Lacey Brown Speaks To Ellen About Her American Idol Elimination

Lacey Brown and Ellen

Picture Courtesy of The Ellen Degeneres Show

A merican Idol Season 9 Top 12 Contestant, Lacey Brown, recently spoke to Ellen Degeneres about her recent elimination from the show.

She was invited by Ellen to appear on the ELLEN show and spoke candidly about her American Idol experience.

Additionally, she gave an amazing performance on the ELLEN show, superbly accompanied by American Idol coach and accompanist, the great Michael Orland.

Best of luck, Lacey! We wish you well and hope to see you succeed in a monumental way.

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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

2 Responses to “Lacey Brown Speaks To Ellen About Her American Idol Elimination”

  1. MCL – that was a great performance by Lacey. She was so much looser and expressive than on Idol. I didn’t time the Ellen performance, but it seemed a little longer than the 1:30 (?) on Idol. It seemed to allow for more dynamics. I can really see Lacey fronting an alternative type band – like Kara mentioned – the Cranberries, the Sundays.

    Great job, girlie.

    Does anyone think that Ellen is just an old soul? She is so kind and empathetic and wise, I think.


  2. Yes – Ellen is definitely an old soul. She is so kind and so loving. It is refreshing to see this kind of empathetic behavior from people in the “biz”. Oftentimes, it doesn’t work this way!


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