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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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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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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The X Factor Season One: The Live Shows Begin


This week’s X Factor, scheduled to air from 8:00 – 10:30 P.M. Eastern on Tuesday, October 25th, will give us an opportunity to see the 17 Finalists perform live. The telecast is unusually long because the Top 12 singers will be determined by the judges during the final segment of the show. Then, next week, […]

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The X Factor Judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul

Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The X Factor: Judges’ Homes


This week on The X Factor, the singers advance to the judges’ homes where they will receive further mentoring by one of the four judges. Nicole Scherzinger will be mentoring 8 singers over then age of 30, Paula Abdul is in charge of 8 groups, L.A. Reid is coaching 8 male singers from 12-30 years […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The X Factor: The Bootcamp Auditions


Oh goodie! We’re off to Bootcamp this week on The X Factor. And apparently it is quite the uncomfortable experience. Also, the “nitty gritty”, “down and dirty” venture associated with this pressure-cooker competition is clearly laid out for all to see and enjoy. Also, Simon Cowell and LA Reid have already declared their picks for […]

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Tiah Tolliver, The X Factor

The X Factor’s Tiah Tolliver Defies Odds And Advances To Bootcamp


I have watched this video, featured below, so many times that I’ve lost count. It really is quite the spectacle. The looks on the faces of Nicole and Paula as they tried to compute Tiah Tolliver’s vocal performance were absolutely hilarious. What a mess of an audition. Was there a map that accompanied this performance […]

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Simon Cowell, The X Factor

Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Final 2 Auditions Of The X Factor


The final two audition episodes of The X Factor air Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th on Fox at 8:00 PM Eastern. I thought last week’s two episodes were pretty promising, although the tasteless joke auditions were overkill and unnecessary. If this is to be a singing competition, is it too much to ask […]

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18-year-old Melanie Amaro auditions for The X Factor USA

The X Factor Contestant, Melanie Amaro, Performs Beyonce’s Listen.


And, what a listen is was – and is – as you will soon see in the video below. This 18-year-old sweetheart of a girl with the powerhouse voice may just be the frontrunner in the inaugural season of The X Factor USA. Quite frankly, I have never heard anything quite like this in any […]

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Simon Cowell, The X Factor

Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Premiere Of The X Factor


Well, tonight’s the night. The premiere of the much anticipated X Factor airs on Fox from 8:00-10:00 Eastern. The show is open to singers from the age of 12 years and up, soloists and groups. I like this concept right off the bat. It has worked for The Voice and for America’s Got Talent. The […]

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