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The Voice Of Ireland: Season 1: The Battle Rounds!

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We're already at the Battle Rounds Stage on The Voice where 48 acts will soon be whittled down to just 24, 6 per category. I'm looking forward to seeing these battles as it will definitely seperate the weak from the chaffe in terms of singers, in particular Bressie's acts may produce some amazing battles because each and every one of them has a really quirky and individual style. Usually on The Voice, there's at least one really poor decision per category so I'm hoping some of my favourites such as Kellie Blaise, Conor Quinn and Nollaig O'Connor don't end up going home in favour of weaker acts. So, let's see what happens I suppose!

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American Idol 2012: Final Judgement

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After the anxiety of the auditions, the drama of Hollywood and the high stakes and harsh cuts of the Las Vegas Round, the Top 42 move on to the Final Judgement. The contestants will sing one song in front of the Judges at the Wynn Theater in Vegas in hopes of making it to the Top 24 and compete in the live voting rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday with results on Thursday. Who continued to shine? Who fell just short? And the most important question of all: Did your favorites make it? Keep reading! This.. Is American Idol!

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 1: Top 4 Perform: The Final!

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Things are getting exciting! Tonight, the remaining 8 contestants will sing one more time in the hopes of advancing to the grand final, set to air next week. With only one place per team, Bjarne Langhoff and Freja Kirk, Kim Wagner and Noa Sophie Stoustrup, Liv Skotte and Nanna Kaad and Mathias Rønne Pachler and Rosa Skotte will give their best in order to impress both the judges and the audience. Who will be the unlucky one who gets cut tonight? And who'll be our finalists?! ... This is The Voice!

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Italian Week: Battle #1: Alessandra Amoroso vs Arisa

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Theme Weeks are getting much more exciting! In the following days, a series of battles will be happening between the selected artists, where you'll be able to vote for your favourite. At the end of the week, only 5 will remain and you'll vote once again to select the ultimate winner. So without more chatter, here is today's duo ...

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X Factor Denmark 2012: Top 7 Perform: Dance Hits

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Katrine was eliminated last week after placing in the B2 for the second time in a row, this time along Mulila, who Cutfather decided to save. Now, only seven remain and they'll face the usually awful Dance theme. Will this year be any different?  ... It's time to face the music!

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American Idol 2012: Las Vegas Round

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Updated with second half of Vegas performances and results!

Here we are... After a dramatic, chaos filled Hollywood week, the remaining 70 contenders go to Las Vegas to form groups again and sing songs from the 1950's on Cirque de Soleil's Viva Elvis stage. The competition is stiff so harsh cuts are expected. After several days of competition, who will shine in Vegas and who will run out of luck? Keep reading! This... Is American Idol!

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 1: Top 8 Perform: The Semi-Final!

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Things are getting exciting! Tonight, the remaining 8 contestants will sing one more time in the hopes of advancing to the grand final, set to air next week. With only one place per team, Bjarne Langhoff and Freja Kirk, Kim Wagner and Noa Sophie Stoustrup, Liv Skotte and Nanna Kaad and Mathias Rønne Pachler and Rosa Skotte will give their best in order to impress both the judges and the audience. Who will be the unlucky one who gets cut tonight? And who'll be our finalists?! ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Vlaanderen Season 1: Top 24 - Part 1 - Perform!

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 The battles are now over and it's finally time for the liveshows! The contestants will give their best to remain in the competition but in the end, only one will take the big prize home. Tonight Team Jasper and Team Koen will be performing and unfortunately, two acts from each team will be leaving us. Who'll be the first one out? ... This is The Voice!

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Melodifestivalen 2012: Deltävling 3: Leksand

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Ulrik Munther's "Soldiers" and David Lindgren's "Shout It Out" sailed through to the final with  Top Cats and Timoteij making it to the Andra Chansen round. 8 more acts will take the stage tonight but only 2 will be the ultimate winners. Who'll make it to the final?

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American Idol 2012: Hollywood Week

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Post UPDATED with remaining Hollywood performances.
Our Las Vegas recap is coming very soon so keep an eye out!


With the auditions coming to a close and myself finally recovering from a dreadful cold, we go to one of the most climatic and dramatic parts of the season: Hollywood week. Where contestants will sing a capella and perform in groups in a chance to make it to the live shows and be the next American Idol. Who will soar above expectations? Who will crumble under the pressure? Stay tuned. This... is American Idol!

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The Voice van Vlaanderen Season 1: The Battles

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Belgium is the one country that is having a double edition of The Voice, The Voice Belgique (which Chan will cover for us) and The Voice van Vlaanderen, one in French, the other in Dutch. The coaches are Alex Callier, the man behind Hooverphonic, one of the most successful Belgian bands; Jasper Steverlinck, frontman of the Belgian rock group Arid; Koen Wauters, head of another successful Belgian group, Clouseau; and finally, Natalia Druyts, who was the runner up on the Belgian edition of Idol in 2003. The show is hosted by An Lemmens, a quite popular host known for Topmodel, Lost in Tokyo and So You Think You Can Dance. The blind auditions have already ended and tonight, we start with the battles! Who will be our finalists?

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X Factor Denmark 2012: Top 8 Perform: Danske Kunstnere

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Last week Phuong & Rasmus were the first eliminated act, leaving Blachman with two acts left in the competition, (by the way, be sure to check the interview with Phuong HERE) The final 8 contestants will now perform danish hits, a week I've learned to love as the years go by (I initally hated it). Who will be leaving us tonight? ... It's time to face the music!

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Bright Light Bright Light: "Disco Moment" Music Video

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He's our only male act in both the MDS Sound of edition's top 5, the 2011 runner-up newest single is titled "Disco Moment" and was released on October 31, 2011, I know, a long time ago, but since I haven't posted anything bout him in a while, I thought it was about time I gave you some news on him. The latest single is, as the title suggests, an electro tune with lots of disco beats and is probably one of his best yet, better than his debut maybe. The music video is a great addition to the song and though a little weird at parts, it does the job just fine ...

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Aurea: "The Only Thing That I Wanted" Music Video

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I've been meaning to post this one for a while now but only got time to now. MDS Sound of 2011 3rd placer was recently announced as the Best Portuguese Act on the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011, a huge recongnition for the soul singer. Her selftitled album, "Aurea", also charted #1 on the portuguese charts and was certified Double Platinum. The latest single of it is "The Only Thing That I Wanted ", a really jazzy driven romantic ballad, which charted #12 on the singles charts. Plus you can also check her performance on "A Voz de Portugal". The girl definitely accomplished the inital promise she showed, will she continue finding success?

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Amanda Jenssen: "Dry My Soul" Music Video

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After a two year absence, Idol Sweden 2007 runner-up Amanda Jenssen is finally back! Idol Sweden 2007 runner-up's new single is titled "Dry My Soul" and it was released on Februrary 14, with an album expected for later this year. The single is all that you've been waiting for, a powerful rock song with Amanda's characteristic quirky style. Not "Happyland" level but this is a great comeback for her!

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Interview: Phuong (From Phuong & Rasums)

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The XF Denmark liveshows strated last week and unfortunately, that left us with the first eliminated act of the season, Phuong & Rasmus. The duo was one of the most interesting groups ever on the show but unfortunately, the public didn't click with them. Their voices blended perfectly and the result was a  strange but extremely interesting combination. I'd have loved to keep seeing what they had but that isn't happening now. Phuong answered some of my questions regarding the show and her future. Will she keep singing with Rasmus? Does she think it was Blachman's fault they were cut?

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Marcus Collins: "Seven Nation Army" First Listen

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 UPDATE: Music video added plus single b-side HERE.

Runner up of 2011's edition of the X Factor UK, which was ultimately won by Little Mix, soulful Marcus always struggled to show who he wanted to be as an artist during the show but hopefully, it seems he's found his way now. His debut single, which will be released on March 4, 2012, is a cover of The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" and his album will aparently be released on March 12. Honestly, the song sounds like an unimaginative copy of Ben l'Oncle Soul's version but well, at least his voice sounds good. I always criticised Marcus for his karaoke performances during the show and guess what? They still are!

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Melodifestivalen 2012: Deltävling 2: Göteborg

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Last week, we saw "Euphoria" and "Mystery" advancing to the final, with Sean Banan and Thorsten Flinck both earning a place to compete in the Andra Chansen round. Tonight, 8 more acts will compete but only 2 will be the ultimate winners. Who'll make it to the final?

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 1: Top 12 Perform!

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Three contestants remain per team and after tonight, only two will survive. All the teams will be performing the same night for the first time, with the 12 contestants batteling for the public's love. In the past weeks, we said goodbye to 8 contestants, Nadia Bach and Dea Romme Larsen from Team Steen, Thomas Solnæs and Henrik Bruhn from Team Lene, Stella Danielsen and Frederik Meyer-Zeuthen  from Team Sharin and Martin Preisler and Rebecca Melodee Ndigaye from Team L.O.C. Who will be leaving us tonight?

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Whitney Houston Dies

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The Queen of Pop has passed away. With 48 y/o, Whitney Houston was one of the most awarded female acts of all time, awards which included 2 Emmys and 6 Grammys among the 415 she recived. Houston, who had struggled with a drug addiction in the past, was known for her hits such as "I Wanna Dance with Somebody", "I Will Always Love You" and "I Have Nothing", among others. First Etta and now Whitney, we are losing all our music idols ... RIP Whitney Houston ...

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The Voice of Germany Season 1: The Final!

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The First Final Ever of The Voice Of Germany is on! Ivy Quainoo, Kim Sanders, Max Giesinger and Michael Shulte are the last remaining contestants and tonight, one of them will be walking away with the big prize. Who'll be The Voice of TVOG Season 1? It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Denmark 2012: Top 9 Perform: Frit Valg!

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We're finally here! After weeks of auditions, bootcamp and Judges Houses, our top 9 is already picked and now, it's time for them to battle for the public's love and for the ultimate prize! Last week we lost fan favourites Kristel and Sidsel and that left us with Katrine, Mulila, Sveinur, Ida, Line, Morten Benjamin, Rasmus & Phuong, Nicoline Simone & Jean Michel and Tandberg & Østenby as our finalists. One more contestant will leave tonight, who'll be the first one to face the axe?  ... It's time to face the music!

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Sky Ferreira: New Album Update + "Blue Jeans" Cover

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Sky's been teasing her debut album since 2009 but that never really happened. Our MDS Sound of 2011 10th placer  is finally ready for the album now, three years later, and this time, it's for realz! The album will be titled "Wild At Heart" and it'll be released on Summer 2012, with the first single of it coming on March. Apparently, Sky is putting the electropop sound aside and now is going for a more Blondie driven one, I won't complain on that one! You can also play some of her demos HERE plus check her cute cover of Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans", our MDS Sound of 2012 winner next ...

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Oh Land: "Speak Out Now" Music Video

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One of my fave danes is back with a brand new single! The dane in question, the quirky goddess Oh Land, and the single, the charming upbeat "Speak Out Now". The lively performance reminds to her breakout single, "Sun of a Gun", though this one is much more joyful and thus, much better. It seems like Oh Land is getting better and better, and with that, she's getting more gorgeous as days go by as seen by the also gorgeous music video for the single which was released on 28 November, 2011. "Speak Out Now" is being featured on danish new show Rita, starring Mille Dinesen, and with a theme song like this, I can't even imagine how great that show is. Also, be sure to catch the first X Factor Denmark 2012 liveshow, in which the song will be performed by one of the acts.

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 1: Top 20 - Part 2 - Perform!

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With the battles over and an incredible talent poll, the remaining 20 contestants will now battle each other until one ultimately is crowned the winner. Tonight, Lene's and Steen's team will perform and not one, but two contestants of each team will be leaving us by the end of the night. Will it be a fan favourite? Will someone surprise us?

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Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2012

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Two weeks ago, the Danish public was selecting their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest but only now, you'll hear from it here. 10 contestants were initally going to participate in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, but following the disqualification of Valen:Tine, only 9 contestants were left to perform. So do you want to find out who is going to represent Denmark in May? Find out next ...

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American Idol 2012: The Auditions

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Writer's note: Post updated with Portland & St. Louis auditions. On to Hollywood!

It's finally here! After 8 long months, which included the United States debut of The Voice and the lackluster disaster we politely refer to as "The X-Factor Season 1", Good ol' American Idol is finally back with the returning panel composed of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. and we begin this year's journey in Savannah, Georgia. I will be updating this post as more audition episodes air so stay tuned. Who will be sent to Hollywood and given a shot at this year's Idol crown? Keep reading! This... is American Idol!

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Melodifestivalen 2012: Deltävling 1: Växjö

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Sweden's biggest music competition is back! After Eric Saade's victory last year with "Popular", which ultimately placed third in Eurovision, the stakes are higher than ever and the swedes are eager for another Eurovision title. Will this finally be the year they bring back home the ultimate prize? Remember, Sweden hasn't won since 1999, year in which Charlotte Perrelli (last name Nilsson back then), was selected the winner with the song "Take me to your heaven". So is there another "Take me to your heaven" in this year's bunch?

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The Voice Of Ireland: Season 1: The Blind Auditions!

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After the massive success of The Voice Of Holland and The Voice of America, everyone else seems to be getting their own series. BBC One will be airing The Voice of UK later this year with Jessie J and Tom Jones amongst the coaches. However, I would never have predicted that RTE would pick up the series in place of another series of the (frankly awful) variety programme The All Ireland Talent Show, seen as Ireland's answer to the Got Talent format that was limbered by rubbish judges and a mostly poor standard of talent.

So have RTE tried to resolve this issue in their line-up of coaches? It's not that bad! Hoping to find some talent are Northern Irish singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy, one quarter of singing siblings The Corrs; Sharon Corr, Westlife member Kian Egan and finally, the one I'm most excited about, gaelic footballer turned hurler turned Leinster rugby player turned rocker and frontman of The Blizzards; Niall 'Bressie' Breslin. So yes, it's not exactly up there with Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green but they'll do, I hope.

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MDS Sound of 2012











Results:

1st Place: Lana Del Rey: It's finally here! After more than 2 months, we have our winner! Probably the most hyped new artist in the world, Lana's debut album "Born To Die" topped the charts in over 10 countries despite some negative reviews. We can definitely say she's the most promising artist of 2012.
2nd Place: FOE: This avant-garde musician which oddly reminds me to Marina and the Diamonds, is our runner up! Her debut album, "Bad Dream Hotline" came out in January 13 via Mercury Records and recived a warm reception from critics. Let's see how she does in the long run ....
3rd Place: Kyla La Grange: I've been following Kyla for quite a while now since her "Walk Through Walls" first showed up. Her vocals just enchanted me and I instantly fell in love with her. As times goes by, it looks like 2012 will finally be her year and hopefully, the year we'll get her debut album!
4th Place: Grimes: Canadian singer Claire Boucher is our fourth placer! The eerie singer will release her album "Visions" in the following months and hopefully, she'll score the success she's been waiting for and after all the hype around her, that's due to happen!
5th Place: Lucy Rose: The sweet Warwickshire native has claimed the fifth place of the competition after hypnotizing the voters with her fantastic tone, cause we all know that's what happened. With an album coming out this year, there's no doubt that this is a well deserved poisition for this raising star!

And it's back! Another year has almost gone by and with that, a new one is coming, and that only means new music stars for us! The MDS Sound of 2011, which was topped by Sweden's iamamiwhoami, proved to be a success so it will be just stupid not to keep doing it. For those who aren't familiar with it, the list features the most promising music acts for the coming year and instead of me being the only pundit, you will be part of the decision by casting your vote on your favourites! This year, it gets bigger and better! In the next days, I'll post my Top 56 acts, that'd be a post for each act featuring its music and my comments on them, and you'll be able to vote for them after all the acts are posted!  There will be 2 votation stages. The first will feature all the 56, divided in 4 polls of 14 acts each. You'll be able to pick 2 acts per poll, so choose wisely. Each poll will be open for a week, then I'll reopen all of them for one more week. Then, in the second stage, the Top 15 acts, that's the 15 acts with the most votes (all the polls considered) will be in a new poll where the winner will be decided! In addition to that, some of last year's acts will be in a different poll, where you'll be able to vote for them in order to give them a second chance of winning the contest given that they didn't release any new material this year, there will be 7 acts in the poll but only 1 of them will make it ... Who will be the  sound of 2012?!!

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The Voice of Germany Season 1: Top 8 Perform!

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It's one week before The Final of The Voice Of Germany's first season. There's no room for error this week. They will sing original songs to prove that they are belong in the music industry and the duets will determine who has what it takes and who hasn't. Anything can happen. It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Denmark 2012: Judges Houses!

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Bootcamp proved that Ida is the one to beat and with only 8 acts remaining per category, the competition is tougher than ever. Tonight, the contestants will be sent to the judges houses, where they'll be whittled down to just 3 per category. ... It's time to face the music!

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 1: Top 20 - Part 1 - Perform!

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With the battles over and an incredible talent poll, the remaining 20 contestants will now battle each other until one ultimately is crowned the winner. Tonight, L.O.C's and Sharin's team will perform and not one, but two contestants of each team will be leaving us by the end of the night. Will it be a fan favourite? Will someone surprise us?

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Lucy Rose: "Red Face" Music Video

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Our MDS Sound of 2012 5th placer was only announced yesterday but she's already debutting some new music for us! Her new single, "Red Face" is yet another lovely indie folk driven sweet track and it's video is much in the style of Lana Del Rey's "Video Games". It's gets off to a slow start but starts building tempo towards the end and also proves that she can deliver when accompanied by a full band. Another cutesy track from her ...

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