Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 10 San Francisco Auditions

American Idol Season 10 Judges, Host, Musical Mentor

Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Iovine

Once again, real life has interfered with my blogging over the last few days. Here’s hoping that all will return to normal very soon.

I hope I am able to watch the San Francisco auditions this evening.

Hopefully, it won’t be a repeat of the Los Angeles auditions because I crave seeing and hearing incredibly gifted singers.

Please feel free to add your comments and video links after the show.

Depending on whether or not I see the show, I will try to comment later as well.

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

34 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 10 San Francisco Auditions”

  1. It occurred to me that the song choices of the auditioning contestants may account for why we see so few of the auditions of the better contestants. The staff has plenty of time to clear the songs but if the song’s owner doesn’t want it used or demands too high a price for its use the producers may opt to fill the hour with third rate reality TV programming. Some of the songs could even be owned by Simon or Kara or their affiliated companies.

    None of the cities they have been to this year should have left the viewer disappointed. They are all major music cities with at least one, sometimes more than one, distinctive local style, sound or flavor. There should be no reason for the show’s producers to have to rely on filler material to fill the hour.

    I mentioned earlier that the song choices of the auditioners were pretty mainstream again this year. Could lack of song clearance be the issue?


  2. Gene, you make a good point and it makes me wonder too…

    I’m looking forward to tonight’s show (hopefully I’m not disappointed like I was last week). I haven’t been feeling all to well the past couple of days, so I’m looking forward to putting on my pajamas and curling up with a warm blanket to watch it. 🙂


  3. The San Francisco show was definitely much better than last week’s show–especially the last guy. what a voice! I can’t wait to see what he does next.


  4. Louise-he was terrific, wasn’t he? His face looks so familiar to me and I don’t know why. It’s driving me crazy.


  5. Oh my, I was in love with this last guy! His voice….WOW! What a great way to end off the show..

    AI is is back in the win column for me – good way to redeem themselves from last week.


  6. Absolutely bizzee. The show is really heating up now!! Sizzling!!


  7. Apparently, James (the last guy who auditioned) has Tourette’s and Aspergers!! A lot of people are already comparing him to Adam Lambert!


  8. MCL, what did you think of the young woman who played the guitar at the end–and had sort of a Norah Jones sound? I liked her sound.


  9. So glad auditions are over…now let’s move on and see who is our top 20!!!

    MCL, I thought James Durbin looked like a blond version of Adam Lambert!

    I have no favorites coming out of auditions this year, there are a couple that I liked and hope that we get to here them sing during Hollywood rounds, but on the advice of a very wise person here at MCL’s, said not to get to attached during auditions and Hollywood week; cause they can very easily get sent home!

    I liked the young man who sang like Randy Travis, the cowboy country singer (and I don’t really care for country music???), and the guy that they showed in a trio of singers; he was singing a Rod Stewart song, I think “Maggie” , does anyone else remember him? I really liked his voice!


  10. That’s. It. James Durbin looks like Adam Lambert!!!!! I thought people were comparing his vocal sound to Adam and I didn’t get it!! But the look is identical. The style – not so much.

    James is less refined than Adam and I don’t mean that in a negative way. But, I think James sing with deeper emotion than Adam and that’s saying a lot. Adam is such an expressive singer but this guy-James- sings from deep within his soul.

    James’ voice had a richer timbre in his upper range. Really muscular!


  11. Louise-I loved this young woman. I believe her name is Emily Anne Reed? Great style. Very distinctive.


  12. I think that James Durbin looks like a mix between David Cook and Adam Lambert….he has the dirty blonde hair of Cookie, but the facial looks of Lambert. HA!

    I don’t really have favourites either – I loved many of them from the auditions! Let’s see what Hollywood week brings!


  13. mmmmm. There were only a very few this time whom tugs at my heartstrings.

    I also thought that Tyler was losing patience and prolly from all those silly “fillers.” I just wanted to cry 4 the “silly fillers.” I hate to see those who became so emotional afterwards if they didn’t make it. What is wrong with this society that we have to be rubberneckers? kinda like gawking at a car accident. Sad. I really thought that the change of the panel would make it more kinder and gentler. Not.


  14. I thought James Durbin looked like Kurt Russell with an Adam Lambert make over, which is a really odd combination because Adam always favored Eddie Munster to my eye. I’m having a little trouble getting too excited about James. The very last audition, San Francisco, looks and sounds like Adam Lambert; seems a little contrived to me. Naw, Idol wouldn’t do that.

    Emily Anne Reed was the only singer that interested me in the San Francisco auditions. I particularly liked the little ditty that she offered up when Steven ask if she played the guitar. She sounded like a female Leon Redbone to me. I liked the jazzy flavor of her first song but she didn’t pull it off as well. She also had a nice picking style and I’ll give her an extra point for the nicely mellowed out old Alvarez dreadnaught she brought. She seems to go by Miss Emily Anne and has a very cool video on you tube.

    She is probably too far out of the mainstream to do well on American Idol.

    The guy you are referring too that sang Maggie May is the lead singer with a band that formed right down the road from me at Auburn University. His name is Paul McDonald and he sings for the band now known as Grand Magnolias. They were originally known as Hightide Blues but made the name change to avoid being confused as being a Blues band when they expanded their touring range throughout the US. They are based in Nashville now. This, according to one of my daughters who is a fan. She also said that they have several CDs.

    I liked the fellow with the deep voice as well but I don’t recall his name. I don’t think he is as limited as the panel suggested.

    It would be pretty easy to pick 20 from the ones we have seen so far. However, I haven’t seen anyone who impressed me as being headlining arena filler yet.


  15. Gene W,

    Thanks for the info…I really liked his voice, but we were only given a glimps of him singing!

    I too am not on the James Durbin fan-wagon! I don’t like repeats of contestants; and really am not crazy about all of the back-stories this year!

    The young man with the deep voice was Scott McGreery(?) not sure of the spelling! But yeah, he stood out as one I would like to hear more of, as well as the “Singing Cowboy”.


  16. For those of you who aren’t sold on James Durbin, please check out this video . . .

    I can see the comparison to Adam Lambert, but honestly I like James’ voice better than Adam’s.


  17. Thank you, Louise! James is one of the ones I am going to support this year. I hope he can handle the stresses of the competition. He’s such a good singer! I also liked Paul McDonald’s voice. I bet he does a lot of Rod Stewart’s songs. Wonder what he looks like without the beard?

    Emily also impressed me! I do agree that Idol has gone overboard with the life stories (sob stories). I think the San Francisco auditions went well. We did see a lot of talent.


  18. What happened to John Wayne Shultz during the first Hollywood round? Does anyone know if he was eliminated? I thought he was a sure bet to end up in the finals.


  19. Hey Louise,

    I think I seen John Wayne Shultz last night as they were panning the one’s who are moving forward…so hopefully he has advanced, I liked him too!

    Last night I really like the 15 year old boy who sang the Rascal Flats song and the girl who is in the ex-couple, she and her ex auditioned together and they had them together last night! I really liked her voice and his as well.

    I also caught glimpses of Paul McDonald so hopefully that means he has advanced too, I would have really liked to have heard him sing again, but ah well, maybe he will be top 20!!!


  20. Wow Louise. This clip of James is excellent. James really sings with so much depth and emotion and his voice is just so, so beautiful.


  21. Hey everyone:

    My internet was down last night. Even my IPhone was wonky so I couldn’t post a blog topic for the Hollywood rounds. I even had a video blog happening.

    I enjoyed the Hollywood rounds Part One but was a tad confused on those that remained and those that were sent packing. And why did they not show John Wayne? Strange.


  22. James Durbin has a newer acoustic version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” recorded with the same musicians here:


    There is also a video of him doing Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” accompanied by some of the teachers and other students of a school of rock in Santa Cruz that he apparently attended.


    I like the videos better than his audition but I’m still not a fan yet. I thought he was a hot mess in Hollywood, but the judges loved him.

    There were a few contestants that I wondered if I had been unfairly influenced by their back stories, particularly Paris Tassin and Chris Medina. Both sang well in Hollywood. Paris has a nice tone and honest delivery.

    I was surprised by the elimination of Sarah Sellers and Travis Orlando. I don’t know why Sarah was cut, they didn’t show her performance, but Travis chose the wrong song. It opened well with the first line but rambled after that and left the judges looking perplexed. I was also very surprised by the comeback of Hollie Cavanaugh who cried and was an emotional mess through most of her first audition. She gave a strong, confident performance, if a little pushed.

    The 15 year old that sang Rascal Flats “Broken Road” was Jacee Badeaux. I liked the ex couple as well. I particularly liked the guy, Rob Bolin. He sang a bluesy rendition of “I’m so Lonesome I could Cry.” It’s hard to accuse a guy singing a Hank Williams song of being cookie cutter. I believe they showed Paul McDonald in one of the groups that advanced. Robbie Rosen was also good last night though I wasn’t thrilled with his song choice. I didn’t see Devyn, the singing waitress, last night and Emily Anne Reed was featured a few times, and they said she made it through but they didn’t show her singing.


  23. Hi Gene,

    Thanks for the name of the young guy!!! I am horrible with names, I really do like his voice; he’s just soooooo young and that worries me.

    And, you are so right about the guy singing Hank williams, I grew up on Hank; my dad was a huge fan of his so Hanks music was something my sister and I grew up listening to…my mom was an Elvis fan, so we had quite the combination, huh?


    I think my biggest problem with James Durbin, really isn’t a problem with him; it is a problem with him already being compared to Adam…hopefully with the new judges it will not be an issue (as it would have been with Simon, Paula, and especially Kara). Because that can be so hard on a contestant and so un-fair as well. I wish him the best and really do hope he goes far in this competition…but I for right now am not a fan! I loved Adam and will not complain if he sounds like Adam, heck, he already looks like him, LOL…looking and sounding like Adam is not a bad thing at all.

    I learned a valuable lesson last year on this sight…we can’t all like the same person! If we did then the first night of the top 12 would be the last night, because one contestant would receive all of the votes and we could then crown a winner that night.

    As it is, we can’t expect everyone to get into one boat to go to the same destination…it is more comfy if there are more boats going the same way, and plus it makes the race more fun with more boats!!! 🙂

    Sorry, maybe that is a bad anology…just trying to say I love the passion in which we each “latch” on to a contestant and wish that everyone else could here them in the same light as we do…but, sadly that’s not going to happen and that is what makes this show so much fun…because there is someone for everyone!!!


  24. Louise,

    PLEASE FORGIVE ME!!! After logging back on to MCL’s and re-reading my previous post; it really sounds like I am lecturing you!!! OMGosh, that is so not the case…please don’t think that I am trying to tell you to not tell me who to like…Blah, I wish we could delete posts…!!!

    Horrible post, I am so sorry!!!

    I am so happy that you find joy in James Durbin, I have a very open mind towards him, for right now he just has not impressed me as much as some other has, but that is not saying once we get to hear them actually sing a song, that I won’t be on the James band-wagon too!

    Again, so sorry, was not trying to lecture…and yes! I would like a little water to wash down my Dr. Scholls foot powder!!! 🙂


  25. Oh, Vonnie, no need to apologize. I’ve been logging on here for a few years and I understand that not everyone likes the same person. I just thought by sharing the link of James above, that some of you who aren’t so sold on him may appreciate him a little more. Please do not spend any more time thinking that you need to ask my forgiveness because you definitely do not!!!

    I think James has a terrific voice, however, there are others who I really like too. And it’s MUCH, MUCH too early for me to make a judgement about a favorite, etc. Anything can happen. As a matter of fact, any of them can crash and burn during group week and not even make the finals.

    I agree that I hope James won’t be continually compared to Adam. I hope he’ll be able to carve out his own persona and people will appreciate him for who he is. I can understand why people might be comparing the two because of their voices, but I think they’re quite different. I see James as a singer who is singing from his soul. I see Adam as a polished performer. Even though Adam can sing rock music, I’ve never thought of him as primarily a rock singer.


  26. Louise,

    Thank you!!! 🙂

    You are so right; alot can happen between Hollywood week and the top 24…or in this years case, top 20, and even then things go go wrong for favorites who do not get the equal amount of air time as some others do.

    I wish that when the top 20 are selected that they would have a show and show case each person, so that we would have an idea of who is actually in the competition before voting begins…some times on top 24 night that is the first time we see and hear some of the contestants, at least that has been the case for me in the past!

    Again, thank you!


  27. There was nothing wrong with your post Vonnie. I agree with you that we are not all going o like the same singers.

    This show has a history of “casting” people in rolls that have been popular in the past. I don’t know if it is AI or James himself, but I don’t think that it is coincidental that people see images of Glambert. I would like James better if he toned it down and sang within his ability. I also thought he looked better as a “regular guy” than he does with the new do.

    There is no telling who will be in the top 20. They like to have the people that haven’t been shown before explode onto the screen and create a lot of excitement. Two of my favorites who were introduced this way were Siobhan and Allison.

    I saw a you tube video the other day of several season 9 contestants during Hollywood week. If you recall, the talk was that season 9 was the worst ever and the contestants weren’t ready for prime time. The video featured Andrew Garcia, Didi Bonami, Lilly Scott, and Crystal Bowersox. Each of them was very good, better than anyone that I have seen so far this season. They appeared to be musical geniuses at this point in the competition. Of course none of them were able to sustain that level of performance for long except Crystal who proved to be a solid performer. Anything can happen.

    I hope each of you had a nice Valentine’s Day. My wife and I got to see Gladys Knight singing with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Great show!


  28. I’m curious, Gene. From what you said, you seem to be an Alabama guy, so were you a fan of Taylor Hicks?


  29. Gene,

    Thank you!

    I’m really trying to hold out this year before picking a favorite…I hoping some of the voices that I have heard so far and liked will make it to top 12, if not; I pick from the12 who’ve made it through!

    I’m thinking though that it would be really nice to have a male country singer make it to the top 2…I’m not a country music fan, but, it wouldn’t hurt idol to have another “Carrie”!


  30. This is an interesting article about the judges being too nice . . . and even though I’ve appreciated them being less harsh than Simon, the article actually makes a good point.



  31. Hello Louise,
    Taylor is from a few miles away from me but I’m not a Taylor fan. I like his voice ok I guess, but it’s more his persona as a performer that I don’t care for; the awkward dancing and so on. Honestly, most males who are in the age range necessary to be on Idol haven’t developed the kind of character in their voice that I prefer from male singers. That’s not to say that I haven’t seen several good performances from males on Idol over the years, just that there have been few male performers that I connected with. I liked Michael Johns.

    Hi Vonnie,
    I haven’t got a favorite for the competition yet, it’s too early to know who will be in it after Hollywood. Emily Anne Reed is the only one who has me the “would I buy it” standard but that was a a result of the extra song from her audition and her stuff on the internet. She had an EP for sale but it is sold out. I noticed her appearance calendar shows her to be booked up through March in local clubs, so we may not see much more of her on Idol. There are several more that I am interested in but I’ll have to wait a bit to see who else is in the game this year. There are a few strong contenders in the country male category, as you said, so there is a possibility one of them could go all the way. The talk is that John Wayne’s album that he recorded a few years ago was considered for Grammy nominations.


  32. Gene,

    I definitely agree with you about Michael Johns–he’s teriffic.

    And I also really liked what I heard from Emily Reed.

    I’m looking forward to tonight’s show to see what happens with group week.


  33. Gene,

    John Wayne Shultz = Interesting!!! Leaves one scratching one’s head doesn’t it?

    I am no longer convinced that idol is looking for that raw, untouched talent, messa thinks they want the one’s on the verge of something already…not hard to market experience!


  34. Louise,
    That was an interesting article. I knew this year’s group was larger but I will have to admit to being ignorant of the fact that each of the previous seasons had unequal amounts of contestants in Hollywood. I always thought there was a set amount of contestants.

    I have been waiting for the inevitable change coming from the judges when they get down to the serious contenders and have to draw a target on one contestant each week in the hope that we will follow their lead and vote that person off the island. That’s when they will have to get tough or have a mess on their hands. It’s not necessary to be ugly to the serious contestants though. I wish the producers didn’t insist on wasting our time, and the judge’s time and patience, with contestants who can’t sing or are trying to be funny, but I guess that is Idol.

    Maybe the groups will be good tonight.


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