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MEG Bare at Stage 72

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Christopher’s Corner: American Idol Top 10 Revealed Part 2: The Girls

 

Last we met I introduced you all to the American Idol Top 10 guys.  Now let us hear it for the ladies!  During the audition rounds more women were sent through to Hollywood week than men.  Is Idol finally paving the way for the first female winner since Jordin Sparks took the title in 2007?  The voices that came out of the five women picked by America seems to shout a resounding “YES!”  Let us take a look at each one and let me give you my thoughts on each of them.

Janelle Arthur, 23

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They say the third time is a charm and this sweet southern songbird from Oliver Springs, TN finally made it to the Idol finals.  She is the only female country artist this time and I predicted she would get through because of that fact.  Yes she has a great voice but it is not as strong as ousted contestant Aubrey Cleland, who Nicki Minaj was “obsessed” with and claimed she was the most marketable and could release a hit album right away.  Is Arthur going to follow in Season Four winner Carrie Underwood’s footsteps?  I do not think so.  Even though Cleland outsang her, so did the remaining other four contestants Janelle Arthur is up against.  But country music fans are rabid and protective when it comes to their artists so you  might be seeing her for a few weeks.

Candice Glover, 23

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After performing during the Las Vegas group round last season with runner-up Jessica Sanchez and Top 10 finalist DeAndre Brackensick and getting cut, South Carolinian Glover is back and better than ever.  Throughout this entire competition she has taken flight and soared her vocal talents higher and higher.  She was the only one who really excited me during the “Sudden Death” round with her version of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”  Then for America’s votes she performed John Legend’s “Ordinary People” with finesse and perfection.  Several people are predicting Angie Miller will take the title this year but the very moment where I saw Miller had true competition was when Candice Glover performed her victory song of “I’m Goin’ Down” by Mary J. Blige.  Many people rely on vocal gymnastics and runs.  Glover does not need this at all because she is the real deal.   As Randy Jackson told her he loves her cause “she can sing and it is a singing competition, which many tend to forget.”  I pray the audience hears the excellence in her voice and she shoots straight up to the top.

Amber Holcomb18

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Is Shepard, TX  native Amber Holcomb  giving you a serious case of deja vu?   This is because she has already traveled the “Road to Hollywood” once and was cut.  It is  great that she decided to come back and audition once again because she is a powerhouse to be reckoned with.  Her last two performances have been Whitney Houston and I usually cringe when amateur females take on one of the greatest voices ever.   But Holcomb has proven that she can blow.  Her vocals are exquisite, along with some runs that would make Mariah Carey jealous.  She just needs the confidence to know she is “better than she really is,” as Randy Jackson told her.  If she holds on to that, we could  see Amber Holcomb easing her way into the Top 5.

Kree Harrison, 23

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Nashville demo singer Kree Harrison has already had years of practice singing other people’s songs.  So it was a no-brainer she share her craft with all of America.  Her voice is beautiful yet I am waiting for her to unleash her inner Janis Joplin because I know it is in there.  Keith Urban has been rooting  for her this whole season and rightfully so.  Harrison has an impeccable tone to her voice.  It really soothes one’s soul and will touch the hearts of many.  I predict Top 4 for her or maybe, just maybe, she has the staying power to beat Candice and make it all the way!

Angie Miller, 18

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After she blew the judges and America away with her original song “You Set Me Free” during Hollywood week,  Massachusetts resident Angie Miller is said to be the one to beat.  Though I have a deep fondness for Candice Glover, after researching Miller and viewing her YouTube channel I am actually quite torn.  She puts such raw emotion and passion into her vocals and it actually brings tears to my eyes.  While writing this I let her version of “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato play in the background and Niagra Falls started to come down my cheeks!

Glover makes me shiver all over cause her voice  is a musical orgasm to my ears.  This will be a tough year for me to vote for I do like both of them but for different reasons.  It does put a huge Cheshire Cat smile on my face to know that my own state is representing Idol.  I do not recall when there has been a Top 10 contestant from Massachusetts in a long time.  Bravo Angie Miller!  I was going to wish you all the luck in the world in this competition but you do not need it at all.

The Top 10 will compete tonight for America’s votes at 8pm on FOX singing former Idol winner’s greatest performances from the past 11 years.  Also the guy and girl who wound up in sixth place last week will have an opportunity to participate in a sing-off for a spot on the American Idols Live tour.  I will have a recap up later this evening as well as my predictions on who I think will be safe and who is packing his or her bag.  As always feel free to leave a comment below or contact me for I would love to hear your opinions on the show.

 

Behar quitting “The View”, “no plans” for Hasselbeck to leave [video]

Joy Behar will be leaving The View,, Elsabeth Hasselbeck will not

Barbara Walters made it official on Monday’s episode of The View that Joy Behar is out, but there “are no plans” for Elisabeth Hasselbeck to leave the show.

In true Behar-style, she joked with a Top 10 List as to why she is leaving The View after 16 and a half years on the show.

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Theatre Review: “Ann”

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Holland Taylor – currently most famous for playing the monstrous mother Evelyn on TV’s Two and a Half Men – has profound skills as a stage actress. So profound, in fact that she disappears almost entirely into the character of Democratic Texas Governor Ann Richards in the bio-play Ann. This one-woman show, which Taylor also wrote, began as a way for Taylor to understand what it was about this housewife turned politician patriot that affected her – and so many other people – so deeply.

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Cabaret Review: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

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Although she was born and raised in Chicago, Lani Hall understands and communicates the soul of Brazilian music better than many Brazilian artists. She really gets the dark colors that give the oh-so-cool bossa nova its depth – what saxaphonist Stan Getz, the great jazz popularizer of bossa nova, perhaps too dramatically called its “fatalism.” She understands it so well that she can apply it to gringo standards like “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” or “Anything Goes”, making those masterpieces even more dimensional than they already were.

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