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Archive | November, 2011
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Vocal/Performance Masterclass Discussion For The X Factor Season One: The Top 7


This week, thanks to the double elimination last week, we are down to the Top 7. And, yet again this week, a double elimination will bring the final group of X Factor contestants down to five remaining singers. Anyone want to wager who those five will be? Okay, you talked me into it! I will! […]

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Fernando Varela and David Foster In Las Vegas

Masterclass Monday: Fernando Varela Performs In Las Vegas For David Foster And Friends


A few weeks back, I featured a rising young star in the entertainment world named Fernando Varela. In this article, I hinted that more exciting opportunities were on the horizon for Fernando. Well, the cat is out of the bag! On November 26th, 2011, Fernando was featured as a rising star during the David Foster […]

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Through Our Eyes By Pamela Pike

Through Our Eyes Offers A Resounding Perspective On The David Archuleta Phenomenon


I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed author Pamela Pike’s book about the enormously talented David Archuleta. This wonderful book, which includes detailed interviews with fans and musicians alike, perfectly summarizes why David Archuleta has continued to be an unstoppable force since his outstanding journey on American Idol three seasons ago. His talent is […]

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Performance Masterclass Discussion For The X Factor Season One: The Top 9 Give Thanks


This week, the Top 9 Finalists will be performing songs to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. And, in case any of you are wondering why I have changed the heading from “Vocal Masterclass” to “Performance Masterclass”, I did so because the focus of this show has been mainly about the production elements in each number. At […]

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Simon Cowell Will Never Find A Superstar On The X Factor Says Sir Cliff Richards


Well, here’s something to think about. And, I have to say, I somewhat agree with this statement. According to Sir Cliff Richard, Simon Cowell will never find a global star on The X Factor because the music industry and their consumers tire of artists when they fall from the charts. And I have to say […]

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Masterclass Monday: Broadway-Based Hip Hop Courtesy Of The Music Man


Good Masterclass Monday Morning to all of you! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But have I got something for you! Below, you will be treated to an excellent performance of “Trouble” by Robert Preston from the movie version of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”. I have also included the opening scene from this show, […]

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Performance Masterclass Discussion For The X Factor Season One: The Top 10


We are down to the Top 10 Finalists on The X Factor. We lost another group last week and chances are we will lose the final group, Lakoda Ryane, this week. They were in the bottom 2 last week so, unless they have rallied a massive amount of fans over the course of this past […]

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Performance Masterclass Discussion For The X Factor Season One: The Top 11


Since today is my birthday, I decided to treat myself to a new name change for this weekly blog topic about The X Factor. It’s hard to know who is singing on this show or being assisted to sing. So, it just seems right and good to simply discuss the performance aspects of this competition. […]

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The X Factor Lip Synching Competition. Welcome To The Twenty-First Century.


Sometimes technology can be used for the wrong reasons, especially when it comes to singing competitions. This video of the Top 12 Group Number has become somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me. I have always suspected that many of the singing acts on this “singing competition” were lip-synching to their pre-recorded tracks. Well, now, […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The X Factor Season One: And Then There Were 12


Honestly, I don’t know what to make of this show anymore. I am thoroughly confused. Normally, I like well-produced stage shows. However, at this stage of the competition, is the “over-the-top” production masking the true ability of the vocalist? And don’t get me started on the sound effects coming through the audio mix – some […]

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