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A MasterClass Must-Read: Richard Marx Expresses His Idol Opinions


I almost passed on this article, but decided to give it a read. Ha – my woman’s instinct was in top form today. This article was short and sweet but full of great little insights culled from the mouth of pop legend, Richard Marx. He had some interesting things to say about American Idol, very […]

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J’s Observations from the Deck: American Idol Season 10 Top 6 Performances


By: Jennifer Myha Welcome to my first column, everyone! Thank you, Rosanne, for giving me the floor, and thank you, wonderful readers, for your patience as I navigate this uncharted territory of providing weekly recaps of my thoughts and insights. This past Wednesday the top six American Idol finalists performed songs from singer-songwriter Carole King’s […]

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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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A Masterclass Review Of Katie Stevens- Wild Horses Studio Version American Idol 9 Top 12


Well, sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but, after hearing this ITunes performance of “Wild Horses” from Top 11 American Idol 9 Finalist Katie Stevens, methinks this talented young lady is going to be around for a while. Her voice is wonderfully refined and, yet, she has a natural inclination to artistically bend and mold her […]

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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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Barbara Padilla * 2nd Semi-Finals * America’s Got Talent 2009 HD


A special thanks to “rodca” for tweeting me this video. Isn’t Barbara Padilla wonderful? And such a backstory! It’s too bad that she had to abbreviate this beautiful version of Gounod’s “Ave Maria” because of the televised time frame. Why is she spreading her mouth on the word “hora” at the 3:46 mark? Not good! […]

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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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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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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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Thomas Hampson Masterclass Happening Right Now


One of my former students, Kyle Scripnick, just sent me this live link of renowned American Baritone, Thomas Hampson conducting a Vocal Masterclass at the Manhattan School Of Music. Although the singers are of the classical genre, the information coming in now is invaluable. Thaks Kyle and, of course, the esteemed Thomas Hampson. You can […]

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Theo Tams: On His Way To The Canadian Idol Top Ten And Beyond


The more I think about it, the more I realize that Theo Tams is in a league of his own. Not only did he give a spectacular performance during his Top 20 showcase, but also he emerged as an articulate, genuine and passionate artist. However, more so than any other contestant, he displayed stellar musical […]

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David Archuleta Performs “Stand By Me” On The View


Mmm, mmm mmm – that was one luscious performance of “Stand By Me” on The View. David’s pure and immaculate vocal quality remained a stunning presence throughout this showcase. His ascending and descending runs were technically and artistically secure, perfectly centered and phrased with an intelligent musical approach. I loved the head voice toward the […]

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David Archuleta Fanblast Site Initiates Live Blog With Masterclass Lady


Yes, it is indeed true. I have been invited to participate in a live blog on David Archuleta’s extremely successful Fanblast Site. It’s all going down on Friday, June 20th at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. Special thanks to the entire Fanblast community, especially Gail Hyatt, who worked so hard to make this happen. This is indeed […]

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American Idol Season 7 Top 2 Vocal Masterclass: David Cook, American Idol and David Archuleta,Runner-up


By: Rosanne Simunovic And so we come to the end of another great and emotional season of American Idol. I have to say that the judges and the producers did an excellent job of harnessing the very best hidden talent in the Country. Even though the singers brought an assorted range of musical experiences to […]

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American Idol Season 7 Top 6 Vocal Masterclass: The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber


By: Rosanne Simunovic Personally, this week’s show was one of the highlights of the American Idol 7th season. The opportunity to watch and learn from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s interaction with the Top 6 was indeed an exciting and memorable one. I thought Andrew Lloyd Webber was absolutely amazing and tirelessly patient with these singers. […]

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American Idol Season 7 Top 7 Vocal Masterclass: The Music Of Mariah Carey


By: Rosanne Simunovic The Top 7 singers performed exceptionally well this week, and, on a couple of occasions, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the performances. I thought Mariah Carey was absolutely wonderful with the singers, providing constructive and positive support to all of them. It cannot be easy to work with this year’s […]

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American Idol 7 Top 8 Vocal Masterclass: Songs Of Inspiration


By: Rosanne Simunovic What a jam-packed week. Idol Gives Back has become bigger than ever and the performances, collages and tributes last evening were outstanding and deeply moving. But, I am here to discuss the Top 8 performances of inspirational songs. It was, generally, a pretty solid night of singing, but some of the singers […]

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American Idol Season 7 Top 9 Vocal Masterclass: Country Music With Dolly Parton


By: Rosanne Simunovic Well, this week’s showcase was a mixed bag of tricks, wasn’t it? I was trying to decide whether this theme should be labeled a musical misdemeanor, but then some singers very noticeably elevated Ms. Parton’s music in a gigantic way. I am late posting this week, so, let’s get to it, shall […]

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Vocal Masterclass Delay


I am experiencing some problems with the WordPress.Com format and so there has been a delay in the Vocal Masterclass article for the Top 9 show. Please check back often. The article is done – it is just not formatting properly on this site. :( Hang in everyone and thanks for your patience

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Top 11 American Idol Season 7 Vocal Masterclass Article: The Lennon-McCartney Songbook Part Two


AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 7 TOP 11 VOCAL MASTERCLASS: THE LENNON McCARTNEY SONGBOOK PART DEUX By: Rosanne Simunovic This week, some of my all time favourite Lennon-McCartney songs were highlighted and, generally, the Top 11 singers were in excellent form. I wasn’t on the same page as the judges were in terms of evaluating the Top […]

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