On A Hunting Expedition For American Idol Top 24 Competitor, Leslie Hunt

Sometimes, American Idol loves to plant little vocal gems at the very last minute to tease our fancies and play with our voting minds. One example of this is the revelation of Top 24 singer, Leslie Hunt, who, until the last day of the Hollywood rounds, was totally anonymous to this year’s viewing audience.

Yet, in a short 30 seconds or so, she left a very valuable impression on me; I loved her cool, relaxed vibe and the pure, uninhibited beauty of her singing voice. The warmth of her vocal sound and her genuine persona is a just a win – win situation and she has a distinctive singing style that will distinguish her from the other singers.

Videos of this young lady’s Idol and pre-Idol performances are virtually non-existent. Believe me, I have tried to ‘hunt” some additional video clips and then finally relented.

So, until her performance this evening, here is the sole video of Leslie’s acceptance into the Top 24 group of singers. Enjoy.

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

2 Responses to “On A Hunting Expedition For American Idol Top 24 Competitor, Leslie Hunt”

  1. There was a promo for AI that featured Leslie Hunt even though her name wasn’t mentioned. Here is the link to that on youtube.

    Also she is in a folk band called mark twang – here is a link to their website.



  2. Thanks for these links Pam. Much appreciated


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