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The X Factor final four results: Marcus goes home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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 […]

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The X Factor final 4 performances (videos) – is it too early to predict a winner?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

We’re down to the wire on this first season of The X Factor, and there’s one burning question still yet to be answered: How is it that Marcus Canty is still in the competition? Don’t get me wrong. I like […]

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The X Factor final 5 results – Nicole refuses to make a decision, Rachel goes home, and Marcus gets yet another chance

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If last week was a tough week for X Factor Nicole Scherzinger after she voted to send home Drew, this week might be downright dangerous. After host Steve Jones announced that Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik and Melanie Amaro were straight […]

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The X Factor final 5 perform 2 songs each (videos)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chris Rene performed an original song; it was one of  my favorite performances on a great night of music We’re getting down to the wire on this first season of The X Factor. Last night the final 5 contestants performed […]

The X Factor final 7 results show – Astro and Drew go home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Astro had the lowest number of votes, based on this performance Wednesday night On tonight’s episode of The X Factor, two contestants went home and five moved on to the next round. My prediction would have been that Marcus Canty would have been […]

The X Factor final 9 results show – Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell go home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Lakoda Rayne’s performance last night This is one of those weeks on talent shows like The X Factor when you wish they’d say, “Surprise! In honor of Thanksiving no one goes home!” That’s because last night’s show was just a […]

The X Factor final 9 perform: Melanie soars, Astro apologizes, and we get a musical Thanksgiving treat

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Without question, the most grateful performance of the night Tonight’s episode of The X Factor was all about giving thanks, as each contestant chose a song to honor someone who inspires them or has made a difference in their lives. […]

The X Factor top 10 results show – Lakoda Rayne stays, Astro in the bottom two, and Stacy goes home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My favorite performance of “rock night” was Josh Krajcik. Not only was he good, he sang a rock song.   Tonight’s X Factor results show offered up a surprise early on as the field was whittled down from 10 to […]

The X Factor Top 10 perform rock songs

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s episode of The X Factor can be summed up with one word: BORING. It was rock week, but only one contestant actually sounded like he was performing a rock song. The rest either sang boring versions of songs from […]

The X Factor final 11 results show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I thought Rachel Crow was the best performance of last night. We’ll find out later who was the worst. Last night the final 11 contestants on “The X Factor” performed songs from movies. Or more accurately, songs their mentors chose […]

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 […]

Marc Martel, Queen Extravaganza Video Sensation, Wins Popular Vote For Best Fan Cover On MTV O Awards 2

posted by Joanne Brokaw

 Marc Martel, lead vocalist for the Christian rock band Downhere, was honored last night at the MTV O Awards 2 where fans across the country voted him the winner of Best Fan Cover for his rendition of  Queen’s “Somebody To […]

“The X Factor” judge’s final cuts: 12 move on to the next round

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight was the first live show of “The X Factor”, and here’s one more thing I love: 17 contestants performed and by the end of the night, we knew which 12 were moving on to the next round. The contestants […]

The X Factor results show: who’s moving on to the live round

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On tonight’s episode of “The X Factor” we found out which 16 acts move on to the live rounds. I made some predictions, and I was right about 75% of the time. We’ll start with the boys, who were in […]

“The X Factor” – 32 contestants move on to the next round (videos)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In this post, I shared the videos of “The X Factor” group auditions from boot camp. After the group performances, the judges whittled the contenders down even farther to 64, which by the end of tonight’s show was cut even further […]

“The X Factor” – Boot Camp Group Auditions (videos)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I intended to post about last night’s “The X Factor” boot camp auditions, but thought I’d wait until tonight, when they all had aired. That way we can wrap up boot camp in one fell swoop. As it is, I still have to […]

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 […]

Marc Martel to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Monday October 3

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So the Marc Martel frenzy has heated up a few hundred degrees. With his audition for the Queen Extravaganza reaching 3.3 million views in less than a week, a profile in the WSJ.com, and music fans in Japan falling in […]

“The X Factor” – night two is even better

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Before we get started on tonight’s episode of “The X Factor”, I think I need to apologize to readers. I guess I dropped the ball when I said last night’s episode was so great, since it included one segment where a […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Is There Too Much Jesus On American Idol?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, Danny Gokey sang Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel.” As expected, he sang it well, although I don’t think it was his best performance.But in light of the media focus this week on the Christian aspect of this […]

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: Is This The Season of the Worship Leader?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, I was wrong about my American Idol predictions, and I’ve never been so happy: Kris Allen (pictured) made the Top 12! He, along with Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert, join Alexis Grace, Danny Gokey and Michael Sarver in […]

American Idol Season 8 Contestants With Ties to Christian Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

** UPDATED POST HERE: American Idol Contestants With Ties to Christian Music – Round 2 & Updates I hate to admit it, but I spent hours this weekend surfing the net to do a little research on some of 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 […]

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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 ...

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