American Idol Top 3 Showdown:David Archuleta, David Cook, Syesha Mercado

David Archuleta, David Cook, Syesha Mercado
I am going out on a limb here. I think the Top 3 performances are going to be spectacular.

I love the Judges’ song choice for the singers. Although we do not have full confirmation of the other two songs that the singers will be showcasing, I thought the judges did a remarkable job in the song selection process.

David Archuleta: Judge’s Choice (Paula Abdul): And So it Goes by Billy Joel
                                    David’s Choice: With You by Chris Brown
                                    Producers’ Choice: Longer by Dan Fogelberg

David Cook: Judge’s Choice (Simon Cowell): The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
                         David’s Choice:Dare You To Move by Switchfoot
                         Producers’ Choice:I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing byAerosmith

Syesha Mercado: Judge’s Choice (Randy Jackson):Alicia Keyes’s If I Ain’t Got You
                                    Syesha’s Choice: Fever
                                    Producers’ Choice: Hit Me Up by Gia Farrell

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

14 Responses to “American Idol Top 3 Showdown:David Archuleta, David Cook, Syesha Mercado”

  1. MCL, I’ve been reading your American Idol singers’ reviews for several seasons but I’ve never written to let you know how much I enjoy them. I can’t wait each week to see what you’ll say because you are so positive about each of them, even when you’re pointing out something they need to work on. Although I”m not a singer, (I do like to sing in my community choir–badly, I might add–and I’m my church’s pianist) your critiques help me understand the performances so much better. Thank you so much for taking your time to write these articles. I also enjoy the comments of your other readers because everyone keeps their posts so positive. It’s fine to have favorites, but I don’t think that means you have to demean the remaining singers. Thanks again and I hope you had a happy Mother’s Day!


  2. Thank you so much DSSmith! Nice to see you here.

    So, you are an accompanist? Hardest job in the world. Your Church must value your musical contribution tremendously.

    Yes, my readers are the best – so positive and so supportive in their commentary. This is what we strive to do on this blogging site – provide honest and objective critique for the Idol fans and, perhaps, a contestant or two who may be lurking. 🙂


  3. MJ has a few more spoilers up on her blog ( ):

    David Cook’s own choice is “The World I Know” by Collective Soul

    David Archuleta’s own choice is “With You” by Chris Brown, and the producers chose “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg for him.

    (Nothing new on Syesha’s choices.)

    I’ll have to make some time to listen these choices on YouTube, they are not familiar to me!


  4. Thanks Rereader – I added them!


  5. Longer is a gorgeous number.


  6. Why in the heck did Randy Jackson pick If I Ain’t Got You for Syesha? He really thought long and hard about that one.


  7. I’ve just been at DanFogelberg’s website–so THAT’s “Longer”! I love that song!


  8. Looking at those song choices, looks like it is going to be a great Idol night! Yeehaw…looking forward to it….let’s see what the final 3 do 🙂


  9. Hi, first time posting here although for many years I have faithfully read and look forward to your reviews each week. I’m sorry you were ill and I’m so glad that you’re back to guide us along the way. I go to the AI forum each week to read other reviews and if I have time I will usually pop into the General Discussion, I rarely comment as it’s sort of like knocking your head against the wall. When the TMZ
    mess started on Friday I went to the AI General Discussion thread and it literally
    sickened me. I love the show, i think it’s an amazing journey for a bunch of kids
    who may not have had another chance at living their dreams. I have appreciated
    all their efforts this year, have really liked a few and I confess to David Archuleta being my favorite.

    IMO, what has happened with all the un-substantiated news reporting borders on being slanderous and certainly malicious. I am so frightened for him tonight that all of this could possibly affect his performances that I am beside myself. I can hardly believe that I’m in such a state. Is anyone else feeling the same way? Thanks, just had to share this, my husband would think I’m going nuts……


  10. OMG, the producers chose freakin “Hit Me Up” for Syesha from the soundtrack of Happy Feet.


  11. MJ’s now reporting that Syesha’s own choice is Peggy Lee’s “Fever.” (Hmmmm. That should be…interesting. Could work.) And, as jche7793 said, the producer’s choice for her is “Hit Me Up.”

    Nothing yet on the producers’ choice for David C.


  12. They are all up now on the mjsbigblog site.


  13. Added the confirmed list. Looks like it will be a great show.


  14. simon….i thought your very strict with vocals….then why all the praises on cooks third song…without the strings and the band…he would sound really bad….

    masterclasslady…waiting for your assessment of the performances……


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