Season 8 American Idol Finalist, Anoop Desai, Says X-Factor Will Be Bigger Than Idol


I just read an interesting interview by The Hollywood Reporter with Season 8 American Idol Finalist, Anoop Desai.

There were many interesting tidbits of information in the interview that is worth the read.

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In addition to speaking about his upcoming trio of EPs, Anoop did give his insightful opinion about the increase in singing reality shows. The following statement really intrigued me and gave me food for thought:

“But what we’re seeing is Idol maintaining 23 to 24 million people every night. The Voice is doing healthy but X Factor will be insane. I will go on record and say that, when all is said and done, X Factor for the 2011 year will probably be more successful than Idol.

But I think it also hurts the contestants of those shows. When I got off Idol, there were some 80 people who had competed before me, that was hard enough. Now you have a top 10 for three shows and that goes for another eight seasons? That’s 240 people who’ve done exactly what you’ve done.

Idol has the benefit of brand recognition and loyalty, which I think is really important, but there have been superstars that have come out of X Factor, too.”

So, in other words, by doing the math, you will not be deluded into thinking that these shows are a recipe for a quick ticket to fame. So many singers forget that the process of growth and development can be as exciting – even more so – than the attainment of fame.

At the core, there should be passion and respect for the art and an promise to never compromise your vision as an artist.

To that end, Anoop Desai is planning an ambitious roll-out plan of his new music, dubbed the “Zero” series. Three EPs will be released in succession this year, with new songs on each EP and recorded by the likes of Calvin Matthews and Sak Pase (Rihanna).

The Hollywood Reporter clarified: “This way, his (Anoop’s) music is as fresh as its gets — as in, still warm from the recording studio to your hard drive.”

Enjoy Anoop’s just released songs on ITunes

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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

One Response to “Season 8 American Idol Finalist, Anoop Desai, Says X-Factor Will Be Bigger Than Idol”

  1. Mr. Anoop Desai Has It Right!

    “So many singers forget that the process of growth and development can be as exciting – even more so – than the attainment of fame.”


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