Paul McDonald Is First Guy to Go on 'American Idol'

7:47 AM PST 04/15/2011 by THR Staff
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The voted-off contestant also speaks out on his elimination -- and reveals he's performing on Jay Leno Friday night.

Looks like Jennifer Lopez got her wish.

After Lopez pleaded with American Idol viewers not to send any more women home earlier this week, Paul McDonald was voted off on Thursday's show.

"Thanks so much for the support! You guys are amazing. What a ride!" he Twittered after. (He also revealed he'll be performing on Jay Leno Friday night.)

Last week, Pia Toscano -- who was considered a frontrunner -- was shockingly given the boot. She was in the audience Thursday cheering on her former competitors. Read 15 more fun facts you didn't see on TV.

Naima Adedapo, Karen Rodriguez, Ashthon Jones and Thia Megia have also been kicked off the show this season. Judges used their one-time save on Casey Abrams.

Just seven competitors remain.

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