Mini Vocal Masterclass For The American Idol Season 10 Top 12 Male Vocalists

Clint Jun Gambo: Superstition

Clint – I found you were screaming a great deal throughout this number – definitely more scream than singing.

Your voice is light and doesn’t have enough muscle for this song. Hence, your tendency to scream to hide vocal power and skill was problematic for me.

However, you brought a lot of energy to the song and that was good to see.

Jovany Barreto: I’ll Be

Jovany – you have a beautiful tone to your voice. Just gorgeous. And great vocal skill. You phrased your song so musically and the vowels were so focused. I also loved how you seamlessly entered the key change. It was effortless.

However, I agree with Randy. A new melodic twist would have been a great artistic move.

Beautiful singing, nonetheless!

Jordan Dorsey: OMG (Usher)

Jordan – I loved the strip tease at the beginning of this number. You are a great, great performer. However, you did encounter some pitch problems, especially with your head voice.

Always remember the importance of balancing stage movement with vocal delivery so one doesn’t adversely affect the other.

However, I did enjoy watching you- you are an energetic, committed performer.

Tim Halperin: Street Corner Symphony (Come On Over) (Rob Thomas)

Tim – I really loved your performance. However, the song selection was not an inspired one. It just didn’t seem to be an ideal fit for you, both stylistically and vocally.

Also, you did have a few pitch problems because of the spread in your mouth position. As a result, your voice had a thin, less focused quality.

Additionally, performance-wise, you didn’t appear relaxed. It seemed like you were working far too hard on stage.

You seem to be a very diligent and disciplined musician and I hope that, in the future, you use these resources to select songs that suit your personal vision as an artist.

Brett Loewenstern: Light My Fire – Doors

Brett – you are a strange one, aren’t you? But it is good strange. You are a true individual- the look, the voice, the artistry. This performance was great fun. And innovative! You creatively adapted the song to suit your personal style. Bravo!

You were totally immersed in the music and connected so genuinely with the audience.

You need to relax that throat, but, overall, your vocal tone was nuanced and expressive. I. Loved. This. Performance. Good for you, Brett!

James Durbin: You Got Another Thing Comin’ by Judas Priest

James Durbin – you are a star! You owned the stage.

Your vocal control was stellar. The performance was natural, authentic and passionate.

You have a very special connection to the music. You incorporated a tasteful mix of nuance- wonderful sustained singing with powerful rock vocals.

Your energy and enthusiasm for the music was a joy to behold.

Phenomenal work! Bravo!

Robbie Rosen: Arms Of An Angel by Sarah McLachlan

Robbie – this was an excellent song selection. You are so musical and so sensitive as an artist.

You added your personal signature to this song and I appreciated that.

At times, however, your voice sounded a little constrained, due in part to that nasty horizontal mouth position.

Try to use a circular mouth position when you sustain your vowels. You will gain depth and resonance in your vocal timbre.

Also, I do agree with Randy that some of those melodies were excessive. A little goes a long way with this vocal skill. I was aching to hear some sustained singing at various points in the song.

Good performance, overall, however!

Scotty McCreery: Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery

Scotty – I am such a huge fan of your bass-baritone voice. You certainly know how to tell a story. You communicated this song with authenticity and sincerity.

I hope you work on your phrasing – try not to breathe so often. Become inventive in how you approach your musical line.

However, you do have a natural performing gift and your throwback country style will carry you very far in the music business.

Stefano Langone: Just The Way You Are – (Bruno Mars)

Stefano – you possess a gorgeous voice. This was a great performance of this current cover song and a passionate, heartwarming showcase.

Your upper voice generally was well focused and resonant. Be careful that you don’t push your voice to the front-use your diaphragmatic muscles and allow your facial muscles to relax.

Great work, Stefano!

Paul McDonald: Maggie Mae by Rod Stewart

Paul-this was a stellar song choice. Technically, your vocal delivery is all wrong but, artistically, it is first class all the way. You are such a quirky, relaxed, fun-loving performer. Who could not love you?

Now, if I can encourage you to gently adopt a circular mouth position, then your vocals would truly soar and gain in resonance.

Loved this performance!

Jacob Lusk: House is Not a Home

Jacob – I am glad you were more restrained with this song than what I saw and heard during the Hollywood rounds.

This was an absolutely beautiful performance and your technical skill during this number was astounding.

You sing with impeccable feeling and sincerity. Your spiritual connection to the music was inspiring. It was a vocal prayer.

Thank you for this extraordinary and memorable showcase.

Casey Abrams: I Put a Spell On You

Casey, Casey, Casey – you are something else! You put a spell on me and a smile on my face. Finally, a jazz-inspired artist on that Idol stage. As the saying goes, if you live long enough….

You live the music. You breathe the music. You internalize the music. You need to relax your throat. Gotcha! Yes, try to utilize your diaphragmatic muscles to project your power vocals and keep your throat open and free.

Bravo Casey!

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

8 Responses to “Mini Vocal Masterclass For The American Idol Season 10 Top 12 Male Vocalists”

  1. I enjoyed the show so much. As the first big stage performance, this was certainly a great start!

    Clint Jun Gambo: I didn’t like this performance at all. This is just one song I never like regardless who sang it. I didn’t like it when Siobhan sang it in S9, nor when Ricky Braddy sang it in S8. I agree he did bring out the energy to the show, but he seemed to have showed us his shortcomngs rather than his strength. I wish he would have chosen a different song.

    Jovany Barreto: He has beautiful tone to his voice, but the arrangement doesn’t leave a strong impression. He didn’t have a strong stage presence to make him stand out either. As the 2nd performer of the night, that’s not good. In fact even after watching this performance, I still can’t match his face with his name.

    Jordan Dorsey: OMG (that’s all I have to say about his performance, and not in a good way)

    Tim Halperin: Again pleasant tone, but kind of a pedestrain performance from beginning to end. If he gets into Top 12, it’s probably based on his duet with Julie during hollywood week.

    Brett Loewenstern: I have such a soft spot for Brett. I don’t think it was the right song for him, yet I still like his voice and tone, and just his quirky personality. He’s just really endearing to me. Can’t help it.

    James Durbin: Solid performance. I liked this much better than all his previous performances added together (the ACIGC performance got negative score BTW). I don’t feel that vocally he’s comparable to a lot of famous rock vocals…yet, but he definitely has the potentials. Vocal wise, I can see him as the lead singer of a rock band. For some reason, his lower register chest voice reminded me a lot of John Bon Jovi. One thing I did notice is that he didn’t make much changes to the original arrangement. He sang pretty much exactly as Halford sang it (almost to the note, exact vocal styles too). I look forward to seeing more of his personal style (be it vocal style, note changes, phrasing, or some other areas). For now, he’s still kind of a Jon Bon Jovi copy singing JP song. Wait and see is sort of my take on him.

    Robbie Rosen: I am not sure if it’s due to nerves or some other reason, his vocal was quite shaky at points. He didn’t seem comfortable or confident on stage. At the end of the day, he may be too young for Idol at this point. If he gets through, I would definitely look forward to seeing more of his performances. If not, I think it might be good for him too.

    Scotty McCreery: Country music is like ….. completely not my thing. So I am not going to say anything here, though I agree it’s a good performance from Scotty.

    Stefano: I cringed a little during his high notes. Again nice voice, but somewhat pedestrian performance. He did bring a happy posivitive energy to the show, but I am not sure if that’s enough to get him through.

    Paul McDonald: I liked him…for no particular reason. His voice is interesting, but not amazing. He just had this vibe that’s really pleasant. He’s quirky, but completely comfortable in his own skin. He was one with the music and that’s always a joy to see.

    Jacob Lusk: Regardless if I liked his rendition or not, he’s just an incredible vocalist and should get through no matter what. Just for the record, I don’t really like his vocal style, in particular in the lower register.

    Casey Abrams: I loved his performance. Obviously not the best vocalist, but also obviously prob the best musician out of all the contestants of this season. The last note almost brought tears to my eyes. After the growling (in key) and intensity of earlier parts of the song, the last note brought all the jazz into this rock song and acted like a glue to the whole performance. It worked very well. It would be outrageous if he’s not voted into the top12.


  2. kazu . . .

    I agree that Robbie was a little shaky on-stage last nite: But we have no way of knowing–given how AI operates–if that song was his first choice. Also, since he is a songwriter, I would like to see them get the chance to perform original music.

    Also, as was evident when he stood next to Ryan, Mr. Rosen has that natural starpower and stage elegance that none of the others have. IOW, Mr. Dorsey and his theatrics did nothing for me. Plus Robbie is such wonderful eye-candy:)

    The audience reaction to him was also nice.

    This is also one reason I so DISLIKE this ‘cut-to-the-quick’ format to reach the Top 12/13 this year. Under the old format, once he bcame settled, we would see his true potential.

    As Ms. S said, he gave a beautiful perf. Get this: I saw some streaming vids of him singing last year and you can see how well he connects with an audience. Plus the bearing, elegance, presence and grace:)

    Obviously, like the ‘Big Three’, I believe in Mr. Rosen and the specialness that he brings to the stage. He definitely needs to be a finalist.


  3. James,

    Maybe I sounded kind of harsh to Robbie, huh? If indeed that was the case, it was completely unintentional. I like him a lot, ever since his first audition. As I said, it’s probably due to nerves since it’s his first performance on the big stage. I completely agree with you this quick-cut format is unfair to a lot of contestants, in particular the younger ones who are not as experienced on stage. My opinion above was only based on their performances tonight though.

    Idol being a voting competition and all, there is really no way to know who’s going into the finals. In fact, if dialidol was to be trusted, Casey could be in serious danger. I don’t feel like there is truly a bad vocalist in this year’s Top24. So the key is if a contestant can bring his top game performance after performance. I think there won’t be much room for error at all this year, given the strong talent pool. I certainly hope America will vote for Robbe and we will get to hear more from him on the show.

    My personal pick of the top 6 : Casey, Paul, Jacob, James, Scotty and Brett/Robbie.


  4. Missed the show last night 😦

    Will have to find some clips on YouTube.


  5. Clint Jun Gambo: Superstition
    Very comfortable on stage but a bit too shrieky for me.

    Jovany Barreto: I’ll Be
    Jovany sounds as lovely as he looks, but it didn’t grab me at all, I’m not sure why.

    Jordan Dorsey: OMG
    He was better than I expected with this song, but not up to the standard of the others and not consistent throughout.

    Tim Halperin: Street Corner Symphony
    I am disapointed after the piano performance – this was nice but didn’t grab me.

    Brett Loewenstern: Light My Fire
    Very good singing but quite strange to watch., can’t make my mind up whether I like him or not.

    James Durbin: You Got Another Thing Comin’
    I missed this one.

    Robbie Rosen: Arms Of An Angel
    It was very good except the falsetto bit, but I never find that he grabs my attention when he sings.

    Scotty McCreery: Letters From Home
    Scotty brought me in with his beautiful voice and story telling. I do like this (hope I won’t become bored though)

    Stefano Langone: Just The Way You Are
    Lovely voice except for one horrible high note that made me wince.

    Paul McDonald: Maggie Mae
    Surprised that I really like this, Paul is very enjoyable to watch and listen to.

    Jacob Lusk: House is Not a Home
    Another surprise, restraint and it was beautiful – although this is not my type of music I could really appreciate this far more than his previous performances.

    Casey Abrams: I Put a Spell On You
    How does Casey do it, he is not the best singer, but he pulls you into his world when he sings.

    Ok based on this my fave 5 were
    Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk, Paul McDonald, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone
    I’d give a wild card to
    Tim (I loved the piano duet but it just didn’t work on this night)


  6. Hello everyone!

    Well, last night was the first time this season that I tuned in to watch AI. I decided that I wanted to judge them strictly on vocal talent, and I didn’t care about any back stories. So, my opinions are based purely on 1 performance from each contestant.

    I am only going to mention those who I liked. Of the 12, there were 3 stand outs for me and one that I will probably like more after seeing him play an instrument.

    My vocal fav is Jacob. I was literally moved to tears with his performance. I am a huge fan of that vocal style, and he took my breath away. I googled him after and saw earlier performances where I see he can go over the top. I hope he keeps it under control and delivers like he did last night. Pure magic.

    James’ take on a Judas Priest song was refreshing and entertaining. I love a good rock wail if not overdone and well placed. I really like him.

    Though not a fan of most Country music, I was impressed with Scotty’s smooth low voice and natural ease with this genre. He is one to watch in my opinion. He could be the male equivalent of Carrie Underwood.

    I know that Casey is really hyped, and I can tell he is a good vocalist. I am told he will really shine with instruments. I need to see more of him to say I see what so many others see, but I will keep an open mind as I only saw that one performance.

    No one else really impressed me enough to write about. Looking forward to the women tonight!


  7. Hi sarainvt!!! Glad to have you back!!!


  8. I am so sorry. but I didn’t like Brett’s performance. I just wasn’t buying it. Yes, I do hope to hear more from Casey as I believe he is a REAL talent. Jacob moves me beyond words. Excellent! I like Stefano just because he comes across as sweet and talented. James Urban rules! I think Paul is getting a lot of attention on the Internet. I loved his song choice but had expected more. I know Scotty is a popular choice, but I need to hear some variation.


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