Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 10 Top 5 Performance Show: Current And Sixties Music

Another Vlog coming your way. They get longer every week. Sorry!  This one is a little funny, especially towards the end.

I am looking forward to the Top 5 performances and hope they choose diverse selections. With two songs for each singer, this should almost be mandatory.

I am so anxious to see what Sheryl Crow has to say to each singer. Hopefully, she will be able to guide them toward true artistry in their performances this week.

Sheryl Crowe was not a fan of American Idol because she felt that the show undermined artistic excellence.  Let’s see if she spins this concept to benefit the Top 5 this week.

Do you feel this way? Have we seen truly distinct artists emerge from this program and, in your opinion, who are they?  And, more important, which singers do you feel were undermined because they were too unique for this show.

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

15 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 10 Top 5 Performance Show: Current And Sixties Music”

  1. Rosanne,

    I’m listening to the vlog now, but I have to say that I LOVE, love the new layout! It’s beautiful! Clean, with great font selection. Gorgeous! ♥

    The comment section is especially nice-looking, and my article, actually, looks more as I intended to since I wrote it with this font family in mind. 😀


  2. ETA: I also noticed that you added a new plug-in for multiple authors. Looks like you found my secret WordPress that’s gathering dust. =P

    I listed my MCL.com author page as my website. Nice! 😀


  3. Just finished the video. I love the little teaser snippet of your singing voice at the end! YAY! ❤ The Masterclasslady sings, and 'tis lovely. 😉


  4. Thanks J!! I meant to email you about the changes. I’m glad you like it. My video was just silly but, oh well, it’s real! 🙂

    Great feedback about article!! It was so well done.

    I still have to do tons of work on the website, so stay tuned for more changes.


  5. Rosanne,

    I love the changes you made to the layout! It looks even better than before!!


  6. Thank you Anita. I still have some work to do, but it’s a start.


  7. Hi Roseanne, even though I cannot view your Vlog, I do like the new format. The print is great to read.


  8. Hi! I really enjoyed the performances tonight. James second song (“Can’t Live”) moved me to tears. There were flaws in it, but the ending was great. I do not like when people criticize James for his emotional outbursts. They need to know more about Aspergers to understand the man better.

    There’s all this debate about whether Siobhan or Haley did a better job with “House of the Riusing Sun.” There is no doubt in my mind that Siobhan’s version is superior. I give Haley credit for taking on this huge song, but I found her growling annoying and she yelled too much at the end. Now, this is just my opinion and I don’t mean to offend Haley’s fans.

    MCL and J, I am curious as to what you may think.


  9. Goodness. I loved Haley tonight. God that girl deserves more praise than she’s getting. How often is she off pitch? Not very. Her voice has character. It’s seamless. She’s beautiful. She’s funny.

    I haven’t seen any of the other boards, but Siobhan’s “House” was haunting and stunning. Haley’s was a bit more powerful and sultry. Is it fair to compare? Of course. I thought they were different enough to stand in their own rights. It is the only song from Idol in some weeks that I probably will download (if the downloaded version is similar). The way the judges cut Haley on the unreleased GaGa song pissed me off. Sort of. I am glad they are willing to stand up to Jimmy Iovine’s decisions, BUT I think those mistakes (production mistakes) should stay in the locker room. They shouldn’t reflect on the performer. Of course she took the opportunity! If Jimmy Iovine gives you an unreleased song from a top artist who gives you her personal blessing, how could seem anything but fortuitous? She must feel quite mislead after the judges’ comments.

    James was good both times. The first song was forgettable. The second was very good, but not great.

    Lauren was very good both rounds. Ultimately, she is forgettable to me. I don’t know why. I never remember her performances. They don’t stay with me. Now Scotty’s do.

    I enjoyed Scotty’s energy in the first song, even if a little of the support in the vocals went out the window. He has so much energy and charm. The second song was sweet. I think I could hear the breathiness though.

    Jacob? Please. Just. Go. Home.


  10. Last night was an interesting night. I can’t say it was entirely entertaining like most nights have been on Idol this year.

    First of all, as soon as Jimmy mentioned singing a Lady GaGa song that has not been released, I had the feeling that he was trying to sabatoge Haley. Any others think that? I’m sorry she went along with him so easily. But House of the Rising Sun was terrific. I honestly can’t compare her version to Siobhan’s because they were different.

    I was irritated because it was obvious to me that they were really pimping Lauren by having her sing the Carrie Underwood song. Of course, lots of people would love that. And I didn’t think Lauren’s version of Unchained Melody was without problems.

    And even though I don’t like Jacob very much, I felt Jimmy also tried to sabatoge him as well. I didn’t love Jacob tonight and hope he is the one to leave.

    If I had not seen all of James’ other brilliant performances this season, I wouldn’t have been so sold on him tonight either. But I do understand that Aspberger’s contributes to him being so easily emotional. I really just want to give him a hug. He so desperately wants to win to be able to support his family. I hope that even if he doesn’t win, that he will have great success and earn tons of money.

    I loved Scotty tonight. He just seems so polished for a young kid.


  11. I’m with Kari up above. Siobhan’s version of HOTRS was one of the best pure vocals I’ve heard on AI. Haley’s version, by contrast, was stylistically inconsistent to the point of being cheesy. It bugs me how style gets rewarded over substance on this show. I feel like Haley is nothing special at all when you strip away her weird vocal affectations.


  12. While I agree Siobhan’s HOTRS was better than Haley’s, I think Haley’s version was very good, in fact my favorite performance of the night with Lauren’s Flat on the Floor a close second. It was kind of fun to hear her growl. Scotty did a nice job with Gone, but all the movement weakened his vocals and his Always on My Mind was less intense and more sleepy. James didn’t sound as good as he usually does, though with time I like to think his Without You would be amazing. Jacob just isn’t my cup of tea.


  13. I have to wonder if they are using reverse physiology on us with regard to Haley. It’s hard to find any other justification for the way they treat her sometimes. Maybe they are rallying her troops. I guess it’s working on me because I’m voting my fingers off for her.

    While Haley’s first song choice was a long way from any of my choices for her, there was really nothing wrong with the Gaga song, and I’m not goo goo for Gaga. It was an engaging and stylistically up her alley, which was actually the first song of the “new” segment that you could call engaging. I thought Haley delivered it beautifully. It took a lot of guts to take this song on and it appeared that she learned it just from reading the charts instead of running it on repeat on her iPod all day. I thought that it was a better vehicle for her than “House…” Having said that, and I’m someone who has the Animals’ version on vinyl as well as Siobhan’s download, and Haley delivered a super new version of this great classic song. She did something that few have done this year and that is that she made it her own by incorporating the various elements that are becoming her vocal style. I am so glad that she was able to restrain herself and not say what I said to Ms Lo and her dawg. Thank goodness Steven woke up in time to smooth it over a little bit.

    James’ first song was as boring a choice as was humanly possible. I hope that doesn’t represent the direction he is headed or he will be soon forgotten. He had a real idol moment with Nielson’s “Without You” though. There is nothing wrong with the show of emotion. The fact that he was feeling it to that extent and was able to complete the piece is praise worthy.

    Scotty took a song that is from the side of country that I don’t care much for and used it to his advantage. The Montgomery Gentry tune “gone” gave him a nice balance on the evening’s performances and was a nice set up for his excellent delivery of “You Were Always on my Mind.” I thought they were limited to songs from the 60’s and this one was published in ’72. Scotty showed several subtle signs of growth last night in the delivery of both of these songs. There was less of the extreme head tilting, body leaning and flute playing that has characterized his earlier performances and he seemed to complete his sentences without dropping parts of the last word. I also noticed fewer of the odd word pronunciations that made him sound like a karaoke country singer more than a serious contender. I think he put himself right where he needed to be last night.

    Lauren’s version of a Carrie song that I’ve never heard before was ok but nothing special. From the standpoint of the competition, it probably wasn’t a good idea to take on the one they compare you to unless you can blow them out of the water. Carrie is still afloat. “Unchained Melody” was a little too ambitious for Lauren IMHO. I like to give these contestants the benefit of the doubt and realize that the songs they sing are just vehicles to showcase their skills and that it doesn’t have to be like the original to be good but, unlike the judges, I found this to be a little disappointing. She was able to incorporate some of her own stylistic licks into a great classic but I felt like the song was eating her alive at points. Her facial expression suggested the same thing. There was a huge unintentional exhale at one point that I had to go back and look at a second time to be sure of what I was hearing. With more work and more time I think Lauren has a lot to offer but now doesn’t appear to be her time. She has beautiful eyes though.

    I don’t know how Jacob keeps hanging on but I hope that it won’t continue at the expense of any of the group above. I liked the idea of him doing “Love Hurts” and if he had been able to maintain control of himself it would have been a very good performance. The most enjoyable thing about Jacob this week was when Sheryl Crow sang the song for him in the studio and you could see that it just flew all over him in an uncontrollable way. Me too. That’s what’s great about music!


  14. Gene,

    I couldn’t agree any more with what you wrote above–especially your comments about Haley, Lauren, and Scotty.


  15. I wanted to take the night to sleep on it and then post my thoughts about the performances.

    James – I am going to call him out for the vocal issues that the judges decided to ignore. His lower register is almost nonexistent. He lost the first few lines of the song and what I did hear was off pitch. He always brings the showmanship and commands the stage, but this was pretty forgettable from James and that is surprising. I also don’t know that it is necessary to use the power falsetto notes in every single song. His second performance was much better in that stripped down style that I have come to like. There were still some pitch issues throughout this song. The emotion carried him through the performance. He had an intense connection to the words of the song.

    Jacob – I honestly have nothing to say that is positive about his first performance. This song, originally done by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, was all kinds of wrong for him. The decision to sing both parts of the duet was unfortunate. I was actually embarrassed for Jacob during this performance. When a song doesn’t fit your voice, then the result is not going to be good. As far as his second song, I loved the beginning as he started in his head voice. I dearly wish that he would have stayed there all throughout the performance. However, one more time he decided to throw in everything but the kitchen sink. It really did overwhelm me completely. When he gets excited in a performance and starts moving around, he totally goes off key and it sounds flat. He had the runs, the high notes, the gospel and it was just too much. This performance pretty much sums up why I have not been able to embrace Jacob. You have to know how to use your voice. I think it is really his time to go tonight.

    Lauren – Taking on Carrie Underwood was a surprise. She has a lovely tone to her voice and showed some sass and energy in this performance. She seems to be much more comfortable on the stage. I don’t think that she brought anything particularly new to this, except that she can take on a song from the great Carrie and hold her own. As far as her second performance, “Unchained Melody” was an incredibly ambitious choice. This song has a melody with twists and turns and is extremely hard to sing. I actually thought I could see her fighting to hold onto the notes at a few points. Again, I could see it in her eyes – I have to hit this note now, I can’t miss it, I don’t know if I can do it. She has eyes that you can read when she is performing. Also, there were breathy parts. However, where I really thought it fell short was in the interpretation This young girl just had no clue what this song was about. I realized that this is part of the problem I have with her performances. She has a very good voice with some power and great high notes and it’s all nice, but there is no emotional maturity. This song is so powerful and is a testament to enduring love and when that is not conveyed, then a good deal is lost. She is just so concerned with getting the notes right and showing off the vocals, that the meaning of the song gets lost.

    Scotty – I loved seeing him have some fun and rock out a little with his first song. It’s true that he can lose the vocals a bit when he moves around a lot, but I see some real improvement in his performance. He was holding the mic straight, except for a few moments when he started to go the flute position and his head is straighter now. He has such a great command of the stage, such enormous charisma and infectious charm. I love, love, love that deep baritone every time I hear it. I will never get tired of it, but I love hearing Scotty use more of his upper range. The second song was the one I really liked. Yes, please embrace who you are Scotty! You don’t have to shout to blow everyone away. He has a sincerity and honesty when he is singing in this quiet way as he looks into the camera, that is so compelling. He is holding notes longer and getting much more comfortable. I think there are still some breathing issues that he needs to work on to sound even better.

    Haley – I don’t know that the Lady Gaga song really was suited to Haley’s vocal style. She always delivers a technically good vocal, but there was something about this that didn’t quite come together for me. The problem with doing a Lady Gaga song, is that she writes them for her voice and her style that is uniquely her own. However, the judges were much too hard on her. At least give her credit for the quality of her vocals. The real excitement was with “House of the Rising Sun”. It’s inevitable that there will be a comparison with Siobhan’s incredible version of this song, however I think they both stand on their own. Haley’s was a much more r&b, soulful version complete with her trademark growl. She did make it her own. There was so much intensity in the vocals. She just sang her heart out for this one!


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