American Idol Season 7 Top 12 Performers: Something To Sing About


American IdolFirst of all, I have to say that I was extremely pleased with the selection of singers for this season’s Top 12.  I think that the strongest singers did indeed advance to the finals of this American Idol competition, even though some very good and promising singers were lost along the way.

However, that being said, I truly believe that we will be treated to many memorable musical moments this year.  The 12 singers offer distinctly creative musical talent that will  beautifully evolve and inspire over the next couple of months.  I don’t believe that any of these singers have peaked quite yet during their Top 24 performances, with perhaps the exception of David Cook and David Archuleta.  And, even these two singers will continue to amaze and astound.

The glimmer of future outstanding showcases is inevitable, as many of the chosen 12 – if not all – improved immensely over the past 3 weeks. As they become more comfortable performing live on stage in front of millions of people (just typing those words seemed surreal and frightening), they will reveal the true extent of their vocal and performing talent with increased confidence and continuity.

I would like to congratulate this year’s Top 12 in first name alphabetical order: Amanda Overmyer; Brooke White; Carly Smithson; Chikezie; David Archuleta; David Cook; David Hernandez; Jason Castro; Kristy Lee Cook; Michael Johns; Ramiele Malubay and Syesha Mercado.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

7 Responses to “American Idol Season 7 Top 12 Performers: Something To Sing About”

  1. Congrats to the top 12! Very excited to see David A. made it as well as my favourite (Michael). I was quite surprised to see that Chickezie made it and Luc did not. Luc’s downfall was his performace this week; which is to bad. It’s kind of sad that one performance can “ruin” (for lack of a better word) a contestant’s chance of winning/moving on!

    I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming weeks!!

  2. Yes, I was extremely disappointed to see that Luke did not advance. I think he held more promise than people realized.

    But, on with the show. I truly feel that it is going to be a great season.

  3. My favorite guy this season has to be David A. He is just quite amazing…don’t you think? His vocal skills are perfect.

  4. i love david! he’s my favorite in the competition! he’s so young but has such an amazing voice!

    check out bre101′s blog!
    she’s finished with school finals and has new gossip and videos coming soon!
    you won’t be let down!
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  5. We’re going to see some serious performances now that they are doing a Lennon-McCartney night this week.

  6. it has been a quite season for American Idol but i think the boys are lead, don’t you think so ?
    http://favouritetvprogram.blogspot.com/2008/02/david-archuleta-is-one-to-beat.html

  7. Yes, the boys seem to be more interesting – very diverse musically and personally.

    And I cannot wait for the Top 12 Lennon-McCartney night this week. It should be nothing short of phenomenal. So much wonderful music from which to choose.

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