American Idol Season Seven: Full Of Surprises


Well, let the madness begin! Is anyone else out there disappointed that the rumored Top 24 list of American Idol Season 7 does not include Cardin McKinney or Josiah Leming? I was immediately drawn to these two singers for various reasons – most of which had to do with immense talent and unique artistry.

If we are to believe Joes’ Place over at Idolforums.Com, it appears that these two singers did not make the final cut. Perhaps both singers had a major meltdown during Hollywood week and/or Simon, who clearly did not like Cardin’s theatrical talent, managed to “deep six” this talented young lady.

However, Josiah is an enigma. He has a great back story (if we are to believe the editorial content during his audition), but more important, is an extremely proficient and distinct singer/songwriter. And, I loved the British accent. All the Brits sing with a naturally pure vocal technique because of their distinctive accent, so I am not going to argue against this approach by any means.

And, without naming names, some people who were advanced to Hollywood and are presently rumored to be in the Top 24, do not have a glimmer of star quality and/or vocal talent. Let’s hope that some of these singers found a vocal coach between the time that elapsed from their initial audition to the Hollywood rounds. Otherwise, we will have another yawn fest on our hands.

That being said, there is indeed some remarkable talent in the “top 24” and, again, I will stay “mum” on the subject of naming potential stars from this Season’s line-up. However, most of my personal favorites were seen in the first two weeks of televised auditions and that’s all I’ll say for now.

However, I am open to surprises and the one thing I have learned about American Idol is this: expect the unexpected.

Your comments are most welcome.

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 “American Idol Season Seven: Full Of Surprises”

  1. Hello, masterclasslady! I am a long-time lurker, first-time poster, but I love your articles, and I’ve been over at idolforums for a while now.

    I might have some answers for you as to why Cardin and Josiah are not in the top 24.

    For Cardin, JoesPlace said that the producers suspected she had leaked info about the show before the first episode. Also, back in December she had her name on the internet too much when she wasn’t supposed to, apparently, plus she had chatted with many of us over at idolforums and TPTB(the powers that be) didn’t like that.

    As for Josiah, apparently TPTB already have a winner picked out (not mentioning names) and they were really scared of him winning (again, word-of-mouth). I think that’s just sad. In the meantime, this is my favorite song of his – enjoy it!

    Oh, and I’ve never heard Simon say “no” to so many contestants in the whole time of watching AI. But hopefully this will be a great season!

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  2. Hello tomboy!

    Very good of you to provide some information about Cardin and Josiah. Too bad Cardin wasn’t more discreet and, as for Josiah, I think it is really sad that he was not selected for the Top 24.

    The video link you sent me was absolutely riveting – his passionate artistry is really something special. I think this kid’s a genius and I can only hope that TPTB recognize this and come to rescue this talented young man from oblivion.

    He deserves to be a star – the video says it all.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I just wrote a long post and lost it! Grrr….

    Anyway…I am excited about this season of AI because it looks like they’re moving toward casting some of the more artistic talents. I just got off watching season 5 of CI and they too went in that same direction and ended up with a fantastically edgy winner (Brian Melo). I do feel kinda spoiled by Brian’s insanely amazing charisma and mesmerizing stage presence, and will be looking for that in AI contestants this year (I guess I’m just very visual and emotional for wanting to be moved by performances…hahaha….for those who have never seen Brian perform, he is completely in the “now” when on stage and gets me every time…will never forget Karma Police, Too Much Love Will Kill You and She Talks to Angels).

    I too am annoyed that we don’t even know what some of the top 24 sound like, but so far I’m really liking Danny Noriega (can’t help but smile when I watch him…I really really like this kid); Michael Johns (pretty good, but maybe a bit cocky at times and that will hurt him); Robbie Carrico (WOW on the voice; however, please lose the hair and beard….love him though); David Hernandez (good on stage); and Brooke White. I’m sure this list will change as the season goes on, and I do want to wait to hear the ones we haven’t heard from yet.

    I look forward to your reviews again MCL!

    Take care

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  4. I’m also disappointed about Cardin (who had lovely potential) and Josiah but especially the latter. His songs on YouTube are amazing! I love “One Last Song” and “Bad News Baby” especially. He is an incredibly talented artist, songwriter, and musician whose skill is impressive at any age but even more so for him because of his youth. I’m glad to see that you’re also a fan. =)

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  5. It will be 1960s theme next week in the top 24:

    http://blogs.accesshollywood.com/archives/2008/02/idol-producer-responds-to-carl.html

    I hope this doesn’t mean songs that have been done to death in past seasons, though. Apparently they only have 50 songs cleared…

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  6. I too love Josiah but I think his talent is bigger than American Idol! I wondered why they spent so much time on someone they were ultimately going to say “no” to……..unless they knew what they had and wanted him to have a chance for the rest of the world to see him. I did think he kind of blew it by dismissing the band on the last audition – but I still love him – and hope that good things come for him in the future.

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  7. Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by. Lots of Josiah fans here I see. I still love the guy, but after seeing the Hollywood round, I was worried about his emotional stability to withstand the rigors of this competition.

    I hope that he does receive the appropriate mentoring and guidance, as I truly think this kid is a unique and compelling artist.

    So,’60s week it is! There’s a first. I don’t recall theme weeks this early in the audition process, so it will be interesting to see how this all will translate in terms of genuine and unique performances. Beatles’ music perhaps? Rolling Stones? Who knows?

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