This is an Invitation to attend my favorite YouTube Concert

I am a Grace VanderWaal fan, and I have been attending a lot of her concerts sitting in front of my desktop with a stereo headset on. She was 12 when she won America’s Got Talent (AGT) in 2016. She’s now 13 and has a mini album out with her first-five original songs on it. After winning AGT, she was signed by Columbia records and her first mini album was “Perfectly Imperfect” and reached #9 on the national charts in the United States and #11 in Canada.  She also won the Radio Disney Music Award for Best New Artist and is pending for the Teen Choice Awards. She was nominated for Best Female Artist on the Acoustic Music Awards but didn’t win that one.

This YouTube concert starts with the first four songs Grace wrote and performed while competing on AGT. I don’t watch TV, so I never saw the original performances. I learned about Grace by accident a few weeks ago and have only watched her on YouTube.

28.17 minutes

The next video is her performance on stage in front of a huge audience. She sings her first original song, I Don’t Know My Name, and a new one called Moonlight.

8:46 minutes

Next, watch her first professional video where she sings her 5th original song, Moonlight.

about 3 minutes

Last, listen to her first album on VEVO’s You Tube channel

16:48 minutes

And if you want to use Google to find the original lyrics, they are available online. Once you read the lyrics of the songs Grace wrote when she was still 12 years old, I think it makes Grace’s YouTube concert experience even better. A friend of mine says Grace must have an old soul to have written those songs.

I have discovered that watching Grace perform and sing her own original songs is therapy for me.  She helps drive back the darkness being spread by #FakePresident Donald Trump and his extreme alt-right cabinet of professional haters. J. K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, says Trump is worse than Voldemort.

UPDATE August 18, 2017

Grace returns to perform on America’s Got Talent almost one year after she won AGT in 2016. She is a superstar now, and this performance proves it.


Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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She Treats Me so Mean

What happens when you have talent but can’t travel to distant cities and try out for shows like American Idol, The Voice, or The X Factor?

Fox says, “What the TV audience doesn’t see is, if you’re from San Diego and you audition and make it through in St. Louis, then you have to return to St. Louis a month or two later for the next round, and then again for a third round. … Some can’t afford to and drop out.”

This means that some never get a chance to wait in line for an audition.

One example is Derek Michael Marc. For him—like many talented singers and musicians—the cost of traveling, hotel rooms, eating out and waiting in line for hours is too much, but that hasn’t stopped him from performing.

On February 5th, 2013, Derek appeared on My Window—a talk show known as the window to Central Oregon broadcasting from KBNZ for CBS Entertainment, News and Sports.

My Window on CBS – Aired Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013

Derek says, “I’m just another guy that has dedicated his life to the art of Music.”

After moving to Central Oregon from his hometown of Snoqualmie, Washington in the summer of 2005, Derek became a full-time working musician playing hundreds of shows through-out the Northwest Territory.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Sexiest Woman Alive – Really?

Who decides Esquire Magazine’s sexiest woman alive that the American media touts as the World’s hottest woman?

And who decides the Academy Awards; the Noble Prize in literature, and the Pulitzer, etc?

For 2012, the so-called sexist woman alive was Mila Kunis.

At Esquire Magazine, the final decision may have come down to one person because in most publications even in countries with a so-called free press (free from government interference but not free from corporate influence), the final decisions usually belong to the editor or publisher—one person.

The Academy Awards are televised in more than 100 countries as if these awards represent the film tastes of most if not all of humanity.

However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a professional honorary organization, maintains a voting membership of 5,783 as of 2012. These are the people that decide the winners of the Academy Awards.

Since its beginning in 1901, the winner of the Swedish Nobel Prize for Literature has been chosen, in accordance with Nobel’s wishes, by a five-member committee of lawmakers (all older Caucasians) elected by the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, and assisted by specially-appointed expert advisers.

Today, the population of Sweden is 9.5 million. Alfred Nobel (also known as the merchant of death) was the inventor of dynamite (he was a weapons manufacturer) and made his fortune selling products to blow up things such as people. The money he left to establish the Nobel Prizes came from inventions used to kill more people faster.

The first Nobel Prize in Literature was in 1901 and went to Sully Prudhomme (1839 – 1907).

Sully who? I’ve never heard of this guy. I Googled lucky Sully and learned he was a French poet and essayist born in Paris.

This year Mo Yan, a Chinese author, won the award and immediately received criticism from so-called Chinese democracy advocates, because Mo Yan has never protested that China should adopt an American/Western style democratic government.

Mo Yan’s literature deals with upheavals in Chinese history. At the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair, he said “literature can overcome the barriers that separate countries and nations.”

Too bad that most Americans never read a book again after leaving high school (I’ve read this number is 80% of US adults).  If you don’t read, you cannot help overcome these devisive barriers that Mo Yan talks of. Especially if you are one of the millions that listen to talk radio shows such as Rush Limbaugh.

Then there is the Pulitzer Prize selected by a 20-member board that consists mostly of major newspaper editors and executives, along with six academics including the president of Columbia University and the dean and administrator of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The administrator and the dean cannot vote. The board elects its own members for a three-year term (excluding the dean and the administrator). Members of the board and the juries are selected with close attention “given to professional excellence and affiliation, as well as diversity in terms of gender, ethnic background, geographical distribution and size of newspaper.” Each year, the chair rotates to the most senior member. The board makes all prize decisions.

There are more than SEVEN BILLION people on the planet.  More than 1.34 billion live in China; 1.2 billion in India; 313 million in the US; more than 500 million in the 27 member states of the  European Union, 248 million in Indonesia, 205.7 million in Brazil, etc.

Do any of these countries have voting representation at Esquire Magazine, the Academy Awards, the Nobel, the Pulitzer, etc?

I think you already know the answer.

Going full circle back to the so-called Sexiest Woman Alive, half of humanity are women—about 3.5 billion.  For a few Western editors at one magazine, mostly Caucasians I’m sure, to claim that one woman is the sexist woman alive is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ridiculous.

In fact, as one man, I often see women that beat Mila Kunis as the sexiest woman alive. That is my individual opinion of course, which doesn’t count since I am not David Granger, the Editor-in-Chief of Esquire Magazine.  I don’t subscribe to Esquire and have never bought or read a copy.

I must be really missing out!

To be more realistic, instead, Mila Kunis should be called Esquire Magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive of 2012, and then Esquire should tell us how many people decided she was the winner of that dubious title and how many people Esquire represents: Esquire claims it has a customer base of 2,698,000 adults in 21 countries—69.6% are men and 30.4% are women; 44% have graduate degrees and 18% have a Post Grad Degree.  The median age is 44.5.

At least programs such as American Idol lets the millions of people that watch the program decide the winner.

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Ten-Thousand Dreams

My youthful dreams of 1968 eventually materialized into written goals and I never gave up.  To me, giving up means failure.

In fact, every journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. For example, no one has reached the top of Mt. Everest in one leap. They climbed one step at a time—some fail, some die, but many have made it to the top.

On July 10, 2012, the book sales of The Concubine Saga (both novels) reached 10,000 copies (combined sales of hardcover, paperback, and e-books). In the publishing industry, “Fiction is considered successful if it sells 5,000 copies. … A nonfiction book is deemed successful when it reaches 7,500 copies sold.” Source: Self-Publishing

That is why I’m writing this post. I’m tooting my own horn. However, it wasn’t a slam dunk.

In December 2007 when I self-published the first-edition of my first novel with iUniverse, I had two goals—sell 500 copies by the end of December 2008, then keep promoting my work until reaching 3,000 copies sold with no time limit to achieve the second goal.

By the end of 2008 (my first year as an indie author), My Splendid Concubine had sold 221 copies so I FAILED to reach my first goal by 279 books that no one bought. It would take another year to reach 500.

In 2009, I left iUniverse and went independent with the 2nd edition of my first novel. By New Year’s Day of 2010, it had sold another 341 copies for a total of 562.

We seldom if ever hear about the reality of success in publishing from the media, which usually trumpets only the biggest success stories as if there are no failures and ignores the horde of authors that never make it.

To give an idea of how tough the publishing industry is, How Publishing Really says, “According to a 2004 article in Publishers Weekly, only 83 of more than 18,000 iUniverse titles published during that year sold at least 500 copies (that is less than one-half of one percent). … According to a Wall Street Journal article, 85% of its (Xlibris, another self-publishing company) books had sold fewer than 200 copies, and only around 3%—or 352 in all—had sold more than 500 copies.”

Then in 2009, Words of Every reported, “288,355 books traditionally published; 764,448 books self-published.” (in 2009)

If we use the half percent from iUniverse, that means more than 760,000 self-published books sold less than 500 copies. If we use the 3% from Xlibris, that number is 741,515.56 titles.

From publishing facts found at Dan Poynter’s, we discover how difficult it is for any author, traditionally or indie published to achieve success in publishing.

My first and only book trailer – so far.

If the “the average book in America sells about 500 copies“, that means a few authors are selling many books while many authors are selling only a few. (Note: You may find more facts such as this one on Poynter’s site).

To promote my writing, starting in 2008, I was a guest on thirty-one radio talk shows, held several author events at brick and mortar bookstores, and have been on three virtual Internet book tours (the last one in June 2012). To achieve my promotional goals, I paid publicists to organize the major promotional campaigns. Then in 2010, I started to Blog and that was when my sales skyrocketed more than 1,000% selling more books a month than I did each of my first two years.

However, when I started in early 2008, I had no clue how my work would be received. Being a pessimist, I was ready for the worst. Then My Splendid Concubine earned honorable mentions in three literary contests; Our Hart earned recognition with five awards, and The Concubine Saga, where I combined the first two novels, has picked up another two honorable mentions.

In addition, the Midwest Book Review recently said, “The Concubine Saga is a strong pick for historical fiction collections, highly recommended.”

My work has also received a few short and mostly anonymous one-star reviews on Amazon. Here’s the first anonymous one that appeared May 2009: “As a great fan of Robert Hart’s, I was very eager to get my hands on this book. And what a huge disappointment it proved to be, for many reasons: 1. Robert Hart is portrayed as a man of limited intelligence. On page 32, in a conversation about his servant Guan-jiah, he is described as someone who “knew eunuchs were castrated men.” Yet a few sentences later he asks “Do you mean to tell me that Guan-jiah is a eunuch and without testicles?” – is there a eunuch with testicles? 2. Disregard of simple facts and sloppy editing – page 19, in a conversation taking place in Shanghai, prostitutes are said as having come from Kansu province, in the east. East of Shanghai, as a cursory glance on a map could attest, there is only sea. One of China’s most prominent dynasties, Tang dynasty, is spelt Tan. Almost every second sentence in the book starts with ‘Robert’. Vanity publishing at its best.” — by Voice of Reason

I’m going to frame that first one-star review and “hang” it.  If you are curious to discover all the reviews and awards covering years 2008 through July 2012, be my guest, visit The Concubine Saga and work your way through the years.

Maybe tomorrow readers will stop buying these novels. Maybe my next novel, Running with the Enemy, will flop and never come close to the average. However, no matter what happens, that will not stop this pessimist from setting new goals.

By 2020, I want to write and publish a total of nine more novels—that is my next goal and I have seven-and-a-half years or one novel every ten months to achieve it or get as close as possible.

In 1968, I completed my first book-length manuscript. Forty years later, I published my first novel.

If you want more examples of what it takes to set goals and work hard to make your dreams come true, read Michaela DePrince, dancing a dream and beating the odds and tell me if you do not get tears in your eyes.

Discover another role model for setting goals and achieving success by clicking on What do Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston and Jessica Sanchez have in common? For Jessica Sanchez to come in second on American Idol and land a recording contract, sixty-thousand other contestants had to lose.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga.

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The True Value of American Idol – Part 2/2

The real danger posed by alleged racist, money mongering Internet Troll sites such as the “Worsters” at Vote for the is that if the viewers stop tuning in to watch American Idol and the show is cancelled, the opportunity for tens of thousands of potential music-industry artists will vanish. Then we may see a return to the old ways of becoming discovered, which means many will not stand a chance.

Phillip Phillips won season 11, but he was not the most talented singer. In fact, “When asked if he thought he would prevail after Tuesday night’s top two competition show, an incredulous Phillip gave powerhouse runner-up Jessica Sanchez—who some fans might argue was ‘robbed’—total props, answering: ‘No! Did you see Jessica’s last performance?’ Phillips also cited a standout performance by another powerhouse, Joshua Ledet’s ‘It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World,’ as one of his favorites of the entire season.”

Jessica is no “bot” as she sings with Jennifer Holliday

To explain the Worsters’ success, Ruchard Rushfield, the author of ‘American Idol: The Untold Story’ says, “But Idol voters aren’t thinking like record producers, according to Rushfield. “You have this alliance between young girls and grandmas and they see it, not necessarily as a contest to create a pop star competing on the contemporary radio, but as…who’s the nicest guy in a popularity contest,” he says, “And that has led to this dynasty of four, and possibly now five, consecutive, affable, very nice, good-looking white boys.” Source: ABC News

Therefore, viewers that stop watching American Idol because white boys with guitars win supported by the alleged racist Worster Internet Trolls may hurt undiscovered talent. In fact, without American Idol, even Phillip Phillips would not have had a chance to compete and win.

Phillip Phillips singing with John Fogerty – Bad Moon Rising

Although finalists such as Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Elise Testone (for example) did not win, these talented individuals may not be losers.  A few, as other finalist losers have done, will sign contracts and record singles and/or albums and if they have an audience of fans that love their work, they will succeed.  In fact, some finalists have been more successful than winners.

If we compare the winners of the previous four seasons that the Worsters claim to have helped win, we learn who the real winners are.

When we add up the sales numbers of the winners from seasons seven through ten, the sales of albums add up to less than three million in combined sales while one white boy with a guitar, Lee DeWyze of Season 9, sold less than 150,000 albums.

For example, Taylor Hicks, the winner of season 5 in 2006 (two years after the launch of the Worsters’ site), lost the real compeititon in the marketplace to two finalist losers, Chris Daugherty (4th place) and Kellie Pickler (6th place) , and we discover that these two so-called losers have sold more than 8 million albums compared to Hicks, who sold less than 800,000.

It is obvious that even in 2006, the Worsters’ site and its gullible followers (mostly young women and grandmas) were starting to have an impact, which has angered many other viewers that do not belong to this group of new-age narcissistic Trolls (that may not even watch American Idol but only vote as directed by the leader of the Worsters), and the real fans are leaving because they are angry and do not understand that thanks to the Worsters the show is now rigged, which would be illegal in sporting events.

For another example, David Archuleta (season 7) and Adam Lambert (season 8) both finalists that lost and signed contracts anyway went on to sell more than a million copies each. In fact, the combined sales of finalists that did not win on American Idol, but signed contracts, total more than 18 million albums sold. If American Idol had not existed, this would not have happened.

In fact, if we compare the numbers of albums sold from the winners of the first-four seasons with the last six starting in 2006, we see a dramatic shift. Combined sales of the winners from the first-four seasons add up to about 30 million albums. After season four, as the Worsters gained recognition and support from other false self-esteem driven Trolls, sales dropped through the floor to less than 6 million while the so-called circle of losers that signed contracts sold more than 11 million.

Phillip Phillips singing with John Fogerty – Have You Ever Seen

Therefore, every time a fan of American Idol stops watching the show because a less talented white boy with a guitar wins, those viewers are only helping alleged racist Internet Trolls–driven by a false sense of self-esteem and entitlement–known as the Worsters to ruin it for everyone even future white boys with guitars.

To discover the real winners that compete on American Idol, we have to wait and see how many albums these artists that landed in the so-called losers’ circle sell to their fans.

I suspect that these Worsters are examples of young adults that were raised by parents that pushed a false sense of self-esteem on their children, and these bitter, entitled, narcissistic adult children cannot stand competitions where talent and merit count more than just dreams and mediocrity. Instead, the Worsters hate the real world where merit is the only way most people succeed.

Worsters were raised to believe that all one had to do was dream of fame and it would arrive without effort until, as adults, reality taught them the truth and now they are jealous and want to ruin it for artists that are willing to work hard and risk failure to have a chance at success.

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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The True Value of American Idol – Part 1/2

One of the most difficult challenges for most aspiring artists (authors, actors and singers) is being discovered and building a fan base.  National TV talent contests such as American Idol offer these unknown artists a chance at recognition and to build a fan base by reaching a large audience.

Without these national talent programs, the road to gain recognition is a difficult one, and many talented artists may never be in the right place at the right time to have a shot at the success they dream of.

In fact, it is obvious that the odds of becoming a success in the music industry are about as high as winning a state lottery, which is about 20 million to one. For American Idol contestants, the odds may be better since the program only hold auditions in about six cities, and the number that audition can exceed 10,000 people in each city. Between 1 to 60 people in each city may make it to the Hollywood audition where the top twelve finalists are selected.

Great performance but not the best original song for Jessica.

The sad news is that eventually, American Idol may be cancelled as so many TV shows are when the number of viewers drops too low. In a May 24, 2012 New York Times piece, it was alleged that American Idol’s number of viewers is dropping drastically due to audience fatigue, but I suspect that the drop in viewers may be mostly due to the five white guys playing guitars that won the last five seasons of American Idol.

For example, 29.3 million viewers watched the finale for season 10 but only 21.5 million watched the 2012 finale. American Idol once held the record for most consecutive seasons (ten years) as number one. The largest viewing audience was 37.44 million season 6. Since then, the audience has been shrinking.  Between season six and eleven there was a drop of about 57% in viewers.

The real culprit of this decline may be Vote for the, which claimed this morning that they had succeeded. “We did it, Worsters! 132 million votes were cast last night, and in the end, we helped the fifth straight white guy with a guitar win American Idol… we succeeded yet again and helped make sure Pinoybot Jessica Sanchez was left in the loser’s circle.”

Jessica singing “I Will Always Love You”

Vote for the launched in 2004 with the goal to support contestants on American Idol that the producers would hate to see win (according to the Worsters), and the Alexa stats show that the Worsters’ site has a very high search engine rank of 57,917 (which translates into the top .01% ) internationally and 18,539 in the United States with 693 sites linked in. Based on internet averages, Alexa says this site is visited frequently by females who are college educated in the age range 25-34 with no children.

The goal of any serious Website/Blog is to have a search engine rank in the top one percent. The Worsters have more than achieved that.

The Worsters are wrong about Jessica being a Pinoy, which is a term coined by expatriate Filipino Americans in the 1920s to refer to their immigrant ethnicity.  Jessica was born in the United States and her father is an American citizen of Mexican descent that honorably served in the US Navy as did Jessica’s Filipino grandfather. Jessica’s father and grandfather defended the United States and fought for it as I did in 1966 when I was a US Marine serving in Vietnam and less than one percent of Americans serve in the US military to fight its wars as patriots.

Great Song!  Best I’ve heard Phillip Phillips sing!

At best, Jessica is a Pinoy-Latino American.  Tacking on the term “bot” to “Pinoy” making it “Pinoybot” alleging that she is a Filipino robot or an internal parasite of animals and that is an insult and a racial slur revealing the real character of the individuals behind the “Worsters” movement that supports mediocrity. It is obvious that the “Worsters” are alleged racist Internet Trolls.

However, how long Jessica Sanchez will be left in that so-called American Idol loser’s circle as a “Pinoybot” may not last long as we shall discover in Part 2, and most of those white boys with guitars that the Worster’s claim they helped win may be the real losers as the facts suggest. In addition, Vote for the runs ads, which means they are monetized and using their negative spin to attract a gullible audience to turn a profit.

Continued on May 26, 2012 in The True Value of American Idol – Part 2

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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What do Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston and Jessica Sanchez have in common?

If Whitney Houston hadn’t died, I probably would have never been introduced to Jessica Sanchez’s talent being showcased on American Idol this season.

I’m not a fan of American Idol. I’ve never watched the show as it airs, but I voted for one contestant last night for the first time.

What brought this about? When I saw in the news that a young contestant on American Idol sang “I Will Always Love You” and earned a standing ovation from the judges.  I turned to YouTube and watched Jessica Sanchez sing the song and I was hooked.

So, now I am a fan of Jessica Sanchez, who reminds me of many of the students I taught at Nogales High School in La Puente, California. Eight percent of the students at the high school were Filipino and 70% Latino and for years I taught there, most of the immigrant students were usually the best academically and were a pleasure to work with. In addition, when I taught journalism for seven years, most of the students that signed up for the class were either Asian or from the Philippines.

Students from Asia, which includes the Philippines, were almost always focused and earned higher grades compared to the other ethnicities that I taught and I taught them all.

Jessica’s mother is a Philippine immigrant and her father is Mexican American from Texas, The father was also a U.S. Navy veteran that fought in the Iraq War. The mother is from Bataan Province in the Philippines. Her maternal grandfather is a retired U.S. Navy sailor.

I was born in Southern California and I am a former US Marine and Vietnam Veteran, which may help explain why I went online last night and voted for Jessica several times. I have no idea why American Idol allows people to vote 50 times for one show but I did vote over and over and didn’t bother to count.

Since I do not tune into American Idol — in fact I don’t watch TV programs while they air (we watch DVD’s and/or recordings of programs so we can speed through the commercial breaks — we record 20/20 and 60 Minutes and I live by a rule that the TV stays off until after 8 PM.) If I like a TV show, I wait until the DVDs come out and buy the season.

If you have heard Jessica Sanchez sing, you may know why Whitney Houston’s death (February 11, 2012) caused me to be introduced to the young lady from Southern California several months after Houston’s death.

Jessica sang “I Will Always Love You” (on May 7, 2012), one of my favorite songs ever—I listened to that song on the way to work back in the year Whitney Houston sang it in 1992 every day for about a year.  The drive to work was about an hour long so I listened to that one song several times each day.

“I Will Always Love You” was original Dolly Parton’s song (she wrote and performed it in 1973, and Houston would make the song an international hit in 1992 earning both her and Parton a lot of money.

Since hearing Jessica sing that one song, I started waiting until the day after American Idol airs on Wednesday and Thursday to turn to YouTube to watch and hear Jessica sing along with all of the other contestants and each time I have felt she is one of the top three singers on the show this season.

I’ve since larned it is easier to tune into the American Idol Website and watch the performances there.  All one has to do is put up with one short commercial before a contestant sings so now I watch then all and Jessica is still my favorite although I must say that Joshua Ledet (lots of passion in his voice) and Elise Testone (there is something smoky about her singing) are talented too. The others haven’t been as consistently strong as Jessica, Elise and Joshua.  If I was a gambling man, which I’m not anymore (at least for now), I’d bet that the final two will come down to Joshua and Jessica.

I agree with one of the American Idol Judges, Randy Jackson, that one day Jessica will be a music legend.  Jackson is a Grammy Award winning producer that has worked with singers such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Elton John and many more.

He has worked on more than 1,000 gold and multi-platinum albums, which have sold over 200 million albums world-wide. It’s safe to say that Jackson knows the music business.

What motivated me to vote for Jessica was the day on American Idol that the fans voted her off the show and the three judges (Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler) leaped up, rushed on stage and used the Judge’s Save to keep her on the show — the judges may only do this once and it has to be a unanimous decision and it may only be used before the top five.  Jessica was voted off at number seven.

At its high point, American Idol had more than 37 million viewers for season six and for this season, eleven , the audience has been almost 22 million so the popularity of the show has waned and we all know what happens to TV shows that lose too much of the audience share. American Idol’s days may be numbered.

For the top Six, Jessica sang “Bohemian Rhapsody” while Joshua sang “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and Elise sang “I Want it All”.  Click on this American Idol link and listen to all the performances from the Top 6.  You will only have to listen to one short commercial before each of the songs.


Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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