Paula And Simon Are Reunited For The Season Premiere Of The X-Factor


Well, we all knew this was coming. Paula Abdul has recently confirmed that she will be a judge on the highly anticipated singing competition, The X-Factor.

She will be joined by X-Factor creator, Simon Cowell, along with previously confirmed judges, former Def Jam president L.A. Reid and British superstar Cheryl Cole.

Paula and Simon together again makes for very interesting television. They are an intriguing pair, aren’t they? Totally within their own element and could care less what the press says about them.

During American Idol, neither had a filter when commenting about the singers. Paula was all gushy and warm and, sometimes would ramble, but then that’s who she was and is. And Simon was the reverse – rude, insensitive and blunt. Opposites attract! Mystery solved!

Let’s face it. American Idol has been struggling with chemistry between the rotating wheel of judges ever since Paula left a couple of seasons ago. Because say what you want about Simon and Paula, whatever they had together as a judging team simply worked.

Yes, sometimes, things went a little wonky, but, overall, it was a great ride. The viewers developed a love/hate relationship with the duo yet still tuned in every week for more loving and hating.

This show, however, will take them to a different level in that they will be responsible for mentoring the singers. Now, that I can’t wait to see. I want to understand what they, as judges, can offer the singers in terms of developing their performing and vocal skills.

The show debuts this Fall on Fox. Oh Vey! Between X-Factor, American Idol and NBC’s The Voice there will singing competitions 365 days of the year. But it begs to question: Will they all last? Ah, “therein lies the rub”!

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 “Paula And Simon Are Reunited For The Season Premiere Of The X-Factor”

  1. The show debuts this Fall on Fox. Oh Vey! Between X-Factor, American Idol and NBC’s The Voice there will singing competitions 365 days of the year. But it begs to question: Will they all last? Ah, “therein lies the rub”!

    Oh, Roseanne – don’t forget ” America’s Got Talent” which had several singers in the top spots. I agree something has to give. How much time is there to watch all these programs. Not everyone can view them on the Internet.

    This week is crazy… tomorrow there’s “Glee”, 2 hours “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice.” I want to watch all three but something has to give. I record performances, so I am not sure what will work. Oh, and my Granddaughter has a Baseball game at 5:00 PM. LOL!

    I am not excited about the “X-Factor” but it looks like it has a built in fan base already. I may peek in from time to tie and maybe watch the Finals. Most of the time, I did like Paula. The last three years of Idol, I couldn’t tolerate Simon and his cruelty. Will he act differently?

    A big factor to consider is the MUSIC buying public. The more singers you have out there, the more diluted it is. There will be too many singers competiting for the available money spent on MUSIC. It will become tougher for the Idols to sell albums!

    A successful tour is a must for “American Idol.” It will set the stage for which Idols will actually sell CDs. It will be harder to become successful. At least that’s how I see it right now.

    (I am looking forward to “So You Think You Can Dance”!!)


  2. I attended a taping of the X Factor here in L.A. last night. When I get a chance, I’ll write up my observations.


  3. Sue- I would like to post this as an article. Would you mind? Of course, all credit will be assigned to you. If so, you can email me the final draft and then I will publish it.


  4. I will be sending MCL an article to post on Friday, Saturday at the latest.


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