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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 9 Top 7 Show: Inspirational Songs With Alicia Keys


This week, R & B artist, Alicia Keys, will mentor the seven remaining singers of American Idol Season 9 The theme this week is Inspirational Songs and you can find the list of available songs over at MJSBigBlog.Com.  The one song that flew out at me was Carole King’s, “You’ve Got A Friend”. Maybe Crystal […]

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American Idol Season 8 Top 2 Vocal Masterclass Article: Adam Lambert and Kris Allen


By: Rosanne Simunovic The show is over for another season and Kris Allen is our new American Idol. The shy, young kid from Arkansas quietly stole the title from the refined, genuine and extraordinarily talented Adam Lambert. However, make no mistake about it – Kris worked very hard to achieve this goal, showcasing his the […]

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American Idol Season 8 Top 3 Vocal Masterclass Article: Judges’ Choice And Singers’ Choice


By: Rosanne Simunovic This Top 3 show’s theme should have be named “A-Cappella Madness” , because, in varying degrees, all three singers were determined to strut their acoustic voices this week. However, overall, it was an uneven showcase of performances, but the technical glitch during one singer’s performance made for some great live television. We can laugh […]

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American Idol Season 8 Top 4 Vocal Masterclass Article: Classic Rock Music


By: Rosanne Simunovic I am running really late this week, so please excuse the abbreviated introduction. However, I have to say that I enjoyed this week’s show better than last and this is coming from someone who loves retro music and is “so-so” about rock music. I think the singers were more in their element […]

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American Idol Season 8 Top 5 Vocal Masterclass Article: Music From The Rat Pack Era


By: Rosanne Simunovic Well, first of all, I have to say this music is a blessing for every type of singer. Classic melodies intertwined with meaningful lyrics is always a win-win situation. This week, the Top 5 were allowed to shine through the talented efforts of Oscar recipient Jamie Foxx and the superb sound of […]

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American Idol Season 8 Top 7 Vocal Masterclass Article: Disco Music


By: Rosanne Simunovic Disco night!  Time for the remaining seven singers to create a festive ambience and connect with the audience. But did they? For the most part, I found this show confusing and not at all what I was expecting. This statement has both a positive and negative vibe attached to it in that, sometimes, the […]

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American Idol Season 8 Top 7 Vocal Masterclass Article: Music From The Movies.


By: Rosanne Simunovic I loved this theme, but Quentin Tarantino truly scares me. That face means business and some of the Idols were ready for him and others were intimidated by him. It was also great to see and hear the American Idol band under Rickey Minor on stage, front and center, as they should […]

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American Idol Season 8 Top 8 Vocal Masterclass Article:Birth Year Songs


By: Rosanne Simunovic Well, I guess the singers are allowed to have an off week, because, for me, this show lacked the glitter and pizzazz of last week’s performances. Methinks the majority of the singers are overthinking their selections – dissecting and analyzing every detail, reaching a point where the selected song becomes sterile and/or […]

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American Idol Season 8 Top 9 Vocal Masterclass Article: Top ITunes Downloads


By: Rosanne Simunovic Because I am traveling tomorrow, I am giving the readers an abbreviated Masterclass article this week. What you see will be my real time comments after viewing tonight`s show. However, I have one word to describe tonight`s performances -brilliant! For me, all the performances were considerably strong and the individual performers improved […]

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American Idol Season 8 Top 10 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Motown Era


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week American Idol paid tribute to the fantastic music from the Motown Era. Legendary artist, Smokey Robinson fulfilled his role as guest mentor to perfection by working and weaving  his Motown magic on the remaining 10 Finalists . I would also like to mention how absolutely exciting it was to see and hear Stevie […]

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Top 11 American Idol Season 8 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Grand Ole Opry


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week’s theme show focused on the music catalogue from the Grand Ole Opry. Generally, given my classical and musical theatre background, I hold little interest in this particular theme night; however, I do respect that there is an enormous audience for this music and that spells ratings! Performance-wise, this was a splendid showcase […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 8 Top 11 Results Show: The Grand Ole Opry


Why is the day moving some fast? Am I getting slower as I get older? Probably! Well, that was a great show last night, wasn’t it? All the singers performed exceptionally well, some better than others, grant it, but still they all came out fighting in new and different ways! The funniest moment of the […]

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Top 13 American Idol Season 8 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Music Of Michael Jackson


By: Rosanne Simunovic Well, this was quite a night! American Idol listeners were treated to fantastic performances highlighting the musical repertoire of Michael Jackson and, for the most part, all of the Top 13 finalists delivered admirably well. Welcome, everyone, to another Vocal Masterclass season of American Idol! I have to say that this year’s […]

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