Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 2 Quarter-Finals: Team Adam VS Team Cee Lo


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Here we go again. NBC’s The Voice is shaping up to be quite the shocking little show.

Who would have anticipated the live elimination of RaeLynn and Jesse Campbell by their respective coaches, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera last week?

They must know something I don’t know – like voting totals perhaps? It’s the only explanation I have. Maybe the marketing potential behind both singers didn’t seem feasible.

Whatever the reason, they are gone. And now, both teams are a little light on the talent, I feel. Although Jermaine Paul from Team Blake and Chris Mann from Team Christina will probably make the semi-finals.

So, it will be very interesting to see how Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green’s singers do on this Monday’s performance show.

Of the two, Cee Lo has unquestionably the strongest team and, under his creative guidance, always delivers in a memorable way.

Hopefully, Adam has selected some better songs for his singers. He did them no favors during the last round. It was a mess!

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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

3 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 2 Quarter-Finals: Team Adam VS Team Cee Lo”

  1. As a fan of both Idol and The Voice, here is something I find a little odd about this year:

    The Voice seeks to distinguish itself from other singing competition shows by saying that its focus is almost entirely on vocal talent (the “voice”). It proudly claims that, unlike Idol, it casts the show with only the very best vocal talent, with little regard to things like looks, personality, age, ethnicity, gay-straight, etc. that seem to be such important factors in the Idol casting process.

    To implement this goal, The Voice uses a different casting system than Idol. The “cattle call” open auditions are the heart of Idol, but are only a minor factor in casting The Voice. Most of the contestants chosen for The Voice come from the “recruitment” process the show uses. It works with professional talent and casting agencies to find talent, and uses a nationwide network of recruiters who look for talent on Youtube videos and at local clubs and schools. The most promising singers found by the recruiters are then invited to audition for the show.

    Here is an article that discusses the casting process on The Voice:

    http://www.tvguide.com/News/Voice-Casting-NBC-1032920.aspx

    What is odd is that, despite all the claims The Voice makes about being focused only on vocal talent, it seems to me that Idol this year is blowing away The Voice in vocal talent.

    The Top 8 of Idol did not have a single weak vocal talent, while The Voice was littered this year with weak singers.

    Logically, it would seem like the targeted recruitment process The Voice uses would produce a more talented cast than the messy, open cattle call approach that Idol uses.

    But it did not seem to work this year.

    Am I the only one who feels this way?

  2. I agree. The only singer that I personally was excited about, Jesse Campbell, is gone. Yes, Chris Mann can sing but he doesn’t move me. So other than my mancrush on Blake, there is not much reason for me to tune in. I have the shows on TiVO so when I have an opening I will watch them. Idol is more interesting this year even if I despise the judging and how “staged” the show seems to be.

  3. Malden – thanks for adding your comments. I fully agree. I have had an article in the queue for a while about The Voice VS. American Idol. I plan to add it soon as a separate blog topic.

    Honestly, if you want my opinion, I think the Team Captains’ turnarounds are staged or scripted. Not all the time, but some of the time depending on the selection process of the day.

    They were turning their chairs for the strangest singers – some were out of tune and just sounded plain awful. Which says to me that they purposely loaded their teams with weaker singers to balance out the strong singer ratio.

    I have no proof. Just love to start controversy!! Ha!

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