Canadian Idol Season Five:Our Top Nine Male Singers Start To Shine

Well,well, well! Last evening’s Top 9 Canadian Idol showcase was a very pleasant revelation indeed. The remaining nine male vocalists decided it was time to “kick it up a notch”.

Given the extremely abbreviated performance time frame, I was treated to a glimmer of the future when this year’s Top 10 is a finalized product.

If I had to choose, based on last night’s performances, I would move Liam, Jaydee, Tyler, Andrew and Dwight to the head of the class with Greg Neufeld as an alternate. I felt that, vocally, these singers displayed a wonderful blend of unique vocal style and substance.

And, looking into my crystal ball, I am almost certain that Liam, Jaydee and Tyler are a lock for the Top 10. These three young singers have many factors moving in their favour – they are talented, they are distinctive and they exude oodles of personality when they perform. You’ve got to love it!

However, this is all based on theory – it is the voting process that will determine the end result. Whatever happens, it will be a strong Top Ten this year.

However, my advice to Clifton and Matt – please work on your stage presence in an effort to establish stronger communication with your audience. You both have wonderful voices, but the buck stops there. You must visually and audibly inspire your listeners in a memorable way.

Lastly, Brian Melo – I am “on the fence” concerning your performances over the last two weeks. Unlike Clifton and Matt, your problem is not your stage performance, but rather your vocal technique. If you remain in the competition next week, make certain that you rehearse and hone your technical skills, so as to avoid an erratic vocal line that is presently affecting your pitch and vocal presence. However, you brilliantly commanded the stage and your stage posture at the opening of this week’s number was superb and dramatic. Loved it! Now work on your voice.

I will be commenting regularly throughout this competition and will be contributing Vocal Masterclass articles for the Top 10 performances.

To view my Vocal Masterclass article on the Top Nine female singers, click here!

Please feel free to comment and become part of the vocal masterclass process.

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

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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

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