Diana Ross Rocks Reading!

Diana Ross 2007 in Rotterdam

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Iconic Diana Ross proved tonight why she is still “The Boss” at the Sovereign Center in Reading.  The packed house went wild at the first glimpse of her behind a sheer curtain and fog.

Miss Ross started out with a Motown Medley and had people dancing in their seats, clapping their hands and singing along!  She moved through the decades singing hit after hit; and the woman can still sing!  Her unmistakable trademark voice is still strong.  She was backed up by an excellent band and three very talented singers.

Then there were the dresses.  Miss Ross changed six times!  The gowns were long, covered in sequins or rhinestones and she rocked six different colors.  The lighting changed to the color of her dress so the set matched her outfit.  Miss Ross was very generous with her backup singers and her band.  She introduced everyone during the course of the show and allowed the instrumentalists and singers to do solos.

Except for quick dress changes Miss Ross sang the entire time.  Songs ended and before the applause subsided she would be starting in on another hit.  Another meaningful part of the set were the pictures flashing on a giant screen in the back of the set depicting her life and many other music legends.

Miss Ross remarked several times how much love she felt from the audience and many people yelled “We love you Diana” during the concert.  Miss Ross used all that love and positive energy to deliver an amazing performance to the delight of the packed house.  She did one encore – “Reach Out And Touch” before the show ended. 

Thank you Diana Ross for a great evening!

American Idol: Ladies Night

Like last night, the performances improved as the show went on.   The last four women were excellent!

Haley Reinhart sang Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’”.  The audience, Steven and Jennifer loved it.  Randy did not.  I thought it was excellent and she exhibited confidence, was sexy and delivered a solid performance.

Thia Megia sang “On My Own” from Les Miserables to everyone’s delight.  All three judges had high praise for her tonal quality and Randy compared her to Michael Jackson.

Lauren Alaina sang “Turn The Radio On” by Reba McIntyre and oozed with natural talent and showed a great deal of comfort in performing.  She got big applause and great comments from the judges.

Pia Toscano sang “I’ll Stand By You” by the Pretenders and brought the house down as the finale.  Jennifer told her she was a sly one and saved the best for tonight.  I agreed with Randy that she was the winner this evening,

I missed the first three performances but the clips do not always show much…they tend to find the best part of the performance to highlight so unfortunately I can not in all honestly comment.

Julie Zorilla received much applause by the judges were not thrilled.  People should really avoid Kelly Clarkson songs (Breakaway).  It was suggested that she should have moved the key up higher to better showcase her voice.

Ashton Jones did well but Randy thought “Love All Over Me” by Monica was not enough for her.  He suggested something more like Diana Ross.  The audience enjoyed her performance based on the applause.

I liked Karen Rodriguez’s performance of Maria Carey’s “Hero”.  I agreed with the judges on her use of English and Spanish lyrics.  It was a nice touch.  The audience seemed to really like her performance.