Aaron Kelly On The Ellen Show: Looking Toward A Promising Future

I apologize to the readers for adding this topic so late. I had every intention to add Aaron’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, but the weekend was a busy one and I became distracted. 

Unfortunately, the video clip on Ellen’s site is abbreviated, so I found the entire interview on good ‘ole, reliable YouTube.Com.

So, last evening, my husband and I finally watched The Ellen Degeneres Show – I tape it daily – and I was so impressed with Aaron’s mature, realistic approach to his experience on American Idol.

Following his interview with Ellen, Aaron sang a very touching rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s, “Angel“.

And, for your information, my husband, who never watches Idol, was really impressed by Aaron – he thinks this young guy will mature with time and hard work and shows a high degree of vocal promise and musical talent. 

Also, he was further impressed with Siobhan Magnus when he heard her rendition of “The House of the Rising Sun” and said her elimination is the reason he doesn’t watch American Idol any longer.  It doesn’t make sense and has become a popularity contest.  

American Idol, it seems, has lost thousands of casual viewers who echo his thoughts – people who were interested in hearing phenomenal vocal talent and less interested in their backstory and the critiques from the judges.  Because, in reality, one’s backstory will not determine one’s success in the music industry. Talent, drive, a positive attitude and a willingness to take a risk will be the deciding forces.

Hope you enjoy Aaron’s performance.  He is a sweet, courteous young man and that goes a long way when you are striving to create a name for yourself in this business.

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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

3 Responses to “Aaron Kelly On The Ellen Show: Looking Toward A Promising Future”

  1. Thank you, MCL, for posting this. I am trying to be positive about AI9 & E19 so here it is.

    Because AI9 and E19 provided a vehicle, we had the opportunity to journey with the contestants for a while this year. Here is a CHEER to a few of the contestants that we will be missing for the next few weeks:

    Aaron Kelly, Alex Lambert, Didi Benami, Katie Stevens, Katelyn Epperly, Lilly Scott, Paige Miles, Tim Urban,

    and Siobhan Magnus

    May you all PURSUE YOUR PASSION, excel in your careers, and use your gifts to positively influence others’ lives.


  2. That was lovely, MCL. Thank you so much for posting it. The song translated well with a teensy bit of country twang.


  3. I think Aaron did a nice job on Ellen’s Show. With some vocal training and a maturity in voice, I could see Aaron having some success.

    American Idol, it seems, has lost thousands of casual viewers who echo his thoughts – people who were interested in hearing phenomenal vocal talent and less interested in their backstory and the critiques from the judges.

    After reading the words in the American Idol Survey, I have a feeling we are going to have a major change in AI10. They may use a format showing a lot more backstory and the “journey” on the show. One question had to do with seeing rehearsals; another to do with the struggles the contestants go through. I think they will be adding more drama to the show, and I want more singing!!


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