Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12 Top 10 Results Show: Past Idols

I am a little rushed here. I meant to have this blog topic up earlier but oh well… What a day, is all I can say!

I finally watched last evening’s Top 10 performance show and I have to agree with everyone here and the American Idol judges that the ladies were far better than the gents.

So, all in all, I expect a male competitor will be eliminated on Thursday’s show. We shall see soon enough.

I really enjoyed Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb and Devin Velez last evening. I thought they performed beautifully and, of all the singers, appeared to be most comfortable and genuine on stage. Some others were as well – I just warmed to their styles a little more than the others.

It will be a jam-packed hour. Bon Jovi is scheduled to make an appearance as well as last year,s winner, Phillip Phillips.

And there is the issue of the Wild Card whatever! The sixth place lady and gent from the Top 20 will sing-off and I guess the judges will decide which of the two of them will be invited to perform on the American Idol tour.

I will be live – blogging so check back and add your comments. Vocal Masterclass articles start next week. Wheeee!

  • Live Update in 2 minutes
  • Ryan does the intro. while Phillip Phillips hams it up for the camera. Judges are introduced and Ryan is ready to go.
  • 26 million votes. Not too shabby. The Top 10 are introduced. And there is a recap, with Jimmy Iovine’s comments added to the mix.
  • Jimmy said that Curtis has to move away from gospel, Janelle is the real deal, Devin needs to change his musical focus, Angie is a real talent but her song was not as great as the judges said it was. Paul picked a pretty good song but was not as good as some of the other guys. Candace came out and nailed it. Her talent, her poise and her song won the night. Lazaro has the potential but he needs to work harder and handle the criticism. Kree knows the material she can sing and is Jimmy’s top 3. Burnell did a great job and was the best male vocalist last night. Amber has the overall charisma and star package and is in his Top 3.
  • Top 3 is being revealed now!!
  • Devin, Janelle and Candice are singled out and Candice makes the Top 3. Some interesting stats are given regarding the votes and how it played out across the nation for these three, but, I was not expecting it and missed the numbers. Sorry.
  • Commercial break!
  • The Top 10 group performance. The song is Shine Your Way. They are doing great with solos and the pre-recorded background harmonies. Ha! I miss the old days of live – real live – performances.
  • The mayor from Kree’s hometown is on stage to present her with a key to her hometown city in Texas. She is in the Top 3. Big surprise! Ha!
  • Bon Jovi is on stage performing their single, Because We Can.
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  • Charlie Askew is the first to sing-off. Performing his original song, Sky Blue Diamond, he is seated at the piano.. His sweet tenor voice just soars. The song is absolutely stellar and his performance is very good. A little straining of the voice during the louder passages but still a vey convincing and signature performance. He write it three months ago.
  • The next wild card is Aubrey Leland and she exquisitely performs Out Her On My Own. She is a little nervous but, all in all, she adds some special elements to this song – makes it her own. And her voice is such a precious jewel.
  • The public is invited to vote via the American Idol App for the singer they wish to see on the American Idol tour. Well, quite frankly, both should be in the Top 10 but what do I know?
  • Phillip Phillips is on stage to perform his latest single, Gone, Gone, Gone. It is a great song and he performs it well – love this percussive song. Very Mumford And Sons – like, isn’t it?
  • Phillip my man – this was awesome! Congratulations on your success. Randy presents him with a huge plaque to celebrate the quadruple p.atini, status of Home. Awesome!
  • Lazaro beat Angie in Florida but, nationwide, Angie is in the Top 3. So our Top 3 are female – Candice, Kree and Angie. After the break, the eliminated singer will be revealed.
  • 4th Place is Lazaro. 5th Place is Amber. 6th Place is Janelle. 7th Place is Burnell. 8th Place is Paul. Devin and Curtis are Bottom 2
  • Nikki said that she is going home if Curtis goes home. Haha. She is starting to grow on me. I love Devin but I think his journey is over. Sad. He has such potential.
  • I think Devin and Lazaro were probably competing for a similar voting population.
  • Curtis is eliminated and will sing for the SAVE! It’s back. Devin is safe. Awesome.
  • Curtis performs I Believe I Can Fly. He has such a beautiful voice, especially in his lower register. He is leaving everything on the stage and praying this song.
  • The judges have to be unanimous. Randy, on behalf of the judges, said the judges are not unanimous, therefore, he is eliminated. Huh? Oh well. And guess which song is used for the elimination song. Phillip Phillip’s Gone, Gone, Gone. Smart! Another quadruple platinum to go please for Phillip Phillips.
  • 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

    15 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12 Top 10 Results Show: Past Idols”

    1. Awwww! Curtis…that is really sad, I liked him alot!!!


    2. Yes, Vonnie, me too. Sad elimination.


    3. It’s a shame Curtis went so soon. What the heck?! I feel it should have been Lazaro and Paul in the Bottom 2. I’m hoping Devin does much better next week, or he could end up leaving next, which I don’t want to see. I actually agreed with Randy about his performance, though. Candace had the best performance last night I feel. Her voice was just exquisite, and she did a better job than Jordin did even. And Jordin did a stunning job with the song 6 years ago! Then I think Amber’s was next in line. I agree with Jimmy, the girl HAS IT!!! And AUBREY…..OH MY HECK! Can they just let one of the guys go and let that girl come back in the competition already?!!! She was soooo fabulous! Just gorgeous!!! I’m definately voting for her to go on tour this summer!


    4. Yes, Anita, Aubrey was magnificent. Although, I felt that Charlie sang very well – a little tense with the louder dynamics – but his lighter tone is so beautiful. And clear.

      However, Aubrey would be a game changer if she was allowed to perform in the Top 10 and they already have their winner selected. It’s the same every year. They obviously adore Candice and Kree so we shall se how this plays out in the end.

      I hope Devin can redeem himself. I think he needs to buckle up and perform songs that relate to his style. He shouldn’t listen to Jimmy because this could be his downfall.


    5. Rosanne-I was pleasantly surprised with Charlie. That was the best I’ve ever heard him sing. The song he wrote is very nice. I didn’t even know he wrote songs or played piano!


    6. Personally Rosanne, I don’t think anyone should listen to Jimmy. He gave bad advice to at least three of the Finalists. He played mind games with Lazaro. Poor kid was a nervous wreck! I don’t like what he told Kree or Paul. Let’s get in a mentor to help Jimmy.

      I knew Curtis would go home. I was just wondering if Nicki would be leaving with him? LOL! There’s a good chance the TOP 3 girls we saw could be the TOP 3 to do the home town visits! I think Charlie will be saved and on the tour.

      The Beatles Songbook is great but I hope they will sing some uptempo songs! These ballads are getting boring with the exception of Candice and Kree. I still have hope for Idol!


    7. I too think that it will be Charlie going on tour…

      MCL…I am worried that Candice is going to get the bus treatment, because I think Jimmy and Randy are thinking Amber is their top choice….I like Amber too…but for one year I would like to go through this competition without watching the buses back over people…

      Any of the girls this year have a chance at winning if they will leave them alone and let them sing…


    8. Vonnie – yes I worry about that too. Jimmy Iovine loves Amber but he also loved Pia and look what happened to her. Eliminated early on.


    9. What do you think about the vote rankings being revealed this week? Did you like it? Do you think it will continue?


    10. Gene,

      I don’t know if I liked it or not…seems like it will lead people to stop voting for their favorites in order to save someone else from being in the bottom…with the bottom three if your favorite ends up there you can start voting more to get them out…they may continue it if the voting doesn’t go the way that the PTB want it to go, LOL.


      I see what you are saying about the Pia/Amber comparrison; I think that they know the ways to get the results that they want and already you can see the game being played!

      Nikki, may be their kink in the hose…she doesn’t seem to be playing the game as of yet!!!


    11. Vonnie,
      It’s a good example of the old expression “be careful what you wish for.” Fans have wanted more transparency in the voting for years because of the way Idol manipulates us, but you are exactly right about the potential effect. I think they will stop doing it. I’ll give them credit for trying new things this year. There have been subtle changes for the last few years but this year they have been more dramatic, particularly the inclusion of original music.


    12. Perplexing that Devin was 9th, but I think MCL hit the nail on the head with her explanation that he shared votes with Lazaro. In my opinion his should have been Lazaro’s ranking. America could got the perfect top 3, though I’d argue that Amber is almost there. She just needs to work on her song choice and she might be a force to be reckoned with. Everyone loves an evolution. Can’t say I’m sad Curtis is gone, his over-the-top presence on stage coupled with his cheesy song choices never sat well with me. I just never felt like he was being very real. All the best to him in the future.


    13. That was interesting. While I never thought Curtis would win, I definitely thought that he would stay in much longer then that. I’ve been saying it over and over though … the Idol audience that once supported that style of music ….if not totally gone yet …is quickly dissolving and seeing Curtis voted off so early is proof. Nobody I know who is a sole R&B fans watches Idol anymore. So no R&B’er really stand a chance on this show anymore.

      And seeing Curtis gone before Lazaro who very obviously does not have the experience in performing that Curtis has is unbelievable. Whats worst, Charlie may be there and not Curtis ??? How can one of the top 10 be voted off the show before a wildcard who wasn’t even selected as one of the best. Thats just backwards.

      Also after hearing Devins earlier performances I never would have thought he would have been in the bottom like that. I;m like you guys though I really think Jimmy’s comments broke his confidence because he normally performs like a pro. This week he was just like an amateur, just like the rest of them.

      Candace is my very favorite but I’m 100% she won’t win. With Curtis gone, I promise you half of her audience dropped out too. My honest opinion, personally I don’t think anybody there is star quality. Good but not star quality.

      Lazaro will be this seasons Sanjia.I’m just not understanding how he even made the top 10. Hes getting the sympathy vote because he’s a good looking kid and studders. He couldn’t possibly be there because of voice.

      I don’t know you guys. I’m really loosing interest in this show fast. It use to give us some hot talents. To me now it seems like all we are getting are copies and hopefuls. I don’t know how long I can hang on. If you stop seeing me here though… just count me as another huge Idol fan gone.


    14. Hey Rosanne – What is it with these crazy people who post who come into our forum pretending lie they enjoy the conversation when its very very obvious from their post all they are trying to do is plug heir company. Their responses don’t even sound real. It just SOUNDS so weird everytime I see their post.


    15. Yes just saw this now BK. Going to delete. It’s ridiculous!


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