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'American Idol' Paul McDonald Dating Nikki Reed

Paul McDonald
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Who  is consoling American Idol’s Paul McDonald about his recent elimination?

Twilight star Nikki Reed.   "Yeah, well me and Nikki Reed are dating," he said Friday during a press call, according to USA Today. "It's officially true. 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."   The two first fueled rumors when they were spotted together at the Red Riding Hood premiere last month.    "You're amazing," she told him, according to People.com. "I'm blushing," she added. "I should go."    Asked about their relationship, he told the site, “There isn’t too much time. She's super busy and I'm super busy. [But] we'll figure it out."    As for leaving the show, McDonald tells USA Today:  "I didn't want it to be sad at all. It's always sad and I knew whenever I left, I wanted it to be fun and I wanted it to be an off-week for them. Thursdays are always so draining because it's sad to see people to go.   "For me, this whole thing was about having fun, getting up there and singing a bunch of covers, and just having fun with it," he adds. "The others were coming up and I was like, "Don't be sad, guys. Go relax and go focus on next week. I'm fine, man, I'm okay." And it was funny because they're like, "I'm going to miss you!" and I was like, "Come on, man, I'll see you in a week."