Jermaine Paul. The Voice Vs. American Idol

The Voice Champ Jermaine Paul’s Journey: This Is How It’s Done, American Idol


Sometimes – if not all the time – you have to let the chips fall where they may. No one – not even the winner himself – could have predicted the outcome of The Voice Results Show during Tuesday’s telecast.

This season’s winner of The Voice, Jermaine Jones, poured his heart on the stage every time he performed on this show, particularly during the Top 4 Performance Show on Monday evening.

Although a couple of other strong contenders were favored to win this competition right from the earliest stages of The Voice Season 2, Jermaine humbly did his thing and continued to advance under the radar.

And, here’s the thing: very rarely were there harsh words for any competitor from any of the judges – only constructive and esteem-building criticism. In fact, many times some of the judges actually heaped on a truck load of praise for singers that were not members of their team. How’s that for fair play?

And then, we turn the dial to American Idol and watch the agenda in full swing – heaping praise on singers who give lackluster performances while damning the ones who have worked their little butts off to give stellar, consistent performances each week. Why? Where is the logic – never mind the justice – in this?

We want singers to advance fairly – not because they are the producers’ or judges’ favorites but because they are our favorites. Yes, ours! Not yours! Your job is to promote talent in the best possible way, allowing singers to display the full range of their vocal and performing ability.

Quit saddling them with songs that have no resemblance to their personal style or substance. This is not how you create stars – that’s how you destroy them. Period.

You better watch your backs, American Idol. I love you and will stick by you through thick and thin but, seriously, this game has to be played fair or you will continue to lose viewers while other shows, like The Voice, will gain momentum.

Sound-off in the comments section. I am fuming!

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

One Response to “The Voice Champ Jermaine Paul’s Journey: This Is How It’s Done, American Idol”

  1. So very well said MCL.

    You mentioned Simon being successful at getting female contestants to the victory. It was completely genius the way he sent Melanie away and then brought her back. That catapulted her right to the front as if she wasn’t already there after her audition.

    I think he knew her audition was absolutely her best and she would never be able to top it so he pulled that little trick and it worked.

    But to get to the point you are making in this article. All of the other judges on “The X Factor” were playing strategy with their remarks. Giving bad or less then flattering reviews to performers who didn’t deserve it while trying to get their own acts to the front.

    At one point Simon said “This is war.” but he never did that. He kept giving good reviews when they were deserved and actually played fairly to my surprise.

    I think Melanie winning was just as much a vote FOR Simon and AGAINST Nicole and LA as it was a vote FOR Melanie. Christina A. lost Chris Mann a lot of votes on “The Voice” also.

    I personally think Melanie deserved to win “The X Factor” anyway. I was all for them just crowning her after her audition. I would have liked to see Jazzlyn Little in the mix though. I was disappointed to see her cut at Judge’s Houses. I also think that Jermaine deserved to win “The Voice”. But that is just an example of how the judges can affect the outcome negatively or positively. I don’t think Simon pulled any strings for Melanie but I do think he spent the whole season pulling all of the other judges chain….LOL.

    American Idol needs to take a lesson from “The Voice” and Simon on “The X Factor” as to how to be a proper judge IMO.


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