenal year of my life. V the events of the year slowing us all down, this time allowed me to placed what is really vital in mine life at the forefront," Paul McDonald"s engagement post read. "I"ve fallen head end heels in love v you & I continue to love you more and more as the days walk on." 


Throughout 2020, McDonald play dozens of socially distanced gigs — a mass of which took place during the summer for his The Stay residence Tour. Documenting his journey on Instagram, the singer spent a month and also a fifty percent living the end of his van, playing small gigs at houses across the country. As for upcoming shows, McDonald will take to the stage at the glen Campbell Museum in Nashville ~ above Feb. 25, where he"ll it is in performing alongside Ashley Campbell and also Adam Chaffins to audience at the venue and also via live stream.