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The X Factor final 12 perform

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On tonight’s episode of “The X Factor,” the final 12 contestants peformed, and for the first time the viewers get to decide who’s going home. While the judges are still mentoring their contestants, they don’t have a say in who […]

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The X Factor – auditions in Newark and a round up of other cities

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight was the last night of auditions for “The X Factor” before next week we see the contestants at boot camp.  I’ll post some contestant audition videos tomorrow when they’re available, but for now, here’s a recap: First, tonight was a […]

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The X Factor auditions – Chicago and Seattle (again)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, here we are again, meeting up for another round of “The X Factor” auditions. I confess that my original plan had been to skip the show tonight. It’s pouring here like I might need to build an ark and […]

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“The X-Factor” premieres and I’m totally sucked in

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the best stories of the first night, Chris Rene   My editor asked if I was going to watch Simon Cowell’s new show, “The X Factor” and then blog about it. Since I already started watching “The Sing […]

“The Sing-Off” announces season 3 contestants

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The airwaves are flooded with talent competitions these days, and as you read earlier today I don’t really care. Except that the contestants for the third season of The Sing-Off were announced, and now I have to care. Competing on the […]

American Idol, The Voice and gay contestants, oh my

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When I left the Gospel Soundcheck blog for my little hiatus last fall, the hot topic was (besides Katy Perry), homosexuality (which, I suppose, includes the singer who kissed a girl and liked it). I know. What on earth does being gay have […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge: Day 1 All time favorite Christian song or hymn

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re playing along with the Gospel Soundcheck 30 Day Christian Music Challenge, feel free to share your Day 1 response. The thing is: this is actually going to be a really tough challenge for me to do – and […]

30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Don’t you just love doing those “30 Day” challenges? Movies, music, all sorts of fun stuff. We thought it would be fun to do one here on the Gospel Soundcheck blog, but with one noteable difference: every 7 days, you […]

Artists making a difference: Jesse Sprinkle and the Ugandan Water Project

posted by Joanne Brokaw

 As I sit down to write this post, musician Jesse Sprinkle and his oldest daughter Mirabelle are on a plane on their way to Africa. Yesterday, they were in Dubai awaiting the next leg of their journey. It’s 12-year-old Mirabelle’s first time […]

American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre signs book deal

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre has signed a book deal with Thomas Nelson publishers to pen his autobiography, By Faith, Not By Sight. The title not only has a spiritual connotation; MacIntyre is the blind pianist who captured the hearts of America […]

Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” & frontman Arnel Pineda (video)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This morning, CBS Sunday Morning ran a great segment on the band Journey, the success of their song “Don’t Stop Believing”, and frontman Arnel Pineda. It’s the perfect story to highlight artists making a difference, and if you’re looking for […]

Amy Winehouse dead; BBC news video & Kelly Clarkson pens poignant words of wisdom

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Word just in that singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her Camden Square apartment. While the singer’s problems with substance abuse have been very public, there is no official cause of death yet. While celebrities respond to the news, […]

Gospel Soundcheck is back!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yup, you read it correctly! After almost a year away, the Gospel Soundcheck blog is back! I know, I know. When I stopped blogging last year, I was exhausted, frustrated and cynical. And when I stopped blogging here, I stopped almost […]

Danny Gokey signs endorsement deal with Wisconsin Vision

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol contestant Danny Gokey is known for more than just his singing story and personal story. The former worship leader is famous for his eyewear. In a press release, Wisconsin Vision reports:

Danny Gokey Going Country; Is that A Good Thing?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Despite the fact that he claimed he couldn’t say anything about which genre he’s decided on, American Idol contestant Danny Gokey told EW.com’s Michael Slezak that “it’ll be country”, adding that it’ll be marketed a new way. Maybe it’s my […]

Was The American Idol Result Really A “Gay vs Christian” Thing? Hardly.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Much has been made over the last few days about the surprise upset on season 8 of American Idol, when the aw, shucks guy next door Kris Allen beat out glam rocker Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. […]

American Idol Top 5 Results – Who’s Going Home?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, the remaining five American Idol contestants performed songs from the Rat Pack, and they proved why they’re the best of this season. It’s difficult to predict who’s going home. Even DialIdol.com, which tracks the busy signals for the […]

American Idol Winner Prediction – I’m Going Out On A Limb With Kris Allen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past few weeks I’ve been saying that I think this season of American Idol is going to come down to Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen. Most people I’ve talked to disagree; they think Allison wil be […]

4 Reasons Why There Are So Many Christian Contestants On American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I did an interview last week with Gil Kaufman from MTV about the number of Christian contestants on this season of American Idol. Later that same day, I talked to a reporter named Derrick from the Associated Press about the […]

American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi Gives Contestant Some Solid Advice

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night’s episode of “American Idol” in Jacksonville was without much excitement. (You can read my American Idol recaps at NewChristianVoices.com.) But Kara DioGuardi did give contestant Darin Darnell some excellent advice. Darnell was a bit weepy because his buddy […]

More on American Idol contestant Danny Gokey and wife Sophia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know it’s still early in the competition, but last night’s auditions in Kansas City showcased Danny Gokey, a singer from Milwaukee who lost his wife just four weeks before that audition. The show’s producers milked that story, didn’t they? […]

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The X Factor final performances - care to predict a winner?
Tonight was the final performance episode of this first season of The X Factor in the US, and what a way to end the competition. The three finalists - Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, and Melanie Amaro - pulled out all of the stops for their final ...

posted 9:45:43pm Dec. 21, 2011 | read full post »

Jon Bon Jovi is not dead. Honest.
  Rock fans and women around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief: Jon Bon Jovi is not dead. Despite rumors of his demise, the charming rock legend is alive and well. It appears to have started with a fake blog post ...

posted 8:13:10pm Dec. 19, 2011 | read full post »

The X Factor final four results: Marcus goes home
On tonight's The X Factor results show, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene went through to the next round and Marcus Canty was sent home. OK, OK, I know, I know. I 've been hard on Marcus Canty the last few weeks, so you may be ...

posted 9:25:44pm Dec. 15, 2011 | read full post »

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