Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 5 Of The Voice: The Battle Rounds Week One

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It’s The Battle Rounds on The Voice this week, where two competitors for the same team vie for an opportunity to advance to the Knock -Out Rounds.

Also included during this portion of the show is “The Steal”, where an eliminated contestant from one team can be stolen by one of the judges/coaches of another team. It is a neat, strategic element and adds another layer of opportunity for the singers.

The Battle rounds were taped on August 13 and 14, 2013. The coaches will once again use mentors during this round and each enlisted the help of the following: Adam Levine brought in OneRepublic’s lead singer, Ryan Tedder; Cee Lo Green brought in Miguel; Christina Aguilera brought in Ed Sheeran; and Blake Shelton brought in Cher.

So, sit back, pop the corn and comment away as the show moves forward. It all begins on Monday at 8:00 PM on NBC , followed by another show on Tuesday at the same time.

Enjoy and best of luck to the singers.

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

3 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 5 Of The Voice: The Battle Rounds Week One”

  1. I may be in love. Jacquie Lee. She reminds me of Haley Reinhart a little bit. I liked her song choice and delivery in the blinds as well.

    I also like the natural feel for the music that Caroline Pennell has but I hope she has better performances ahead of her. I was a little surprised that Cee Lo picked her over Anthony Paul but it seemed like a battle of raw talent verses training and raw talent won the day. I’m glad he was picked up by Christina.

    It was good to see Cher find something more appropriate to do with her experience at this point in her life than the last time we saw her.

    These battles are much better pairings than last season. Both singers actually had a chance in each pairing.


  2. Gene – I missed most of The Voice. Phone calls and stuff. Will have to check them online.

    From what I did see, I agree. The pairings were superb.

    I am glad Christina picked up Anthony Paul – I missed that performance but quickly saw the judges’ comments. I thought for sure that, based on their comments, that Anthony would be chosen by Cee Lo. Can’t wait to view their duo.

    Now I am intrigued about Jacquie Paul. Lots of catch-up to do at my end. Thanks for the quick recap.


  3. Life has a way of interfering with our reality TV habit; doesn’t it?

    This was the most entertaining episode of the season so far for me. If you have “On Demand” on your cable, you may be able to watch the whole show there in a few days. I think they re-run them over the weekend as well. It’s impressive how well some of these pairings work together as a duo. I would like to see the option of combining two contestants from a battle round into a duo that can’t be separated for the duration of the contest, but it would have to be on a very limited basis.

    Anthony clearly sang circles around Caroline but it was a matter of taste and potential. Caroline has a more unique singing style as well as a very quirky personality that could be a more marketable formula. Anthony was more like watching a character on Glee. Cee Lo was interested in her development potential in the end, even though he appeared to favor Anthony during practice.

    Jacquie has the old soul that I like in the young singers. She calls herself a R&B singer but I think she is more of a soul singer. In either case, it’s a little unusual for someone of her background. I think the other girl got in her head a little bit at the beginning of the battle and she faltered a little bit at the end of her first segment but after that she brought huge energy and passion to her delivery. The other girl seemed to be stuck in Gaga mode from the blind audition. Her enunciation was so tortured on several words that if you didn’t know the song, you would have no idea what she was saying. All of that said, I still liked Siobhan’s rendition of HOTRS on Idol years ago better than Haley’s or Jacquie’s, but on the night, I liked Jacquie quite a bit.


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