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Soldier Singing Rihanna’s “Stay” Goes Viral, Has Us In Tears (VIDEO)

We dare you to watch this soldier singing Rihanna’s “Stay” without your eyes getting a little misty! This simple and slightly blurry video of soldier Paul Iloilo Ieti singing a Rihanna cover has gone viral in a big way with over 24,000 likes on YouTube already and climbing fast — and we can see why.

On a break from his duties in Afghanistan, and singing on the fly while eating a bowl of cereal, Paul blows away most of the competitors on
The Voice and American Idol combined.

A soldier in the U.S. Army, Paul Iloilo Ieti is currently stationed in Afghanistan, but he hasn’t left his love of music behind in the States. Paul loves to post covers of his favorite songs on YouTube from wherever in the world he happens to be. While all of them are astonishingly good, his cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” is truly exceptional.

Now if American Idol had more singers like this guy on the show, we think maybe the ratings wouldn’t be crawling around in the gutter! Can we hope he might be an American Idol 2014 contestant in the making?

06.10.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Laura Vess
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