Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 11: The Hollywood Rounds Part One


Tonight, American Idol begins the singing marathon called Hollywood Week.

And I am sure it will be filled with all the drama and suspense that I have come to dislike about this show. It is tedious and overblown.

As I said last week, American Idol would have been wise to jump-start the live shows this season.

With strong competition coming from NBC’s The Voice, Fox risks losing viewers who are waiting to see the live shows.

The Voice starts out in performance mode right out of the gate and, as a result, the emotional investment in these singers is strong and instantaneous.

I can scarcely remember who auditioned for American Idol this season. The talent is strong – no doubt – but after three weeks we are still twiddling our thumbs wondering what these singers can do when allowed to perform to their full ability.

Does anyone else agree or am I blowing smoke here?

At any rate, we have two more weeks of whittling singers down to the Top 24 and then these singers compete for a spot in the Top 12. That’s six weeks of television until the Top 12 take center stage. Far, far too long

Are you enjoying the Season 11? Do you think the ratings will improve once the live shows begin?

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

2 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 11: The Hollywood Rounds Part One”

  1. Last night for the first time I watched an entire episode of The Voice simply because a local guy is going to be on at some point–but he wasn’t on last night. I actually found it to be really enjoyable. Makes me want to watch again. Loved Pip who sang House of the Rising Sun.


  2. Yes it was a great episode, Louise. I forgot to add a blog topic about it but there is one from last week’s episode. Too bad your local guy wasn’t featured. I wonder how many are initially chosen to appear in front of the judges? Have to google that. Just curious.


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