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CNN Presents The Sixties Episode Eight: 1968


The 8th installment of The Sixties show airs on CNN at 9:00 PM on Thursday, July 31st. This week, the focus is on the year 1968. It was not a very good year. There was so much unrest and turmoil in the United States which culminated in the assassinations of the Reverend Martin Luther King […]

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Performing Masterclass For America’s Got Talent Season 9: The Final Auditions


Picture Credit: NBC/America’s Got Talent In a bit if a rush here. We are celebrating Canada Day and I totally forgot that this is America’s Got Talent night. What a great season. Apparently, the promo last week hyped that the AGT crew saved the “best for last”. Well, we shall see about that. There has […]

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Jessica’s Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol XIII Top 2 Performance Show


BY JESSICA TURNER For American Idol XIII contestants, the season is at the climax. Last night two went in, and tonight only one will come out. It is hard to imagine the chummy finalists, Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson, actually coming to fisticuffs, despite the faux prom battle that kicked off the show, but each […]

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Jessica’s Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol XIII Top 3 Performance Show


By: Jessica Reffler Turner MasterClass Lady Comments: Jessica Reffler Turner has provided a detailed, excellent critique of the Top 3 Show. It is full of interesting detail and insight and I am extremely grateful to her for taking the reins in light of my busy schedule over the next two weeks. Thank you Jessica. Your […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Top 4 Performance Show: Break-Up And Make-Up Songs


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week, the Top 4 were faced with three songs.. Three! I do believe this is the first time the Top 4 performed 3 numbers in any season. Usually this honor is reserved for the Top 3, so I wonder what constituted the reason for the change? I would much rather hear […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Top 5 Will Not Be Available This Week


Hi everyone: I am having another busy week and can only accomplish so much. I will probably miss part of this week’s show and the rest of the week is quickly being filled up with tons of activity. I will add comments In the comment section once I tune in to the show this evening. […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Top 6 Performance Show: A Little Bit Country And Rock ‘N Roll


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week, the Top 6 were faced with the task of performing two songs apiece. This was a great opportunity for the singers to show opposite sides to their singing style – in genre and in emotion. Overall, the singers appeared more comfortable on stage and had obviously matured since Day One […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Top 8 REDUX Performance Show: Songs From The 80s


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week, the Top 8 Redux took on Songs From The Eighties. There was a ton of material from which to choose, depending upon which songs were cleared for the singers. That being said, I have to say that, overall, the personal selections were disappointing and it is hard to know where […]

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Masterclass Memo To American Idol Finalist Sam Woolf – Ditch Your Guitar!


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Thank heavens the judges used the save on Sam Woolf last week. His performance for the save song, Babylon, was spectacular. His voice sounded smooth and creamy – like butter -and he moved flawlessly around the stage. Sam – please put the guitar away. You sing monumentally better without it. When you […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Performance Show: Audition Song Week


By: Rosanne Simunovic I am back from vacation with a renewed perspective, so, hopefully, this rejuvenation will be reflected in my Vocal Masterclass articles for the Top 8 and beyond.   In general, I thought that this was the best week of performances. A no-brainer. Because the singers came equipped with songs that they truly […]

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Mini Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Top 11


Hey there everyone! I am on vacation for the month of March and will be experiencing problems with time management in completing a Vocal Masterclass article for the next two shows, starting with this week’s Top 11. I apologize for this but I will do my best to contribute to the comments section in the […]

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Classical Crossover Star Katherine Jenkins Offers Formula To Combat Stage Fright.


I came across this wonderfully informative video hosted by classical crossover star, Katherine Jenkins. She highlighted some of the ideas and remedies she has adopted to combat the anxiety everyone feels when performing on stage. Now, I know that stage fright comes in all forms of sizes and shapes, but, at some point in time, […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Top 12: Home


By: Rosanne Simunovic As i mentioned last week, I am presently on vacation for the month of March, so I may miss a couple of Vocal Masterclass submissions.  However, this week, I did manage to watch the Top 12 performances and overall the singers were on par with what happened last week. Pretty much still […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Top 13: This Is Me


By: Rosanne Simunovic I am presently on vacation for the month of March, so I may miss a couple of Vocal Masterclass submissions.  However, I  thought I would get the ball rolling by reviewing the Top 13 performances. I won’t lie – there were some hiccups this week, but let’s just say it was nerves […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season XIII Top 15 Male Singers


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.com Okay, so supposedly we have the Top 15 guys performing on Wednesday evening. But, after Tuesday evening’s show, we know better, correct? I have pretty much said all that I am going to say about the format of the show this season – for now! It is what it is and 5 […]

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Happy New Year. Masterclass Lady Is In The Building!


Welcome to the Year 2014! And I hope the Holiday Season was a bright and magical for you. I had a wonderful Christmas and it was very difficult to tuck away my Christmas decorations. However, all good things must come to an end as we prepare for an even better year ahead of us. There […]

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Reality Show Singers, Taylor Hicks, Clay Aiken And Carly Rose Sonenclar To Star On Law And Order: Special Victims Unit


Picture Credit: NBC’s Law And Order Well, here’s something! Wednesday just became more interesting for me! American Idol Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks, and Season 2 Runner-Up, Clay Aiken, will star on the Wednesday, November 6th episode of Law And Order on NBC. Additionally, The X Factor Season 2 Runner – Up, Carly Rose Sonenclar, […]

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Cooking Masterclass Discussion For MasterChef Junior: The Top 6


Picture Credit: MasterChef Junior Boy, with double eliminations each week, this show is breezing along pretty quickly. Best of luck to eliminated duo, Kaylen and Sofia, pictured above. The last pastry challenge, the triple layer cake, was a nasty one and, considering your young age, I felt you kids did a wonderful job conceiving and […]

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Cooking Masterclass Discussion For MasterChef Junior: The Top 8


Picture Courtesy of Fox’s MasterChef Junior Was last week’s snow adorable or what? That whole whipping cream segment was worth the price of admission. So! Much! Fun! The producers have done a marvellous job of capturing the youthful essence of this show. It is refreshing and full of enthusiasm, yet ambitious and challenging. A beautiful […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 5 Of The Voice: The Blind Auditions Week Two


Here we go again. Another stellar batch of singers were unveiled last week during the premiere episode of The Voice Season 5. And, even stranger, these singers came to this show with a strong sense of artistic identity and outstanding vocal technical skills. So, why has American Idol struggled so over the past few years? […]

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