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Season Two of The X Factor With Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato.

Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 2 Of The X Factor: Week Two


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It’s getting mighty crowded out there in TVLand with all these reality singing competitions!

I am honestly flabbergasted by the wealth and depth of talent uncovered by both The Voice and The X Factor this season.

Where have these singers been hiding and, more important, how did American Idol miss these exquisitely talented singers year after year after year? I am beyond confused. Someone enlighten me because I just don’t get it.

To be fair, American Idol has uncovered some great singers over the years but last year was a disappointment to me. Some exceptionally talented singers were treated so unfairly and we were all left wondering why.

Back to Fox’s The X Factor – I have to say that the first week went very well and I particularly enjoyed the candid facial expressions from new judge, Britney Spears. It made for great entertainment but, beyond that, her remarks were honest and true, totally unscripted.

The same can be said for Demi Lovato. No holds barred, no way, no how.

I don’t know if it’s a factor of their youth or what but – whatever – it absolutely works. They are both genuine in their role and provide great contrast to the more seasoned remarks coming from LA Reid and Simon Cowell.

So, on with the show we go. The X Factor airs Wednesday, September 19th from 8:00-10:00 P.M. and Thursday from 8:00-9:00 P.M. on Fox.

Do you have a favourite yet or is it too early to tell? You already know who mine is!

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About Masterclass Lady

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

6 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 2 Of The X Factor: Week Two”

  1. So far, I love Demi – Britney needs some serious hair/makeup work done, and, she hasn’t impressed me, LA I can’t stand – he still does that freakish ‘bobbing head’ thing, that makes him look like an extra from ‘V’, and Simon – come on man – how many millions a year you rake in, and you can’t class up your dress a little bit better than that pathetic white tee?

    Last week, I wasn’t wow’d. Tonight, hopefully. They still spend way too much time on the judges and bad auditions than on the actual talent.

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  2. Chad – nice to see you here once again. I wasn’t getting into The X Factor but Britney’s facial expressions cracked me up. Yes, she looked very weathered but it seems, via the recent TV Promos, that the make-up and fashion police have swooped down on her abode and applied their magic.

    I loved 13-year-old Carly Rose. I thought she was pure magic. A real find. Let’s hope there’s more like her in Simon’s bag of tricks.

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  3. Rosanne, I am warming up to Britney. I was taken back by some of her facial expressions at first. She can make some ugly ones but that makes her more real and honest if you ask me. Demi is just plain adorable. I am enjoying her quite a bit. I don’t know why Paula left but this is a refreshing switch from that fake and scripted Nicole Scherzinger. All the “honey’s” and the displaying of the “Kiss, Impress” press on nails every chance she got was too much. She was nothing more than an animated manikin if you ask me.

    I was getting a little worried about the show this year until last night. I heard some really great auditions last night. They kind of skimmed through a lot of them and I kind of wish they hadn’t wasted so much time on Deangello Wallece’s bad audition and gave us more of the good ones. But other than that, I think we are gonna have some great vocalists on this season of “The X Factor”. As we all know, this show is about the whole package and not just about the voice and they want you to understand that from the outset and the judges make their choices based on that but I really do think we will see some great singers among these.

    Also, like you Rosanne, I think American Idol is missing out on some great talent. I think I know why though. The Voice and The X Factor’s format is much less harsh on the contestants. If you look at it from the standpoint that the mentor’s neck is on the line along with the contestant then their is shared blame and it’s not so humiliating to be voted off. There is a hole lot of other things it can be blamed on besides just the contestant. Also, on these two shows, the contestant always has at least one judge that is “on their side” and praising them. One more thing is that when a judge gives an embarrassing comment it can be said that they are just trying to get their own act to the win and it takes the edge off. Bottom line, the format of The Voice and The X Factor are much more contestant friendly than American Idol and I think a lot of the better talent will trend towards these two shows in the future and away from American Idol. That said I do think that their is enough talent to go around out there for all of the shows to thrive.

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  4. Hello all. I am visiting my sister up here in NJ & caught the 2 last singers last night (poor Panda who ended up going to the hospital & Jessica Espinoza – I think I’m remembering her name correctly). I was really impressed with Jessica – she was obviously SO nervous & she powered right through it & delivered an amazing performance. Brava to her!! Panda had a great voice too although I don’t think it’s a voice that will win a competition like this one.

    Regarding the judges, from the little I have seen, I agree with Chad. Demi is the star. I have a little bit of a built-in bias against Britney= I’m just not a fan – but I’ll try to give her a chance :). Simon – come on, the T-Shirt is getting REALLY old.

    Roseanne, thanks for doing all the legwork to keep slackers like me up to speed!!

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  5. The X–Factor is still a show made for DVR viewing. There is way too much wasted time. I have really enjoyed Brittney this year, and for the same reasons that MCL mentioned, except that it’s the spontaneous facial expressions that she isn’t aware that she is making that I find the most interesting. Her thoughts and feelings seem to lie very close to the surface. She’s a woman of few words but her observations are interesting, and the messy hair, just got out of bed look works ok for me. You might say she is the anti diva, diva. Demi is an interesting addition as well. I agree that her younger point of view brings balance to the panel.

    There are too many good singers to become attached to one at this point. There were two unexpected standouts; Tate Stevens the Street Dept cowboy from Missouri and Panda. The cowboy has the best male country voice I’ve heard in any of this year’s competitions. His tone and delivery reminded me of Ronnie Dunn, which is a very bankable sound to have. He bordered on shouting and was off key a few times but he still could be a contender with good mentoring. I thought Panda, Simon’s “baby mama’s” audition was pure entertainment. The combination of Sam Cook’s “Bring it on Home” and her adlibs were a perfect fit for her. With a little more serious approach she could find a home as a Soul singer or singing the Blues or maybe Gospel.

    Carly Rose is very good and probably the class of the field at this point. She is remarkable at only 13. I’m pretty sure that Simon will push her to adopt a more Pop style at some point in the competition and claim all of the credit for this bit of genius for himself. I’ve been watching another competition on the CW network called “The Next; Fame is at Your Doorstep.” Last week they had a contestant who had a background in musical theater but wanted her mentor to help her convert to a more Pop Rock style. I don’t know if it was really her idea or not but they worked with her to tone down the facial expressions and become less animated. I’ve enjoyed seeing Gloria Estefan as a mentor on this show. I thought she would have been a good choice for Idol, but they had other ideas.

    The last girl, Jessica Espinoza, had a nice voice and delivered a very emotional performance of pink’s “Nobody Knows” but I thought they did her a disservice by playing Pink’s version in the background behind her entrance and exit from the stage. I think she looks like Valerie Bertinelli at times.
    ng, and the messy hair, just got out of bed look works ok for me. You might say she is the anti diva, diva. Demi is an interesting addition as well. I agree that her younger point of view brings balance to the panel.

    There are too many good singers to become attached to one at this point. There were two unexpected standouts; Tate Stevens the Street Dept cowboy from Missouri and Panda. The cowboy has the best male country voice I’ve heard in any of this year’s competitions. His tone and delivery reminded me of Ronnie Dunn, which is a very bankable sound to have. He bordered on shouting and was off key a few times but he still could be a contender with good mentoring. I thought Panda, Simon’s “baby mama’s” audition was pure entertainment. The combination of Sam Cook’s “Bring it on Home” and her adlibs were a perfect fit for her. With a little more serious approach she could find a home as a Soul singer or singing the Blues or maybe Gospel.

    Carly Rose is very good and probably the class of the field at this point. She is remarkable at only 13. I’m pretty sure that Simon will push her to adopt a more Pop style at some point in the competition and claim all of the credit for this bit of genius for himself. I’ve been watching another competition on the CW network called “The Next; Fame is at Your Doorstep.” Last week they had a contestant who had a background in musical theater but wanted her mentor to help her convert to a more Pop Rock style. I don’t know if it was really her idea or not but they worked with her to tone down the facial expressions and become less animated. I’ve enjoyed seeing Gloria Estefan as a mentor on this show. I thought she would have been a good choice for Idol, but they had other ideas.

    The last girl, Jessica Espinoza, had a nice voice and delivered a very emotional performance of pink’s “Nobody Knows” but I thought they did her a disservice by playing Pink’s version in the background behind her entrance and exit from the stage. I think she looks like Valerie Bertinelli at times.

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  6. hmmm….that’s rather interesting. I have always been a big fan of Britney’s and she seems to be cleaning up her act and personal life recently. She’s been through a lot and she got into the music and entertainment industry at such a young age. I was really shocked to hear how much she hates Demi Lovato! I wonder how the X Factor is going to get by this season. http://gossip-celebrity.net/index.php/britney-spears-hates-demi-lovato/

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