American Idol 2011: Kendra Chantelle and Paul McDonald impress with ‘Blackbird’

Sometimes [[American Idol (2011 Series)|American Idol]] holds back amazing singers for the late stages of auditions. These are auditionees we’ve barely heard of before now who turn out to be amazing. Case in point: Kendra Chantelle and Paul McDonald, who duet on the The Beatles’ classic, Blackbird.

The pair perform a smoky acoustic version of the tune, and there’s a great chemistry between them and the way their voices compliment each other. Maybe a little superficial, but I loved the way the whole audition was shot – acoustic guitar lit in blue at the front of the screen while Kendra and Paul serenaded each other in the background. Very smooth.

Jennifer Lopez gives her comments:

That was so beautiful. You guys sounded really beautiful together. Kendra, you sounded nice and strong, and Paul I just love the power of a soft, beautiful tone. There’s nothing like it, it cuts right through.

Steven Tyler continues the compliments: “Paul your voice was so different. It’s good. Some instances it’s not so good, but this was beautiful. This was really really good man.” Randy Jackson said: “I love the choices with the harmonies, because it shows the uniqueness in your voice Paul, and the uniqueness in your voice Kendra.”

Hopefully we’ll see more from both these singers – but is it the trend that Idol left them ’til last because they don’t get through? Answers in the comments section, please!

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