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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 4: The Knock-Outs


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Okay – I cannot tell a lie. I didn’t watch last week’s show at all so I don’t know what in tarnation is happening. I have lost track of singers’ names, faces, voices you name it – I have lost it!

But, the good news here is that I can watch this week’s shows with complete and utter objectivity. So, there is THAT silver lining.

As mentioned in the picture above, The Knock-Out phase features two singers from the same team performing different songs back to back. Then, at the end of the performance, their judge/mentor decides who remains and who goes back to real life.

Now, this is the stage where I think everything is pre-ordained. It would be similar to, say, if American Idol followed this format and, say, Janelle and Kree sang back to back. You know darn well the judges are going to pick Kree.

Oh well, it is what it is and the entertainment value of this show cannot be dismissed. It is an excellent production and the judges knowledgeable and charismatic. Great team work!

The Voice airs on NBC on Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. Good luck to all the singers and I look forward to your comments as well.

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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

10 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 4: The Knock-Outs”

  1. Well if the Voice was Idol, it would be evident that Amber would be the last one standing. Hopefully, Usher, Shakira, Blake and Adam have better ears and better
    sense.

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  2. I think this may be the **third** stage where everything was preordained.

    I knew the outcomes of everyone of the matchups when the participants were announced, with the exception of one. That was the girl who had been on The Sing-Off vs the coffee house singer. I don’t think we have heard the Sing-Off girl in the earlier rounds so it was less clear. “My gut was that cute as a button would beat out unknown quantity from another show but we had to destroy House of the Rising Sun” to be certain. The gut was right.

    The show can be entertaining and they have shown a willingness to tweak the format to try to improve it but unfortunately, the curtain is opened and the wizard has no clothes.

    Maybe Nicholas David could come back and sing a few songs next week.

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  3. Gene – I have totally and utterly lost enthusiasm for his show. This time of year, when the weather becomes warmer and the days longer, it is hard to sit by a TV.

    But, it’s more than that. It’s overkill. They need to rip all these shows off the air for a year, reboot them and refresh the format.

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  4. Yes ma’am on all counts.

    I’ve thought, and said in the past, that a straight up singing competition with competent, honest judging and no predetermined winner would be so boring that no one would watch. I may have been wrong. Now I’d be willing to give it a try; wouldn’t you?

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  5. I am so mad at Blake right now. I really liked that hipster young man with the tall hair and glasses who sang Teenage Dream. He was great and Blake kept the terrible off key country singer. Ugh

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  6. Aubry – not watching. Can’t help you. I am in singing competition detox mode. Lol

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  7. Gene – I sure would. How could it hurt?

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  8. I guess if it was boring we could catch up on some sleep.

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  9. Okay just tuned into The Voice. Vedo was very good. Looking forward to Grace.

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