Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 7 Top 8 Guys

American Idol Season 7 Top Eight Male PerformersWell, this is it. The Top 8 guys will perform this evening, but by Thursday, two of these talented young men will no longer be a part of American Idol.

It really is a tough call and,  although, a couple or more  male singers will be sailing through to the final Top 12 performers of American Idol Season 7,   it’s still not set in stone. Anything can happen. It’s American Idol, right? Expect the unexpected.

So, as we prepare to enjoy the Top 8 male performers this evening, please share your thoughts prior to and after the show. 

Post-show comments from Masterclass Lady:I thought that David Cook and Michael Johns were outstanding tonight. They bring musical depth and maturity to this season’s top 12 line-up and deserve to stay in this competition.

David Archuleta and Jason Castro’s youthful enthusiasm and artistic gifts are also a very important component for this season’s Top 12.

That leaves us with Chikezie, Luke Menard, David Hernandez and Danny Noriega. Based on vocals skills, I would have to vote in Chikezie and David, as I felt that Luke and Danny did not hit a home run with their performances this week.  This is coming from a huge Luke Menard fan.  Luke’s downfall was his song choice this week.  Too bad.

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

6 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 7 Top 8 Guys”

  1. Last night was just okay for me. I agree that Michael and David C. were great. I absolutely love the song Jason sang, but his performance of it was not very strong. David A. wasn’t a “wow” factor last night either.

    It will be interesting to see what the girls bring tonight

    MCL, do you know what the story behind David H. is? Did he get into some sort of trouble off screen?


  2. Trouble off screen? I’ve had a busy day today. Did something happen?

    If you are speaking about Simon’s faux pas statment about David H’s previous career, then I believe that Simon thought his microphone was off.

    I didn’t really hear anything while watching the show; however, many viewers taped the show and managed to catch Simon’s statement while rewinding their DVRs.


  3. Yes, I know all to well about busy days.

    I just happened to have the TV on tonight while making dinner and overhead a blurb about a story Entertainment Tonight was going to be doing about a controversy surrounding David H. Indeed, it was about his past…was just curious as I didn’t know anything about his past before….Thanks!!!!


  4. I loved Jason Castro. I have loved his performances each week. He’s running out of breath and not supporting his notes well, but I can’t figure out if it’s because he doesn’t know how or because he is having trouble calming the nerves.

    Regardless, it’s refreshing for me to see him on that stage. I love vocal performances that hit every note with good technique and a wonderful sound – but I also love vocal performances that are a little bit raw and imperfect. And that’s what I am loving about Jason.


  5. What Simon said: “Say, ‘I like the way you strip to that.'” to Paula. He’s jokingly said that that should be Paula’s comments to David H. The Idol sound people are really going to feel Simon’s wrath for letting that joke heard on TV 🙂

    Anyway, I thought this is one of the best semifinals episode we ever had. No one had any “moment” but no one was completely awful either.

    My rankings for the night:
    1. Jason – great song choice, fits him like a glove. I heard this song many times on the series called “The OC” (one of my guilty pleasures 😀 ) and I thought he nailed it. Yes, he broke some of the notes at the end of the song, but IMO that even add to the vulnerability of his performance.

    2. David C – another great song choice, ‘making it his own’ (TM Paula). Although the Incubus also had done a version of this song, I checked Youtube and it’s still different. It’s not a carbon copy like Daughtry’s “I Walk the Like” which was apparently Live’s version. So good for him. His appearance is also improved too.

    3. David A – is like he’s saving the world, one song at a time, no? Just kidding. But Simon’s right, he’s 17. Have fun while you’re still young. And I’m a sucker for people who can play the piano and sing at the same time, so I thought he was good, especially for someone his age.

    4. David H – okay, so he’s had a career he couldn’t be proud of. But he still have one of the best voices in this competition and apart from a few off key notes, he was good. I still like his Top 20 performances though, I thought that was brilliant!

    5. Michael – I don’t know why, but I feel like he’s losing his mojo week after week. There’s something missing in his performances, it feels like he was just going through the motion. In Hollywood, he was awesome. Now, he’s just so so. Maybe it’s me. Good song choice though 😀

    6. Luke – Yes, the song choice was horrible, but I think he deserved to be in the Top 12. I thought his performance was good. I didn’t hear any off key notes or pitch problems. But, I was still puzzled with that song choice! He had a good chance of making it to the Top 12 if he had a great performance, but now I didn’t think he’s going to attract new fans with this song. He’s certainly the underdog of this season. Hopefully his loyal fans can prove to Simon he is wrong. 🙂

    7. Chikezie – Another poor song choice. He sang it in his audition, which is great, but when you try to impress the judges and the voters with your position as the underdog, I don’t think it’s smart to sing the same song again. Plus, the arrangement was weird and rushed.

    8. Danny – Do we have a new Sanjaya on our hands? That performance was really weird. Good song choice for his personality, but just weird to me. But I love his sense of humor and sassiness, especially at the end with Ryan not noticing his purple streaks and he said “Mmm-hmmm.” I cracked up at that. Technically, he’s not the best singer, but he’s certainly entertaining.

    Should go: Chikezie and Danny
    Will go: Chikezie and Luke *sigh*


  6. John – great summary and very entertaining. I was having quite the chuckle while reading it.

    I love the David A. comments. Now, that’s funny -“saving the world, one song at a time”. Are you a writer? if not, you should be.

    And Danny’s “mmm -hmmm” really made me laugh. Oh my, he is a bad boy. Reminds me of one of my vocal students. A laugh a minute.

    Kelsey – I loved the vulnerability of Jason’s performance as well. I think it was a combination of nerves and lack of technical experience that made him falter at the end. Hopefully, he can continue to hone his technical skills and, in doing so, a higher level of vocal confidence will prevail.


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