Jordin’s vocal coach feels “hurt” that Jordin says she received no training

For her official American Idol 6 biography, Jordin Sparks was asked, “Do you have any formal singing training?” She answered “No.”

However, a woman tells Star magazine that she was Jordin’s vocal coach, and that she’s “hurt” by Jordin’s omission.

Melissa Black says, “Jordin was just 14 years old when she studied with me in 2004. We were together for nine months of intense vocal work, with Jordin taking one 30-minute class a week at $25 per class. I knew she wouldn’t take long to perfect her craft because she was so good.”

After she read Jordin’s bio, Black says, “I was hurt for a week. Jordin didn’t have to mention my name, but at least acknowledge you had training. But I’ve moved on, and I hold my head up high.”

Jordin’s Secret Weapon: Her Voice Teacher Talks To Star [Star magazine]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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