Tag Archives: Barry Manilow

Elton John Rumored To Replace Simon Cowell On Idol


Over at the MSN Homepage  on this fine, wintery morning, there was an article about a possible replacement for Simon Cowell: none other than singer-songwriter Sir Elton John. Now, granted, this is still a rumor, one that was cultivated by the notorious TMZ people, but also one that I hope escalates into reality. Elton John does […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 8: The Hollywood Rounds Part 1


Hooray for Hollywood! Could there ever be a better theme song to capture the collective emotions of American Idol viewers after three tortuous weeks of preliminary auditions? I think not. It’s time to get “down and dirty” and face the brutal elimination rounds that will reveal the Top 36 singers for American Idol Season 8. […]

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Some Good Things Never Last: A Masterclass Performance


So, I was browsing the internet today and look what I found. It’s a much younger Debra Byrd, Voice Coach for American Idol and Canadian Idol, singing with Barry Manilow at the piano, with Dana Robbins on saxophone. It was recorded live in 1988. This song mesmerized me . It was a spectacular performance and […]

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A BYRD’S EYE VIEW: A PHONE INTERVIEW WITH IDOL VOCAL COACH DEBRA BYRD


A BYRD’S EYE VIEW: A PHONE INTERVIEW WITH IDOL VOCAL COACH DEBRA BYRD BY ROSANNE SIMUNOVIC This article was written during the Season 2 Production of Canadian Idol. However, with American Idol Season 6 quickly approaching, I felt that the comments would be especially relevant and interesting for current AI enthusiasts.

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VOCAL MASTER CLASS: TOP 11 AMERICAN IDOL 5 FINALISTS: CELEBRATING THE FIFTIES WITH BARRY MANILOW


BY: ROSANNE SIMUNOVIC Good day or evening Idol fans. Hope you all had a great week. It’s still pretty cold up here at the North Pole – all the more reason to cuddle up and enjoy another Idol week with our Top 11. This week, we celebrated and showcased the great catalogue of songs from […]

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