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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season One Live Quarter Finals


Tonight is the night. During this evening’s 2-hour episode of The Voice, airing on NBC at 9:00 Eastern, the remaining sixteen singers will perform live for the very first time in an effort to garner viewer votes.

Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter stated:

“The Voice’s Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will open their first live show Tuesday with a medley of Queen Songs. The four coaches will perform “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” Their last collaboration came on the breakout show’s premiere episode, when they performed “Crazy.”

Now, that’s what I call entertainment. And we will be all geared up and energized after watching NBC’s, America’s Got Talent leading into The Voice at 8:00 P.M.

Yes, oh yes, Tuesday is definitely “must see TV night” for me.

How about you? Are you ready to be entertained once again? Who is your favorite singer and, better yet, which Team Captain has the strongest team – Adam, Blake, Cee Lo or Christina?

Please share all.

Update: Absolutely loved Blake Shelton’s singer, Dia Frampton. Incredible!

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

20 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season One Live Quarter Finals”

  1. MCL…I thought Blake’s team was much better than Christina’s! I really liked Dia and Xenia (?) and the guy with the head band; the country guy, eh! not so much!

    Dia just standing there didn’t have alot of personality, but while performing she really came out of her shell. I really like her performance and her voice!

    Frenchie was the only one from Christina’s team that I liked!

    Blake is gonna have a hard time next choosing who else to send home!


  2. MCL…where are my posts going??? I have posted two and they aren’t showing up anywhere?


  3. MCL,

    I’m glad to see the auto fill feture back again. Thank you for working on it.

    I was entertained very well by the Voice last night. I really enjoy seeing the mentoring sessions between the captains and their team of contestants. Christina really puts a lot of herself into the mentoring process. It seems to me that the stars are taking quite a risk with this high degree of exposure. I liked the fact that they choose songs other than their own for the team group numbers as well as the opening number with the stars singing together instead of promoting their latest work.

    My favorite performances of the night were Dia Frampton and Raquel Castro, in that order. So far, the show’s format has failed to draw me into the contestants in a personal way like Idol seems to do, so I had no previous interest in either of them. Oh no; does that mean the endless auditions, back stories and pimping are a necessary evil? I hope not.

    Dia seems to be the artist in the group and Raquel was a very impressive little performer for her age. Even her facial expressions were spot on. My bet is that these two girls plus the cowboy, whose name I don’t know, and maybe Frenchy will survive the cut.

    I could use less of the trash talk between the team captains, but I liked the approach they are taking with their comments. If you are going to be cheerleaders, cheer for all of them. That seems to be the approach so far.

    The voting system is interesting and is similar to one being used now by a program called “Next Superstar” that will have its finally next Friday. This show is produced by Nigel and his son Simon. They also allow a full week for voting but only use online voting and texting with a daily limit of ten votes of each type per day. I think the week long voting may be a good substitute for unlimited voting to measure the passion the voter has for the contestant, rather than just which one they like the most. I have said before that I believe that is why Idol holds onto the current voting system, so it is encouraging that Nigel is experimenting with something new on one of his shows that might be a prototype for future Idol voting.


  4. Yikes! Her is the “a” I owe you to go in “feature.”


  5. Okay Gene W,

    How’d you get this to work…I have been posting this morning and nothing shows up!!!

    I liked Dia too…and Xenia…and the guy with the head band…didn’t care much for Christina’s team!


  6. And the “e.” It’s feeling like monday to me today.


  7. I so enjoyed this show, such fun. And wow – judges who get up there and do it themselves – fantastic. I did prefer crazy to the queen medley tonight – but it shows they are not afraid to stretch themselves. Blake doing Queen was very funny – he did look uncomfortable but he went for it.

    I do agree that you are not at this point really drawn into the back story, but this does allow you to just concentrate on whether you like the performance rather than do you like the person – which goes with the idea of the voice. My faves are in the other half – but here I liked Dia and Patrick the best.

    Coaches – agreed they are cheer-leading – but at least to all – mind you they are coaches and not judges.. I was afraid it might be like x-factor where they trash each others teams and song choices – this is much better. There were one or two really constructive comments – but I guess they are mostly keeping it for the behind the scenes coaching.

    Only negative, Christina has an odd (forced?) sense of humour – and it’s not coming across well with the 3 boys who are very funny and seem to have a great bond.

    I think it will never pull the same audience/votes that American Idol does – because it is not aiming for headlines/being controversial etc however it was very refreshing and enjoyable to watch and I will be back.

    Anyone know what the rules are – I think I missed this – who goes 1 from each team or bottom 2?


  8. Hello. Just wanted to stop in quick & say hi. I did TiVO the Voice (was it last night?? – my brain feels so full). Anyway, will have comments once I get a chance to watch it. We are the thick of our yearly arts festival Spoleto USA (www.spoletousa.org) & its companion festival Piccolo Spoleto (www.piccolospoleto.com). I love this time of year – so many great things to see (opera, theater, dance, musical theater) but I am TIRED when it finally ends. It started on 5/27 & ends on Sunday (6/12). I got to see “The Medium” (Giancarlo Menotti – wonderufl production), “Emilie” a new one-woman opera with Elizabeth Futral (she was FABULOUS), the amazing Bela Fleck with the original Flecktone lineup, an astonishing Brazilian accordionist (accordion is my first instrument) named Toninho Ferragutti, a pianist from Finland, the awesome choral group Antioch from the New York area. I could go one but I’ll stop there. It’s a blur.

    On the not so great side, my singing teacher, Sam, was hospitalized on Sunday with a serious problem that required surgery but he is recovering well. But he will most likely be out of commission for a while :(.

    Anyway, bottom line as it pertains to this post is: I will be watching the Voice. And I will also try to start catching America’s Got Talent. I forgot to set my TiVO for that last night. But there’s always next week.



  9. Darlene,

    I would like to see Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. I’ll bet that was a good show!

    I think you will enjoy this episode of The Voice when you get a chance to watch it.

    My prayers and best wishes for the full recovery of your teacher, Sam.


  10. Thanks, Gene. It was an absolutely great show. The original keyboardist, Howard Levy, who left the Flectones in 1992, is back & has released along with Bela, Victor (Wooten) & Futureman, a new CD, “Rocket Science”. This was, I believe, the 3rd or maybe even the 4th time I have seen Bela but the 1st with the original line-up. It was an incredible treat.

    And thanks for the your prayers for Sam. They are very much appreciated.


  11. Hi Gene and Darlene:

    The only singer who captured me last night was Dia, followed by Raquel. The rest not so much. I hope to write a recap but I am a little busy right now. June is like December – something going on constantly.

    Darlene, I am so sorry to hear that your teacher is ill. My thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery!


  12. What’s interesting about using the itunes vote – is they are allowing the songs to be seen on the itunes chart.

    Right now Dia is at 17 and Xenia at 45.


  13. Glad that Dia is ahead. Makes my day! 🙂


  14. Also just had a look on the category charts to see if I could find any one else.

    13. Heartless (The Voice Performance) – Dia Frampton
    30. Price Tag (The Voice Performance) – Xenia

    17. I’m The Only One (The Voice Performance) – Beverly McClellan
    38. Use Somebody (The Voice Performance) – Jared Blake

    68. I Hope You Dance (The Voice Performance) – Patrick Thomas

    5. When Love Takes Over (The Voice Performance) – Frenchie Davis


  15. What is it with the names this year…Dia…Thia…Pia!!! 🙂


  16. Wow – Frenchie is doing well. She did sing really well the other night but I still love my Dia!


  17. Vonnie- so true. Lol


  18. I’m a little surprised at Patrick’s poor showing. I’m not a fan but I thought he might be buoyed by the country wave that hit Idol this season. I thought he and Frenchie sang well enough to survive the cut but I’m equally surprised at her good showing on the iTunes chart.

    Dia has quite a few recordings available on iTunes or on her My Space page. Her recordings are with her sister as a band formed in 2004 known as Meg & Dia or the Meg & Dia Band. They have recorded three albums on two different labels. The last label they were with was a Warner Brothers affiliate, Sire records. The first and last albums are independent efforts and they are currently unsigned. She also has a significant presence on You Tube, both as Dia Frampton and as Meg & Dia.

    I didn’t see the Voice battle round episode when Dia sang “Bubbly” but I listened to it on the iTunes preview and I thought it was very good.

    Here’s a thought; maybe her next album could be called “Frampton Comes Alive.”

    Be sure to check out Slezak’s interviews with both Lauren (from last week) and Scotty if you haven’t seen them already. I found both of them to be interesting and, as usually is the case with his interviews, revealed a different side of each of them than what we had seen during their tenure on the show.


  19. Hello everyone. Just watched “The Voice” from Tuesday night. I appreciate everyone’s comments. I’m not sure I came away with an absolute clear favorite from this one. But I agree that Dia may be the one to watch. Her rendition of “Heartless” was exactly what Adam Levine said it was “refreshing and unique”. She really worked the song. I actually liked Jared a lot too. Maybe I was seeing a little James in him?? He just looked like he was having a great time up there. If there was a bit of a weakness in the performance it was, in my opinion, the song itself; it’s got a very restricted range. If he’s still here in the next round, it’ll be interesting to see what he can do.

    I think Frenchie has a big voice & she gave a skilled, comfortable performance. But there were some real pitch issues in there. It happened in the “When Love Takes Over Yeh-a-yeh” at the beginning of the song & it happened twice. That last “yeh” just wasn’t there. I think it may be that in that particular phrase/part of her voice she begins to yell more than sing. To me she doesn’t seem like the kind of singer who should go flat. I just listened to the performance a second time & in the later part of the song the problem was less noticeable.

    Raquel also has a great big voice. But for me all the strutting took away from her voice & I didn’t think the song was very challenging. I enjoyed Beverly but the voice has a LOT of growl – it works in Melissa Etheridge to some extent. The last night showed that there’s more in that voice than we saw tonight. I think Xenia has an interesting voice but I think she wasn’t breathing so her voice was extremely muffled during her solo plus the movements were so stiff. The duet was better. Lilly, for me, was just OK. Ditto Patrick Thomas.

    Overall comments: It’s a pleasure to see older performers. People like Jared, Frenchie & Beverly just seem so at home in their own skins. Also, the judges as a whole were pretty generous with the compliments. Only Lilly got any kind of anything approaching constructive criticism.

    So we’ll see what happens from here.

    Also update on my singing teacher, Sam: I saw him today, he’s doing amazingly well. Thanks for all your thoughts & prayers.


  20. Sorry – typo. Last NOTE in Beverly’s song not last NIGHT.


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