And The Talent Continues On Britain’s Got Talent Via 12-Year-Old Shaheen Jafargholi


Goodness, gracious! What is going on with the ever popular Britain’s Got Talent this season?

After watching 12-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi’s extraordinary performance of  “Who’s Loving You”  by Michael Jackson, the producers should rethink the name and call the show, Britain’s Got Superstars!

Wow – just wow!  Listen to the crystal clear head voice in this young boy’s voice. Perfect technical skills!

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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 “And The Talent Continues On Britain’s Got Talent Via 12-Year-Old Shaheen Jafargholi”

  1. I am blown away by this young man!!!!! Unbelievable for a 12-year-old to sound this good!

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  2. Absolutely amazing! Something’s in the water in Britain!!

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  3. No wonder Simon is bored with American Idol this season – well, except for you know who!

    First Susan Boyle, now this kid?

    I am going to start writing Vocal Masterclass articles for Britain’s Got Talent because it will be easy. Nothing to critique! LOL

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  4. You took the words right out of my mouth, soccer247.

    There has to be something magical indeed in the waters across the pond. This young man is absolutely astonishing.

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  5. I love this kid! Absolutely stunning voice. =) And he is adorably genuine, just like someone at his age ought to be.

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  6. Oops, I asked you about this young man on the other thread, MCL. I see you were impressed as much as I was. Shaheen actually sings better than some of the TOP 13 finalists on AI.

    I was thinking about the vocal abilities of Michael Jackson, Donny Osmond, and Stevie Wonder at age 12. I am betting he has some professional background. He seems to be a nice kid with a fantastic voice!

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  7. Jafargholi played the young Michael Jackson in the stage musical “Thriller Live”, performing in Wales, Germany, Holland and Ireland on tour. Shaheen, who has also had minor roles in BBC dramas.

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  8. Britain’s Got Talent fans have been flooding internet forums with complaints after Shaheen Jafargholi’s impressive CV was leaked online.

    The 12-year-old wowed the judges and audience at the audition in Cardiff, which was televised on Saturday.

    It’s now emerged Shaheen has appeared on Casualty and Torchwood and attended the prestigious Mark Jermin Stage School.

    ‘I think it’s a long, long way from the spirit of the totally unknown, inexperienced amateur, everyday person we’re supposed to believe in,’ says one fan.

    But a show spokesman insists Shaheen has not broken any rules.

    ‘Britain’s Got Talent is open to everyone whether they are professional or amateur,’ the rep tells the Daily Mail.

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  9. Seriously Surely, thanks for that info.

    To paraphrase what Simon said in his comments to Julian Smith after he auditioned- sax player Britain’s Got Talent (his audition also brought me to tears) ‘This show is about giving someone a break, someone with incredible talent, and I believe that we have found that in you’

    Much as I think Shaheen is mega talented, it sounds like he is already well on his way to a career in the entertainment world. I hope Britain picks the next winner to be one who does need a break, rather that someone like Shaheen.

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  10. After seeing Shaheen, I looked back at last year’s BGT, and the 3rd place winner was a young man, Andrew Johnston. As I watched his performances, all I could think was his round mouth that MCL always teaching us about! LOL!

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  11. It does seem that American Idol is looking quite bad compared to its British counterpart. The kid and that Susan Boyle girl are amazing. You know, I think their success is a lesson Idol should take to heart. One of them would be too young to enter Idol, while the other would be too old. Perhaps Idol’s strict age limit is preventing it from finding some truly remarkable undiscovered talent. You know, as I am writing this, my mother is singing in our living room, and I can’t help but think that she sounds just as good (if not better) than this year’s contestants. The problem? She’s 45 and cannot compete on Idol. She is truly an undiscovered talent that I feel sorry people (other than me and my brother) will not get to hear. Come on, Idol, discard the age limit and allow some REAL talent to take center stage!

    Were it not for Danny, this current season would get very boring indeed.

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