Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: Hollywood Week Part One


Picture Credit: American Idol/Fox Over the next three weeks, the viewers will be treated to the drama and excitement traditionally known as Hollywood Week. This is the point in American Idol where the curtain rises to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the singers. Can they withstand this pressure cooker experience or not? Also, we […]

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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Junior Season 3 Week 5: The Kids Go Bananas!


Last week, Cory, Jenna and Nathan won the last challenge. However, in order to eliminate these three munchkins down to one lucky contestant, the three young cooks were still faced with the task of identifying 20 random ingredients. And – the ingredient labels were removed from the panty. The contestant who identified the majority of […]

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MasterClass Monday: Cabaret Star Patricia O’Callaghan’s Mesmerizing Performance Of Leonard Cohen’s Alexandra Leaving


I am naturally drawn to singers who deliver their songs via an expressively committed narrative. Singers who dig deep, wear their emotions on their sleeve and can expose their soul while flawlessly singing a beautiful melody and lyric. Patricia O’Callaghan is a gem of a singer. And I had the immense pleasure of teaching her […]

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A Telephone Interview With Season 2 MasterChef Junior Winner, Logan Guleff


Picture Credits: MasterChef Junior I recently had the immense pleasure to interview MasterChef Junior Season 2 Winner, Logan Guleff. I would like to thank his parents, Tom and Kim Guleff, as well as the PR Representative for MasterChef Junior, Courtney Bland, for facilitating this interview. Logan was a wonderland of information and, upon completion of […]

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The CBC Film Adaptation Of The Book Of Negroes: Episode Four


Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC Last week, Animata escaped to a black ghetto town in New York – Canvas Town – at the same time as the American Revolution broke out in New York. Her escape from Solomon Lindo was assisted by an influential Black innkeeper named Sam Fraunces (Cuba Gooding Jr.) The acting […]

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American Idol Season XIV Preliminary Auditions Week 4: Two Nights In San Francisco


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Was it only me who thought the light and glow was a tad dimmer during last week’s American Idol audition episodes? In my opinion, some singers advanced that had questionable talent so we shall see what happens. This week seems more hopeful – they are devoting two nights to San Francisco so […]

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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Junior Season 3: Week 4: Tag Team Sushi Challenge


Picture Credit: MasterChef Junior/Fox Last week’s show was tons of fun – from the judges taking on a geriatric fashion look to the terrifying release of alligators, turtles and snakes and all that fun stuff scurrying around the MasterChef Kitchen. However, it set the tone for both segments of the show – one focusing on […]

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MasterClass Meltdown Of The Day: Phillip Phillips Sues 19E For Career Manipulation


(Sigh). Seriously, this is beyond ridiculous. I am still trying to wrap my head around this American Idol News Item. According to The Hollywood Reporter, American Idol Season 11 Winner, Phillip Phillips, is suing the company for manipulating his career via his recordings, special bookings and appearances. In other words, he is suing them for […]

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MasterClass Monday: Two Legends – Barbra And Billy – Inspire With A New York State Of Mind


Barbra Streisand released a record-breaking CD in 2014 – Partners – pairing her with arguably some of the best male artists in the music business. The CD is on my iPad and I never tire of listening to the collaborative work between Barbra and her Guest Artists. The creativity and vocal power exuded by the […]

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American Idol Season XIV Preliminary Auditions Week 3: Minneapolis And New Orleans


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Wasn’t Adam Lambert fantastic last week? I love Keith Urban as much as the next person but Adam added such dimension and flair to the judging panel. Such a star! Sitting, talking, mentoring or singing, he exudes charisma and class. Some mighty fine talent emerged as well, especially in New York City. […]

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The CBC Film Adaptation Of The Book Of Negroes: Episode Three


Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC Last week, we were introduced to the adult Animata, impeccably portrayed by Aunjanue Ellis. The story surrounded Animata’s adjustment to her new home in The Carolinas while deflecting the affections of the two men who own her. I have to say that the acting was extremely powerful and the […]

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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Junior Season 3: Week 3: Alligators Anyone?


Picture Credit: MasterChef Junior/Fox Where else will you find an alligator on a cooking reality show? Only on MasterChef Junior – the show that loves to entertain you like no other! 60 minutes of absolute fun, with escapades galore and jaw-dropping surprises after every commercial. I have to give the Producers, Videographers and Script Writers […]

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MasterClass Monday: This Officer Knows How To Shake Off A Boring Patrol Day


Welcome to the return of MasterClass Monday. I know this video can hardly be perceived as a MasterClass Vocal Masterpiece but, as far as comedy goes, with the aim to induce belly laughs, Officer Jeff Davis packs a musical comedic punch. The video was produced by The Dover Police Department in Delaware in an effort […]

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American Idol 2015 Contestant Sarina Joi-Crowe Slam Dunks Her Preliminary Audition


Okay everyone. This is how it’s done. And this is why a – cappella auditions can be a good thing. Sabrina Joi-Crowe has auditioned for American Idol four times and I believe that, with this last audition, she will most certainly see her name in lights in the Top 24, followed by the Top 12. […]

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The CBC Film Adaptation Of The Book Of Negroes: Episode Two


Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC During last week’s premiere episode of The Book Of Negroes, my eyes were absolutely glued to the TV screen. Not only was the story told in a compelling and authentic manner, but also the acting was sheer perfection and the cinematography mesmerizing. It does not get better than this. […]

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American Idol Season XIV Preliminary Auditions Week 2 With Adam Lambert


Well, Adam Lambert Fans!! This is your week! The former American Idol finalist takes a long overdue seat at that Judges’ Table to share his advice and insight in his role as mentor and judge to prospective contestants of American Idol Season 14. How did this happen? Well, unfortunately, during the New York auditions, Keith […]

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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Junior Season 3: Week 2 Pie Challenge


Picture Credit: Fox/MasterChef Junior The Premiere Episode of MasterChef Junior Season 3 kicked off with brilliant style and substance last week. This season is shaping up to be another ratings success, due to the brilliant casting of talented young chefs combined with the innovative production quality and disciplined yet nurturing guidance from MasterChef’s Judges, Gordon […]

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72nd Golden Globes Show Kicks Off the 2015 Awards Season


Picture Credit: Golden Globes/NBC On Sunday, January 11th, the Golden Globe Awards Show on NBC will herald the 2015 awards season. It is also a glimpse into the prospective nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards honouring the best in the 2014 Silver Screen offerings. Once again, popular comedic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will […]

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The Film Adaptation Of The Book Of Negroes Debuts On CBC Television On Wednesday


Here in Canada, the highly anticipated film adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s award-winning novel, “The Book Of Negroes“, will premiere on Wednesday, January 7th on CBC Television at 8:00 PM. The Official CBC Press Release states: “The internationally co-produced, six-part miniseries follows the story of an African woman named Aminata Diallo, played by Aunjanue Ellis, who […]

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The Curtain Rises On American Idol Season XIV On January 7th and 8th


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Aaaaaaaaaand, we’re off!! Yes – January can only mean one thing to Idol diehards and that is the debut of a new season of American Idol. What will this season bring us? Well, hopefully, singers with charisma, talent, professionalism and poise, elements that were sorely missing during Season XIII. I am still […]

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