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Canadian Idol Season Six Top Ten Finalists


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Is it just me or do the years seem to fly by since this Idol craze invaded North America? It feels like yesterday that I was sitting here writing Vocal Masterclass articles for American Idol, followed by Canadian Idol and, yet, here I am again. And, one year older to boot! Not good!

At any rate, last evening’s Results Show determined this year’s talented crop of singers. There were some talented singers that were left behind – singers like Omar, Oliver and Katelyn -but the majority of the “Chosen Ten” show great promise.

They are: Adam Castelli, Mark Day, Mitch MacDonald, Mookie Morris, Sebastian Pigott., Earl Stevenson, Katherine St-Laurent, Theo Tams, Amberly Thiessen and Drew Wright.

I hope to continue my Vocal Masterclass articles for this year’s Idol season here in Canada, so please stay tuned for more commentary as the season unfolds.

Until then, your comments are most welcome.
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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

9 Responses to “Canadian Idol Season Six Top Ten Finalists”

  1. I totally agree with you that Omar, Oliver, and Katelyn should have made it through to the Top 10. I was sad to see them go.

    If I had to pick, though, I think I would have taken out Adam Castelli, Mitch MacDonald, and maybe Earl Stevenson or Drew Wright. For some reason I don’t seem to love Mitch or Earl as much as the judges do, although I do see a bit of why they like Mitch. Adam and Drew haven’t stood out as much to me, so I can’t really remember what their performances have been like. Am I crazy for thinking that their vocal performances aren’t too inspiring?

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  2. Yes, I agree. Earl,Adam, Mitch and, to a lesser extent, Drew have not impressed me – yet. It’s still very early in the show, so things can change.

    But, I think Sebastien, Theo, Amberly and Mookie are going to give the other singers a huge run for their money.

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  3. Hi everyone! So have you picked your favourites yet? I normally don’t have “one” favourite this early in the season, however, this year is an exception. There is a significant gap between Theo and the other competitors. He should be in it for the long haul. He is definitely more polished than the other performers and is a natural up there.

    I also like Earl. LOL. There’s something very endearing about him.
    I like Sebastian’s stage presence. Sad to see his brother go home.
    I like Mookie for being funky.
    Amberly for having a nice sound.

    I gotta say that I am not so crazy about the talent this year. Jessica, Oliver, Lisa and that English kid (name???) should still be in it. On CI, it seems like the good singers always go home early!

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  4. Sure is quiet in this blog topic. Nice to see some Canadian Idol fans. The talent is good this year, so it should make for an interesting show this summer.

    Thanks for stopping by Idolina and Paulman. Your comments are most appreciated. But -bring some friends next time! haha

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  5. Well, MCL, it’s David Bowie theme next week. That should be a very interesting night – just no one try to copy Jacob Hoggard’s performance of “Space Oddity”! I agree with you on all the robberies except Oliver (didn’t care for his voice), and I think Katelyn was the biggest one of them all – hers was my favorite performance of both nights. I think Marie-Pierre should also have been in there – I don’t know about you, MCL, but a top 10 of 8 guys and only 2 girls is not one that I think I’ll enjoy a lot. I also think there are too many rockers and not enough diversity, especially now that Omar and Lisa are gone. Sorry for all the negativity, I’m just not feeling it as much this year. Maybe I’m too used to AI – ha!

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  6. I agree, Tomboy, there is simply not enough variety in the format this year. Two girls and eight guys? Let’s see how it plays out tomorrow.

    However, there is some outstanding talent that deserves recognition, so we shall see if tomorrow’s show confirms that.

    I agree, AI was so strong this year that it is a hard act to follow. Even AI8 will have a difficult time topping the talent in AI7.

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  7. I loved AI7 for bringing us David Archuleta, whose immense talent will continue to soar in the coming years. Thus the inevitable comparisons to CI. For my money, Theo Tams could be the DA of the north. I look forward to the coming weeks to see if he can deliver the raw emotion, technical superiority and innate storytelling ability of ‘little David’.

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  8. Hi there Sunshine. Theo Tams is my favourite on the boys side and Katherine for the girls. They weren’t perfect tonight, but definitely better than the rest.

    I am annoyed with the judges critiques of Drew. He is consistently under-rated by them, and it’s clear he’s not part of their agenda for the win. They always mumble something about his lack of energy or stage presence, which I don’t agree with. Looks like he’s gonna get the Martha Joy treatment from the judges this year. I’m voting for Drew, Katherine and Theo. I was only gonna vote for Theo on the boys side, but Drew deserves votes.

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  9. I agree Idolina. Drew was clever to show his versatility by tackling the drums, his expressions were great and his performance lively. Then he was criticized for lack of energy. I don’t get it. I also think Katherine is great, as long as she can keep her confidence and not let the nerves take over.

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