American Idol Season 7 Tour in Minneapolis Minnesota on August 31st, 2008

Hey Minneapolis!

I am sure you will be pumped after the Top 10 Idol show at the Target Center this evening. This crop of singers have so much to offer and I know you will be walking away from this performance with many wonderful musical memories.

Also, the singers have a little over a week of performances left on this extremely busy tour season, so I am sure they are letting their adrenaline fly higher than ever now.

So , please take a moment and post your video links and/or recaps and or pictures in the comments sectiion below or you can email me at and I shall add your info. for you.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
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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

14 Responses to “American Idol Season 7 Tour in Minneapolis Minnesota on August 31st, 2008”

  1. Not much uploaded yet, but here’s a nice slice of WYSYLM…a mere 50 seconds, but strong and resonant:


  2. Some Jason!

    A not quite complete Over the Rainbow, uploaded by julieu3

    And most of Crazy and Daydream, also uploaded by julieu3


  3. Delivered by Hazelnut

    Uploaded by gerreb

    Performed by David Archuleta

    When You Say you Love Me-50 seconds only

    Oh well, 50 seconds is better than nothing, right? And, as Hazelnut said, it is indeed another strong and resonant Archuleta performance of this number.

    He sounds superlative as always and his upper notes are beautifully focused and pure. And I love the vocal turn on the word “time”, another example of the Archuleta Artistry.


  4. Delivered by Rereader

    Uploaded by julieu3

    Performed by Jason Castro

    A not quite completeOver The Rainbow

    Jason sounds a little sluggish in this performance. This is the fourth consecutive day of performing, so it is understandable.

    The tempo is a little slower, as well, so this inhibits his ability to breathe in an efficient manner. Also, he is dropping the ends of his phrases. Poor kid, he is exhausted.

    However, he does nail that head voice portion when he sings the words “over the rainbow, hoo”.

    Love his soulful “Oos” and “Ahs” at the end. Very good.

    Most of Crazy and Daydream

    Although his lower vocals sound less energized, his upper vocals are just excellent. Once again, he grabs the pure “eh” vowel in the word “crazy” and fully projects and resonates his voice in his vocal masque. Wonderful!

    This song sounds so good now – really solid and confident. Love the pure “ah” vowel in the word “are”.

    Wow – that upper note “crazy” just keeps getting better and better and better. Great performance, Jason! You rock, my man!

    And now, he speaks in that wonderful baritone voice that I love so much. I still think he should explore that area of his singing range – he might surprise himself.

    And, as he starts “Daydream”, it sounds fluid and animated. A little problem with the falsetto note on the word “way”, but ala in all a superb performance.

    One thing I did notice: Jason, your knees and legs look pretty stiff. Try to relax those knees a bit more – it will add more spring and bouyancy from the lower half of your body.

    Also, your feet are too close – create some space between your feet and, in fact, place one foot just slightly ahead of the other.

    This stance, coupled with the relaxation of your knees, will the tension in your body and encourage you to breath more effectively from the diaphragm.


  5. MCL, here from the Target Center is “Angels” in 2 parts. Note to gerreb, you are entirely forgiven for not being able to sit still during “Angels”.

    I will let you discover the ever changing nuances in this version on your own…enjoy!


  6. Here’s a full-length version of Angels that just popped up:

    He seems a little fatigued..maybe due to those the 4-days straight of performing…these poor kids need some rest! Even so, David is still never less than stellar in my opinion.


  7. I posted this before but doesn’t seem to be uploading…sorry if this ends up being a duplicate. Full version of Angels…great performance, but seems a little fatigued. Sleep, my prince! 😉


  8. Delivered by Janey79

    Uploaded by gerreb

    Performed by David Archuleta

    Angels and

    Also another version of Angels

    Delivered by Hazelnut

    Uploaded by suttygal

    Well, as Hazelnut says, Archie seems a little tired and I have no doubt that he is. Jason sounded tired as well.

    However, I think Janey’s video – in two parts – has a clearer audio. I think the audio in the other video was just fuzzy and that may have been the reason that David’s voice didn’t sound as clear as we have come to know and appreciate.

    He is as strong as ever – the hushed nuances at the beginning of this performance provides such an amazing contrast to the vitality of forte sound he expends when he sings the refrain. So much development at such a young age and with one vocal cord.

    I can hear him pumping more vocal energy midway through this number – this young man trys so hard to be the very best he can be for his audience. And it seems to be working – he adds a nice twist on the word “call” and constantly looks for ways to refresh the melody line of this song.

    His vocal animation continues to increase as the song moves forward and he nails every note set forth before him and more. He adds so much expressive soul and power to the lyrics and melody – extremely special.

    I think the first video clip: and is more indicative of David’s true sound at this concert. His voice sounds more resonant and focused.

    Once again – an ending abundant in passion and sensitivity. The mini- run on the first syllable of the final “Angels – ascending and then descending – was stellar.


  9. MCL, Last week in an interview on Disney, David said of his fans “they are just as much a part of this as I am”. The Minneapolis crowd proves David is once again correct as they reward his efforts by screaming their booties off!

    Here is “Apologize” (Mercy David mercy!)

    and “Stand By Me” I think “upooooun” is my new favorite word, no maybe it’s “frieeeend”:

    A partial WYSYLM:


  10. • They pretty much can’t dance or move with a sense of purpose onstage except for David Archuleta – from Minneapolis review off the Blitz page

    Let’s check out that dancing and sense of purpose! – (Suttygal)


    Stand By Me:

    When You Say You Love Me: but missing the best part!?


  11. Wow those were excellent! Love the videos with not only clear audio, but such great close-ups. David really is quite the visual performer and he seemed so relaxed and joyful didn’t he? His facial expressions are so varied – nice and relaxed during opening verses Stand by Me


  12. and more driven and intense to match the direction of the song. He really seemed to love this crowd too. 🙂


  13. Delivered by Janey79 and ArchieFanDoc

    Uploaded by suttygal

    Performed by David Archuleta


    Both Janey and ArchieFan were extremely excited about this and all of David’s performances in Minneapolis. So, I am anxious to watch and be treated to this great live Archuleta performance.

    And , my oh my, the crowd is extremely hysterical for their Archie, aren’t they? I. Love. It.

    And, as always, the emotional delivery of this song is so perfect. He internalizes the emotional core of this song and it explodes through his vocal power and delivery, making willing captives of his adoring fans in the audience.

    And the video captures the animation in his face – all the heartfelt angst and sorrow is there for all to see.

    And that “too late” section(around 2;15 mark) – where he sustains the “late” word- is brilliantly executed. his voicse just grabs the pure “eh” vowel and,as a result the soulful display of his voice when he sings that word is clear, seamless and oh so resonant.

    And as he moves toward the ending of this song, I just marvel at his stage presence and effortless stage movements. This is such a meticulous, well rehearsed – yet sublimely musical performance!

    Stand By Me

    Well, suttygirl, was busy during this concert. Another great video here and it captures David’s dialogue with ther audience between “Apologize” and “Stand By Me”.

    The audience just love him soooooo much. Look at the smile on his face. He is obviously having a blast with this audience.

    Now, I wonder what he has in store for us during this number? He is having the greatest time with the fans, though, so the first part of the number is spebt in a “meet and greet” of sorts. hahaha

    And, I’m sorry, but I just melt when he sings the “so darling, darling section” and adds the rhythmic steps to match the rhythmn in the melodic line of these sections of the song. Gets me every time. He is just so darn musical!

    And, of course, the upbeat portion of this song is as stellar as always, as he visually and aurally commands the stage with his charismatic presence.

    His voice is so powerful, so secure and he is really doing everything “oh so correct” to ensure that his vocal delivery is as perfect as it can be.

    Another phenomenal showcase. The Archuleta Artistry strikes again!

    When you Say You Love Me (partial)

    And now, the pièce de résistance. I love the hushed intensity at the beginning of this song. He paces this song so very well, in a way that is similar to “Angels”.

    I still wish that microphone was a bit lower – it would prevent him from raising his head when he sings his upper notes. The head should always stay level when one sings – raising the head causes singers to add extreme pressure to the throat and, hence, the vocal cords.

    David should bend his knees at this section of the song – think in a downward position when singing in a higher part of his range. And “butt-squeezing” always helps – it’s failproof! Go David!

    However, he still sounds fantastic – his voice is truly a gift from God, a blessing in all of our lives.


  14. Thank you, MCL for the review of Jason’s songs. I believe there is a vocal coach on the buses. I hope he/she will gives the Idols some advice! I like your advice, MCL.

    Does anyone know if there have been any changes made from the beginning of the tour to now?


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