Three Nashvillians Among “Idol” Finalists

(L-R): Kendra Chantelle, Paul McDonald, and Ashton Jones

Nashvillians Ashthon Jones, Kendra Chantelle and Paul McDonald made it to the top 24 on the current season of American Idol. The first group of finalists were revealed last week on the Fox show.

All three contestants have been trying to make it in the music business. McDonald sings in his band The Grand Magnolias, Chantelle has had a gig at the Hard Rock Cafe, and Jones won the 2009 Nashville Independent Music Award for best female R&B solo artist.

As the competition on Idol heats up in coming weeks, don’t forget to tune in to Nashville’s Fox 17 for its Idol expert panel, featuring MusicRow’s own Jon Freeman.

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