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Paul McDonald off 'American Idol'? Nikki Reed is cool with that

April 15, 2011 |  4:30 pm


Paul McDonald, the first male "American Idol" finalist to be voted out this season, seems to be following Pia Toscano down the path to a swell social life -- with Nikki Reed, in this case.

Toscano was of course spotted out on the town with Mark Ballas of "Dancing With the Stars" the night after her elimination, while on his morning after, McDonald revealed that "Twilight" gal Reed is "pumped" that he's been cut loose.

Paul-mcdonald "She said, 'Dude, you finally get to do your thing and be yourself and be the artist you are,' " the singer said Friday. "She is happy about the whole situation. She has been nothing but cool to me."

Unlike Toscano, who despite some smooching rumors insisted that she and Ballas are "just good friends," 26-year-old McDonald confirmed during a press call Friday that he and Reed -- whose 23rd birthday is next month -- are in fact dating.

"It's officially true," the Grand Magnolias singer said. "She's super cool, man, she's super smart, really cool girl. I'm happy about it. We've been hanging out, here and there, you know we're both pretty busy, but it's been fun so far."

There's more fun to come -- on his way to sit down with Jay Leno on Friday, McDonald tweeted a picture of the ID on his "Tonight Show" perch.

Though some might have tagged Paul the worst -- and you know who you are -- this Ministry minion counted McDonald and his suits and boots among her faves this "Idol" season; we would listen to that scratchy voice any time. Anyone else out there going to miss Mr. "Maggie May"?


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Paul McDonald performing in his boots and trademark suit for "American Idol" on March 30. Credit: Michael Becker / Fox / Associated Press