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  1. I have actually enjoyed Astro and Chris (who can’t sing) and their raps as they have been nonviolent and actually had something useful to say. They are out there, but since I don’t listen to rap, I don’t know anyone else. At any rate, I have found myself in a quandary about this very thing. How do we choose one over the other? They’re very different and garner business from different crowds. It seems to me that if it were a singing competition only, the judges would not have allowed those two to stay in when they had the options (yes, multiple). So I’m guessing X-factor is trying out something new and different. I don’t know. You say a contestant on the show must be able to show vocal ability, among other characteristics. That doesn’t say singing ability. Who said it was a singing contest? I keep wracking my brain trying to remember if anyone ever said it. My brain not being what it used to be, not being able to remember that does not mean it wasn’t said. So, is there a difference between a vocal competition and a singing competition? I would guess so. Is that what we have here? Who knows with Simon in control.

    • Oh, I’ve ENJOYED Astro and Chris. Even though I’m not a big fan of rap. And yes, i certainly appreciate the content of their lyrics so far. Refreshing enough for that reason alone, since rap is usually so violent in content. And yes, there is a market for them, and I’m sure they’ll do quite well, and they both deserve to.

      RE singing: I didn’t say it was a singing contest. I said it was an x-factor competition, which INCLUDES singing, and necessarily means they have to have that as part of their skill set to be considered an x-factor. It’s a whole package kind of thing, whereas, American Idol is mostly about vocals. Therefore the judges let them stay in (although the judges aren’t the only ones who decide–there’s that voting public aspect). I’m confused about your vocal/singing point–the two are interchangeable. Vocal ability MEANS singing ability. So maybe that part is merely semantics. As always, thanks for your input, Meredith!

      • Jae, I’m sorry to confuse you. I guess I consider rapping to be vocal ability not necessarily of the singing kind. I consider singing ability to be that with which a person can vocally work within a range and in tune with the rest of the music around him/her. But that’s just my definition. I made it up really. I don’t know where the “true” definitions are that someone else made up. I didn’t look them up. I slack in some areas. So, if vocal ability is interchangeable with singing ability…they should both be gone. Needless to say, I’m really sick of Nicole’s spinelessness this week. Thanks for allowing me to rant.

        • Hey Meredith. Well, this is all coming from my experience as a singer and songwriter….I would refer you again to the true definition in the dictionary….as I explained in the post, it isn’t a matter of opinion. We know what the definitions are for singing. This is all we have to go on–agreed upon definitions for words in the English language. It’s important that we all follow the lead of dictionaries, or otherwise we run into this very problem…when you try to apply your own interpretation to a definition, confusion ensues….anyway, according to the DEFINITION, Rap isn’t singing, unless they ALSO SING while rapping. A good example is what Chris Rene does–he sometimes sings, within the rap song. And of course, last show, he displayed an actual talent for SINGING and songwriting. (I thought that was his best performance). But he was singing that song, not rapping it. Rapping is chanting. There is no melody in it. It has timing and a rhythm, but that doesn’t make it singing. You can rap in any vocal register and it would still match, as long as you’re not SINGING, and then being in tune would apply. I get what you mean about “vocal ability”–the problem there is finding the right word to describe what rap is. In the sense that rapping uses the VOICE, i.e., vocal cords, and it is a SOUND, then yes, it would be “vocal” per se. For instance, you can “voice your opinion” and you’re not necessarily singing it–nor are you RAPPING it, for that matter. :^) But there are contextual considerations, here… in the context of musical performance, where VOCAL implies SINGING, then no, rap isn’t a vocal ability in that sense. I heard Astro try to sing a line or two a couple of times, and he was then WAY OFF KEY, because he had no vocal ability. However, he was an outstanding rapper. Hope that helps.

          Anyway, yes I was miffed by Nicole’s behavior, too. Ranting is allowed here. ;^)

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