Tom Lowe: The Saga Continues

Well, the Top 24 singers for American Idol Season Six have been revealed and the enigmatic Tom Lowe was not among them. Of course, American Idol had to quickly say his name and show him descending the elevator after he was dismissed by the three judges. Every Top 40 singer was acknowledged during last evening’s telecast in order to clarify the Top 24 singers for the viewing public.

Now, the question is this. Why was Tom Lowe looking so happy after he left the judges? He was dismissed after all. Did Randy or Simon sign him to a recording contract? Has he moved on to bigger and more lucrative musical projects?

His story needs to be told and I believe we have not seen the last of this wonderful performer. This is truly the beginning of his success as a North American artist.

Don’t think so? Then watch his August 2nd 2006 performance(my wedding anniversary date by the way) of the Star Spangled Banner below this post. It speaks volumes and reveals the confident artistry and technical security of a singer on the brink of North American stardom.

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

7 Responses to “Tom Lowe: The Saga Continues”

  1. They kicked him off because he’s Openly Gay


  2. Please do not add the same comments to more than one post.

    And, send along a valid link to prove this remark about his sexual preference.

    I thought we were living in a more “open” society last time I checked.


  3. Wow! I had seen his audition on YouTube and was really hoping that he would somehow sneak into the Top 24 but I had read the spoilers and knew that wasn’t the case. Now, after seeing this I don’t understand how they could have picked some of the other guys over him. I am assuming that it’s because he’s actually British and not American but that’s just my opinion. I hope we see more of Tom in the future because he’s a huge star.


  4. Love this guy so much. Thanks for stopping by and lending your support, Jesse.


  5. It’s not just that he’s openly gay (although I’m betting it didn’t help), or even that he’s not American–there seem to have been a number of non-singing “problems”. It seems he recorded for BMG (Simon’s an executive at BMG). I’ve read (online but from news sources, not individual blogs) that he’s done some stripping, “dabbled” in escorting, and has posed for nude and partially nude photos. Whether all or any of this is true I can’t say–but put all that together with his being openly gay and his professional singing career, and you have a package that American Idol/Fox clearly wanted to back away from.


  6. For sources, you can try searching his name on the Boston Herald site, the LA Herald’s Deadline Hollywood ( you can do a news google as well.


  7. Hee hee!
    It seems just a bit naughty for a Brit to be singing the Star Spangled Banner! =)

    I love his simple, unpretentious rendition of the Anthem … I can’t stand it when singers ‘frill it up’ making it impossible for the crowd to sing along!
    The man has a lovely voice! Thanks for sharing, Rosanne.


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