Masterclass Discussion Thread For America’s Got Talent: Group One Of The Top 48

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I am visiting family today and hope to return before tonight’s show.  

 In the meantime, this blog topic will provide opportunity for AGT fans to add their thoughts and comments about the first Group of 12. You will be my eyes and ears until I return later this evening.  

I still miss the sleight-of -hand magician. Does anyone out there know if he has been snagged by a savvy management company?  How can anyone – including AGT – let this man slip their fingers? (sigh)  

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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

18 Responses to “Masterclass Discussion Thread For America’s Got Talent: Group One Of The Top 48”

  1. SurelyBSerious July 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I am not sure why they let the guys from Haiti or the guys who were homeless go.

    I am not sure why they kept the “funny man” who does the Arnold Swartznegger.

    They kept the Air guys…the ones who does not use instruments. Is it warranted for a Las Vegas show?

    I wasn’t impressed with the guy who does the bicycle tricks. You?


  2. It is a reality TV show. Despite being a talent show, some get chosen as canon fodder (the silly, the odd, the ‘funny’… and some good talent gets sent home). So I just enjoy what is presented (fast forward through the ridiculous- I always record before watching, lol) and concentrate on the real talent.


  3. My favorite acts last night were Fighting Gravity, Nate Kenyon, and the two sisters with Cystic Fibrosis (sorry I can’t remember their name). I appreciated Nate Kenyon’s little comback at Howie. He seems like a really nice guy. Normally I am not very interested in the group acts, but I was really impressed with Fighting Gravity.


  4. Louise – I loved Fighting Gravity and Nate Kenyon as well. I missed the first 6 acts but do like the two sisters also. However, they are limited in their scope and the younger one is a 100 times more talented than the older.


  5. MCL,

    Here’s a link to last night’s performance from the sisters . . .


  6. Thanks so much Louise. They were good – not great but still very lovely. Not sure if they will make it to the Semi-Finals. We shall see tonight.


  7. I love Fighting Gravity! I fell in love with them their first audition. They are so different and would be an absolutely joy/treat to see in Las Vegas! I really hope they win!


  8. I agree that Fighting Gravity is a really unique, entertaining act. But I still prefer the singers and am looking forward to Michael Grimm’s next performance.


  9. Hey Louise…I agree with you! My son is a Martial Artist, and while these guys are entertaining, there technique is not so great!

    I’m still waiting on the singers too!


  10. Louise,

    I shouldn’t have said that about their technique…they are more Extreme martial Artists and my son is Traditional, so it does make a difference!


  11. Fighting Gravity is the group that does the light show….I don’t believe they do any Marial arts. I do love the singing too, but I’m rootin’ for Fighting Gravity.


  12. SurelyBSerious July 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I am glad who won. Although sad for the whistling hand lady ~ she was a hoot. The future Funk are really too young. `


  13. OOOpppsss! My bad…I thought fighting gravity was the Kung Fu guys, sorry…I’m blushing!

    What does fighting gravity do, can’t remember them then?


  14. No worries….it can be hard to keep all the acts straight! I don’t know how the judges do it. Fighting Gravity is the group of college students who do a light show! IT’s so cool. Here’s the performance from this week:


  15. Oh, okay…I have not gotten to see them! I must admit that I didn’t get to watch all of the auditions, but I will certainly keep an eye out for when they are on again.

    Thank you!!!


  16. bizzee247,

    I just went back and watched Fighting Gravity from the other night, I had taped the show but just haven’t gotten around to watching it…these guys are from Virginia Tech! I live in Virginia, everyone (well almost everyone) is a Tech fan around here, we have to share with UVA! This is awesome!!!


  17. SurelyBSerious July 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Is Virginia Tech the place where all those kids were shot some years ago?


  18. SurelyBSerious,

    Yeah, it was…such a tragedy! Tech has had a couple of horrible things happen there, such a shame, it is a great school.


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