Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 4: The Live Play-Offs Part One

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Finally! The live auditions are upon us. This is where things get interesting for me. How about you?

On Monday, May 6th, the Top 16 singers from NBC’s The Voice Season 4, will deliver their vocal and performing goods over live television.

Not more blinds, no more battle rounds, steals or knock- outs. That’s all done, thank heavens, and now we can just sit back and relax and hear some excellent singers from a wide variety of genres strut their stuff.

Scheduled to perform are:

From Team Adam Levine
Amber Carrington
Caroline Glaser
Judith Hill
Sarah Simmons

From Team Shakira
Garrett Gardner
Kris Thomas
Karina Iglesias
Sasha Allen

From Team Usher
Josiah Hawley
Michelle Chamuel

From Team Blake Shelton
Justin Rivers
Holly Tucker
Danielle Bradbery
The Swon Brothers

Viewers should note: this is a three-night event! Two performance nights on Monday May 6th and Tuesday May 7th, with the results on Wednesday, May 8th – the latter colliding with the Top 3 Performance night on American Idol.

This should be an interesting ratings war. With Idol slipping and sliding each week in the ratings, this may put another nail in its coffin.

Personally, I would rather tune in to see an American Idol Performance show rather than The Voice Results Show, but that’s just me.

And, of course, American Idol will air on Fox from 8:00 – 10:00 PM on Wednesday, whereas The Voice will only be on NBC from 8:00 -9:00 PM. So, get your remote controls or PVRs ready and click or program away.

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 The Voice Season 4: The Live Play-Offs Part One”

  1. for me, i’ll be missing the people who i liked best. i know that gene had a number of these favorites too.

    i’ll miss ‘midas well’, they had such character and were so much fun, i think they’re far better than the duo from oklahoma in ‘all ways’. for me it is a ‘crime’ (i’m getting dramatic) that midas well is gone and they’re still here.

    and i’ll miss the raspy rock singer, older female. or at least, i’ll miss her voice.

    i’ll miss the guy whose last name is ennis, he was sooo good, the chunky guy with the beard. i do agree with usher that his knock out was not as good as the hispanic girl who beat him, and it’ll be interesting if that strategic move to choose her will pay off for him.

    there are others. but these three were in my mind, i just wish they had gotten to the live shows where we could vote.


  2. I just don’t get the Judith Hill fascination. Sorry. Loved Michelle and VEDO.


  3. I was disappointed to see all of the unconventional singers eliminated as well Hunter. I thought Ryan Ennis, the burly soul man, might make it to the finals. Shawna P was interesting as well but I’m not sure she had anything fresh to offer. She is from near where I live, in my favorite beach town, so I will watch for her appearing at the local clubs next time I’m down there. Jimmy Buffett has a restaurant and bar called Margaritaville in the area that would be a good fit for her.

    I liked Amber Carrington last night. She has gotten better with each performance so far. I noticed that she seemed to be leading the group during the Team Adam number. Last night was the first time I liked Michelle, but I would expect her to return to the style that she was doing earlier that I didn’t like.

    I would have sent Judith Hill home during the battle rounds. I think they are just trying to cash in on Michael Jackson’s name.


  4. Gene – this show has an obvious agenda as well. Didn’t really “get” some of the judges critiques last evening. And Judith Hill? Uhm no! If it wasn’t for her Michael Jackson connection she wouldn’t even be in this race.


  5. My favorites last night were Amber, Caroline, Cathia, and Michelle. Don’t get all the hype over Judith or Sarah. I think they’re both overrated.


  6. “Against All Odds” and “I Have Nothing” are two of the most frequently covered songs on American Idol, and The Voice wheeled them out last night. Why, why, why?


  7. Erin – I agree. Those were my favorites as well, although I did like VEDO as well. Did not enjoy Sarah and Judith. Don’t get it!


  8. Blah – I agree. I thought Cathia sang “I Have Nothing” very well though, but, I am sick of it. And “Hallelujah” and “Feeling Good”.


  9. Favorites tonight: Holly, Danielle, and Sasha.


  10. Danielle and Sasha for me. I particularly like the fact that this was Danielle’s fourth performance ever in her whole life. Pam Tillis was a good match for her.

    Is it the Chinese year of the female singing competition winner?

    I’m really enjoying Shakira this year. She’s doing a great job coaching her team and seems like a really sweet girl.


  11. gene, i totally agree. i LOVE shakira. she wears her emotions on her sleeve. i loved how she looked like a proud pappa (okay, mamma) as kris sang. and having to make that final decision of eliminating someone was exquisitely painful for her. her face is so real (while the contestant’s fresh lovely faces have now had eye lashes glued on and black paint smeared all over their eyes). why oh why?


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