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


Tonight, American Idol continues its dramatic presentation of the Hollywood Week audition process.

And after watching the television promo and listening to Jennifer Lopez’ interview on Jay Leno, it looks like the singers are dropping like flies.

Nerves, fatigue and ill health equal the end of the line for some of these contestants as they realize that it takes more than just a pretty face and a good voice to make the cut to the Top 24.

For, not only do the best survive (we hope), but also the strongest and the most determined.

I am also enjoying the competitive ratings between American Idol and The Voice. I honestly can’t say I love one over the other because, truth be told, I enjoy both shows for different reasons.

But, that’s another topic to be discussed at a later date. For now, I love having my TV card filled with singing competitions. The winters are long here and, anyway, who wants to shop in this lousy weather?

So, snuggling in front of the TV with my IPad and popcorn, watching singers do their thing is a pretty good way to pass the time.

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

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

  1. Jen Hirsh (sp?) was my favorite of the ones we actually saw perform tonight. I also like the 16 year old girl whose dad plays baseball. Drummer boy and handkerchief boy were interesting as well.

    They continue to tease with 1/2 second shots of Deander (sp?) from last season that I mentioned seeing glimpses of on several episodes. If you pause and study the crowd shots enough you can see that he made it through from room 4.

    Jen is the first one to excite me this season. I would have liked to have seen Bailey Brown and the pretty blonde girl who is married to “regular guy” sing tonight, but, it’s American Idol. I noticed the Voice did the bum rush with a few contestants last week in the time honored Idol style.


  2. I was hoping that Deandre would be featured tonight. I have a feeling he is their chosen one – keeping him under wraps until the perfect opportunity. Plus he has fans from last season. When he was cut last season, everyone was disappointed but there is a method to Nigel’s madness. This guy is going to rise to the top of the heap this year.


  3. That’s the way it seems at this point. He may suddenly appear somewhere around the top 12, like Allison Iraheta, did and blow everyone away.


  4. Well, he definitely will be performing in the Top 24. Cannot wait to hear him.


  5. Me too. He reminds me a little of Jason Castro.


  6. I am also waiting for DeAndre and Jessica Sanchez. I don’t know why Idol is holding these two back. DeAndre is young and will have some young girls hearts spinning, but so does Colton Dixon.

    Gene, you can ask Rosanne – I absolutely adore Jason Castro! There was always a gentleness and laid back attitude with him. I later found out that Brooke White, David A. and Jason (along with some others) had prayer time before the show started. I hope DeAndre will be charming. So far, I haven’t found any of the guys to fit that description.

    Jen Hirsh will be on the Idol tour this summer. She is a very powerful singer and what a great group to be in. Now, I read elsewher that Skylar Laine was not a country singer. She has quite a bit of singing experience and singing in contests. She used a different last name. My Sweetie still likes Erika Van Pelt. I hope we will see more singers tomorrow!


  7. Hey Kariann,
    I didn’t know Jessica Sanchez auditioned this season. I know she was on AGT.

    I remember you liking Jason Castro. He’s got such a likable easy going nature. I really like Brooke White as a person as well as a singer. She is such a sweet, likeable young woman. There are several good songs on her two solo CDs although the first independently released one is out print now. She is presently working with a friend as a duo, “Jack and White”. I have not heard the story about their prayer group before, but I’m not surprised.

    Jen was very impressive. I can imagine her being paired with a few of these guys to relive the Haley and Casey Duet magic from last season. Vegas should offer a good preview of that.

    You were correct the other day about where I had seen the singing Sergeant on the Voice. She and her band were on one of the morning shows when I saw them. Thanks for the reminder.

    Best line from the Grammy’s paraphrased: I would like to thank all of the opening acts, especially the promising lad from Liverpool. John Paul White, The Civil Wars. Hilarious!


  8. This season shows a great deal of promise. I also love young Eben. He has a pure, pitch-perfect voice.

    Love all the girls you mentioned. I, too, was wondering about Jessica Sanchez.

    This season is similar to Season 7. Outstanding vocals – plain and simple.


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