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

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

Sometimes 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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