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Performance MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 14: The. Auditions Continue


This week on America’s Got Talent the auditions continue as variety acts of all types and contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize. The Golden Buzzer is still in play, which means that three more lucky acts have a chance to go directly to the live shows. So, […]

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MasterClass Monday: Tony Award Winner And Role Model Ali Stroker


Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have tears in my eyes while watching a singer perform “I Cain’t Say Know” from the musical Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein. But also, I never could envision this exceptional performance by singer/actress Ali Stroker in a wheelchair on the Tony Awards last evening. […]

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Hollywood Legend Doris Day Dies At The Age Of 97


Actress, singer and animal welfare activist, Doris Day, died of pneumonia on Monday, May 13th at the age of 97 years. And, with her passing, so did another important piece of my childhood memories. Everyone wanted to be like Doris Day – beautiful inside and out and with a sunny disposition that would not quit! […]

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Champions For Change Feature CNN Anchors And Correspondents Connecting With People Who Are Making A Positive Difference In This World


I thought I would share a special programming event which will be featured on CNN on Saturday, June 23rd at 8:00 PM. If you are a parent, grandparent or guardian searching for positive reinforcement for all that is good and decent in the world, one which you can share with your child or grandchild, then […]

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American Idol Season 16: The Auditions End And The Hollywood Rounds Begin


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com American Idol continues with their last batch of auditions this week as it moves forward to the Hollywood Rounds. The auditions will be featured on Sunday, March 25th at 8:00 PM, followed by the Hollywood Rounds on Monday, March 26th on ABC. As I am travelling home from vacation, I will refer […]

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Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 13: The Playoffs


Picture Credit: NBC/TheVoice We have entered The Playoffs segment on The Voice and here is what is happening (Source: Wikipedia) “The Playoffs were taped on August 31 and September 1, and comprised episodes 15, 16, and 17. As in season 6, the Playoffs were prerecorded, this time featuring no interactive viewer voting component, and therefore […]

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59th Grammy Awards Set To Air On CBS on Sunday, February 12th at 8:00 PM


Picture Credit: Grammys/CBS Set your timer, DVR, mental note to remind you that there is more to life than politics.  Enough is enough already!  There is this wonderful, heartwarming, positive force called music and the best of the best of this sublime art form will be celebrated on Sunday, February 12th  at 8:00 PM when CBS […]

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MasterClass Monday: The Best Musical Moments From The 45th Presidential Inauguration. 


Now, no matter which side of the aisle you gravitate towards, one has to admit that the United States Of America ‘s Presidential Inauguration is a very spectacular event.  One experiences wonderful and inspiring speeches, parades, musical performances etc. – all thoroughly memorable.  The pomp and the circumstance associated with any Presidential Inauguration cannot be […]

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MasterClass Monday:  One Voice Performed By 15 Years Of Americans Idols.


I was mindlessly browsing Facebook today and came across this gem. Performed as the opening number during the Finale of the American Idol Farewell Season, it brought an immediate smile to my face and a glorious warmth to my heart.  Gracing the stage with their infectious personalities and gorgeous voices, these singers gave new purpose […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 11 Of The Voice: The Top 12 Live Shows


Picture Credit:  NBC/The Voice This week,  the Top 12 singers compete for America’s vote. And, helping them along the way, Garth Brooks will be brought in to coach and mentor them.  The Top 12 singers performing tonight are: Team Adam: Billy Gilman, Brendan Fletcher, Josh Gallagher Team Alicia: Wé McDonald, Christian Cuevas, Sa’Rayah Team Blake: […]

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Classical Crossover Star Fernando Varela Signs Record Deal With Deutsche Grammophon of Germany


   Picture Credit: Mascioli Entertainment Here on this little ole’ blog of mine, I have repeatedly said that Reality Television Singing Competitions can only take you so far. There is a long road ahead for artists who crave fame and good fortune or, at the very least, a decent income on which to survive for the […]

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MasterClass Monday: Michael Buble’s Amazing Acoustic Cover Of “Home”


There is a reason why I love Michael Buble so much. It is his heart. Pure and simple – his heart. His vocal delivery is always pure and authentic and this acoustic performance of “Home”really accentuates this very fact. Michael tries to incorporate an acoustic set into the majority -if not all -of his concerts. […]

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Michael Buble’s Christmas In New York Special To Air December 16th and December 17th


Ah, yes. This picture says it all, doesn’t it? Babs and Michael. Michael and Babs. Can this annual Michael Buble Christmas Special get any better? Barbra Streisand and Michael Bublé truly are two of my favorite singers on the planet. I have been a champion of both artists from Day One because each offer gifts […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 7 Of The Voice: Final Picks For The Live Shows


Picture Credit: NBC/TheVoice First of all, I want to thank all my readers here in the MCL community for adding insight and validation via their comments on each “The Voice” topic. I confess that I have not been a regular viewer this season, so shame on me. I am just too busy and pre-occupied with […]

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American Idol Season 7 Finalist, Michael Johns, Dies At the Age Of 35


I honestly don’t know how to do this. I don’t. Like all of you, I am saddened and shocked by the recent passing of Michael Johns. According to his website and numerous reports, Michael passed away from a blood clot in his ankle on Saturday, August 2nd. I am assuming that his death was completely […]

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CNN To Air A Ten-Week Special Television Event Focused On The Sixties


CNN has been heavily publicizing their upcoming special focusing on the historical, political and cultural events that occurred during The Sixties. Personally, The Sixties were huge for me – I graduated from Secondary School and University, was married, witnessed the moon landing, rocked on to a new group called The Beatles and suffered the tragedy […]

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Performing Masterclass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 9 Premiere


Picture Credit: NBC/America’s Got Talent Well it is officially summer! And our favorite summertime pastime, America’s Got Talent, is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 27th on NBC at 8:00 PM. Back again are zany host, Nick Cannon, alongside judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B. and Howie Mandel. Hmph! Howard Mandel. I wonder if […]

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Opera Star Renee Fleming And Pop Star Bruno Mars Set To Perform At Super Bowl Sunday


As I write this article, I am enjoying a performance of Phillip Phillips as he sings an excellent live version of his mega hit, Gone, Gone, Gone at the Super Bowl Pre-Show. And he does very well indeed. I can’t get enough of this song! However, as a classical artist, I am intrigued to hear […]

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56th Annual Grammy Awards To Air Sunday, January 26th On CBS.


And the award shows keep on coming! Ya gotta love this time of year. One awards show after another – a fantastic way to chase away these very cold, winter blues. The Grammy Awards show will be televised live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26th at 8:00 PM on CBS. […]

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A Masterclass Performance Of Smile By Kristen Chenoweth On the Tonight Show With Jay Leno


I had three reasons to smile when I watched the sublimely talented Kristen Chenoweth perform Charlie Chaplin’s Smile on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Thursday, January 16th. This song is one of my absolute favorites and, for whatever reason, I needed to hear this song at this precise moment. The message it brings […]

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