Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12: Las Vegas Rounds -Group Two Guys


Weren’t the girls absolutely stellar last evening? Much better than last week’s gals and they were very good. Just goes to show that talent pool runs deep in the music business.

Thursday night, the second and final group of ten guys are on the chopping block. I seriously hope they are better than least week’s group. Not one guy jumped out at me, except Curtis Finch Jr..

Performing this week (courtesy of MJsBigBlog) are:

Guys Thursday Air February 28th

Bryant Tadeo
Burnell Taylor
Cortez Shaw
David Willis
Gurpreet Singh
Josh Holiday
Lazaro Arbos
Mathenee Treco
Nick Boddington
Vincent Powell

I am set to live blog the performances tonight and tomorrow, so check back often and add your views in the comments section.

  • Live Update
  • Mathenee Treco is up first. He is a very busy choreographer in real life. He performs A Little Less Conversation with vocal energy and drive. He is very confident on stage – his presentation is rock solid. And he has some exciting vocal skills – very flexible and soulful and jazzy. Great head voice. I love this guy.
  • Gurpreet Singh and Vincent Powell are up next after the commercial break.
  • Gurpreet Singh is 22-years-old and is in computer science. Maybe he can help me with my GrannieTheGeek website. I love his smooth vocal style and, although he looks relaxed, I wish he wasn’t glued to one spot. Very musical guy but sort of a safe performance.
  • Vincent Powell is 29-year-old vocal teacher. And he has sung back–up for many stars including Whitney Houston. He has a passionate soulful style but it borders on the screaming gospel style which I do not like. ‘Nuff said.
  • Nick Boddington has a clear tenor voice but he sounds pretty shaky at the outset of this James Morrison number. Love his falsetto – his voice is finally kicking in. But it was, overall, a very tentative performance.
  • Josh Holiday is up next with an original composition. Good for him. I like him already.
  • Josh Holiday is 24-years-old and is seated at the piano as he performs his original composition. It is such a beautiful composition and his voice is beautifully expressive – as is his face. I do like that he stands up in the second half of this song and works the audience. It adds visual dimension to this showcase. He sings this song extremely well, beautiful head voice and wonderful charisma
  • David Willis and Bryant Tadeo are up next after the commercial break.
  • David Willis is a 22-year-old mission leader. He performs a funky version of Fever as he accompanies himself on the guitar. He has a pretty decent voice, nicely nuanced and he shapes his phrases very musically. This is a very unusual version of this classic number. Nice strong ending. I like him!
  • Nikki and her “Are you married or have a girlfriend” routine. Eye roll city here.
  • Bryant Tadeo selects New York State Of Mind and, I have to tell ya, it like a breath of fresh air. This is a very soulful performance and his voice just embraces the melodic and lyrical line. He takes his time, he communicates and renders a very sensitive and meaningful performance.
  • Burnell Taylor is up next after the commercial break. And, all I have to say is this: “Thank heavens for Mariah Carey for being the most lucid judge of the evening”.
  • Burnell Taylor is a passionate young performer but his voice needs some work. Very musical kid and the audience loves him.
  • I have to admit I was distracted during Burnell’s performance so I welcome the opportunity to listen to this young man again. Such a genuine performer.
  • Lazaro Arbos is up next.
  • Lazaro Arbos has an absolutely gorgeous voice, very rich and lush. And he is a very handsome young man. He caresses this Keith Urban number. Beautiful!!
  • Cortez Shaw closes the performance segment of the show after the break.
  • Cortez Shaw sings Titanium and it is a pretty potent performance. Strong range and presence. Very nuanced and expressive.
  • David Willis is eliminated. Really? Too bad. Bryant Tadeo is eliminated? Oh no. This is totally unfair. Totally! Vincent Powell moves on to the Top 20. Whatever.
  • Mathenee Treco is eliminated. What the? Every guy I liked has so far been eliminated. Lazaro Arbos moves on to the Top 20.
  • Cortez Shaw moves on to the Top 20
  • Josh Holiday is eliminated. Honestly. They really want a girl to win, don’t they? Burnell Taylor moves on to the Top 20.
  • Gurpreet Singh is eliminated and Nick Boddington moves on to the Top 20.
  • Next Tuesday, the Top 10 girls perform, Wednesday, the Top 10 guys and Thursday is the Results Show. All live!
  • 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

    11 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12: Las Vegas Rounds -Group Two Guys”

    1. Bryant shoulda stayed…Ugh! This may end up being a long season!!! 😦


    2. I thought Bryant should have stayed too–loved his voice!


    3. Yes me three. I couldn’t believe they eliminated Bryant. Ridiculous.


    4. Honestly, I didn’t care much for any of these guys but I enjoyed Bryant’s Billy Joel cover better than the rest.

      Of the gospelizers, I prefer Vincent to Curtis, based on the performances from this round. I liked the soulful portion of the first half of the song and the joy he seemed to have in singing it. He doesn’t seem as full of himself as Curtis does. If he can pull back the Gospel style that he finished his song with with and overcome the Curtis hype, he may out last him. Ray Chew firing up the Hammond B3 didn’t hurt his performance either.

      It would be good if they could extend the theater in the round style to the Idol home stage. That seems to be one of the features that The Voice is ahead of Idol on so I’m glad the Vegas segment was presented in that format.

      Zoanettes singing credentials may still be in question, but they should have made her a mascot or cheerleader for the group. She really supports the rest of the performers.

      “Long season.” I had the exact same thought and said it to my wife earlier tonight.


    5. Gene and Kariann. Thank you for your comments. I am starting to become a tad annoyed with Idol this season. Bryant should not have been eliminated, as well as some of the others. They have to start advancing seriously strong vocal talent. I am tired of the screamers – that is not singing. Ever.


    6. Randon thoughts about this season:

      (1) During the two weeks of Las Vegas, the judges comments often seemed out of synch with the performances. The only way I can make sense of this:

      The producers and judges decided in advance who to cast in the top 20 based a balanced diversity of genre, ethnicity, personality, and back story. Then they shaded their comments as needed to justify their predetermined picks.

      This “casting” process has probably always been true at this stage of the competition. But in the past, we did not see all the judges comments for each contestant at this stage. The format was different this year. So the “casting” process is more obvious this year.

      (2) In the past, Idol has sometimes been criticized for a lack of minority contestants. This is certainly not true this year. At least 14 of the top 20 could be called minorities. But I find myself wondering: was this a sincere effort to be more inclusive, or was it motivated by a desire to avoid another white, male winner?

      (3) Favorite girl voice: Angie Miller. Her solo Hollywood performance is the most arresting vocal I’ve heard on all 12 seasons (see it here: http://tinyurl.com/cxoym3t0). And the fact she actually wrote the song demonstrates she is a true and gifted artist. It sounds like something you would hear on the radio, not some amateur songwriting effort.

      But there’s a potential problem for Angie. Almost without exception, winners of Idol and other TV singing competitions have one thing in common: they have a humble quality that viewers find very appealing. Having a strong, confident, assertive persona is highly associated with success in the music business. But it’s also associated with failure to win TV singing competitions. There have been times when Angie seems almost too confident in herself, to the point where some viewers might perceive it as being “full of herself.” I hope this won’t be a problem for her, but she needs to be careful about it.

      (4) Favorite guy voice: Burnell Taylor. To me, he sounds similar to John Legend with a very appealing tone and resonance. And he has that humble quality that viewers like.

      (5) As both a talented musician and highly experienced record producer, Randy Jackson theoretically should be an excellent judge. But each year I’m disappointed at how little of substance he brings to the show.

      (6) Favorite judge: Nicki Each year my favorite judge is whoever causes me to think: “That’s what I was thinking. Thank God a judge said it.” The downside is that she also makes lots of inappropriate comments.


    7. The link for Angie’s performance was wrong. Here is correct link:



    8. Hey Guys!

      For the first time since I have started watching Idol…”Season Two”, I am going into this season with no favorite. Even last year when I didn’t watch until top twelve, I immediately fell in love with Phillip, Ellise and Hollie… this year, I got nothing!!!

      Oh! But the bright side is…I am watching Dancing With The Stars so that I may swoon, swoon, swoon!!!!!! And Nashville!!! And Glee!!!


      Lol, I had more fun watching Zoanette than I did the singers! She was a hoot! She still can’t sing, but she was a hoot!

      Was it Nick with the hat on, I liked his voice too…but loved Bryants! Ah! Well…carry on!

      Yeppers, my friend, I do think we are in for a looonnngggg season!!! And I think we have a girl in sights for the win this year as Malden said, no white guys with a guitar…almost maskes you wonder if that isn’t why they were asking them all if they played guitar!!!


      I was thinking the same in a way about the different types of singers that we have this year…I just chalked it up to different judges who are more cut out for the job of being judges than in previous years, Keith is on the money, Nikki and Mariah both bring some serious knowledge to the table too…my son did point out that if you look at the judges table 3 are minorities…I didn’t even notice to be honest, but you do bring up some great points…

      Did you notice Nikki last night seemed to be under a gag order with the boys, she slipped a couple of times and caught herself!!! LOL


    9. Vonnie,
      On the bright side, we won’t have to pause the show to go to the bathroom. Just wait till the next guy takes the stage.


    10. Malden,
      Idol’s EEOC department has worked overtime the last two seasons, but you make a good point that it is easier to see the sausage being made with this new format. You can almost see the Wizard behind the curtain, can’t you?

      I agree that Angie Miller is the most promising artist in the competition and I like her work. She has developed a pretty good fan base and I have only noticed her having a pleasant personality. She has a pretty good portfolio of current covers ready to go and she has the ability to change a song from one I don’t like into one that I do, like Taylor Swifts “Never, Never… or Phill Phill’s “Home” for example. For my personal taste, I didn’t like her performance in this round and she also has the ability to turn a song that I like into one that I don’t, like Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” or Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful to Me.” I think she has some problems to overcome to be a successful contestant though. She peaked early with her outstanding original piece in Hollywood. It was also far from a spontaneous moment like some of the past Hollywood breakout stories have been. She has set a high bar for herself to clear later. Andrew Garcia comes to mind. She sings mostly ballads, which is ok with me personally but you can’t get by with it on Idol. Pia comes to mind here. I like her voice and the nuance she is able to bring to her singing and I agree that her sound is current, for the most part but there is also an element of a Barry Manilow ballad with the big, almost shouting endings that she favors. I also wonder how far a former church singer can make it in today’s Pop world.

      I believe they have so many R&B/ Gospel types that they will cancel each other out and none will make it past third place. On the other hand, I thought that would happen to Scotty and Lauren, so what do I know?


    11. Gene…LOL, how right you are, won’t have to pause this year to go get a drink and make my popcorn!

      I guess we will see if anyone pops out at me next week!!!


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