Ushering The American Idol Season 9 Top 10 To the Next Level

Usher and The Top 10

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I am absolutely thrilled that Usher will be mentoring the Idols on Tuesday, March 30th during their Top 10 R&B performances.  I am hoping to see some keen and educational mentoring from Usher. He certainly comes equipped with a ton of performing experience mixed in with an artistic confidence that is truly singular. 

Then, during the Results Show on Wednesday, March 31st, The  Man known as Usher will be performing live, along with individual performances by Diddy & Dirty Money and rising R&B star, Justin Bieber who hails from my home Country of Canada! Go Canada! 

American Idol.Com has made it ever so convenient for you to have  a peek or a download of  available R&B songs on ITunes.  I am hoping that Usher will be able to refine the strengths and strengthen the weaknesses of each of the remaining singers.  

Given the theme and the mentor,  I can envision a truly great show, one that may spotlight singers who have not had an opportunity to shine in a comprehensive manner. 


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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 “Ushering The American Idol Season 9 Top 10 To the Next Level”

  1. MCL…I love that you are excited about Usher being a Mentor!

    I think it should be a very good show, the kids have some great music to choose from. Plus, I think Usher will be a great mentor and give these guys some great advice.

    I’m going to go back to mj’s and re-read the list of songs and pick which one’s I like…not that it will make any difference in what they sing, Lol…I just like to give my 2 cents!!!


  2. MCL…Here is the list from mj’s, is it okay to post it here?

    At Your Best You Are Love – Aaliya
    Try Again – Aaliya
    Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
    Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
    Tired of Being Alone – Al Green
    No One – Alicia Keys
    Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart – Alicia Keys
    Sweet Love – Anita Baker
    Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
    Respect Aretha Franklin

    You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
    Every Time I Close My Eyes – Baby Face
    Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love – Barry White
    Stand by Me – Ben E. King
    Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown
    My Prerogotive – Bobby Brown
    A Song For Momma – Boyz II Men
    I’ll Make You Love to You – Boyz II Men
    It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday – Boyz II Men
    On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men
    Have You Ever – Brandy
    The Boy Is Mine (feat. Monica) – Brandy
    Back At One – Brian McKnight
    Rainy Night in Georgia – Brook Benton
    Tell Me Something Good – Chaka Khan & Rufas
    Forever – Chris Brown
    With You – Chris Brown
    Treat Her Like a Lady – Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose
    It’s All Right – Cutis Mayfield & The Impressions
    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
    Let’s Groove – Earth Wind and Fire
    September – Earth Wind and Fire
    Knock on Wood – Eddie Floyd
    I Heard it Through the Grapevine – Gladys Knight and the Pips
    Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight and the Pips
    (You’re Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
    I Want You Back – Jackson 5
    Never Can Say Goodbye – Jackson 5
    Who’s Lovin’ You – Jackson 5
    I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
    On the Wings of Love – Jeffrey Osbourne
    What Becomes of the Brokenhearted – Jimmy Ruffin
    I Wanna Know – Joe
    Superwoman – Karyn White
    Here and Now – Luther Vandross
    If Only For One Night – Luther Vandross
    Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
    Stop to Love – Luther Vandross
    Love Won’t Let Me Wait – Major Harris
    Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
    We Belong Together – Maria Carey
    (Love is Like a) Heat Wave – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
    Dancing in the Street – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
    Nowhere to Run – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
    Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    I Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
    Mercy Mercy me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
    Be Without You (Kendu Mix) Mary J. Blige
    I Am – Mary J. Blige
    My Guy – Mary Wells
    Human Nature – Michael Jackson
    Rock With You – Michael Jackson
    Angel of Mine – Monica
    For You I Will – Monica
    Because of You – Ne Yo
    Mad – Ne Yo
    I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Otis Redding
    (Sittin on) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
    Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
    Unchain my Heart – Ray Charles
    Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
    Umbrella – Rihanna & Jay-Z
    Hold On I’m Coming – Sam & Dave
    Soul Man – Sam & Dave
    Bring it on Home to Me – Sam Cooke
    Crusin’ – Smokey Robinson
    I Second that Emotion – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    The Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    Home – Stephanie Mills
    Superstition – Stevie Wonder
    I Wish – Stevie Wonder
    Living For the City – Stevie Wonder
    Uptight (Everything is Alright) – Stevie Wonder
    Easy – The Commodores
    Watcha See is Whatcha Get – The Dramatics
    Baby I Need Your Loving – The Four Tops
    I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
    Reach Out I’ll Be There – The Four Tops
    People Get Ready – The Impressions
    It’s Your Thing – The Isley Brothers
    This Old Heart of Mine – The Isley Brothers
    Shop Around – The Miracles
    You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me – The Miracles
    Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – The Spinners
    People Make the World Go Round – The Stylistics
    You Make me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
    Back in My Arms Again – The Supremes
    Stop! In the Name of Love – The Supremes
    Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes
    You Can’t Hurray Love – The Supremes
    You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes
    Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
    Just My Imagination – The Tempatations
    Papa Was a Rolling Stone – The Temptations
    Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston
    I Can’t Stand the Rain – Tina Turner
    We Don’t Need Another Hero – Tina Turner
    Waterfalls – TLC
    Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton
    Burn – Usher
    My Boo (feat. Alicia Keys) – Usher
    Nice & Slow – Usher
    U Got it Bad – Usher
    U Remind Me – Usher
    Save the Best for Last – Vanessa Williams
    Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
    How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
    Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston
    In the Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
    Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
    Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett


  3. Absolutely fine to add anything from MJs. You can link to her site as well if you wish. Thanks for adding the song list. Lots of great material from which to choose, including Usher!


  4. MCL…Usher was on Good Morning America this morning, he gave a short interview, he will be back on there tomorrow doing their concert series, so he will be singing live from NY in the morning.

    He was talking about owning his own recording studio and this young man Justin Bieber; who will be singing on idol wednesday night is his first artist to record in his studio.

    I would love to hear Michael sing one of Luther Vandross’ songs…I can see him singing R&B post idol. His voice reminds me alot of Luther’s.

    I can’t wait to see what the other contestants pick off of this list…there really are some great songs on there!


  5. Thanks so much for the information, Vonnie. Will try to catch him tomorrwo morning but I am definitely looking forward to his musical contribution on American Idol.


  6. I don’t think that’s the entire list of songs. It doesn’t include Proud Mary, for one thing. Unless that’s not an R&B song, which would be incredible to me.


  7. I just checked the entire list on itunes and Proud Mary isn’t on it. The list doesn’t comprise all r&b songs. There are a lot of great ones that just aren’t on that list for some reason. Anyway, no one could touch Tina Turner’s version of that song.

    There is certainly a lot of material to choose from. The hard part is to pick the right song and either choose to sing it straight or change it up. Not an easy task at all! I am looking forward to hearing what Usher had to say to each of the contestants.


  8. It looks like Siobhan isn’t going to do “the note” tonight . . .


  9. louise,

    That’s welcome news! But I think Siobhan is smart enough to know that she doesn’t need it. I kind of feel bad that she thought she needed that to make the tour.

    I don’t think she necessarily has to never do it again, but it would be nice for her to leave it alone for a few weeks.


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