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Who is Paul Jolley? American Idol 2013 Contestant Background Info

We really like this guy, but we're not sure if he is the total package needed to win American Idol 2013. Paul Jolley may be one of the cutest contestants in Season 12, but can he make it all the way to the finale?

Country music is a whole lot more now than just an attractive face, having a signature twang and writing some cheeseball lyrics. Many American Idol 2013 hopefuls are putting a modern face on the genre this season. Paul Jolley, who we met at Baton Rouge auditions, is one of the many who have impressed the judges by going this route.

If living in Nashville makes you legit, then Paul has a leg up on the others. Originally from Palmersville, Tennessee, the handsome singer now lives in the hub for all things country. In fact, Paul has reportedly opened for a number of country artists, including Chely Wright, Tammy Cochran, Roy Clark, and more. He has also won over 100 talent contests in his burgeoning career.

The thing that struck us the most about his audition was how much his moniker fits his persona. The guy was downright jovial. After meeting Rachel Hale on The Queen Mary, who became known for her infectious smile as much as her angelic voice, we feel like we might have to take on a new role -- matchmaker. These two would make the cutest and most optimistic country couple on the block! Hey, it’s just a thought.

So far, Paul Jolley has made it all the way to the Season 12 Top 9. Now the voters will have to decide how much further he gets!


03.21.2013 / 06:42 AM EDT by Laura Vess
Related: American Idol, American Idol Season 12, Paul Jolley

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