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I'm currently looking for some new writers in order to expand the blog given that I can't post the amount of things I'd like to. So if you are interested in writing about anything related to music (news, TV shows, album reviews, introducing artists) just drop me an email to musicisthedoor@gmail.com and we can discuss some of your ideas.

Must Be The Music: Semi-final 1 Recap!

 

This is it! The first semifinal takes off! 5 acts will compete for two places on the final, due for Septembre 19. Performing tonight: Chakula Soul, Daithi, Flow Dem, Legion of Many and Pepper and Piano. The acts performances will be released on iTunes and Sky Songs, and all the profits go for them! No pennies for the show. I like that!

UPDATED: Videos and links added!

Read my recap, watch the videos and buy the songs after the JUMP ...

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X Factor S7: Auditions 2 Recap!

 

The X Factor auditions return to Dublin after 4 years with guest judge Katy Perry! We've the much awaited audition of a Tesco worker and an X Factor contestant returns! Plus, a wierdo parade!


Read my recap and watch the videos after the JUMP ...

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Must Be the Music: Top 15 Reveled!



This is it! The final 15 acts were reveled last Sunday, and you can check who they are after the jump. The first semi-final takes off tomorrow, so stay tuned for updates. You'll also be able to download the acts songs HERE or in the iTunes store. 

See the finalists after the JUMP ...

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X Factor Spoilers: Storm Lee



Warning: This article may contain spoilers!

Storm Lee is one of the rumored Over 28 finalists. Finding information on this guy has been pretty rough! Aparently there's no track of him!! All his videos and sites have been delated recently and there's no much to work with. I think this lack is a good sign, he may really be a finalist, and not just a rumor. Despite this all, I've been able to find something on him ...

Read more about Storm after the JUMP ...

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I'm Searching for a New Member!!



Hi! Firstly, I want to thank you all for the support and nice comments in this past months, I really appreciate them! I also have great things planned! So keep tuned!

Going to our issue now, as you've seen, I don't post as much as I'd like due to time limitations. Although I consider myself really individualistic, I've decided that the best thing is searching for a new blog writer! So if you are a music fan and always loved writing, this is your chance! Even if you don't have experience you can apply! As you all know, I don't earn any profit for this, I just do it because I love to, so don't apply expecting a pay or something in return to your collaboration. I'm especially looking for someone who can cover the news section, cause I know it's the weakest, but if you'd like any other, just say it and we'll see. You should be 18+ in order to apply.

So, if you are interested, write me to musicisthedoor@gmail.com, and please include a pice of your writing. Just cover any news you want, but don't copy-paste! You've up to September 4 to submit your application and the following day I'll post my decision, presenting the new writer to you all!
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Must Be The Music: Audition Show 4 Recap!



This is the final audition show! Today the final 15 will be reveled! That will be on a different post, link to it will be at the end of this one. But before that some more acts ...

Read my recap and watch the videos after the JUMP ...

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Music Video: Kris Allen: The Truth



"The Truth" is Kris's second single from his debut eponymous album. The song was released on May 11, 2010 and features Train singer, Pat Monahan, who is also the song writer. The music video premiered on August 17 on VH1. I'm so in love with this video! Kris videos are always terrific. They are so unique and they look really good. This song is also beautiful, one of my favourites of the album. I didn't get why Pat is in the video. I know he also sings in the single but he is totally irrelevant here. And what were those chandeliers? The looked really good, but what was their meaning? I'm a bit confused after this, but still excited for such an amazing video!

Watch the video and buy "The Truth" after the JUMP ...

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Must Be The Music: Audition Show 3 Recap!



This is the third audition show recap, which aired this past Sunday! After two one hour episodes, the final 15 acts advancing to the semi-finals will be reveled. They will compete in three groups of five in three semi-finals, with the winners advancing to the final at the Webley Arena!

Check the audition videos and my comments after the JUMP ...

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X Factor Spoilers: Katie Waissel

 

Warning: This article may contain spoilers!

24 years old quirky Katie Waissel, appeared on the opening X Factor auditions show. The Londoner auditioned with "At Last" by Etta James, and made it past this first round. Rumor has it that Katie is part of the judges houses Top 8, and she is a possible liveshow spot holder! But what many don't know is that Katie isn't just a common hotel receptionist ...

Read more on Katie's past after the JUMP ...

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X Factor S7: Auditions 1 Recap!



The first audition show is behind us. We've got to see some real talent tonight! Although it was little, the few they showed was terrific. Gamu, Katie, Shirlena and Holly really stand out! The girls are tought this year, and I think the winner is in that category.

Read my recap and watch the videos after the JUMP ...

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Don't Stop Believing: The Final Recap!

 










This is it guys! After 6 weeks of amazing Glee-like performances it all comes down to this night! Tonight, the Don't Stop Believing winner will be reveled! All 6 groups fight for the same prize today, the chance to record their own album!


And the winner is ...

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Don't Stop Believing: Supergroup Sixth Week New Members!



The Supergroup is now complete! The last 5 new members have been added to the group and performed with them for the first time in Disneyland Paris this Wednesday. They all look really good, so let's hope they sang as good as they look!

All bios taken from the DSB site HERE.

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Must Be The Music: Audition Show 2 Recap!



This is the second audition show recap, which aired after the first one! MBTM comes back this Sunday with another double episode where the semi-finalists will be reveled!

Check the audition videos and my comments after the JUMP ...

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X Factor 2010: Round-up News!


The X Factor has seen major changes this year! With two judges missing and the changes in the categories and the judges houses, this series seems to be the best yet. Why? Talent seems terrific, even tough we haven't heard any of them! This is a news round-up of all that has happened in the X Factor in the last months. The show is starting tomorrow, August 21 on ITV1 at 7:30 PM!!

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Must Be The Music: Audition Show 1 Recap!



I really like this new show!!! It's all about music, and what I love is that anyone can audition. From a flautist to a whole choir ensamble. I also think it's very interesting that contestants get to sing their own stuff, as in other shows that's not possible. They also have a great cast, with music insiders who really know what they are talking about and can give honest contructive opinions.  Enough chatting, let's go to the real thing! The first audition show! Although this was a double episode, I'll make one post for each of them. Auditions were held in Manchester, Edinburgh and London. The show has a sort of America's Got Talent meets American Idol format. The judges vote after each performance for yes or no, and then give their comments, with two yeses, the acts advance. The videos in this post are the ones found in the MBTM YouTube channel, that's why there aren't all the contestants.  All auditioners advancing will be narrowed to 15 semi-finalist on the next double episode. And I've taken so long because I got to see the show today, but I promise next week will be quicker!

Check the audition videos and my comments after the JUMP ...

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Music Video: Pink: Leave Me Alone I'm Lonely + Funhouse + Please Don't Leave Me, Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour Versions!


The incredible P!nk has released three new versions of her old music videos, "Leave Me Alone I'm Lonely", "Funhouse" and "Please Don't Leave Me", some days ago. The mainly black and white videos were shot during her Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour as an appreciation to her fans. I really liked the "Leave Me Alone I'm Lonely" video, it was funny and I loved the Chaplin like scenes. "Please Don't Leave Me" was very similar to it, the same type really; however, I didn't like this much. Is she a giant with a dwarf? Bearing in mind this are low budget videos, this is good, but without taking that on account, it's not as good.  The man who played her boyfriend and the child who acted as the dwarf, weren't similar at all, which made the vide look horrible. On the other hand, "Funhouse" is sort of a video from her tour, with the classic circus freaks as her band.

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Don't Stop Believing: 5th Live Show Recap!












This is the last bunch of new contestants!! Next week: LIVE FINAL. We also have the wildcard winners performing tonight with one more finalist coming out of them. That means, 6 acts, 5 wildcard winners and The Supergroup performing, that leaves us with 12 performances to cover! Great show ahead, that's for sure!

Read my recap and watch the videos after the JUMP ...

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Don't Stop Believing: Supergroup 5th Week New Members!



This Sunday 5 new more members will be added to The Supergroup, leaving it with 25, with the 5 last members being added in the final week. They all look really good, but if I have to pick my favourite based on looks, I'd pick Lauren and Natalie, they seem to have powerful and interesting voices. I wish they all get a solo to prove them! I've noticed that the images are missing a border, which I may correct later this week.

All bios taken from the DSB site HERE.

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Don't Stop Believing: Meet Fifth Live Show Contestants!












This are the last contestants to appear on the show, as next week we have the live final! Plus this week we have the wildcard showdown where we will see our previous wildcard winners, Dice, MT4UTH, Sing Live and Swish, and the wildcard choice of this show. Among this contestants, Cherish and Funky Little Choir look really good to me, but as usual we won't know till tomorrow. This seems as a great show! Who do you want to see in the final?


All bios taken from DSB site HERE.

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Interview: MoZella



I recently got the chance to interview the successful and unique Universal recording artist, MoZella. The singer of songs such as "Freezing", "Stay" and "Magic (Oh Oh Oh)", answered me this questions in which she reveled why she's called MoZella, her influences and the meaning behind some of her songs. As one of my favourite artists, it was really an honor to interview and know a little more about her. Her album, "Belle Isle"  is a must-buy, which you can do below the questions. You can also enjoy some of her music videos there.

Read the interview, watch the videos and buy "Belle Isle" after the JUMP ...


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Catching Up With: Anne Arrak: I'm Here, First Single



Anne was one of my favourites during the third series of Estonian Idol, she had that hard rocker voice and the looks to carry it, she was also one of the best vocalists and was extremely talented. Unfortunately, Anne fell short when she only achieved a 7th place. Time passed and on February 26, she released her first single through YouTube, titled "I'm Here". The song is really good. Her vocals are as stunning as always and although the song is a bit slow, I could easily buy this. However, it felt a bit out-dated, almost like an 80s tune, if think it was because of the prolongation of the chorus, yes, I didn't liked that much, but she's still great!

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Catching Up With: Pernille: Debut Single: Turn The Lights Off!



Pernille Svensen Øiestad was the 6th placer on the norwegian version of the X Factor last year, which was also it's first series. The girl really catched my attention on the show, she was  really valuable, but after her elimination I feared that will be the last I'll hear from her. But this changed! This scandinavian unique beauty has released her debut single "Turn The Lights Off" some time ago, on May 7.  The song is a dancy  and very catchy song, much in the vibe of Swedish Idol Tove Styrke's "Million Pieces".  Her voice has a really interesting and almost quircky style, very similar to Diana Vicker's voice, but a bit more popish. But that aren't all the good news! The talented singer has signed a record deal with Universal Music Group! Yes, you've heard it right. Universal has signed a 6th placer finalist. But that's not as surprising as fellow contestant Rikke Lie's signing with them too! Rikke came out 9th despite being one of the best, and I feared the same as with Pernille. I'm so glad for both. I'm sure we'll hear much from them in the future!  


Listen and buy "Turn The Lights Off" after the JUMP ...


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Catching Up With: Ruth Lorenzo: First Single, Eternity!



X Factor 2008 fifth placer, Ruth Lorenzo, was signed to EMI shortly after the series ended. But some time ago, the deal fell apart, and now Ruth plans to launch her album independently. I don't know how will this end, maybe, with a great amount of support from her fans, she will achive the same success she would have if she sticked to the initial deal, but I think she'll be fine, after all, she's one of the best voices I've heard! Going back to our issue, the Spanish has just released her first single, "Eternity", written by Francis Rodino. The song is available as a free download on her site. It's a smooth pop ballad, very slow but with some great notes and a beautiful raspiness. If all of her songs are going to be like this, it will be a hell of an album! A very solid debut overall.

Listen and download "Eternity" after the JUMP ...


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Ellie Goulding: The Writer Cover!



Ellie's new single, "The Writer", is finally available on iTunes! A music video (which you can see HERE)  for the song was released on July 11, but it wasn't until August 9 that the song was released! Ellie looks really gorgeous in this cover, as she does in all, though I wouldn't have choosen that green, maybe a red or something, but it's really cool still. The song was released along with some remixes of it and an acoustic version.

You can buy and check the beautiful cover of "The Writer" after the JUMP ...


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Music Video: Scissor Sisters: Any Which Way



"Any Which Way" is Scissor Sisters next single which is stated for a September 20 release. The video was shot over two days in London, England and directed by Ace Norton. It's a great video! Very Scissor Sisters. Colorful, fun and of course, there's loads of nudity, he really enjoys it! I also love this song, why it isn't in the album? Is there a new album coming out soon? I want one of that hats, the one with fireworks! It's so freaking awesome! Best Scissor Sister's video so far? Not really. Coolest Sicssor Sisters video? For sure!

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Catching Up With: Katy Perry: Not Like in the Movies + Circle the Drain



The new pop queen brings us two amazing new promotional singles, "Not Like in the Movies" and  "Circle the Drain", released on August 3 and August 10, 2010 respectively. The first one is a slow and heartful song, while the other is a dance tune more in the "California Gurls" vibe. If I had to choose, I would definetly pick "Not Like in the Movies". It's such a great song, probably one of the best she had written.  After all it was written with Greg Wells, who penned two of her biggest hits, "Waking Up in Vegas" and "Ur So Gay". Following this two singles, a third will be released on August 17, 2010, followed by the album on August 24.

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Music Video: Katy Perry: Teenage Dream



"Teenage Dream" is Katy's second single from her upcoming second major release of the same name. The song was released on July 23 and the video, which was directed by Yoann Lemoine, on August 10. It features Josh Kloss as Katy's love interest and a very simple Katy, not the artificial "California Gurls" one. This song is so much better in many ways! Her voice is ten times better and the video is much more gorgeous! They look really hot together and the meaning in the lyrics seems to really come from her heart. In one word, beautiful!

Watch and buy "Teenage Dream" after the JUMP ...
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Music Video: Sugarland: Stuck Like Glue


"Stuck Like Glue" is Sugarland's first single from their upcoming album, "The Incredible Machine", set to be released on October 19, 2010. The single was released on July 23 and the video debuted on August 6. It features actor Ryan McPartlin who plays Devon Woodcomb on NBC's "Chuck". I just love her! The concept of the video and her voice are terrific! She's also a great actress, she is a perfect crazy obsessive stalker! The chages she makes in her voice and tone are absolutely wonderful! I've never heard someone who does that! I want more of her!


Watch the music video and buy "Stuck Like Glue" after the JUMP ...
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Music Video: Kanye West: Power


"Power" is Kanye's first single from his fifth album "Dark Twisted Fantasy", set for release in Novembre 2010.  The song was released on May 28 and the music video premiered on August 5. What can I say about this? I liked the video. The mythological creatures were really cool and those close-ups too, but not even appearing in your own video is a bit too much. Why is Kanye in a  painting? And why does this video last less than 2 minutes when the song is much longer?

Watch the music video and buy "Power" after the JUMP ...
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Music Video: Eminem: Love the Way You Lie feat. Rihanna


"Love the Way You Lie" is Eminem's second single from his seventh album, Recovery, which was released on June 18, 2010. The song was released on June 21 and a music video directed by Joseph Kahn of it debuted on August 5. The video has already gained 19 million views, a record in YouTube! Firstly, I've to say that I don't like Eminem. I don't know why, but I've never did so. So, I started watching this video in a total dislike attitude, but to my surprise, this is genius! The Rihanna beggining is magnific, red hair really fits her!,  and the video overall is just great. It features Megan Fox in an abusive relationship with Dominic Monaghan, both making a great job! Dominic is a great actor! Those faces and the mood changes are so well done. The burning house scenes with Rihanna are so cool! They are definitely the best parts of the video, and I just love that thing she does with her mouth, it's so unusual! And Eminem isn't as bad as I thought! Guy can rap! I like the rythm change between him and Rihanna. I might even buy Eminem's album and do a review of it after this!


Watch the music video and buy "Recovery" after the JUMP ...

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Don't Stop Believing: Meet Fourth Live Show Contestants!












I actually did this on Saturday but couldn't post it, so I just thought it would be nice to do so as it was already done. This are yesterday show contestants, which winners were The Songtimers and MT4UTH.

All bios taken from DSB site HERE.

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Don't Stop Believing: 4th Live Show Recap!












6 new groups fight for a spot in the final in this fourth show. Plus, 5 new members join The Supergroup. Remember that DSB takes off next Sunday, August 15, at 6:25 pm on Five.


Read my recap, watch the performances and see who advanced after the JUMP ...

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Don't Stop Believing: Supergroup Fourth Week New Members!



5 more new members will join the Supergroup this week, leaving it with a total of 20 members. 10 more members will join in the next two weeks. This bunch looks really talented! The three girls seem to have great voices, and they look really good! I will say that Dominic has the best voice, between him and Lucas, I can't really figure out Lucas singing. Tomorrow night, the Supergroup won't have to of it's members, Laura Broad and Grace Chapman, due to ilness. How will prove me wrong, or right, tomorrow night at 5:45 PM?

All bios taken from the DSB site HERE.

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Music Video: David Archuleta: Something 'Bout Love + Album Cover



S7 runner-up, David Archuleta bring us here his latest music video, "Something 'Bout Love". It is his first single from his third album, "The Other Side of Down", to be released on October 5. The single was released on July 20 and the music video debuted on August 5 and was directed by Declan Whitebloom, the same who filmed "Crush". It's an ok song for me. David's vocals are definitely better than in his previous albums, but he's still singing teenish songs, and yes, that sells, but to other teens! I mean, he can have a good carrer going the Jonas Brothers way, but he could have a great carrer if he aims to a more adult audience. The video is a bit wierd too, I can't descibe how, but it is!

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Catching Up With: Alex Lambert: Untouchable, New Demo!













Alex bring us another of her original demos. This time it's "Untouchable", an RnB influenced tune in the unique way Alex can do it. I really like this song, though I would have prefered it a bit more acoustic and with his voice as the star, rather than keeping it low on the background. But this is still a demo, which means this song can be re-mastered. I've already said this many times, but I think Alex will be the highlight of Season 9!

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Don't Stop Believing: Supergroup Third Week New Members!




5 new members joined The Supergroup last Sunday. The more interesting to me were Kimberley and Kurt who proved to have one of the best voices. Sisters Phoebe and Tita were familiar to many of us as they were part of The X Factor, and they were not bad at all! Matt's voice, however, was a bit boring to me and very old fashioned.

All bois taken from the DSB site HERE.

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Must Be The Music: New Sky 1 Show!!



 Must Be the Music (MBTM) is a British new reality show to be brodcasted on Sky HD, who will search for the next musical sensation. The show will allow any genere, from pop to rap to opera, as well as intrumentalists, singers or groups.  The acts can perform any song, as well as originals, meaning that they have complete control of themselves, not such as show like Idol were they have to stick to themes and song lists. The acts will have Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter accounts. Their performances will also be made available through iTunes and Sky Songs. The winner will get a career-boosting £100,000, as well as managment advice, etc.

The show will premiere this Sunday, August 8, at 7 PM, as a preview show. The next two weeks, the auditions will be aired, which were held at London, Manchester and Edinburgh. The live shows will premiere on August 29, I still don't know the number of acts, how long will they last, etc. But I do know that it'll be similar to the Idol format. One thing is for sure, it's gonna be INSANE! I don't know you, but I have huge expectations with this one! 3 stellar judges and a well known host, plus a refreshing format!

Don’t miss the preview show on August 8 on Sky1 HD. You can already get your free tickets for the live shows  HERE and check the show website HERE.

Get to know the cast and watch the promo after the JUMP ...

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It's Indie Week!



We're having an all "Indie Week" starting next Monday! Next them weeks poll is up too in the sidebar, so vote there, it features USA cities. You can also follow the blog above it, so please do that too. About this theme week, it will feature the strangest and wierd indie singers in the business! Music videos, reviews, etc. The beauty in the banner is Wallis Bird, which will also have a post this week.
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Music Video: Ke$ha: Take it Off




"Take It Off" is Ke$ha's fourth single from her debut album "Animal". It was released on July 13, 2010. The music video premiered on Vevo on August 3, 2010 and was directed by Paul Hunter and Dori Oskowitz. I just love this song! Yes, her voice isn't special or perfect, but she is fun! She is like a mini Lady Gaga, not so overloaded with the tragicness and darkness she has, but with a more funny and entertaining side. The meaning behind the song, according to Ke$ha, it's about taking off your inhibitions and being raw and real.

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Music Video: Natasha Bedingfield: Touch


"Touch" is Natasha's first single from her upcoming fourth album "Strip Me", which is satated for release later this year. The song was released on May 18, 2010 and the music video premiered on July 27. This song is one of my favourites since it's release and with this amazing video it's even greater! She sings it beautifully and I'm now eagerly waiting for her new album!

Watch the music video and buy "Touch" after the JUMP ...


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Don't Stop Believing: 3rd Live Show Recap!

 










6 new groups fight for a spot in the final in this third show. Plus, 5 new members join The Supergroup. There's also a competition to name The Supergroup, you can enter your suggestions HERE. Remember that DSB takes off next Sunday, August 8, at 5:45pm on Five.


Read my recap, watch the performances and see who advanced after the JUMP ...

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Don't Stop Believing: All your Format Questions ANSWERED!!!!












 Earlier this week, I was able to email a DSB representative to answer all my doubts about the show format. As you know, I've been questioning where was the show going since it's start, well, now it's solved! I hope this answers many of your questions, it has answered mine!

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