Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Battle Rounds: Part Two


Last week’s first episode of the Battle Rounds on NBC’s spanking new baby,The Voice, was a huge artistic and ratings success.

It was encouraging to see that this show was all about the singing. We didn’t have to endure weeks of tedium listening to delusional singers while losing exposure to the true vocal artists.

Tonight’s show will feature 2 more singers from each of the 4 teams represented by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. The 8 singers will perform as a duo and, based on their performance, only one singer from the duo will be selected for the live shows airing in June.

To say that the stakes are high is an understatement. All the singers are great and all deliver.

However, in the end, their performing skills make or break their success on this show. But, that’s part of the package, right? No one wants to see a singer just stand there and sing – they need the visual happening as well.

Make sure you tune into NBC tonight at 10:00 P.M. It’s going to be a great ride. Do you have any favorites yet?


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

14 Responses to “Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Battle Rounds: Part Two”

  1. MCL,

    I thought that all of the judges had great picks last night except for Chrisitna…I would have picked the guy (?) don’t know their names yet…! I thought he out sang Bev (?)

    I’m really liking this show!


  2. Yes, I would have picked the male singer over Bev but Bev has a KD Lang feel to her style. So, who knows?


  3. Yeah, I can see that about Bev, I was also thinking she had a Melissa Etheridge vibe about her also!

    I like the wide range of ages among the contestants and the totally different genres and personalities they are bringing to the stage. The judges are great; I’m really liking Adam and Blake.


  4. Now, I am getting negative vibes from Beverly. Justin was more appealing to me. Tye, (? spelling) is going to take it all. He’s so good! I like the show so far!

    Hi Vonnie!


  5. I like hearing the coaches sing. 😀 When Blake started singing, I was thinking, “Wow, this is nice!” and then I remembered, “Well, of course it is! That’s Blake Shelton up there!” I’m so used to the judges on those other singing competitions being non-vocalists; I forgot that these coaches are true professionals! They have to be able to sing on cue, with no hesitation, and perfectly in tune. It still surprised me, though! As a singer, I know I am awfully shy about singing when prompted (which is funny because I sing all the time when no one asks me too! :P), so the way the coaches and mentors just attacked the songs with no self-consciousness whatsoever, as though singing a cappella were the most natural thing ever, really impressed me. That’s inspiring, for sure! I love it when singers are always “on.” Motivation for me to build some confidence. 😉

    I’m going to miss Tje Austin; I really enjoyed the smoothness of his tone. At the same time, I can imagine how staggering Nakia’s voice must’ve sounded live in that auditorium! That volume doesn’t translate through the TV, but I can sense it, and that’s probably why Cee-Lo put him through.

    My favorite so far is Javier Colon. I felt his audition SO much. My notes for “Time after Time” (verbatim) say: “This is singing! I can’t not feel anything that someone else feels that much.”

    His vocal control is amazing, and he has a beautiful R&B tone. You can see and hear how much genuine emotion he’s putting into his performance. That is so difficult. He’s teetering on that edge, which my friend feels is necessary for greatness. You can’t be afraid to go there, the edge of something amazing and of falling apart, but trust me when you let yourself feel that much, sometimes it’s hard to keep it together. You start losing your notes or actually crying. The best moments for me are when I feel it to the point where I’m about to burst, but something keeps it together. That’s what he did both times he was on stage. Just look at his face after his opening lines of “Stand by Me.” You can’t fake that. That is real. Still too early to call a winner, but Javier’s won my respect as a singer.

    Here’s one of Javier’s pre-Idol songs. Beautiful, gorgeous. What can I say?



  6. Just realized I said “pre-Idol” when I meant “pre-The Voice.” You know what they say about old habits… =P


  7. Wow, all the songs by Javier on this channel are so honest! He really loves his family. =) Lovely.

    I was about to go to bed, but I started clicking all those related video links… and now I am hooked! I opened more than fifteen links(!), and I have not heard a single bad note from Javier.

    Javier with an orchestra = can’t get enough!


  8. Songs for Your Tears (Live)

    Okay, last post for real. I was going to wait, but then I heard the note at 2:05, and my jaw dropped. WOW. He nailed that Tenor C! What a singer.

    He does sing a tad more riffs than my usual preference, but his emotion just gets me. Beautiful tone, nuance and texture, dynamics, melodic sensibility. I like the way he showcases his range;

    it’s very organic. I don’t get the feeling that he inserts high notes in random places at all (if anything, he’s downright mellow at parts). When he hits a high note, it’s supposed to be there. Nice.

    Here’s a mash-up of “Indecent Proposal” and “Cry Me a River” (Justin Timberlake). [talking intro starts at 1:44; singing starts at 2:36; “Cry Me a River” starts at 4:30]

    Hello! I love this. I just got inspired. His coordination is stunning.


  9. Hi Grammi Kari…!!! 🙂


    Blake Shelton is pretty amazing isn’t he, and I love that his coach is Reba!


  10. i actually like that bev was chosen. for me that was a hard decision, but i really like her energy (charisma?).

    last week i really disagreed with blake when he chose the young ‘cowboy’ vs the gay guy. i’d forgotten he was gay, but he was far superior in my uneducated opinion. i thought he’d picked the ‘cowboy’ because he was ‘cute’ whereas the gay guy just had the better voice.


  11. Hi bee…! 🙂

    I was wondering after watching some of the pairings…I’m not real sure on the plot of the show yet; but after battlerounds, these guys will then compete against the other teams? Is that right?

    Why then would they be picking their better singers to go up against each other now???

    There have been a couple that I would have thought they should pick them both…and Bev’s group was one of them; I do still feel that Ryan (?) outsang her in the battle round, but she is really good too!


  12. Vonnie,

    Indeed! Blake’s singing voice impressed me. 😀 I searched for more videos of him on YouTube and stumbled upon a pretty adorable duet between him and his now-wife (congrats!) Miranda Lambert. I love talented husband-wife duos (like the other country supercouple, Tim and Faith!).

    I also love me some Reba as well. 😉 Honest, funny, smart, and talented. What’s not to love? =) Seeing Patrick (the young country singer) get starstruck upon meeting her was touching. I feel super encouraged that these young artists can appreciate the stature of the industry leaders working with them. I wonder if any members of Christina’s team were familiar with Sia before the show?

    As for the format of the show, I don’t think Carson has given the full details, but I found this in the Wikipedia article:

    “In the final phase, the remaining contestants will compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience will help to decide who moves on. When one team member remains for each coach, the contestants will compete against each other in the finale.”

    Hmmm, interesting. That sounds odd. Why can’t the finale consist of more than one singer from the same team? I feel that the way the show is shaping up so far, contestants get penalized for picking a coach with good taste.

    If I understand correctly, this format works best if the talent is spread evenly across the four teams. However, if all the best contestants are on the same team, then we might end up having one singer far superior to the others in the finale.

    These battle rounds already might be a sample taste of this. It’s not hard to imagine that if the teams and/or the match-ups were different, the outcomes of those battles would be very different.

    Anyhow, I guess we’ll see what happens! 😉

    [By the way, the singer’s name you’re looking for is Justin–Justin Grennan. :)]


  13. Thanks J,

    I’m really stating to get into this show! I like it…Alot!!!


  14. Ugh! STARTING would be the key word here!


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