And The Award For Best Judging Panel In Reality Television Goes To….


America’s Got Talent! Yes, the best all-round show in television also deserves bragging rights for finding a cohesive yet diverse panel of judges.

The judging trio comprised of Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel are the epitome of what every judging panel should emulate – succinct critique blended with humorous and unexpected banter.

Last summer was the first time I actually watched the entire run of America’s Got Talent.

I tuned in specifically to see what Howie Mandel would bring to the plate. I think he is a brilliant comedian but what I didn’t expect was how quickly and precisely he could provide critique to the various acts throughout the show.

Through it all, I also developed enormous respect for Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne.

Sharon was indeed a classy, intelligent artist and, yet, was warm and nurturing to the performers, while providing them with excellent feedback.

Piers was slightly more penetrating in his critiques and quite a perfectionist in his assessment of excellence on the America’s Got Talent stage.

However, all three had an undeniable charm and a strong commitment to the entertainment value of the show.

Founded by American Idol producers FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television, America’s Got Talent is entering it’s sixth season.

The Season Premiere, a two-hour telecast, airs on NBC on Tuesday, May 31st.

The production elements in this show are spectacular and give us a strong indication of what we can expect from Simon Cowell’s X-Factor series in the Fall.

Are you excited about the return of America’s Got Talent? Who was your favorite performer last season?

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

4 Responses to “And The Award For Best Judging Panel In Reality Television Goes To….”

  1. I can’t say that I’ve ever given this show a chance. One reason I’ve not watched America’s Got Talent is because of Sharon Osborne. She grates on my nerves, and the show her family did, “The Osbornes”, was a huge turn-off for me. I do think that Howie Mandell can be funny, but he often comes off as manic, and I don’t think I could watch an entire show with him judging.


  2. Definitely agree with you, MCL. My husband and I enjoy watching America’s Got Talent over the summer. Howie’s addition to the judges panel last season was a VERY welcome change from David Hasselhoff. I thought it was really interesting to see Lauren say that she was turned down twice for AGT!!!

    Did any of you see Pia perform tonight on the Memorial Day special from Washington, DC? She opened with the Stars Spangled Banner and ended the show with I’ll Stand by You. She did really well. Kris Allen was a guest too. I haven’t seen him since he won Idol.


  3. I’m with you on this, MCL! I watched AGT once with David, but wasn’t that impressed. I started watching last year around TOP 10 and found it quite enjoyable. My favorite judge on the panel is Sharon. She is a role model to other women who want to judge talent reality shows!

    I also think the judges on America’s Best Dance Crew are quite good! They know dance and make good recomendations.

    I enjoyed all three top acts last year. Jackie certainly was a surprise and the Finale was really good. I may be the only one around here that isn’t that excited about X-Faxtor. I really don’t want to see Simon again.

    Oh Louise, Pia was amazing! These two appearances on the Memorial Day tribute did more for Pia than 10 episodes of Idol. What an honor for her. I picked her to win the whole thing (with James runner-up and Scotty in third place). Kris was soooo good! What a sweetheart!


  4. Grammie Karl, you’re not the only one. Ultimately, it may not keep me from watching X-Factor, mainly because if I don’t watch, I won’t be able to make comments here LOL. But he treated Siobhan (and others as well) horribly last season and that just was not right. Period.


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