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American Idol 2012: Top 9 Power Ranking

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Once again, through an unfortunate series of events, I was unable to publish my Top 9 power ranking on time but since I had the draft ready, we shall publish it anyway. There was a decent amount of moving and shaking in this week's ranking. Did your favorite's rank go up? Keep reading! Now onto the Top 9 rankings...

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American Idol 2012: Top 10 Perform: Billy Joel

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After last week's elimination of Florida teen Shannon Magrane, our Top 10 move forward to tackle the songbook of Billy Joel and mentoring from Diddy and fashion advice from Tommy Hilfiger. Being a fan of Joel's, I was really happy to hear of this week's theme. It'll be interesting to see how the contestants can make these songs their own, especially the younger ones. Anyway, let's move on to the performances and results. This... Is American Idol!

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The Voice Sverige: Season 1: Top 12 Perform!

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We lost 8 contestants in the last two weeks, Freja Blomberg, Christian Hedgren, Adrian Modiggård, Saga Björling, Daniella Hernandez, Mikaela Samuelsson, Edvard Bisof and Marcus Sennewald. Most of them had a lot of potential, even more than some of the contestants that stayed but unfortunately, Swedish public doesn't always vote only on talent. One more act from each team will be saying goodbye tonight. Who'll have what it takes to advance?  ... This is The Voice!

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Rochelle: "You vs Me" Out Now

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XF Netherlands 2011 winner, and very possible the final one (that is if XF doesn't come back in spring 2013 as it's stated to), is finally unveiling her debut album, out today, March 30. I've always said that Rochelle sounded like Jessie J during her XF run but in her debut record, "You vs Me", the girl totally unleashes the innner Jessie she always had, specially on first album single, "What a Life", which sounds like something the own "Price Tag" hitmaker would perform. The album's title track isn't exactly showing all the swagger Rochelle has, instead, it shows the Jordin Sparks wannabe she first showed in her debut single, "No Air", an ok effort, just not good enough. Thankfully, the album tracks are more Jessie than Jordin, a relief if you ask me, cause honestly, the whole album sounds quite fantastic, so go get your copy now!

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Haley Reinhart: "Free" Music Video

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Fan fave Haley Reinhart is debuting her first music video! The growl goddess first single is titled "Free" and was released on March 20, 2012 via Interscope, the label she was signed soon after placing third on S10 of Idol. The song serves as the lead single of her debut album, "Listen Up!", which is due out May 22. Haley's jazzy tone is in full display during the 4 minutes the video lasts and also her signature hair and legs. Despite it was written by Lucie Silvas and busbee, it seems Haley wrote it herself, her connection with the song is amazing and the fact that her first single is this strong only points that the album will be equally good!

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The Voice Of Ireland: Season 1: Top 20 - Part 2 - Perform!

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So after the third live show, we have now established that the voting public's ability to choose the right contestant to go is so inaccurate, it's almost ridiculous. I'm still not quite sure how Claire went last week especially after the bizarre Lady Gaga song choice for Alan in Team Brian. Hopefully with Kian and Sharon, things will be better but with one of my favourites, Fauve Chapman going in Live Show 2, I'm seriously hoping that we don't have another bad bottom two for each team. Only time will tell.

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X Factor Denmark 2012: Top 3 Perform: The Final!

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We lost Morten Benjamin last week, cause an all Unders final was too good to be true. Thankfully, my two girls remain and they'll battle against Sveinur in the hopes of becoming the winner. By the end of the night, one of Line, Ida or Sveinur will be taking the crown but that's not before they duet with Denmark's biggest artists, Oh Land, Alphabeat and Lukas Graham, plus a special Medina performance. Who'll be the winner tonight?!  ... It's time to face the music!

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Iris Kroes: "Just More" Out Now

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Two months after winning the second season of The Voice of Holland, Iris Kroes is releasing her debut single with 8ball Music, "Just More", which is a cover of deutsch pop band Wonderwall, now disbanded. The single was released on March 10, and despite the little promotion it recived, it managed to climb to the 35th position of the top 100. Previous winner Ben Saunder's singles didn't cope well with the charts either but his debut album got a lot of praise, so this low position for Iris doesn't worry me and it does even less considering how much I like the single. Although there are many similarities with the original, Iris's signature harp and soft vocals totally sold it for me, even when it's a cover, which is a huge no in my debut single guidebook.

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X Factor Denmark 2012: Top 4 Perform: Unplugged/Rap

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After last week's shocking episode, in which Nicoline Simone & Jean Michel had to withdrew from the competition when Jean Michel decided to take another opportunity, the remaining 4 contestants will be singing once more in the hopes of making it to next week's final. No act was eliminated last week, so the previous votes will be added to tonight's. Who will face the axe tonight? Folk cutness Ida, unique voiced Morten Benjamin, pop diva Line or rocker Sveinur?  ... It's time to face the music!

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Moa Lignell: "When I Held Ya" Music Video

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She wowed everyone with her original song, "When I Held Ya", at her audition for Idol Sweden 2011, eventually making it to the top 3. Soon after that, it was announced that Moa had signed with Universal Records, who made her popular song a hit in Sweden, placing #4 in the charts. I'm really surprised we've not heard of any other fellow finalists being signed, cause honestly, the final season of Idol Sweden probably had the best top 11 in a long time, I'm sure some more signings will pop up eventually. Back to Moa, the Sherpas Cinema produced music video for her debut has finally arrived and it's as good as you imagined. I won't spoil any details, so be sure to watch!

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The Voice - Norges beste stemme: Season 1: The Blind Auditions

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Another country is joining The Voice franchise. TV2 decided to bring back Idol Norge earlier this year and now, they are premiering a new series. The coaches are: Hanne Sørvaag, singer-songwriter with a lot of successful singles who took part at last year's Melodi Gran Prix; Magne Furuholmen, former member of the Norwegian band A-ha who has also became a renowned painter in recent years; Sondre Lerche, singer, guitarist and songwriter; and finally Yosef Wolde-Mariam, half part of the Norwegian band Madcom. In the following weeks, this four musicians will audition hopefuls and then we'll move on to the battles ... This is The Voice!

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American Idol 2012: Top 10 Power Ranking

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Apologies to everyone that reads my posts. I know I've been running late with the post publishing. Early last week, I lost my internet connection for a few days and when it came back on, I couldn't muster up the excitement to write these posts. Haha... So we'll just skip the Top 12 rankings since I couldn't post it and it's now irrelevant. Now to move on to the ranking!


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X Factor Denmark 2012: Top 5 Perform: Rasmus Seebach

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With Tandberg & Østenby leaving after ending in the bottom with Morten Benjamin, and the shocking decision of Blachman of sending his own act home, the 5 remaining contestants will be singing Rasums Seebach's songs tonight. But that's not all, one act will be leaving the competition without even singing tonight, scared for your fave?  ... It's time to face the music!

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American Idol 2012: Top 11 Perform: Year They Were Born

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After performing the well-received theme of Stevie and Whitney songs, the Top 12 move forward taking on song from the year they were born. Rapper Will.I.Am will be our guest mentor this week, the Judges Save is back and in a shocking twist, one of the Top 12 is disqualified from the competition. The remaining 11 will sing for a slot in the Top 10 and on the American Idol summer tour. Will the save be used like this time last year? This... Is American Idol!

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American Idol 2012: Top 13 Perform: Stevie & Whitney

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After last week's brutal cuts, the Top 13 advance to this next round. Where the girls will sing Whitney Houston songs and the guys will perform Stevie Wonder songs. Jimmy Iovine will mentor the contestants from here forward with help this week from Mary J. Blige. And for this week only, the guy and girl with the least amount of votes will be at risk for elimination and the Judges panel will decide which one to save. Will your favorite be at risk? Keep reading to find out. This... Is American Idol!

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The Voice Of Ireland: Season 1: Top 20 - Part 1 - Perform!

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After the not so shocking exits of Ryan and Gavin two weeks ago, Bressie and Brian's teams of each are now readying themselves for another performance infront of the live audience at The Helix as they try desperately to get through to yet another week of the competition. Standouts from the last Bressie/Brian performances were Claire and Kiera/Connor for Teams Brian and Bressie respectively so let's hope those three and the rest of the acts can keep up that high standard for tonight's performances.

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Italian Week: The Final!

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 UPDATE: Emma Marrone is the winner!

So you voted, and now, you've selected our 5 finalists, one from each battle. This diverse group, which includes Arisa, Emma Marrone, Federica Camba, Jovanotti and Noemi, will face each other for one more time and only one of them will be named the winner. Who'll be the Italian representative? (Cause you know this isn't over ...)

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The Voice Of Ireland: Season 1: Top 24 - Part 2 - Perform!

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After Bressie and Brian's team stepped up last week with some of them namely Conor, Kiera and Claire in particular delivering show stopping performances, it's over to Kian and Sharon to impress as their teams perform in front of the live audience at The Helix. And considering that I more or less disagreed with every decision Kian made in the Battle Rounds but finally agreed with him partially last week, it will be interesting to see how he is with his own team. Some of my favourites performing tonight are Fauve, Elliot and Kellie. So, the question that remains to be seen is who will perform and what will they perform? Oh and will they pull it off? We'll have to wait and see!

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American Idol 2012: Top 13 Power Ranking

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Now that the Top 13 has been selected, Charlie has made a ranking of them all with the positions he's expecting them to get once the finals start. Of course, this is likely to change as the weeks go by.

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American Idol 2012: Top 24 Girls Perform & Results

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After watching the Boys perform, I gotta say, that was fairly disappointing for a first live show. Next up is the girls and hopefully they are better. After they perform, America will vote again and decide who makes it into the Top 5 of each gender, creating a Top 10. The Judges will then pick 6 contestants to sing once more in hopes of being one of 3 Wildcard choices picked by the panel to round out Season 11's Top 13. Who survived the dramatic cut? Who got a second chance? This... Is American Idol!

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X Factor Denmark 2012: Top 6 Perform: Mash Up

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Mulila was cut when she found herself in the B2 with Tandberg og Østenby. Tonight, we've got one of the most weird, yet incrediblly interesting themes in a while, Mash Up, courtesy of Cutfather, who suggested the theme (each judge suggested one and then the public voted for their fave). Will this be the epic mess it looks like or will it be a stroke of genius? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice Of Ireland: Season 1: Top 24 - Part 1 - Perform!


So after 3 weeks of Battle Rounds, we finally arrive at the live shows, the stage that finally allows the public to decide the fate of the contestants. And already we have lost some of the early favourites namely Onya Grey, Christina Foran and Siobhan McKenna to name but some. However, still remaining are some incredible talents including Sinead Fox, Kellie Blaise, Elliot Canavan-Doyle, Conor Quinn and Fauve Chapman and that's just the start of it! So now that the public are involved, let's hope that the talent survives and the judges', at times bizarre decisions don't lead to the departure of some of the show's most talented! Tonight, Brian and Bressie's acts will both be performing, will it be alright on the night?

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American Idol 2012: Top 24 Boys Perform

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Finally, we have our Top 24! I must say, I really like the people that made it. It's a diverse group with many different characters. It is now time for the Top 24 to perform for America's votes. 5 guys and 5 girls will be voted through and 3 more contestants will be chosen as wildcards to round out a Top 13. Tonight, we start with the 12 guys. Who will become a contender? Who is the mystery contestant? And who will be given a second chance? This... Is American Idol!

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Italian Week: Battle #5: Jovanotti vs Pierdavide Carone

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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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Italian Week: Battle #4: Irene Fornaciari vs Noemi

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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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Italian Week: Battle #3: Federica Camba vs Anansi

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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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The Voice Sverige: Season 1: Top 20 - Part 2 - Perform!

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Now that Idol is gone, TV4 has decided to debut two new singing competitions, The Voice Sverige and the first Swedish version of The X Factor, which will premiere later in the year (and we'll be following it). Hosted by Carina Berg The Voice coaches are rapper Petter, 1991 Eurovision winner Carola Häggkvist, The Ark frontman Ola Salo and singer Magnus Uggla. I must admit I've not really been following this show like I did with Idol Sweden. I did watch some auditions and battles but I didn't found it as engaging as Idol. Still, I'm hoping that will change with the liveshows! Also worth noting, this will be the first time I'll see some of this contestants sing.  Tonight, Team Ola and Team Uggla will take the stage and two acts per team will be sent packing! ... This is The Voice!

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Melodifestivalen 2012: Andra Chansen

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Last week, Lisa Miskovsky and Danny Saucedo made it to the final during the final semifinal. Tonight, the 3rd and 4th placers from all the semis will compete for a chance to make it to the big final next week.Who will be our last 2 finalists?

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The Voice Sverige: Season 1: Top 20 - Part 1 - Perform!

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Now that Idol is gone, TV4 has decided to debut two new singing competitions, The Voice Sverige and the first Swedish version of The X Factor, which will premiere later in the year (and we'll be following it). Hosted by Carina Berg The Voice coaches are rapper Petter, 1991 Eurovision winner Carola Häggkvist, The Ark frontman Ola Salo and singer Magnus Uggla. I must admit I've not really been following this show like I did with Idol Sweden. I did watch some auditions and battles but I didn't found it as engaging as Idol. Still, I'm hoping that will change with the liveshows! Also worth noting, this will be the first time I'll see some of this contestants sing. Tonight, Team Petter and Team Carola will take the stage and two acts per team will be sent packing! ... This is The Voice!

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Melodifestivalen 2012: Odds

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Our newest contributor, Mirza, will be bringing us the latest news of Melodifestivalen, including the Andra Chansen round tonight and the Final next Saturday but before that, here are some odds regarding the possible results. Interesting facts ahead ...

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Italian Week: Battle #2: Dolcenera vs Emma Marrone

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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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iamamiwhoami: "Sever" and "Drops" Music Videos

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Our Swedish quirky goddess is back with not one but two new music videos. "Sever" which premiered on February 14 and "Drops" which premired on February 28. I'm really liking this new stuff! Her previous material wasn't listenable enough, they were amazing videos but not amazing songs to play on the radio, however, this two new singles depart from the previous trend and are wonderfull iPod material, not radio cause they are obviously not commercial enough but it should make an enjoyable listen on your iPod. Love the mop monster by the way!

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Melodifestivalen 2012: Deltävling 4: Malmö

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Molly Sandén's "Why Am I Crying" and Björn Ranelid's and Sara Li's "Mirakel" advanced to the grand final with Youngblood and Andreas Johnson moving on 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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