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Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 11: Las Vegas Baby


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Tonight, we get down to the nitty-gritty and watch the remaining ninety seventy singers strut their stuff.

Welcome to the American Idol Las Vegas Auditons, where truly the best of the best are scheduled to give extraordinary performances.

As much as I enjoy the group numbers, I really just want to see what these singers can do as soloists. There is nowhere to hide – they are on their own.

However, that being said, I thought some of the group numbers were exceptional on Wednesday.

The close, pitch-perfect harmonies paved the way to what I hope will be outstanding live group numbers from this season’s Top 12.

So, get the dishes done, put the kids to bed and sit back and enjoy the show. It’s going to be a good one.

And don’t forget to hit the comments with your perspective on the contestants and the direction this show has taken this year.

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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

6 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 11: Las Vegas Baby”

  1. I really enjoyed the show and am mostly happy with the TOP 42 the judges have selected. Probably my favorite group was singing, “This Is Dedicated to the One I Love.” One thing about songs from the 1950s & early 60s is the melodies and harmony. It was wonderful seeing Elvis get some attention! He is my favorite performer of all time.

    We finally got to see Jessica Sanchez and she did a good job! I have a feeling they do not want Ariel around because she would be competition. I loved this girl’s energy. Another one I enjoyed and feel she was TOP 24 material is Candice. Please don’t tell me there wasn’t any talented black females, because I really wanted more from Candice and Ariel.

    I must admit that DeAndre was a bit of a disappointment. I hope he does an outstanding job on his solo. If he gets into the TOP 12, Hawaii will carry him far into the competition. There are several exceptional singers, probably Jen Hirsh stands out the most. However, I need to see their solos before I pick some favorites. I was surprised that Johnny got cut.

    The judges were able to give some honest opinions and I hope that continues throughout the competition! Very enjoyable show!

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed the show last night. Most of the singing was really good and so entertaining! I don’t know names yet, so will have to keep on watching, but I think this looks like a really good season!

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  3. This was a very entertaining episode for me. IMHO, Nigel should rearrange the seasons schedule in future years so that they start at this level of competition and entertainment value. I would be happy to see the auditions that are relevant to the competition presented as flashbacks and back stories throughout the season instead of several weeks of boredom at the beginning of the season.

    I agree with Kariann regarding DeAndre. I think he was falling into the Jacob Lusk trap of over singing his song. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Overall he and his group were good, but I hope he changes his approach in the coming rounds.

    The group that featured Heejan Han was surprisingly good. I liked that they showed the proper respect for the music’s original melody. “I Only Have Eyes for You” was a great song choice for them.

    I also enjoyed the group with Lauren Grey and Wendy Taylor (I think?) Both of these ladies had nice tone and blended beautifully on their harmonies.

    Very near the end of the program there was a glimpse of another contestant that I remember from a past season. It was a girl with long blond hair but I don’t know her name. Did anyone else notice her?

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  4. First I want to say I did enjoy Jessica Sanchez, and I was not dissappointed in deandre one bit he hit the high notes and even the low notes he was singing with two strong voices and he did great, but he will show that at the solo. He definetly is my favorite male singer. I can not wait to see all of his talent and the different ranges he can do. I have to say I am still sitting on the fence I like Erica and really like Jessica will have to see as the season goes on.

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  5. Gene, that familiar blonde would be Hollie Cavanaugh, who just missed the top 24 last year. She and Naomi Gillies sang “Mr. Sandman”, but the performance was not shown. (It’s available on the AI site.)

    The other singers who made it but were not shown are Letia Lee (she sang “Tell Him” , with Hallie Day, but only Hallie was shown) and Aubrey Cleland and Cortez Shaw (they sang “Wake Up, Li’l Susie” in the group Johnny Keyser was cut from, but only the scenes of that group in the pool were shown…granted, Aubrey/Cortez/Johnny all looked very fit in their swimwear…).

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  6. Thanks Dan,
    I Googled Hollie’s name to see her pics and you are correct; she is the one that I mentioned seeing.

    I also meant to heap a round of praise on the band and backup singers for the work they have done so far this season. I’m particularly enjoying the saxophone player that has been featured several times. Good work band!

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