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Kelly Clarkson Sings "Ave Maria" For the Pope

Kelly Clarkson Sings

Kelly Clarkson, the first season’s winner of American Idol, sings a rousing rendition of the hymn “Ave Maria” for Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, New York on Saturday.

About 25,000 young worshippers rallied for the Popemobile (and Kelly).

“I was so excited to be asked to sing for the Pope,” Kelly. “I grew up singing church music, and it’s always been a dream of mine to perform ‘Ave Maria.’ To have that dream come true on such a special occasion is truly a blessing.”

Watch the video below of Kelly belting out “Ave Maria”!

Kelly Clarkson Sings “Ave Maria” For the Pope
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121 Responses to “Kelly Clarkson Sings "Ave Maria" For the Pope”

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  1. 1
    sam Says:

    I love kelly.

  2. 2
    legs Says:

    she’s sure getting bigger and bigger.

  3. 3
    Summer Says:

    OMG that was so amazing. I never knew she could sing like that. especially the last part. I was like can this girl really go on forever like this. Kelly I love you lots.

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    nunny Says:

    that’s cool
    the dress makes her look much older now..
    oh and thanks jared b/c we really haven’t seen a lot of kelly now a days

  5. 5
    jenny Says:

    Wow! Very good performance, especially the last part was sung with such feeling…
    What a beautiful and appropriate looking dress for the occassion as well. She does not look big at all. Just healthy and pretty.

  6. 6
    Knothead Says:

    Awesome. I especially LOVED the ending.

    Its a shame that she doesnt live up to societys toothpick standards when it comes to shape and size. <>

    You go girl…. rock on with that voice and breaking the stereotypical standards of the supposed ideal shape for women !

  7. 7
    lil Says:

    sound good!
    but i preffer see katharine mcphee!

  8. 8
    Jimmy Says:

    I loved this!!! Kelly is the best singer ever!!

  9. 9
    Michelle Says:

    Now that girl can sing!!
    I’d like to see this years contestants just try and belt out a tune like that!

  10. 10
    Meg Says:

    Interesting that she made the song a bit pop.

  11. 11
    Saruhh Says:

    if only she wasnt such a *****

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    Ali Says:

    what a horror!!! why didn’t they get someone with a real voice. clarkson’s voice is a pop voice – no depth, no character. they should have chosen the best singer in the country – i’m sure there are opera divas who would have been much better for the Pope. I’m horrified at the last of discrimination.

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    Ibelieve Says:

    As a professional opera singer, I think Schubert’s Ave Maria should not be sung in a chest voice. I really like Kelly Clarkson as a pop singer, but the classical tone of this song and her belting clashes, while sounding slightly choppy.

  14. 14
    cathy Says:

    she sounded amazing and looked fantastic doing it!

  15. 15
    Paula Says:

    I think Kelly is extremely talented and I love her voice. However, I have to agree with a previous poster in that her voice is not suited for this song. This song needed a clear, powerful voice without the raspiness and the trills. Like Whitney Houston.

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    maria Says:

    kelly did an amazing job! She is amazing!! That might be one of her best performances so far.

  17. 17
    RC Says:

    Where is Michael Buble when you need him! LOL.

    I thought it what a stagerring performance. I am so glad she’s still singing these days. I like her :D

  18. 18
    ace tomato Says:

    That is the first time I ever heard her sing. WOW.

    Beautiful, fresh, modern – yet reverent and sincere – rendition of a masterpiece.

    I am genuinely impressed. That was lovely, lovely, lovely.

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    mysticspiral Says:

    Kelly is a good singer, but like some of you said, her voice is not appropriate for this particular song.

    In her Christmas CD, Celine Dion performs this song, and I must say is AMAZING!!! Much better than Kelly’s rendition.

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    any. Says:

    She did a great job i was there i actually just got home. She sang three songs before the pope arrived. She was amazing

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    Linda Says:

    Kelly did a wonderful job, but she should have dresses more modestly. The front of her dress was a little low cut…thank God the cameras did not show that and only pictured the side of her.
    Kelly….modesty always ..and especially if the presence of Men of God is a no brainer. maybe you should have picked a different dress or a shawl to covert you???

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    ? Says:

    Celine Dion would have done a much better job. And why was she wearing such a low cut dress in front of the Pope?

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    Bob Says:

    Wow, what a terrible job. I guess she was the only catholic singer they could find to perform on short notice. And who cares why she was wearing a short dress. We all know the pope and all those other bishops, cardinals and priests are more interested in playing with little boys than looking at a busty blond chick.

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    mia Says:

    You do NOT sing Ave Maria this way! Fast and like a damn pop song!

    She have a good voice but not for this kid of music.

    Emmy Rossum was going to be 10 times better.

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    whatever Says:

    oh stop criticizing her dress. it was conservative just because it had a little form to it rather than being completely covered up and looking like an old lady doesnt mean she doesn’t respect the pope or what not. it wasnt spaghetti strap, wasn’t too short, wasn’t strapless just had a cut in the front. whats the big deal? He’s the pope for crying out loud, i highly doubt that that was all he was thinking about while she was singing.

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