American Idol Season 7 Tour In Albany, New York: August 6th, 2008

Keep spreading the news, New York!

Our Idols have found a temporary home in New York State! Tonight this talented group of ten singers play the Times Union Center to what I am sure will be another capacity crowd.

So, we “want to be a part of it, New York, New York!” This blog entry is just for you, Albany, so feel free to add your news items, recaps, photo and video links in the comment section of this blog topic.

And, if you’re shy, you can email me your stuff at

“Come on come through, New York, New Yoooooooork!
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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

11 Responses to “American Idol Season 7 Tour In Albany, New York: August 6th, 2008”

  1. I’m wondering if the Idol tour has ever been followed this closely before? I am going to two concerts, but alas, they won’t be in my area until the very end of the tour (Aug. 29 and Sept. 13)

    I saw vids from last night, and they weren’t high quality. David (A) seemed less energetic, although his voice was beautiful. It must be so hard to sing the same set night after night and be stellar each time.

    Then again, it must have been a tough week — three nights in a row with the top two flying to and attending an awards show on the day off beforehand.

    Anyway… just hoping all of them find sources of strength and renewed energy.


  2. Not the best videos/audio – but only Albany so far — David seems a bit tired, (maybe its audio quality?) but the screamfest continues. Off to work am I.





    PLEASE DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – another mini bow


  3. Yes – some Albany videos. I will get to them a bit later on. Some close friends are in town – unexpected visit – and so I will be busy today and tomorrow. But, I do want to see these Albany videos very much. THANKS ARCHIEFANDOC

    Also Kathy, this is the first time I have added a blog topic for every stop of the tour. I know that this season of American Idol generated a ton of interest, all based on the collective talents of the Top 10.

    This show is here to stay, but I worry that Season 8 may not have the general appeal of Season 7. Or the producers and hudges mat realize what worked so very well in season 7 can be recaptured in Season 8.

    I just want to see excellent singers with distinct artistry. That’s what does it every time.


  4. A little late here, so I will have to comment on the vids tomorrow. Thanks so much once again ArchieFanDoc


  5. The above Angels link has been removed == this is Angels

    again — these are not that great, we get to hear more “I love you David” than David.


  6. Some Jason!

    This looks like it’s the whole Over the Rainbos, uploaded by piratedani

    (This one seems to start later, but the angle is more from the front, so the audio might be better… Over the Rainbow, uploaded by pixiedustj627)

    And a piece of Daydream, uploaded by pixiedustj627

    (Oh boy, this will be easier when I can listen again! Monday….)


  7. Hi everyone:

    I am often to meet some friends, but will report back later. Thanks for the videos once again. Can’t wait to hear the Albany performances


  8. Have fun, MCL!


  9. I just have to add correction to videos being not that great — actually I really appreciated the fact that she kept the videos simple – focusing on David on the stage the whole time — no back and forth with the Zoom or back and forth from stage to the Jumbo screens. Also David sang wonderfully as usual – by tired, I meant physically tired, a little less hopping and bopping. Point in case – he did not do his usually sky high jumpy jumps at the end when pointing to Cook in the finale. I get tired just thinking about this grueling tour these young people are doing.
    off to work!
    MCL – you have many friends!


  10. Delivered By ArchieFanDoc

    Yes – I do have many friends, but all is quiet so now so here I go.


    Oh my heart – the screaming is pretty manic. Let the boy sing, pleeeease?

    David’s gorgeous voice soars like a bird with wings. His voice sounds so relaxed, extremely rich and remarkably resonant, give his young age.

    This is a solid, confident and passionate performance. Ooh and the “yeah yeah” sections is pretty darn good – full of energy and buoyancy. I also noticed that, once again, his hands never left the piano, as was customary in earlier performances.
    And the upper note on the word “it” was better placed in this performance. Good for you, David. Keep that mouth round and the jaw relaxed, sing over the note and all will continue to be well.

    And as always that ending never ceases to inspire me – so full of passion, brilliantly executed and astounding artistry. I love the arms moving out to the side at the end –great idea, from a performance standpoint and a technical one. This elevates the rib cage, thus ensuring that the diaphragmatic breathing muscles are working to capacity.

    Great, great performance!


    And the screamfest continues. What can you do? These gals sure love him.

    And, once again, David’s voice sounds stellar on this song. I am running out adjectives to describe David’s performances. He always puts so much into each and every song.

    The ringing presence of his vocal power is simply astounding. And his rhythmic stage movements are just so perfect for this song. The music soars through every cell in his body and moves effortlessly out toward his audience and engulfs them. I know – I was there – and to see and hear this level of excellence live and in color is truly magical.

    Kudos, David


    Another great performance of this song by David. Darn, I wish I knew who wrote this arrangement. Anyone?

    David is adding some new melodic riffs in this song – good for him. Keeps the song fresh for him, but only David can come out night after night and find something new and different in these four distinct performances. Such a talent he is!

    And, he can sure dance up a storm. What an exciting and talented presence he is on that stage!

    The ending was vocally strong and secure – a vocal jaw-dropper. Bravoooooo!


    This is one of those rare times that I could actually hear his dialogue before the song. So heartfelt!

    And, his voice is stellar and permeates our hearts in a way that is truly special. That voice wraps around the melody line with effortlessness and ease. How he pumps out these notes out every night is the stuff of miracles.

    Such clean, pure, technically brilliant singing that comes from the depths of his soul! And such a humble, carefree and genuine demeanor. A rare package indeed.

    PLEASE DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – another mini bow

    Love this group number and I love how David always stays behind David Cook. He has so much respect for his big brother Cookie and I know that the feeling is mutual

    Next Up: Jason Castro’s Performances


  11. Delivered By Rereader

    Over the Rainbow, uploaded by piratedani:

    This is actually a pretty good video of this performance. And, Jason, is sounding a little more fluid in this rendition, but there is still some word separation in this song that needs attention.

    But, vocally, his voice sounds very good, very pure and gaining in resonance and presence.

    OoPs – round your mouth on the “ee” vowel in word “me”, Jason. The vowel will gain some depth and will certainly sound more centered. Plus it will be easier to sing this vowel if you use a circular mouth position in combo with a relaxed jaw.

    Your head voice was super, though! Excellent performance.

    And a piece of Daydream, uploaded by pixiedustj627M

    This is the last part of the song, yet, even so, the up close and personal connection one establishes with Jason in this video is superb! The smile on his adorable face and his gentle, charming stage presence is such a joy to behold..

    And, I love how he stops playing bthe guitar for a few seconds during the line “And you could be daydreaming for a thousand years”, so that he can stretch his arms out to physically draw emphasis to the lyrics. Super!

    Another great performance of this inspired song selection. Bravo Jason!


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