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Vocal MasterClass Discussion For American Idol Season 15 Top 24 Semi-Finalists: Week One


   Picture Credit:American Idol/Fox And, we’re off!  The Top 24 Semi-Final show for American Idol Season 15 is upon us.  However, unlike other seasons, the shows were pre-recorded a week or so ago and the finalists for the Top 14 selected by the judges.  So, that’s that I guess. We have no say and no […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 15: And The Top 24 Semi-Finalists Are? 


   Picture Credit: American Idol/Fox Well, this is the week everyone. Over the next two nights, The Top 24 of American Idol Season 15 will be revealed.  I think it is safe to say that American Idol has exposed some wonderful talent for its Farewell Season and this will be the week where we gain a first […]

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Alert The Fam Jam! Grease Live To Air On Fox On Sunday


   Picture Credit: FOX Finally!  Quality live programming on a Sunday night in January!   With the cooler temps outside, you have a reason to stay inside when Fox airs its first live musical, Grease, on Sunday, January 31st at 7:00 PM/6:00 PM Central.  This is such a great musical. I have seen it several times and […]

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MasterClass Monday: David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco Perform A Singularly Magnificent Version Of The Prayer


   Update: I just received an email from Richard Parkinson that he did not arrange this song. I trusted a site source and should have gone to the main source – Richard.  However, I still know Richard to be an incredible arranger and he has worked with many singers, including David Archuleta, in the past […]

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Remembering The Iconic David Bowie  


   He had so many looks. So many voices. So many personas. And, yesterday, he passed away but left behind a legacy of musical memories that will remain indelible in the minds and hearts of many.  I am, of course, speaking about the great David Bowie, who died on Sunday, January 10th after his private […]

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Vocal MasterClass Discussion For American Idol Season 15: The Farewell Season Continues in San Francisco And Little Rock


   Picture Credit: Fox/American Idol Last night’s American Idol Season 15 Premiere Part One showcased some pretty solid singers.  If you didn’t have a chance to watch the show, I added some COMMENTS about some of the singers who were featured in Wednesday’s program.   I also picked my three favorite singers from Wednesday’s show.  […]

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American Idol: The Farewell Season. Who Will Be The Other Half Of The Kelly Clarkson Bookend? 


  Picture Credit: Fox/AmericanIdol  It is going to be a bittersweet experience when American Idol launches its Farewell Season at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6th and Thursday, January 4th on Fox. And, in my mind, I have always felt that the winner of Season 15 would turn out to be an important and powerful force […]

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Classical Crossover Star Fernando Varela Signs Record Deal With Deutsche Grammophon of Germany


   Picture Credit: Mascioli Entertainment Here on this little ole’ blog of mine, I have repeatedly said that Reality Television Singing Competitions can only take you so far. There is a long road ahead for artists who crave fame and good fortune or, at the very least, a decent income on which to survive for the […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 9: The Live PlayOffs Week Two


   Vocal Credit: The Voice/NBC We are down to the Top 12 singers on this very popular reality singing competition.  NBC’s  The Voice continues to do extremely well in the ratings after 9 seasons, due in part to the lively rapport between the judges, a genuine host in the form of Carson Daly and the continued excellence […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 9: The KnockOut Rounds Part 3


   Picture Credit: The Voice/NBC Once again, the strongest voices from Season 9 of The Voice compete head-to-head with the hope of advancing to the next round.   Known as the Knockout Rounds, this phase of the show is the singer’s last hope to achieve a spot in the live shows -aka the Play Offs […]

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MasterClass Monday: Andrea Bocelli Sings A Gorgeous Version Of La Vie On Rose With Edith Piaf. 


   Now this is really something. I know I just featured Andrea Bocelli in a MasterClass Monday article a couple of weeks ago, but this video performance moved me to tears. Well, smiling through tears, actually. It was just one of those special performances that made me happy inside and out while evoking some special […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 9: The Battle Rounds Begin


   Last week’s final Blind Auditons ended with fireworks. The stage was sparkling with outstanding talent and, once again, we are going to see some wonderful singers advance past the Battles and some not. Unless, they are blessed with a Steal from another coach. And, I can see this happening in many instances.  Here is […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 9: The Blind Auditions Week Three


   Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice The ninth season of the American reality talent show The Voice continues this week with the final segment of the Blind Auditions.  Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani are in great form – I really love this combination of judges very much.  So, once again, we will see some stellar […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 9: The Blind Auditions Week Two


   Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice The ninth season of the American reality talent show The Voice started strong.  There were some pretty amazing performances last week.  I love, LOVED BRAIDEN SUNSHINE.  He is a real find.  Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani all snagged some mighty fine singers.  The Blind Auditions continue this week on […]

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MasterClass Monday: Andrea Bocelli Sings The Lord’s Prayer For Pope Francis


   Did anyone catch Andrea Bocelli’s glorious and inspiring performance of The Lord’s Prayer during the Festival Of The Families celebration on Saturday, September 26th in Phildaelphia?   What a moment!  Pope Francis must have been incredibly moved by this performance as we were by the Pope’s love, presence and  spirituality throughout his entire USA […]

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The Voice Season 9 Blind Auditions Week One: Songs On iTunes And Apple Music


Here are the links for some of the performances on Monday’s Premiere Show for Season 9 of The Voice. I will add Tuesday’s links when the show has aired in the East and the West.  Monday’s Show was outstanding. We are off to a stellar start. I loved Braiden, Siahna and Barrett. I would be […]

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MasterClass Video Of The Century – President Obama Sings Amazing Grace In Memory Of Senator Clementa Pinckney


   I honestly don’t think that there will ever be a future moment in history as memorable, inspiring and politically current than when President Barack Obama eulogized State Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was one of nine victims in the June 17th, 2015 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopla Church in Charleston, North Carolina. And if […]

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Performing MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 10: Week 4


   Picture Credit: NBC/America’s Got Talent America’s Got Talent Season 10 is already at Week 4 of the Preliminary Auditions  If you haven’t yet done so, check out my MCL favorites from last week’s show.  And from the Premiere Show and Week Two Show.  I hope to continue to do the same this week and in the weeks […]

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Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 8 Top 4 Results Show: The Finale


   Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice Look at that fabulous lineup!  Wheeeee!!   We are in for a phenomenal ride on Tuesday evening.   The Voice Finale airs at 8:00 PM on NBC and the winner will finally be announced. I will be monumentally surprised if it is not Sawyer Fredericks.  I predicted his win months ago!  I feel […]

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Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 8 Top 4 Performance Show


    Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice Well, The Voice took a nasty turn last week when they voted out one of the most talented vocalists to ever appear on this show, India Carney, in favor of Koryn Hawthorne.  Look, I  harbour no animosity toward  Koryn.  She is a passionate, if not “over the top” vocalist that everyone feels is […]

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