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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12 Top 6 Results Show: Bacharach/David And Songs You Wish You Wrote


Judge Mariah Carey christens contestant Candice Glover with glitter onstage at FOX’s ‘American Idol’ Season 12 Top 6 Live Performance Show on April 10, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Credit: USMagazine.Com via FOX via Getty Well, since everyone else is saying it, I may as well join the club! Last night probably was a singular moment […]

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American Idol Season 9 Top 2 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Finale With Crystal and Lee


Well, this is it for another year. No more Vocal Masterclass articles until next season – unless I decide to critique the Glee and/or  America’s Got Talent performances. We`ll see – it`s getting pretty warm outside and it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay glued to a computer. Overall, Crystal and Lee sang very well, […]

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American Idol Season 9 Top 3 Vocal Masterclass Article: Judges’ Choice And Singers’ Choice


        In past seasons,  the  Top 3 show has generally been less than spectacular. By this point in the competition, the singers are succumbing  to the pressure of the  competitive astmosphere, thinking that, in the grand scheme of things, how well they sing doesn’t seem to make a difference.  Just ask Jennifer Hudson, Carly Smithson, Michael […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 9 Top 3 Show: Judges’ and Singers’ Choice


We are finally down to the Final 3 competitors of American Idol Season 9: Casey James, Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze. And, to the best of my knowledge, all the guest mentoring is over, allowing the singers the opportunity to work solely with the American Idol musical staff. The extra time will allow the singers to strategically […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 9 Top 4 Show: Songs Of The Cinema With Jamie Foxx


  This week, Jamie Foxx, will mentor the four remaining singers of American Idol Season 9  – Casey James, Crystal Bowersox, Lee Dewyze and Michael Lynche – as they tackle Songs  Of  The Cinema  They will be singing numbers chosen from a very limited list.  Hopefully, Jamie can use some of his magic and expertise to inject […]

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American Idol Season 9 Top 5 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Music Of Frank Sinatra With Harry Connick Jr.


Bfore I begin, I would like to say how impressive it was to see Harry Connick Jr. sharing the stage with the Top 5 singers. In addition to equipping the singers with wonderfully inspired musical arrangements, he provided superb orchestral leadership throughout all the performances this week. And I thought he worked extremely hard during the coaching […]

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American Idol Season 9 Top 6 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Music Of Shania Twain


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week’s American Idol Top 6 theme was a tribute to the music of Shania Twain. And, sharing her generous mentoring skills was the lovely Shania Twain! Surprise! I thought she did a tremendous job with these singers and was wonderfully supportive and caring to all of them. As I wrote my […]

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American Idol Season 9 Top 9 Vocal Masterclass Article: Inspirational Songs With Alicia Keys


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week’s American Idol top 7 theme was, in fact, a prelude to the star-studded Idol Gives Back Special this evening.  So, in keeping with the wonderful spirit of generosity and goodwill toward all, the Top 7 performed  repertoire gathered from an American Idol catalogue of Inspirational Songs. And, it was quite a revelatory […]

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American Idol Season 9 Top 9 Vocal Masterclass Article Part Two: The Music Of Elvis With Adam Lambert


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week’s American Idol theme was one of my favorites. It was Elvis Week and the timeless quality of his music is always cause for celebration. However, with Season 8 Runner-Up, Adam Lambert acting as mentor for the Top 9 singers, his presence added further performance fuel to the artistic fire. The […]

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American Idol Season 9 Top 9 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Lennon-McCartney Songbook


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week’s American Idol theme was focused on the weath of music penned by legendary artists, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. So, suffice it to say that the singers were treated to a wealth of musical riches in the song selection process.  I could not imagine any of the singers experiencing problems in terms of uncovering […]

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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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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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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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