Performance Masterclass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Performance Finale

We have hit the Finale of Season 8 of America’s Got Talent.

And, I think we can all agree that the competition has been particularly fierce this season. In every category – vocal, dancing, magic, acrobatics, visual, – the performing standards of all acts reached monumental heights this season.

Now, after 75,000 acts, we will be treated to dual performances by this year’s stellar crop of Finalists:

  • Cami Bradley, Singer
  • Collins Key, Magician
  • Forte, Tenor Trio
  • Jimmy Rose, Country Artist
  • Kenichi, Conceptual Dance Act
  • Taylor Williamson, Comedian
  • Non – USA residents can vote 10 times via Skype, using the phone number allotted to your favorite act on Tuesday night’s show.

    And non – USA residents can also vote via Twitter by simply tweeting #VoteAGT and then the name of your act. For example, if you are voting for Forte, your tweet would simply be
    #VoteAGT Forte. Yes, the space in between AGT and the name of your act MUST BE THERE.

    USA can do all of the above plus use landline or mobile phones. However, remember, it is 10 votes by phone – regardless the method – and 1 vote via Twitter.

    You can also vote 10 times online at

    This race to the win is going to be fast and furious so make sure you vote and encourage those in your circle of family and friends to do likewise.

    Good luck to all! I am rooting for my boys – FORTE – for the win but have the greatest respect for the entire Group Of Six. Such a talented bunch!

    The doors to the comments are now open. Welcome!

    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

    5 Responses to “Performance Masterclass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Performance Finale”

    1. It will be very interesting to see who wins AGT tonight! I don’t think it is easy to predict because all of the performers did well–with some of their performances better than others. I really didn’t like Cami’s second performance much at all and for me she should come in last. Forte was wonderful as always, but so was Kenichi. And Taylor was really likeable too. The magician was better last night than he has been sometimes, but I still do not think he will win. And Jimmy did a fine job too. I think it’s a toss up!!!


    2. very hard to predict. Forte’s The Prayer was so much of a production I thinks their voices were heard, but lost at the same time not that it wasn’t ‘on point’ as Mel B would say… Their second performance – I do not follow opera so don’t know the name of the song, though recognized it – was all power. Both Beautiful. I really find Taylor funny, so very much liked him – thought his inventiveness in the ‘re-telling’ of his jokes clever. Kenechi’s first re-make of his audition was awesome – his second performance I didn’t quite like as much as his others. Enjoyed Collins Key. Jimmy was pleasant. Cami changes things up for me too much sometimes, I did not enjoy I Wanna Hold Your Hand at all.

      I will be crossing fingers and toes tonight MCL!


    3. Thank you Awestruck. Yes, The Prayer seemed to get lost in the production. And I think Forte realized this. Too much happening and they couldn’t concentrate on their vocals as securely as the second number – Caruso. Now that was what I have been waiting for. To hear those gorgeous voices sing a spectacular number with professionalism and confidence was very welcome. We needed to hear this. These guys can sing – quit surrounding them with distracting paraphernalia.

      I loved Taylor and Collins last night. Kenichi fell a little flat on his second number but the first was exceptional.


    4. I am away on vacation and cannot watch Agt, but best wishes to Forte, hope they win. Will watch the finale when I get back.

      Quick comment re: awestruck “I do not follow opera so don’t know the name of the song…” — I think one thing you need to know is that while they are all classically trained and Sean Panikkar is a real opera singer, a very good one, at this point the only real opera singer of the trio, nothing they have done on agt is opera. An opera is an extended work of drama or comedy which is mostly sung through, it has a plot, singers are playing roles, like a sung through musical but more difficult and more complex music, and unlike the musicals todays, operas are performed without amplification. Opera singing is insanely difficult – just imagine singing without mics over the orchestra, some of the most difficult music ever written in a 3-5 hour performance while in an uncomfortable costume, sometimes kneeling, sometimes lying flat on the floor and expressing the character personality and emotions and sounding as effortless at the end as in the beginning…

      The only opera aria we’ve heard this season is Nessun dorma. Pie Gesu comes from Webber Requiem, so it’s more church music. The rest are musical theater or pop. As to Nessun Dorma, not sure if you know, but in opera Branden James who also has a voice degree sings in a chorus. He is a chorus member in Chicago Lyric Opera. This should give some idea about the requirements and competitiveness of the opera world vs AGT, though it might be that his voice is not strong enough to sing solo roles without a mic which is not an issue in popera. Sean Panikkar does sing solo roles, he sang leading roles in regional theaters, supporting roles at the Met which is a typical path for a young artist on the rise. You can notice that he is normally farther from the mic.But if you read his interview, he clearly says that what he is doing on agt is not opera.


    5. thanks Kitty. I appreciate the information. I obviously made an incorrect assumption! An amazing amount of talent, training and stamina needed for true opera for sure.


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