Luke Menard, You’re Not Making It Through, Not Even To The Top 12? Huh?

luke.jpgSimon Cowell is never at a loss for words nor does he stumble over his sentence structure. But, I was really dismayed over this statement he made to Top 8 male contestant, Luke Menard, after Luke’s -well -“lukewarm” performance last evening.

First of all, I really like Luke, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why he selected this song.  Maybe he didn’t have  a choice in the matter?  We all know that former Idols have had problems with clearance issues in the past and are forced  to perform a “cleared” song at the very last minute, even if they do not have a genuine like or artistic feel for the number.

And Simon’s statement made me wonder what other suprises are ensuing behind the scenes of American Idol Season 7.  “You are not making it through, not even to the Top 12” sounds a little strange to my ears and especially coming from Simon’s mouth.  

Maybe he envisions the Top 10 singers as the cream of the crop, as they are the team of singers involved in the Idol Tour in the summer.  If so, why bother with a Top 12?  Settle on a Top 10 – 5 girls and 5 gals – and be done with it.

Or, something else may be brewing in the Idol camp. Time will tell, but, until then, let’s hear from the readers. Opinions and conspiracies are warmly welcomed. 🙂

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

12 Responses to “Luke Menard, You’re Not Making It Through, Not Even To The Top 12? Huh?”

  1. I don’t really understand the big deal about the Top 12, either. If they want to make a big deal out of 12, then it should be 12 who go on tour.

    Simon’s been driving me crazy this year. He keeps pushing contestants for a “moment” and I think it’s too early. I don’t want their “moments” yet. It’s too early, and I don’t want them peaking yet. Imagine if Bo Bice’s “In a Dream” had happened early on in the competition. It wouldn’t have had nearly the same effect.

    I honestly can’t say I connected with Luke at all in any of his performances. I know it must be hard to pick from a limited list of songs. I just have such a hard time when people do Queen. Freddie was amazing. And, honestly, so is George Michael, although not quite to the same extent for me.


  2. You read my mind, MCL. I thought there were something very ‘knollish’ about his song choice. Of all the George Michael songs in that decade, surely you can find something else better than that song. I thought “Kissing a Fool” would nicely showcase his lower range and there is a ‘soul’ in that song. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” is just so.. gimmicky.

    And the performance order doesn’t help either, last week he was #3 of 10, now he’s #1 of 8. I’m afraid TPTB just doesn’t like him very much, but I can’t seem to find a reason why, because unlike several other contestants, he’s a clean cut idol without any scandal potential. Heh.

    I think Simon is just being Simon. Although l hope that his comments to Luke might invite some backlash votes from people. Remember Melissa McGhee (S5) and Haley Scarnato (S6)? They’re through to the Top 12. But looking at the competition this year (and that awful song choice), his chance is pretty slim, unless the voters really hated Danny’s attitude or David H’s past .*sigh* I’m so disappointed. I want him to sing some Beatles song next week!


  3. Yes, John, the more I think about it, the more I realize that Simon probably meant that he felt that Luke would not advance very far even if he made it to the Top 12.

    But, that song was too hokey for Luke and the fact that he was performer #1 did not help the situation. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to hear Luke’s take on a Beatles’ number? But, let’s not be gloomy yet. It’s not over until tomorrow night.

    I also agree with Kelsey that is gratifying to see the performers evolve over the course of the competition. If they peak too soon, it could actually be damaging to them because the expectations from future performances are then elevated.


  4. Masterclass lady, check this thread out:

    It appears that there will be some kind of twist that has to do with the top 10, and maybe Simon was hinting at it with Luke, and maybe Kristy as well (he said she’d make top 10 at best), but I’m not sure what to make of that picture. Do you have any ideas?


  5. I don’t know what is up with Simon this year either. Normally I like to hear what he has to say, but this season he is really bugging me.

    I would actually like to see a top 10 instead. We would see our American Idol a lot quicker, and the show would not drag on as much. I find they really drag on the show on. Maybe if it were a top 10, they would speed up the process or find another process to narrrow it down a lot quicker.

    Kelsey, I like your point about them not peaking to soon.


  6. Hey tomboy:

    Thanks for the Idolforums thread. Something really is different with this Top 12 and, yes, I remember the Kristy comment as well. I guess it’s a wait and see.


  7. katherinesmom March 6, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I also found Simon’s comments to Luke very strange. Usually, when Simon gives such a harsh judgement, it almost serves to rally fan support for the singer. I couldn’t believe that Simon was attempting to use reverse psychology on the voting public but could he have been trying to push Luke into the next round?

    Maybe AI would rather have the mild-mannered, non-controversial Luke vs. David the stripper or Danny the blasphemous goth-kid. I must admit, I tried to be objective but I couldn’t help but think about the recent revelations about both David H. and Danny. It doesn’t change my opinion about their singing, but it makes me wonder if I “like” them well enough to support them on the show. In comparison, Luke seems like the producers’ dream response to any “scandal”.


  8. Katherinesmom – what is the latest news about Danny’s pre-Idol escapades? I know about David H., but does Danny have a hidden past as well? He is quite the character -pretty sharp tongue that is going to get him into trouble eventually.

    I think Luke is just a normal, average – but talented – singer and is not “juicy” enough for the Top 12. They need a “Danny” in the Top 12 for ratings, just like Sanjaya boosted their ratings last year. Isn’t this supposed to be about vocal talent?


  9. Re: Danny. Well, a video surfaced on YouTube showing Danny (can’t tell exactly how long ago, maybe a year?) in a somewhat “goth” style leaving a questionable holiday message. Depending on one’s viewpoint, it could either be “just a kid thing” or pretty tasteless. No nudity or anything like that, but pretty salty language. I should know better, but I checked it out and I found it rather offensive. I think you hit the nail on the head mentioning his “pretty sharp tongue”.


  10. Er, that would be “pretty”. Is there an edit feature here? ‘Cause I need it!


  11. Hey Katherine – I fixed the typo for you. 🙂

    Have to check out the YouTube.Com video. It sounds like quite the spectacle. If it is indeed offensive, I would hate to see him take the place of someone like Luke, who seems like a likeable and sensible musician and person.



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