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    How they pick their songs Very interesting article...not favorable for David A or Jason C tho....
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    Very interesting indeed. Thanks for that article, bama. I agree - DavidA looks like a pawn of Stage Dad, and Jason goes beyond relaxed territory into lackadaisical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbnbama;2969595;
    How they pick their songs Very interesting article...not favorable for David A or Jason C tho....
    Yes, thank you for posting up that article. Interesting how different factors influence which songs were selected.

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    Lengthy article from Mandisa, Chris Sligh and Phil Stacey....

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    The beginning of the article........

    Behind the Idols (part one)
    By Russ Breimeier & Andree Farias
    posted 05/06/08

    American Idol remains one of the most watched programs on television, and has its share of Christians among the contestants. Though some have expressed skepticism that believers can have any impact on a show with "idol" in its title, three finalists from the nation's biggest singing competition have demonstrated you don't have to win it all to be relevant or on a stage to make a difference.

    Mandisa, Chris Sligh, and Phil Stacey all made it into the Top 12 of the popular singing competition, but none of them walked away the top winner—Mandisa placed ninth in Season 5, while Chris placed tenth in Season 6 and Phil made it to the Top 6 that same year.

    Nevertheless, all three landed record deals and have plenty of stories about the relationships they forged behind the scenes.

    And since their time on the show, American Idol has become more tolerant and receptive of Christianity, never more clearly demonstrated than a live performance of "Shout to the Lord" on national television. Did these contestants play some small part in that? All three vocal sensations were more than willing to walk us through their Idol experience and share how their faith was demonstrated throughout.............(click link above to finish reading the article)
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    I just saw this while I was net searching.....

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    Luna's founder, Yvonne de Villiers, hand picked a Luna guitar that she thought most fitting for each of the final five American Idol contestants. Each instrument was sent to the set with a personal hand written letter tucked inside and presented to the finalists by Luna's division manager, Derek Badala.

    Brooke White received the Flora Lotus

    Jason Castro received the Luna Trinity

    Syesha Mercado received a Fauna Dolphin

    David Cook received an Apollo

    David Archuleta received a Neo Your Space

    Yvonne had this to say to the five recipients:
    I commend each of you for the courage you have shown in singing your note, finding your sweet spot, and daring to be who you are. There are ultimately two emotions... fear and love. Despite fear of failure, you have made the decision to be as bold as love! And no matter what fame or rewards you may gain from participation in American Idol or any future endeavors, I hope you are proudest of yourself for that fact. Ultimately it is all that matters. May the beauty you love always be what you do.

    At Luna, we believe every one of the American Idol finalists is incredibly talented, and brings their own special flavor to the round-table. We are sorry to see anyone "go home", as anyone who as made it this far has found their way into America's heart. Our best to all!!!!!
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    Thanks for posting that, bama!

    Just wanted to add that Jason used his Luna guitar this past week.

    I like Jason's best (), followed by Brooke's, DC's, David A.'s (kind of girly..) and Syesha's (don't care for the color.)
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    Latest TV Guide I received today:

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    Thanks for the scans! Syesha's the prettiest I've seen her here and DC's mighty fine!
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    'Idol' vocal coach is never idle as she guides the apprehensive contestants
    May 9, 2008

    In conversation, Debra Byrd is a whirlwind. A fast-talking force of nature for whom the laws of punctuation do not always apply. But in her role as the first “American Idol” vocal coach, the woman everyone calls “Byrd” is the calm center of a pop-culture storm. The “Idol” contestants have to listen to the judges, but when they are so stressed they can't hear themselves think, they talk to Debra Byrd.

    “Often, they will second-guess themselves because the judges will be split in how they feel about a performance,” Byrd said by phone from Los Angeles. “Randy may hate it. Simon may love it. Paula's gonna love it. And if she doesn't love it, she's kind about how she doesn't love it. A lot of times, they'll get mixed signals on Wednesday night, and then on Thursday morning, they'll have to pick their next song.

    “On Thursday morning, I will say to them, 'Did you understand what the judges said to you? How did you feel about what the judges said to you?' And we'll open a discussion about it, so they can purge it. It's very important that they don't have it festering inside, and that they have someone who can hear their side of the story.”

    Packed with more guest stars than an evening of “Idol Gives Back,” Byrd's story starts in Cleveland, where she began studying opera at 12 and spent her high school years juggling church choirs, an R&B band and a madrigal group. Her first big job came in the '70s, when she was hired as a backup singer for Barry Manilow, a partnership that is still going strong today.

    After Barry came, well, everybody. Bob Dylan. Lyle Lovett. The Eurythmics. Roberta Flack. Byrd has performed, toured or recorded with all of them. She has also sung on film soundtracks and performed in “Barry Manilow on Broadway” and in touring versions of “Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk” and “Ain't Misbehavin'.”

    But sometimes, a body in motion needs to stop. So when she was offered the job as a vocal coach for a new Los Angeles-based competitive-reality show, Byrd took it. Not just because the job was intriguing, but also because it offered her the exotic opportunity to sleep in her own bed.

    “I said, 'Well, I don't know what 'American Idol' is, but count me in,' ” Byrd said with a gravelly chuckle. “So it's been seven seasons of 'American Idol,' five seasons of 'Canadian Idol,' two seasons of 'Military Idol' and one season of 'American Juniors.' It worked out just fine.”

    Byrd and the rest of the “Idol” musical team help the contestants arrange their songs to suit their voices and edit their songs to fit the show's time constraints. And once the song is ready to roll, everyone can only hope the singer will have time to learn it.

    “There is a mentor shoot, recording of the video for Ford (“Idol” sponsor Ford Motors), photo shoots, interviews, band rehearsal is in there somewhere. There is a group-song rehearsal. I didn't even mention clothing, the shopping and the alterations. It really is heavy duty. That's why Kelly Clarkson said, 'After you do 'American Idol,' you can do anything.' ”

    Of all the potential disasters awaiting “Idol” contestants – the missed high notes, the unflattering clothes, the scandalous photos that come back to haunt them – the Curse of the Bad Song Choice is what judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell harp on the most. And because the songs have to fit the weekly theme and have the proper legal clearance, the decision-making can be perilous.

    Pick the wrong song – as the judges thought the recently departed Brooke White did with “I'm a Believer” – and your days could be numbered. Pick the right song – as the now-departed Kristy Lee Cook did last month with “God Bless the USA” – and you could buy yourself a few extra weeks on the big “Idol” stage.”

    “I always say that finding the correct song choice for you is like shopping for clothing,” Byrd said. “You know if those jeans look great on you, you know if you look hot or if you look horrible. Picking that song is the exact same thing. You need a song that is tailor-made for you, and your mission is to find it.”

    And just like everyone needs a friend who will tell them the truth about those acid-wash jeans and those gold stilettos, “Idol” singers need someone who will make them step away from the Whitney.

    “I will never B.S. them,” Byrd said. “I tell them, 'If you sound fabulous, I will say so. If you don't, I will say so.' I've had a few contestants say to me, 'Aren't you paid to tell me that I sound good?' What? No. I'm paid to be honest.”

    She may be honest, but when asked about the strengths of this year's contestants, Byrd chose to speak about the group as a whole.

    “The common denominator is courage,” Byrd said. “Because it takes a lot to stand on a stage in front of millions of people and be ridiculed. It's very heart-wrenching. They are all unique.”

    But when she was asked which contestants have blown her away, Byrd was ready to sing the praises of the people who have made this vocal guru stop and listen.

    “David Cook stunned me the first song he did. He stunned me in a great way. Fantasia stunned me. Kelly Clarkson stunned me. Chris Daughtry. Carrie Underwood. LaToya London. Elliott Yamin. They were all willing to take a risk, vocally, musically, with their song choice. They are visionaries.”
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    “David Cook stunned me the first song he did. He stunned me in a great way. Fantasia stunned me. Kelly Clarkson stunned me. Chris Daughtry. Carrie Underwood. LaToya London. Elliott Yamin. They were all willing to take a risk, vocally, musically, with their song choice. They are visionaries.”

    She "gets" DC. I love it.

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