Thursday night on “American Idol,” the Top 9 contestants were cut down to eight as contestant Paul Jolley was sent home following his performance of the Beatles classic, “Eleanor Rigby.” In a March 22 interview with Zap 2 It, Jolley revealed that he knew he was going home.
Jolley said, “I woke up and I had my moment with God and I realized, ‘I'm going home today.’ I knew it, in my heart, 100 percent. And I was prepared for it.”
While Jolley previously told the “Idol” judges he aspired to be a “male Taylor Swift,” they slammed his plan, telling him he’s more suited to pop music.
But Jolley plans to stick to his country roots. The Tennessee native said while he’ll do country-pop, he has no plans to make a straight-up dance record.
“Country is where I was born and raised and the songs that I grew up with -- Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty … I grew up on this music, and I'm not gonna turn away from it and do some pop stuff,” he said.
After his elimination on Thursday night, Paul Jolley took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support. He tweeted: “I love y'all so much! There are some really cool things I'm doing in this next week I want y'all to be a part of as my career grows.”
In the Philadelphia area, “American Idol” airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX 29.