Canadian Idol Is Ready To Rock


Rumour has it that Canadian Idol is looking for a certifiable rockstar this year. I don’t know if this is true, but, if so, then they are definitely making a smart move in the right direction. Canadian Idol has yet to crown a genuine rockstar as the winner in any season and, although Season 2 winner Kalan Porter favours rock music, I find that his overall look, personality and voice are far too refined for this genre of music.

We have had spinoff Idol rockstars, however – those that have made the Top 10 but never won the actual title, such as Season One finalist Billy Klippert and Season 2 finalist Jacob Hoggard. So, if Canadian Idol finds the real deal this year in this genre of music, they may just hit gold.

For some reason I am looking forward to this year’s competition. I intuitively feel that this year’s show is going to be excellent (and no – I do not know anyone associated with the Top 200 this year). It’s just a Masterclass instinct.

Here is this year’s schedule:

Premieres Tuesday, June 5 with 90-minute audition episode, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. (featuring Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg, St. John’s and Halifax)

Continues Tuesday, June 12 with 90-minute audition episode, 8:30 – 10 p.m. (Saskatoon, Montreal, Vancouver and London)

Top 200 episodes air Monday, June 18 from 9-10 p.m. and Tuesday, June 19 from 8:30 – 10 p.m.

Top 22 performance episodes air Mondays/Tuesdays from 9 – 10 p.m. beginning June 25

Top 22 results episodes air Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8 p.m. beginning June 27

Top 10 week one airs Tuesday, July 17 from 8:30 – 10 p.m. and Wednesday, July 18 from 7:30 – 8 p.m.

Top 10 shows move to their regular timeslot on Mondays from 9 – 10 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8:30 – 9 p.m., beginning July 23

Visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times.

Let the season begin and don’t forget to come back to MasterclassLady.Com for your Vocal Masterclass fix once we reach the Top 22 shows.

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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

10 Responses to “Canadian Idol Is Ready To Rock”

  1. MCL, I’m quite excited to hear that you’re critiquing this season’s Canadian Idol. I have thoroughly enjoyed your critiques of season one and two of CI, and I’m glad that you’re back for season 5!

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  2. Beth – I am excited for this season as well. The last two seasons I was not able to provide Masterclass articles because of personal scheduling problems, but I am happy to be on Board this season

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Hi Rosanne:

    That was a good intro. to the new season of Canadian Idol.
    As for rockers, I would have loved to have seen Billy Klippert, Lucas Rossi, and J.D. Fortune up against oneanother for a rocker win on Canadian Idol. We have some top-notch rocker talent in Canada.

    Regards,
    James

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  4. Hey James!

    So good to see you here. I heard via contestants that did not make the cut that they were looking for a rocker this year.

    And the addition of instruments throughout the Idol auditions were very welcomed by the judges.

    On one audition day the celebrity judges selected one person – a guy who played guitar – out of 60 singers who auditioned in Toronto.

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