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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIII Top 12: Home


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So, last week’s Top 13 show was – interesting! Lots of twists and turns and technical glitches and vocal issues.

I don’t know – I find these singers very green this season and, with Harry Connick on board, I was expecting more. Much more! Much much more!

However, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will state that it is early on in the season and I am sure we are in for more surprises down the road, some good, some bad – with hopefully more of the former than the latter.

I am hoping that Michael Orland, Dorian Holley and Rickey Minor – Idol’s musical triumvirate – can work some magic via their prolific music skills and expertise.

Hopefully these young singers have banished the butterflies and can maintain a stable momentum during their performances this week and beyond.

This week the theme revolves around Home. The Top 12, comprised of Ben Briley, C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Emily Piriz, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf, will perform songs that represent their home. Song selections that pay homage to their home state and/or were popular during their childhood will form the basis of their song selections.

And, Philip Philipps, the American Idol who sang his ubiquitous “Home” number to mega success, will grace the American Idol stage on the Results Show on Thursday, March 6th. It will be great to see and hear him again.

The Performance Show airs on Wednesday, March 5th at 8:00 PM Eastern on Fox.

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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

8 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIII Top 12: Home”

  1. Maybe it was just me, but I found tonight’s performances very boring. This is a sad, sad year for Idol. There are some who are pleasant to listen to, but not one is a spectacular talent.

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  2. Oh Louise – I do agree. The singers are so green, young, technically inefficient and lacking in charisma. What a mess. I was expecting more from these judges. They sent home incredible talent and for what? This? I am confused and disappointed.

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  3. Very underwhelming.

    I still like Sam’s voice, but his performance was rather one note–and some of the others were just bad–shouty or screechy or just off.

    I did appreciate the way the judges are trying to pass on their own experience to the contestants, but I don’t know if it’s sinking in at all.

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  4. Yes I think,the judges are in total shock and disarray over what they heard this evening. And too many singer playing guitars! Does nobody know how to stand there and sing any more? There is a sameness to all the performances.

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  5. I keep thinking that this year’s Idol reminds me of a high school talent show.

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  6. This suggestion is also a broken record. It literally does the contestant no good, especially the one that is eliminated that may have talent, for the judges to give criticism and tips after the performance. They need to find a way for their criticism and suggestions to be absorbed and presented by the contestants. I would contend that is one of the two major reasons The Voice is consistently much better. The Voice judge’s are invested in the contestant. They show the contestant how to utiiize their talent.

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  7. Don B.

    My husband said the same thing last night! I think the criticism needs to happen on elimination night, have the judges say then what they thought of each performance! I get frustrated when they tell these kids to make the song their own, but then when they do they are like a Whack-A-Mole game! Sing in tune, don’t sing in tune, if your gonna scream make it believable?!?!?!?!?!!

    My bottom three…let me pick my top three! Sam, Alex and Caleb! Based on last night if it “were” a singing contest, I would send home Pink Pony or Majesty!

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  8. There is much irony that we again have three young ladies in the Bottom 3. Changes need to be made. Emily really is a strong singer.

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