Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 4: Week One Of The Battle Rounds

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Aren’t you loving Usher and Shakira? Both have great personalities and have established immediate connection with veteran judges, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

My Monday and Tuesday nights have never been so much fun! What a ride!

And the singing talent is exceptional as always. I am loving – craving actually – the diversity and the sublime musicality that these singers bring to the show.

However, over the next few weeks, we separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls. The Battle Rounds escalates the competition, as singers from the same team battle it out against each other.

At the end of the Battle Performance, their judge/mentor decides whom he or she wishes to keep as a member of his or her team.

However, the eliminated singer is up for grabs by the other three judges with the inclusion of a new feature that was introduced during Season 3 called “The Steal”. It brings an added level of excitement to the show and it is completely voluntary whether or not a judge uses it, but it gives the eliminated singer a window of hope for advancement.

So tune in to NBC on Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. and see which singers are selected to compete the four teams.

See you in the comments section!

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 The Voice Season 4: Week One Of The Battle Rounds”

  1. i just looked at the picture..here i sit with my leg up just like usher always does. i burst out laughing.


  2. Hunter!! Haha. Now try two legs!! Haha


  3. I absolutely love Shakira! She is so sweet, personable, likeable unlike Demi, Brit, Nikki, Xtina and Mariah. I wish they would take notice of how to be a world famous singer and still kind, caring and nice.


  4. Favs so far tonight for me have been Garret and Taylor. Glad Blake duped Usher and he stole Taylor. I had hoped Usher would steal J-Sun as he was really good also.


  5. Ugh. This stage of the competition is so dragged out. I was switching channels all night.


  6. yes, too much of ‘repeated stuff’ like ‘ohh you’re both so good i can’t make a decision’, etc etc etc. i still remember some battles from the very first season that to me were THE BEST. tonight’s weren’t THE BEST. i wish blake had picked that guy, forgot his name, rather than the two brothers (okies), but blake does go with his heart and if he feels more connected to someone, i get that, but gosh i wish that other guy would have been stolen, just because he is so fun to watch.


  7. I agree Hunter. I preferred the male soloist over the duo. Wish I could remember his name.

    But I am not a fan of Judith Hill from Team Adam. Her voice is gritty and raspy – no clarity or presence – so I don’t understand what Adam sees in her except that she sang with Michael Jackson.


  8. MCL the young man’s name was Christian. I also felt he was better than the Swan brothers. In fact I said to friends, the Swan brothers sounded like his back up singers. I was hoping someone would use a steal on him. They should have as Christian has a lovely tone, good range and control.


  9. Tonight I liked Joshia and Caroline. They stood out and I was so glad that Caroline was stolen. I had hoped she would pick Usher because if he could make Beibs happen he could make anyone happen. Adam in 3 seasons has not helped any of his contestants make it.


  10. ‘roxanne’ is one of my all time favorite songs. it wasn’t done all that well tonight. however it brought back to me memories of the snl skit with Kevin Nealon & Sting in the elevator. that was just sooooooooooooooooooooo funny. does anyone remember that? i just went googling and couldn’t find it. there were a couple sites that seemed to have it but it wouldn’t play. i would have loved to share it here.


  11. aubrey i agree, i thought that caroline would have a better chance with usher. but…as she said…she went with her heart.


  12. the clip they’ve been playing over and over (the ‘tease’) with usher ‘disciplining’ the guy for laughing: i thought that would be less than it was, but it actually ‘did happen’. my take from it is, the guy laughed with nervousness. usher was doing a power play (playing dictator and king) that was unnecessary, and scaring the poor guy into insecurity. i didn’t like it. josiah’s manner (‘posing’) and hair reminds me of James Dean.


  13. hunter…maybe this is why none of the people Usher tries to steal will go with him…I’m sure word has gotten around…he will have a tough time next year if he continues like this!!!


  14. The music Biz is tough and if Usher is tough on his team GOOD! Laughing and joking and not being serious and giving it your all, will not get you anywhere in the Music Biz. You must be hungry, focused and work your tail off to make it. Everyone wants the record deal and the $$$ but not put in the work.

    IMO Usher will find a singer willing to work and he will make them a star. If me I would welcome the type of harshness Usher is showing. It would toughen me up and prepare me.


  15. aubry, from what i saw, the guy laughed not from mirth or play but from insecurity in his thinking he didn’t do good enough in front of a famous person. in that case, usher’s reaction was not going to make this guy do any better. i believe in tough love but i also believe that each human being is allowed human dignity and i think that usher was acting like ‘superior being’ rather than ‘coach’.



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