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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12: Hollywood Week


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Okay, now that those tiresome preliminary auditions are over, we can get down to the nitty-gritty stuff happening during Hollywood Week.

This should be interesting. And, as much as I want to see how some these singers fare during this stressful, tell-all week, I am also curious to see how the judges handle this situation as a group.

The paring-down process is never easy and, because each of these judges are so diverse in their thinking, this may prove to be a very interesting segment on this season’s show.

I honestly do not have one favorite this season. There are many singers that I did enjoy seeing and hearing during the preliminary auditions but it is still hard to say how well they will do when confronted with the reality of this very competitive situation.

I will be live blogging the show when it airs Wednesday and Thursday on the East Coast at 8:00 P.M. on FOX, so come back and add to the lively discussion.

Live Update:

  • 7:55 P.M. Are you ready? Hooray for Hollywood! Auditions that is!
  • 8:0 P.M. Only 20 Guys and 20 Girls will make the cut. Will your favorite be one of them. – Ryan Seacrest
  • 8:05 P.M. The guys are up first. Each group of guys will come out in a line of 10 and sing a cappella. Decisions are made immediately.
  • 8:06 P.M. Micah Johnson is first and he does quite well with an Elton Johnnumber.. Very well. He moves forward. Peter, Devon and ?? move on as well. Nate Tao and Gabe Brown and The Terminator move on as well.
  • 8:09 P.M. Karl Skinner performs pretty well and he is eliminated. Same for Dustin Watts and Dr. Calvin Peters. Cortez Shaw sings a powerful rendition of I Will Always Love You and his fate is determined after the commercial.
  • 8:12 P.M. Commercial break. Have to say that no one has really impressed me yet.
  • 8:15 P.M. Cortez Shaw has mixed reviews but is given a second chance. Curtis Finch Jr. blows the judges away as does Frankie Ford.. Lazaro, the young man with the stuttering problem, is up next. He sings Angels and, truthfully, his nasal tone is really unpleasant. However, he sings with his heart and this motivates the judges to move him forward. Bryant, Charles and ?? get to see another day.
  • 8:21 P.M. Brian Rittenberry was just okay for me and he does not get to see another day. Too bad.
  • 8:22 P.M. Coming up after the commercial break are the group rounds.
  • 8:28 P.M. Group night is stressful for the singers. Some are not team players. Haha where do some of these people come from? Haven’t they ever watched this show before?
  • 8:29 P.M. There is a special twist this year. Nigel is introduced and tells the singers that they will assign the groups and the singers cannot make changes. I like this idea. Saves time. They must master the lyrics, harmonies and choreography in one night.
  • 8:31 P.M. However the members of the groups are having problems agreeing on song choice. Oh dear.
  • 8:33 P.M. Some of the groups have solidified and have started working with Michael Orland.. And they sound very good. Some nice harmonies happening.
  • 8:37 P.M. After the commercial break, we start with the group auditions. Sooo much drama!
  • 8:40 P.M. Sorry folks. Power outage here. Can’t update.
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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 American Idol Season 12: Hollywood Week”

    1. thanks again for your live blog, i love reading it. i’m way behind with idol watching…i need to watch three shows yet.

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    2. You are most welcome hunter. I really do not line this segment of the show. Tedious!! :). And too much drama.

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    3. i’ve caught up. i have always loved the ‘groups’ sessions. not the fighting and all the other, rather, the performances. it is amazing how some can be so absolutely wonderful, and others can be so very very bad. i did not like nicki at all. i felt she was disrespectful to people by not calling them their real names, etc, however in the last two shows they edited her better and i appreciated her. i liked her honesty, if i ask someone something i want them to tell me the truth. her telling the ‘short guy’ that he is becoming a ‘pity party’ had to be very very hard for him to take but in the end i believe it will be a very very valuable lesson for him.

      brother carl originally said nicki does not give enough respect to mariah, i don’t think mariah deserves any more respect than anyone else. all people need respect. in a way it is kind of funny because mariah is the diva, but nicki hogs the attention. that might be good for mariah. in the end they will both grow from this experience. i do wish i could pull all the make up and other false stuff off of nicki and just see the real her.

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