Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 9 Top 7 Results Show: Inspirational Music With Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys and the Top 7

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L ast evening’s show, apart from Alicia Keys involvement, was far from an inspiring and memorable even.    

The abbreviated time frame for the show –  down from a 90-minute format to 60 minutes – set a frantic pace that left me frustrated and, at times, confused.    

Generally, the singers mirrored my ill ease and looked less prepared than in previous weeks.    

No doubt these singers had a lot on their plate because of  additional preparations geared toward Idol Gives Back this evening.    

However, I thought Alicia Keys brought an air of class and sophistication when guiding the singers and I only wish I could have seen more interaction between her and the singers. Darn that 60-minute format!    

I suspect that the guys will be on the grill tonight. Get ready for an all-male Bottom 3!    

As always, I hope to comment further this evening as the show unfolds and don’t forget to add your opinions as well. You can start now or come back later! The  Top 7 Vocal Masterclass article will be online soon.    

UPDATE: SAFE: Crystal Bowersox, Lee Dewyze, Siobhan Magnus and Michael Lynche    

                       BOTTOM 3: Casey James, Aaron Kelly , Tim Urban  

ELIMINATED: TIM URBAN (gonna miss that smile!)


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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

4 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 9 Top 7 Results Show: Inspirational Music With Alicia Keys”

  1. I agree that Alicia Keys is a class act! I really wish we got to see more of her interactions with the contestants.

    And I’m rooting for the girls to hang in there! We really lost so many of them too soon this season.


  2. Maybe after a stint in the bottom 3, Casey would leave the guitar next week. I wish he would, but I think he depends more on his amazing guitar skills than on his voice.

    It’s not really surprising to see Tim go; IMO I think he should’ve been gone four weeks ago. However, I will also miss his smile and his nice personality (plus his nice body too–kidding! LOL). I always felt that he’s genuinely loving every minute of his Idol journey.

    For next week, I’m hoping for
    1. Only one contestant playing guitar (do something different, Lee and Casey!)
    2. Accurate and constructive judges’ comments
    3. Brilliant performances from at least half of the contestants

    And finally: I’m embarrassed to admit it, because it might seem very weird, but I think I have a little “girl-crush” going on for Siobhan (it’s fine, you can laugh). She looked absolutely gorgeous in the results show it makes me smile just thinking about it. Thank God I opted not to take summer classes or I would’ve missed her Idol run.


  3. SurelyUCan'tBSerious April 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Solidairity, yes, I agree that Tim loved and enjoyed every minute of his journey, I wish the others would appreciate it as well as he does. What an opportunity of a lifetime! Oh Garcia also looked like he enjoyed it as well, and his gracious send off grabbed my heartstrings. Surely, they know they are NOT going to be the top “dog” and I wished the girl that was sent home last week would have showed more appreciation. Contestants need to remember that the world is watching and someone out there will hire them but not if they acted the way some of them do at the end of their journey on AI.

    I enjoyed Wanda and Lopez–their jokes hit it right on the nail–poking fun at AI.

    How much money did they raised so far, anyone know?



  4. Alicia Keys is so beautiful, talented, and sweet…i love her songs they let you see what’s good about love…


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