David Archuleta’s Performance Of Imagine On American Idol Season 9 Top 9 Results Show


Vocal prodigy, David Archuleta, made another triumphant return to the American Idol stage during Season 9’s Top 9 Results Show on April 7th. 

Seated quietly at the piano, he performed another inspiring version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, once again reminding all of us that he is a force to be reckoned with.  The sophistication and poise he brings to this performance is pretty amazing.  How he is able to pack so much into one song and yet make it sound flawless and effortless is beyond me. He is truly a rare and precious gem in the musical world.

And yet, not only is this genuine young man supremely talented, but also  he is a kind and gentle human being who is extremely humbled and thankful for the prodigious musical gift bestowed on him at birth.

He is so approachable and so gracious to everyone – is it any wonder that he is collecting more and more fans with each passing day?

Enjoy the video (above) and please feel free to leave your comments.

About Masterclass Lady

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

36 Responses to “David Archuleta’s Performance Of Imagine On American Idol Season 9 Top 9 Results Show”

  1. Beautifully put! Thanks so much for your wisdom and insight.

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  2. I loved this performance. (Loved his first two performances of Imagine, too.) This was a refined, mature version, but as beautiful as the others.

    David caught hold of me right at the start of season 7 of Idol, and if anything, I’m more a fan now because I know that he is a great person, too.

    What a night! Thanks for posting the video, MCL.

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  3. David is a class act…a definite rarity in the music industry this day and age.

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  4. Is there a way or a word to express my pleasure, my amazement, and my love for this performance? No there is not. This is David’s best performance of this song ever!

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  5. hear! hear! Thanks, MCL, for another great review of the work of David Archuleta. He never fails to awe and astonish me by his talent and his humanity.

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  6. MCL Thank You for posting this. David is so amazing to watch. I love that he doesn’t need all the smoke and mirrors that other performers use. I have seen him live quite a few times and can’t seem to get enough. I am going to see him on Friday at the Blaze game. Can’t wait!!

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  7. Beautifully said!!!!!!

    I’m so proud to be a fan of this young man…Can’t wait for what comes, single, album, and book!!!!

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  8. Thank you so much for the wonderful review of David’s performance. YOU truly GET DAVID. He doesn’t need flashing lights, dancers,or fire coming from behind him. All he needs is to open his mouth and have that wonderful voice. Playing the piano was an extra. You are also correct in how humble and thankful he is. He does not even promote himself. No mention of his book coming out.He is just not pushy. He is just the sweetest and most wonderful person. THANK YOU for being a friend to him.

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  9. MCL – you captured it all. I continue to be amazed by David’s incredible talent. He was perfection tonight and we were in awe yet again! I loved his expressive hands when he was speaking with Ryan!

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  10. Thank you for the beautiful words that you used to describe David and his gift. He really does make this song appear effortless while at the same time putting so much into it. David is an amazing human being and I, for one, feel very privileged and blessed to have seen his journey since American Idol. He is definitely a force to be reckoned with. You did an amazing job of summing up his performance and his character. Thanks again!

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  11. I am so impressed with how he consistently produces amazing music. He always wants to give his best to his audiences, and doesn’t disappoint.

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  12. He has really made that his own. He wasn’t my favorite on Season 7, but I certainly never rooted against him. He is just becoming stronger and stronger and I think more likeable to a wider range all the time. His performance was meaningful, lovely, and emotional.

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  13. I am so proud of David! He did a magnificient job singing “Imagine” on Idol tonight. It was just as beautiful, if not more, as the first time we heard him sing the song. He is such a class act and so desearving of all the success that has come his way. I feel so blessed to be one of his many, many fans!

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  14. We fans so agree with your professional and heartfelt opinions when it comes to David….thank you once again for your wise and gracious words. It is such a beautiful reminder of why we are drawn to him and love him so much! 🙂

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  15. David reminds us that it is not about smoke, mirrors, dancing girls and glitz. It’s about the MUSIC. Most singers would crash and burn in such an exposed setting. Congrats and thanks David!

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  16. MCL, When the performance first aired in the EDT zone all 3 guest performers trended on Twitter, within the hour the other two had dropped off, never to reappear. As the show aired in different time zones across the country, David continued to trend, it was kinda fun watching his name rise and fall on the top 10 World Wide Trending Topics as the show aired in different time zones. As of this writing, an hour after the PDT showing, he’s still holding the #1 named person spot and the #6 spot of trending topics!!!

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  17. MCL,

    Yes, indeed, our David Archuleta did make a triumphant return to Idol. When he sang “Imagine” on season 7 in the semifinals, that was the very first time I saw him. It changed my life. I knew after that performance that I was definitely going to stick around for another Idol season to see this extraordinarily gifted young man. He has given me so much inspiration through the beauty and soaring spirit of his singing. He will always be in my heart.

    Watching him tonight, I was reminded of what Neil Diamond said about David when he was guest mentoring during that season. He heard him and declared that he was a prodigy. From one legend to a future legend. Truer words were never spoken. Many doubted David Archuleta. Many didn’t really hear him. Many didn’t or couldn’t acknowledge his greatness. But hearing him tonight, the nation got a chance to once again see the magic that only this young man can conjure up. It’s like lightning in a bottle. Hold on to it, hold on fast and hard, because you may never see anything like it again.

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  18. I was a Dreadhead on Season 7, but just loved David Cook and David Archuleta. What a great season that was!

    Seeing David perform tonight made me want to just hug him to pieces. How proud he can be of his accomplishemnts. I just loved his excitement and humbleness. MCL, you expressed my feelings so eloquently.

    David reminds us that it is not about smoke, mirrors, dancing girls and glitz. It’s about the MUSIC.

    Isn’t that the truth, Julie? Forget the guest stars promoting their latest album. I want more of the former Idols to come on the show!

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  19. Thanks so much MCL, I was hoping to hear from you! Thanks for your support of David. I am so proud of him and so honored to be his fan. LOVED the performance and how he pushes himself – he did not have to play the piano but he did. I simply adore him.

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  20. Thanks MCL, always great to hear your opinion of a performance. It was magical, wasn’t it. I’m always nervous anytime David’s near that Idol stage, and he added the piano and still delivered a powerful vocal. Did you catch the deck shoes and absence of socks? Doubt we’ll ever get flip flops!

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  21. I loved it!! David never disappoints, but amazes!!
    He is just divine, so special…. (looking at Ellen’s face, she was clearly touched.) David, “Imagine”, and the piano.Magic……The band did a nice job too, however all that he really needs is a microphone in his hand, and let him go!! Just beautiful!!

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  22. MCL, thank you for your thoughts about David, you are right on the money. No need for fire, dancers, spike studded jackets, or lip synching. A “rare and precious gem in the music world”, indeed. Another emotional and wonderful performance by David like only he can do.

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  23. Everyone has taken the words right out of my mouth. This rendition was SUBLIME and very calming. There is only one David Archuleta. In my opinion, this is his best performance of Imagine to date!!!

    Thank you, David. That performance was a gem. Great comments as always, MCL.

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  24. Hi everyone:

    Thank you for your wonderful comments. I can still see and hear David’s tremendous performance last evening. He just gets better and better and better and……

    MCL ♥

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  25. David’s performance was definitely the highlight of the night. I was mesmerized.

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  26. The voice that makes even men cry! That was a stunningly beautiful performance again from David. I will be a fan for life!

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  27. Thank you MCL! Just like David – you help remind us all that it is about the MUSIC! and how the music makes us feel and enriches our lives – nothing more needed than a lone piano on a stage and he one incredible voice.

    “”A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”

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  28. Rosanne, thank you for your wonderful review! You were way out in front of the pack the year David performed on American Idol. Sure, there were those who would admit he could sing, but few were willing to recognize his stunning accomplishments and greatness at such a young age. I just finished doing some web searches, and found page after page of articles written by authors who now acknowledge — however begrudgingly — David’s vocal mastery. Since they are not as well schooled in music as you, it just took them a bit longer to come to the obvious and proper conclusion. Better late than never!

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  29. Breathtaking performance! David make us feel every word and gave us the greatest gift an artist can give his audience, the emotional connection to his music soul.

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  30. It was a wonderful performance. In Seacrest’s interview the next morning he said how he didn’t even know he was singing right then. Sure didn’t show.

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  31. Season 7 had amazing talent which just cannot seem to be duplicated. What a beautiful season that was. WEe looked forward each week with anticipation of what magic we would witness each week. There were so many wonderful talented young entertainers to come from that season. The fact that two years later we are still following them and enjoy watching them emerge and flourish speaks to just how talented so many of them are. Both of the Davids, Brook, Carly, Jason, MJ, even Syesha, they all have something to give the world, and they are doing it well. It is a wonderful journey they are taking us on, may it continue for years to come.

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  32. Thank you so much, MCL, for your insightful review of David’s performance of “Imagine”, of his wonderful talent, as well as his inner being, which shines through each and every song, interview, and blog that she shares with all of us. What a wonderful human being!

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  33. Rosanne,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful review of David’s performance. I never get tired of hearing him sing Imagine, and have never loved someone’s voice as much as I do David’s! It has always made my heart break when so many people have belittled, and wrote him off as some worthless singer. It’s just apalling! That’s people for ya. I always gave the young girls credit for liking him so much. At least they have taste. I have never met David, but I know he’s got a beautful personality, and a caring spirit! Keep up the great work MCL! We appreciate you.

    Anita

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  34. Louise Peterson May 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    David is incredible! He just gets better all the time. He is truly an “American Idol” with his talent, personality and high moral values! I loved going to his concert.

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