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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 11 Top 2 Singers: Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips


By: Rosanne Simunovic And then there were two! After four months of wonderful performances, amid the usual controversy and drama, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips have emerged as the Top 2 Finalists of American Idol Season 11. Although I had a hunch that Jessica would make the Top 2, I was anticipating Top 8 Finalist […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 11 Top 3: Personal, Judges’and Jimmy Iovine’s Choices


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week, our Top 3 performed three songs apiece – their Personal Choice, Judges’ Choice and Record Producer Jimmy Iovine’s Choice. This was, as expected, a very big week for this triumvirate. They were grandly treated to individual homecomings, where they had time to visit, perform and thank their hometown supporters. This […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 11 Top 4 Singers: California Dreamin’ and Dream Songs


By: Rosanne Simunovic I will keep this short and sweet! This week’s Top 4 Performance Show was excellent. But where did the Big Band Theme disappear to? There was never a theme more entertaining and more challenging than that particular genre of music. The phrasing elements, the lyrical and melodic content, the expressive performing style […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 11 Top 6 Singers: The Music Of Queen And Personal Choice


By: Rosanne Simunovic Given that the music was from the Queen music catalogue, I honestly thought we were headed for another scream fest this week. However, most of the singers were very crafty with their song selections, unveiling numbers that either spoke to their particular style of singing and/or allowed them to take successful risks. […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 11 Top 7 Singers Part Two: Now And Then


By: Rosanne Simunovic Fourteen songs in one show! My poor fingers! And voice, thanks to the awesome new dictation feature on the new IPad. Apple rocks! But, I digress. This week, the Top 7 singers performed two numbers – one from the 21st century and the other from the vast array of numbers available from […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 11 Top 7 Singers: Songs From This Decade


By: Rosanne Simunovic Did you enjoy the show this week? I did, although I have to say that some of these singers fared better than others. But then, what else is new? Nothing is ever predictable from week to week and, without DeAndre in the mix, I feel that the light is burning a little […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 11 Top 8 Singers: Music From The Eighties


By: Rosanne Simunovic I am back from my month long vacation and ready to roll with my weekly Vocal Masterclass articles. And, once again, I would like to publicly thank Mindy Moore for her excellent reviews of the singers during my absence. I know all of us truly appreciated reading her evaluations – they were […]

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Mindy Moore’s Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 11 Top 10 Singers: The Music Of Billy Joel


As I am still on vacation, Mindy Moore has capably offered to contribute her vision for the American Idol performances. And she has done so in a very timely fashion. After watching most of the performances online, I have to say that she has nailed the pros and cons of each performance. Her evaluations mirror […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 11: The St. Louis Auditions


Tonight, American Idol features the final stop of the Season 11 audition tour – the city of St. Louis. Think we’ll find any blues singers? One can only hope! Wednesday’s Portland show was pretty weak, I thought. Lots of people with back stories and mediocre voices. I can’t see many going far during Hollywood week. […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 10 Top 2 Singers: The Country Road To The Grand ‘Ole Finale


By: Rosanne Simunovic Well at long last and with much fanfare we are down to our final two singers, country artists Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. In a nutshell, both singers looked and sounded exhausted and nervous. I am sure, as we all are, that they just want this experience, however exciting, to end so […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 10 Top 3 Singers: Personal Choice, Producer’s Choice, Judges’ Choice


By: Rosanne Simunovic Last evening’s performances were as good as they could be, given the song choices at the disposal of these three young singers. Some of the selections were not the most inspired and, actually, brought out the weaknesses in some of the voices. However, it was exciting to see Beyonce at work with […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 10 Top 4 Singers: Inspirational Songs And Lieber And Stoller Songbook


By: Rosanne Simunovic Last evening’s performances were actually very good. Better than I thought they would be. And how great was it to see Lady Gaga working with the Top 4?  She really brought out the theatrical side in all these singers and gave excellent ideas.  She made them aware of the words – how […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 10 Top 5 Singers: Now And Then


By: Rosanne Simunovic Last evening’s performances were a little of this and a little of that in terms of a successful delivery from each singer. I was enjoying the show, then not, then loving it again. Some of the songs were not suited to the style of the singers, in part due to relevance of […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 10 Top 6 Singers: The Music Of Carole King


By: Rosanne Simunovic Ihave been waiting a very long time for the opportunity to hear Carole King’s music on American Idol. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was along for the ride, collaborating with Jimmy Iovine during the mentoring process. However, the ” cut and paste” approach to Carole King’s songs left much to be desired. Her songs need […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season 10 Top 7 Singers: Music From The 21st Century


By: Rosanne Simunovic What a fantastic Top 7 show! Everyone performed exceptionally well and so my critiques of the singers are less verbose than in other weeks. And while watching Jimmy Iovine interact with the singers, I was very impressed with his methodology, how relentless he was in accessing the very best attributes in all the […]

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Vocal MasterClass Article For American Idol Season 10 Top 8 Singers: Music From The Movies


By: Rosanne Simunovic O once again, i thought the Top 8 singers put out a splendid show last evening. I found it absolutely hilarious how many of the singers were counteracting the advice given to them by Jimmy Iovine. This was the highlight for me and I am surprised American Idol would air all this nasty stuff. […]

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Vocal MasterClass Article For American Idol Season 10 Top 9 Singers: Music From The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame


By: Rosanne Simunovic I really, really enjoyed last night’s performances.  I predicted they would be good and, generally, I feel that prediction came true. There were some neat surprises last evening as well that made a difference in my evaluations this week. Let us move forward to my Vocal Masterclass evaluations and I welcome your commentary […]

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American Idol Season 10 Top 11 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Music Of Elton John


By: Rosanne Simunovic I am finally back from vacation and that means the Vocal Masterclass articles will be up and running each and every week during the American Idol Season. So, last night, the singers performed the music of Elton John. However, they only had 20 songs from which to choose. Does this make sense […]

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American Idol Season 10 Top 13 Vocal Masterclass Article: Personal Choice


By: Rosanne Simunovic  Before we begin, I would like to say that the Top 13 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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American Idol Season 10 Vocal Masterclass Article: The New Jersey and New Orleans Auditions


Who are these people to the left of my blog entry? We don’t really know, do we? Not at least until  tomorrow evening! One could be a major star next year at this time. So, as we anxiously await to hear the singers who auditioned in Milwaukee, we can bask in the glow of last […]

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