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American Idol Ratings Are Up This Year


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Yes, that’s right everyone. Despite all our mumbling and grumbling here in the MCL Community, CNN via the New York Times have reported that the ratings for American idol Season 10 have moved up the ladder.

It doesn’t seem surprising though, does it? The collective singing talent is far superior to Season 9 and the star power seated at the judges’ table would certainly attract a new and perhaps more diverse viewer base.

What is surprising is that American Idol viewership peaked in 2006 with 36 million tuning in to watch the show.

Now, if I calculated correctly, wouldn’t that be Season 5, when Taylor Hicks won the crown? Interesting. Other singers that year were Katharine McPhee, Elliot Yamin, Daughtry…oh yes, that was a very good year.

Then Season 6 came along and ruined it for the rest. Collectively, this was a very weak season.

Do you think the rising trend will continue or do you think further changes need to be made in light of the looming presence of The Voice and The X-Factor?

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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

5 Responses to “American Idol Ratings Are Up This Year”

  1. MCL – You are correct – it is all about the contestants…

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  2. The Taylor Hicks year, Season 5, had very talented people, the biggest IMO being Taylor himself who drove the ratings with his skill as a masterful entertainer. The numbers speak for themselves.

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  3. Season 5 was my favorite year of Idol. I know many of you speak about Season 7, but that was the year of the intense Democratic primary between President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and I was too engrossed in that to tear myself away to watch Idol. I saw bits and pieces of Idol and enough to know that there were some very talented people that year. But I loved Taylor and Elliott in Season 5!!!

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  4. Rosanne,

    During Season 6, it was more interesting to me than Season 5. After the season was over, though, I saw it for what it was, a mediocre season. Without Melinda and Jordin, it would have been even more so. I didn’t go to the Idols Live Concert that year. I have read that it was a very unsuccessful tour that summer. Some people said it was just because of Sanjaya. I highly doubt that. I very much believe that if the talent was so much stronger, like that of Season 5 and Season 7, that Sanjaya wouldn’t have lasted near as long as he did on the show. I’ve attended both Season 5 and Season 7 Idols Live Concerts, and were both fabulous, and very, very successful!! I remember Simon saying he was more impressed with Season 6, than he was Season 7. That certainly was shocking to me. Season 6 wasn’t near as great, and no matter what everyone keeps saying about Season 10, it’s not as great either.

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  5. Hmm Louise. That would explain the lower ratings for Season 7 because that was an immensely successful season. The tour was a monetary success as well.

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