Archive | March, 2010

American Idol Season 9 Top 10 Vocal Masterclass Article: R&B Music


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week’s American Idol theme was R& B Music. And the Idols were fortunate to be in the company of Usher as mentor. Usher brought his uniquely gifted style and undeniable substance to American Idol, expertly guiding and ushering the singers to exciting new levels of performance. Just an aside, I loved […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 9 Top 10 Results Show: R&B Music With Usher


  So, who is leaving us tonight? Hard to say but I would be surprised if yet another girl was eliminated this week.        I am looking forward to Usher’s performance tonight, along with a performance by American Idol Season 2 winner, Ruben Studdard. Long time, no see!        Hope to comment further this evening as the […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 9 Top 10: R&B Music With Usher


  Last week,  the adorable Paige Miles was eliminated from one of the coveted positions in the Top 10. It really is a shame, she really does have a beautiful voice, but her illness coupled with her inability to cope with her performance anxiety closed the door on this tremendous opportunity.       Hopefully, she will use her […]

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Ushering The American Idol Season 9 Top 10 To the Next Level


I am absolutely thrilled that Usher will be mentoring the Idols on Tuesday, March 30th during their Top 10 R&B performances.  I am hoping to see some keen and educational mentoring from Usher. He certainly comes equipped with a ton of performing experience mixed in with an artistic confidence that is truly singular.  Then, during the Results Show […]

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A Masterclass Plea To the American Idol Judges: Please – No More Comparisons!


Personally, I have had my fill of pointless comparisons of this year’s crop of singers to those who have previously competed on American Idol. I know I have stated that Seasons 5 and 7 were exceptional seasons and difficult to capture on a yearly basis, but, except for one instance (Siobhan/Adam), I have attempted to […]

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Rodrigo y Gabriela Bring Their Amazing Talent To The Tonight Show With Jay Leno


Rodrigo Y Gabriela performed their mesmerizing guitar duo two nights ago on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Their performance was sheer brilliance! I have never seen two pairs of hands move so frantically and, yet, so effortlessly. Their sound is wonderfully unique and creative but also extremely difficult to master. But master they did […]

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American Idol Season 9 Top 11 Vocal Masterclass Article: Billboard #1 Hits


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week’s American Idol theme was Billboard #1 Hits. That being said, logic would dictate that each of the singers – barring clearance issues – would have an equal opportunity to select songs  suited to their artistic style and substance. However the question is: Were they all successful and were there some surprising results […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 9 Top 11 Results Show: Billboard #1 Hits


Well, as the song goes, it’s “So long, farewell, auf weidersehn, goodbye” for one of the Top 11 singers. It is going to be heart-breaking to come so close to achieving a spot on the Top 10, only to be eliminated at the final hour of judgement. I am running a little late today, so […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 9 Top 11: Billboard #1 Hits


Last week, we said a fond farewell to the amiable talent known as Lacey Brown.  Lacey seems like a lovely and talented young lady and if you haven’t yet enjoyed her performance and interview session on Ellen, you can do so here on Ellen Degeneres’ website. This week the Top 11, known as Aaron Kelly, Andrew […]

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A Masterclass Review Of Katie Stevens- Wild Horses Studio Version American Idol 9 Top 12


Well, sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but, after hearing this ITunes performance of “Wild Horses” from Top 11 American Idol 9 Finalist Katie Stevens, methinks this talented young lady is going to be around for a while. Her voice is wonderfully refined and, yet, she has a natural inclination to artistically bend and mold her […]

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Lacey Brown Speaks To Ellen About Her American Idol Elimination


A merican Idol Season 9 Top 12 Contestant, Lacey Brown, recently spoke to Ellen Degeneres about her recent elimination from the show. She was invited by Ellen to appear on the ELLEN show and spoke candidly about her American Idol experience. Additionally, she gave an amazing performance on the ELLEN show, superbly accompanied by American […]

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My New Favorite Thing: Jamie Cullum On Ellen


      Oh be still my heart – why can’t we discover this level of talent on American Idol?  I have been waiting to see a cross-genre artist on American Idol and it looks like it just isn’t going to happen.  I thought this was the direction that Adam Lambert was moving toward during Season 8, […]

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Ryan Seacrest Spoiler Ignites Twitter Revolt


This article makes me laugh. I love Ryan because he is a fellow “tweeter”. Plus he shares my grandson’s name!  A revolt?  Okay – whatever turns your crank. How dare he share Idol informstion before the show airs on the West Coast? (MCL says sarcastically).  Ryan Seacrest spoiler ignites Twitter revolt Posted using ShareThis

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American Idol Season 9 Top 12 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Music Of The Rolling Stones


By: Rosanne Simunovic Before we begin, I would like to say that the Top 12 Vocal Masterclass evaluations will be shorter than those you will read as the season progresses. As I begin more familiar with the singers and, hopefully, notice changes in their vocal and performance technique, then the critiques will become more detailed […]

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Alex Lambert And Lilly Scott On Ellen DeGeneres


Ellen Degeneres is very generes with her support and made sure that eliminated Top 16 semi-finalists from American Idol Season 9, Alex Lambert and Lilly Scott, had their moment to shine. On her program, they charmed Ellen and the audience with their wonderful personalities and undeniable musical talents. Now have a “look-see” at what could […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 9 Top 12 Results Show


Who is not excited to see American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook perform on the Results Show tonight?  Finally, we are treated to some Cookie love and the Top 12 can witness what it takes to become the next American Idol. I hope to update this blog topic as the one-hour telecast unfolds. I […]

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American Idol Season 9 Top 12 Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread: The Music Of The Rolling Stones


After weeks of auditions, performances, heartbreak and triumph, we are finally down to the to the Top 12 American Idol Season 9 Finalists.  And they are: Aaron Kelly,  Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Crystal Bowersox, Didi Benami,  Katie Stevens, Lacey Brown, Lee Dewyze, Michael Lynche,  Paige Miles,  Siobhan Magnus and Tim Urban.  This season is shaping up to be a replication of American Idol Season […]

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Katharine McPhee’s Backstage With Bryan Interview


I thought I would add a blog topic featuring Katharine McPhee’s Backstage With Bryan interview. It was filmed after her outstanding performance of her new single,“Terrified”, on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The number was written by American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi. Katharine’s voice and presence continues to impress me; she is an extraordinary […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 9 Top 16 Results Show


“And now the end is near and so I face the final curtain”. Ah yes, the timeless lyrics from the very famous song “My Way” . It was also the late and great Frank Sinatra’s signature number. For some unexplained reason, these lyrics popped into my head as I began to add the blog topic for tonight’s […]

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American Idol Season 9 Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread: Top 8 Male Semi-Finalists


Tonight, the Top 8 Male Vocalists from American Idol Season 9 will get their final “kick at the can” before the announcement of the coveted Top 12 Finalists tomorrow evening. They are: Aaron Kelly, Alex Lambert, Andrew Garcia, Casey James,  Lee Dewyze, Michael Lynche,  Tim Urban, and Todrick Hall. Best of luck to the guys this […]

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