A MasterClass Must-Read: Richard Marx Expresses His Idol Opinions


I almost passed on this article, but decided to give it a read.

Ha – my woman’s instinct was in top form today. This article was short and sweet but full of great little insights culled from the mouth of pop legend, Richard Marx.

He had some interesting things to say about American Idol, very insightful and right on the money.

Here is an excerpt: “It’s not about artistry,” Richard said of “Idol” and similar shows. “How am I supposed to know about some 20-year-old’s artistry when they’re making him sing some old Motown track to a horribly bad arrangement?”

He then went on to say that “Audiences seem to think that a singer is really good not necessarily because that singer is singing well, but because they’re just singing loud. Singing loud doesn’t necessarily mean you’re singing well–and everyone on ‘American Idol’ sings loud!”

But the hidden gem in this interview was his opinion of Judge Randy Jackson and it is indeed a surprising one.

Richard revealed “I love that Randy Jackson hasbecome a gazillionaire because of ‘American Idol,’ but what I don’t like is that people don’t know that he’s one of the most talented people we’ve ever had in the music business. He is such a deeply gifted musican, and he’s sort of become a little bit of a cartoon because of that show.”

What a great read and a very nice “thumbs-up” for Randy except for the cartoon part.

Please read it and share your thoughts.

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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

4 Responses to “A MasterClass Must-Read: Richard Marx Expresses His Idol Opinions”

  1. I had read before that Randy is an exceptional musician. I have ALWAYS wondered why he has not been in any way a constructive judge on AI. Here is a fun YouTube of him on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EczsVdYKtzM&feature=player_embedded
    And just for interest sake his wikipedia page – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=9232321 – man has he done a lot of music that I never knew about


  2. he says he doesn’t watch idol. but he says it is bad. how can he give an opinion on something he doesn’t watch?


  3. Hi MCL. Is there a link to the article in the this post? i could probably find it by googling it but just thought I would ask first. Thanks!


  4. Hi, Darlene! The link is on the word “article” in the first sentence. I re-posted it below for you:



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