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Jessica’s Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol XIII Top 2 Performance Show


BY JESSICA TURNER For American Idol XIII contestants, the season is at the climax. Last night two went in, and tonight only one will come out. It is hard to imagine the chummy finalists, Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson, actually coming to fisticuffs, despite the faux prom battle that kicked off the show, but each […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol XIII Top 2 Performance Show


Picture Credit: American Idol Well, here we go! The Top 2 Performance Finale for American Idol Season XIII will air on FOX Tuesday, May 20th, followed by the Results Finale on Wednesday, May 21st at 8:00 PM. Vying for the American Idol crown are retro rocker Caleb Johnson and multi-genre artist, Jena Irene. At this […]

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Jessica’s Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol XIII Top 3 Performance Show


By: Jessica Reffler Turner MasterClass Lady Comments: Jessica Reffler Turner has provided a detailed, excellent critique of the Top 3 Show. It is full of interesting detail and insight and I am extremely grateful to her for taking the reins in light of my busy schedule over the next two weeks. Thank you Jessica. Your […]

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Alex Preston – Please Help Him To STAY!


Excellence comes in a variety of packages. And Alex Preston has his own unique look and sound. Packaged in a sometimes awkward but always musical stage presence, Alex Preston gave three absolutely riveting performances on Wednesday’s American Idol Performance. However, his performance of Rhianna’s “Stay” on the American Idol Top 3 show was an absolute […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol XIII Top 3 Performance Show


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com I will not be contributing a Vocal Masterclass article for the remaining two shows of American Idol Season XIII. I am honestly just too busy this season and need every free moment to either deal with real life and/or relax. Also, I feel I have said everything I could possibly say to […]

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Clay Aiken’s Congressional Seat Opponent, Keith Crisco, Has Died


I almost fell off my chair when they flashed Clay Aiken’s face on Jake Tapper’s The Lead show on CNN and saw the words “has died” in the headline. For one brief moment, I thought Clay Aiken had died but then quickly realized that his opponent for the U.S. House District 2 seat, 71-year-old Keith […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Top 4 Performance Show: Break-Up And Make-Up Songs


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week, the Top 4 were faced with three songs.. Three! I do believe this is the first time the Top 4 performed 3 numbers in any season. Usually this honor is reserved for the Top 3, so I wonder what constituted the reason for the change? I would much rather hear […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol XIII Top 4 Performance Show: Break Up And Make-Up Songs


PIcture Credit:AmericanIdol.Com What in tarnation is this all about. Makeup and breakup songs? Seriously? It makes me long for the days when Top 4 or 5 on American Idol thematically planned Big Band night and legends such as Tony Bennett acted as a worthy mentor for these kids. After all, last time I looked, he […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIII Top 6 Performance Show Part Two: A Little Bit Country And Rock N’ Roll


Picture Credit: American Idol Poor Dexter Roberts! Suffering elimination last week before he was given the chance to jump on the Country side of this week’s theme. Well, that’s how the cookie crumbles on this show. Anything can happen. To be honest, I didn’t think we would see Dexter’s demise this early in the season […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIII Top 7 Performance Show Part Two: Competitors’ Choice


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Hey everyone. I am very busy with Easter celebrations and festivities this week so I will not be able to produce a Vocal Masterclass article for the Top 7. However, I will be watching he show and adding comments here or, if given the time, an abbreviated article. I apologize for this. […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Top 8 REDUX Performance Show: Songs From The 80s


By: Rosanne Simunovic This week, the Top 8 Redux took on Songs From The Eighties. There was a ton of material from which to choose, depending upon which songs were cleared for the singers. That being said, I have to say that, overall, the personal selections were disappointing and it is hard to know where […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIII Top 8 Performance Show Part Two: Songs From The 80s.


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com This week on American Idol should be a very good week – for a couple of reasons. First off, the Top 8 will be performing Songs From The 80s. This was a very good decade for music and, hopefully, each singer was able to find a song perfectly suited to their vocal […]

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Masterclass Memo To American Idol Finalist Sam Woolf – Ditch Your Guitar!


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Thank heavens the judges used the save on Sam Woolf last week. His performance for the save song, Babylon, was spectacular. His voice sounded smooth and creamy – like butter -and he moved flawlessly around the stage. Sam – please put the guitar away. You sing monumentally better without it. When you […]

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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Twenty Five: “Nature Boy”


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections Most people know the song “Nature boy” either from Nat King Cole’s major hit a pop and jazz standard or from the movie “Moulin Rouge’. It was written by Eden Ahbez, published in 1947, and first to be heard in 1948 in Joseph Losey’s “The boy […]

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Vocal Masterclass Article For American Idol Season XIII Top 12: Home


By: Rosanne Simunovic As i mentioned last week, I am presently on vacation for the month of March, so I may miss a couple of Vocal Masterclass submissions.  However, this week, I did manage to watch the Top 12 performances and overall the singers were on par with what happened last week. Pretty much still […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIII Top 12: Home


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com So, last week’s Top 13 show was – interesting! Lots of twists and turns and technical glitches and vocal issues. I don’t know – I find these singers very green this season and, with Harry Connick on board, I was expecting more. Much more! Much much more! However, at the risk of […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIII Results Show: Who Makes The Top 13?


On Wednesday evening, I felt that the gentlemen fared better than the ladies in their performances. It wasn’t perfect, but I could see great promise in some of these young male singers. And finally – host Ryan Seacrest extended a gracious accolade to the five male singers who were not called to perform in the […]

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American Idol – What Is Wrong With You?


How could this show get any lousier? How? How? Well, I’ll tell you. They select 15 girls to perform in the semifinal and then decide – on air mind you – to feature only 10 of the girls. Why? It makes no sense and it is exploitive and manipulative. A ratings ploy before NBC’s The […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season XIII Top 15 Female Singers


Finally, American Idol is live and unedited. Not unscripted, mind you, but unedited. This week, the American public has to whittle down 31 singers to a Top 13 lineup for the Finals. This ritual will continue over three-day period beginning on Tuesday, February 18th at 8:00 PM on Fox. I am not sure how this […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season XIII Top 15 Male Singers


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.com Okay, so supposedly we have the Top 15 guys performing on Wednesday evening. But, after Tuesday evening’s show, we know better, correct? I have pretty much said all that I am going to say about the format of the show this season – for now! It is what it is and 5 […]

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