Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 7 Of The Voice: The Battle Rounds End.

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Is it just me or did they Fast Forward the Battle Rounds on The Voice this season?

I remember this phase lasting longer so, hopefully, this means that more time will be allotted for the LIVE shows.

There is a ton of talent on The Voice this season, but, we have been there before it seems. So many wonderful singers are eliminated so quickly – before we ever have an opportunity to connect with them.

However, the chemistry between the judges is the best yet! It really is an important factor in the success of this show. And the mentoring sessions are exceptional.

The Voice airs on Monday and Tuesday, October 20th and 21st, at 8:00 PM on NBC.

If anyone out there wants to recap the show, I will be forever grateful for your expertise and insight. You can contact me via my Contact Page.

Will you be watching? Please share in the comments section.

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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 Season 7 Of The Voice: The Battle Rounds End.”

  1. We can only hope they have speed up this segment in ordr to have more time for the live rounds. The “Noah” method of two-by-twoeliminations is brutal below the top ten or so.

    I’m encoraged to see that the girl I liked from the Blind auditions, Reagan James, is in the last night of the Battle rounds. I hope that equates to the old pimp spot that we are accustom to. But… Blake left us last night with a tease about a singer having missed a practice session as if that could be a disqualifying issue. I guess we have to tune in to see.

    I have to agree that the judges are really doing a good job of creating a very entertaining show. Gwen has been a pleasant suprise for me. I expected more of an ice queen personality but she is a very warm and engaging person and she plays the “game” of the Voice very well. I’ve also enjoyied getting to know Pharell this season.


  2. I’m not watching the Voice this year…just wanted to pop in and say Hi. Hope everyone is having a lovely fall… 🙂


  3. Hi Vonnie,
    I’ve wondered where you have been. Good to hear from you.

    Just following the attack in Canada today and my regards go out to MCL and her countryman who was wounded at the War Memorial. I hope that he recovers from his injuries.

    The Voice has been entertaining this season. This judges panel has meshed very well together. Of course, all similarities to an actual singing competition are purely coinsidental, but it’s a pleasant distraction from the news.

    Have you been watching DWTS and Nashville this season? Several contenders for the coveted mirror ball trophy. .

    I hope you are having a great fall too.


  4. Hi Vonnie and thanks for stopping by. And thank you, Gene, for your concern. Personally, I live 500 miles away from Ottawa but I know many, many people living there, including relatives. All are safe it seems but this whole sad event seems so surreal for Ottawa. This never, ever happens and, in the end, this is probably why if DID HAPPEN. Totally unexpected but I started to become concerned with the takedown on Monday of a radicalized individual in Ottawa.

    Thanks Heavens for The Voice. If nothing else, It helps us to forget about all the misery in this world.


  5. I thought about you yesterday too, MCL, when I heard the horrible news that occurred in Ottawa. I just never thought that something like that would occur in Canada. Hopefully the shooter acted alone. The news I watched last night indicated that they were not sure of that.

    I’m also glad to read some comments about The Voice. I’ve been watching since the beginning of the season and am enjoying it very much. The new judges have fit in well, and Pharrell is quite popular with the contestants!!! I think there is a lot of terrific talent whose names I haven’t yet learned. Gene’s favorite, Reagan, is quite good, but I have my eye on DaNica Shirey. Along with Reagan’s voice, she also seems to have some natural performance skills. I’m not sure how DaNica will fare in that category.


  6. Hi Louise,

    I wondered if you were watching The Voice this season. Good to see your post.

    I like DaNica Shirley as well. I usually wait until they have made most of the cuts to try and learn their names though. I had to look her up to connect the name with the person. She has some decent work on You Tube. I didn’t like her battle round that much though. I think Pharrell’s advice to both DaNica and her battle partner led them to screaming at times. She is a better singer than what that round showed. Her audition was very good.

    In Reagan’s case, Blake had talked to her about enunciation in the mentoring session but her words were still a little muffled in the battle round. I thought the other girl was a little better in the battle round but I think that Reagan has a special quality about her that may prove to be star quality. She is mature and cool under pressure and speaks well for herself. She also has an interesting look about that is distinctive. She has recorded a13 track album and one single on an independent label that are available on iTunes. I listened to the previews for all of the tracks, and the songs were decent over all, but as you might expect of an independent recording from a then 14 year old, I didn’t hear any hit record material on first listen. The album is a good showcase for her vocal style and skill though.

    So who do you like on DWTS this season?


  7. Hi, Gene,

    I’m glad you’re watching and posting about The Voice too. I agree with your comments above. I also preferred DaNica Shirey’s audition to the battle round. (And her hairstyle in the battle round made her look like she was about 50 instead of 25!!!) I also had a real problem understanding the words to Reagan’s song–I noticed it especially because Blake had mentioned enunciation to her, but I agree that she has star quality.

    I’m watching The Voice and recording DWTS this season. Are you watching DWTS too? Anyone else watching it? I really dislike having four judges, but Julianne is doing a better job than I expected. So far, I’m favoring Alfonso, although some of the females are really good too. I thought it was really interesting that Janel and Val ended up in jeopardy last week. I guess the voting public didn’t like her “raunchy” dance with her other partner from the previous week. Or was there another reason that I missed? It’s not a good thing to get the public against you even if you are a really good dancer–which Janel certainly is. I loved the dance to West Side Story. And I also loved Derek’s choreography to Singin’ in the Rain. He is spectacular!!! And Val’s movements are so sharp that he almost makes me forget Maks! 🙂


  8. louise wrote:

    “I also preferred DaNica Shirey’s audition to the battle round. (And her hairstyle in the battle round made her look like she was about 50 instead of 25!!!)”

    i’m glad you mentioned this. i actually noticed her appearance during the audition. i thought, can she really be only 25?? and that continued on in the battle round. 🙂 she looks, acts, and seems far older than 25.


  9. Hi everyone. And thanks for your concern Louise. We have family members living in Ottawa and one was in lockdown as his office was very close to the scene of the crime.

    I have to admit that this terrible tragedy has rocked us to the core. It seems surreal that this level of hatred can be carried out in such a peaceful city like Ottawa but, unfortunately, the USA has experienced this on a regular basis so it was only a matter of time. I do know that our security is powerful here in Canada and many tragedies have been averted. And this murderer was targeted by law enforcement but they couldn’t arrest him because it was based on suspicious activity.

    On a happier note, I am glad that so many of you are following The Voice. Taylor Swift will be in the show next week so this should be a hoot and a half.

    Thanks again for your comments.


  10. Hi Louise,

    Yikes, my wife and I talked about her bun that night too. Not her best look. I agree with you about her audition, it was very good. I think both of these girls will make the live shows.

    I watch DWTS and record the Voice. I just like the light hearted enjoyable programming of DWTS at that time of the evening. Actually, I record both of them but try to watch DWTS close to it’s normal time slot or 10 to 15 minutes after it starts.

    I really like Julianne as a judge except that she is a little inconsistent. Talking about some questionable hair styles… I thought that Alfonso and Whitney might be on the road to the mirror ball until the other day when my grandkids were here. They were scanning the band on the TV looking for a kids show and I happened to see an old episode of the show he was on (Fresh Prince I think) and there he was dancing like a professional dancer. He wasn’t doing the dance that they said he was famous for though. Anyway, I don’t mind the ones that have some minor experience dancing but the professional ringers shouldn’t be there or should be judged more harshly. I love Whitney though. She’s so darn cute. I’m glad we don’t have to watch Michael Waldrop groping Emma anymore. Tommy Chong is about the only one getting by on fan vote but he has been a lot of fun to watch and actually perform above expectations several times. Sadie the Duck girl is remarkably good for an untrained amateur (as far as I know) She could make it to the top. Leah’s performance that she dedicated to her father was very touching and she danced very well that night. That dance was also an example of how much help a contestant can get from the wardrobe and production departments. I’m not sure why they put Janel and Val in jeopardy but you may have noticed they used the line “not necessarily the bottom two couples.” So it could be backlash from the previous week, as you have speculated or the producers trying to create suspense or possibly her votes have been lower than they would like to see and they are trying to rattle the fan’s cages a little. I agree that Val is a better dance than Max and he may well be the most technically skilled and precise dancer on the show, both male and female. He seems like a good guy when he speaks from the heart about a current event or something like that. So I think Duck Girl, Janel and Alfonso will be the last three standing, umm, dancing.


  11. Hi, Gene,

    I actually watch The Voice and record DWTS because my husband doesn’t particularly like DWTS, but he will watch The Voice. So we watch The Voice together, and then I watch DWTS later. I’m actually glad that I’ve gotten him interested in watching the musical reality shows. He much prefers drama like the NCI shows which he opts for on Tuesday nights instead of The Voice. I always hope that no one calls me on Monday nights because it’s my favorite night of TV!!!


  12. Hi All,

    Happy Halloween!!! 🙂

    I decided this year that the less reality tv I watch the better; so far it is working for me!!! LOL

    I started out watching DWTS, but quickly became disinterested. Didn’t start watching the Voice at all…I am however anxiously awaiting American Idol.


    I am still watching Nashville and was ever so excited to see Derek Hough has joined the cast! I am a little disappointed in Nashville this season as we have went more into story mode and less singing! All in all though it still ranks as one of my favorites to watch!

    I miss all of you terribly; I will try to be better with popping in and chatting with you all.


  13. Happy Halloween to you too Vonnie.

    You mean you are actually LIVING reality and not just watching it on TV? That’s scary.

    I watched several episodes of Naked and Afraid and a few of those were good. I think it has gone off now but my question is how did the word “reality” ever become associated with any of these shows?

    DWTS has turned into a very competitive season, but as usual, I don’t know who most of the celebraties are. A few of them have some past dance experience but I really don’t know about the rest. I wonder if Sadie Duck has ever danced before. She is doing a good job but the producers are overplaying her family.

    Nashville has become too much of a soap opra for me, even to the extent of repeating the same scenereos. Can a case of abnessia be far behind? The two shows, DWTS and Nashville are about to interface with one another for a week or more. I haven’t read anything about it but Rhaina (sp) is going to be a contestant on DWTS. I wonder which of Dereks roles he will play?

    I have a feeling that Idol will be hard to watch. Adam will be a guest judge for a while, which I know a lot of people will like, but that’s all anyone will talk about. The juges were already sucking all of the life out of the show and this can only be worse in my view.

    Don’t be a stranger Vonnie.


  14. Gene,

    LOL, yes! Actually living the reality instead of watching! I am enjoying it immensely!

    Naked and Afraid does leave one wondering, “Whose reality is that?’ LOL

    My sentiments exactly with Nashville…I was so excited that the show was going to showcase Patsy Cline via a movie role for Juliette; one hint of a song is all we got, and what a beautiful hint it was!!! Needless to say I am disappointed! I understand that Hayden is actually pregnant which gives us the Juliette/Avery storyline, but really??? What a wasted opportunity for this show!

    Yeah! They are definitely crossing paths with DWTS, makes you wonder which one is struggling??? Derek will without a doubt bring viewers to Nashville, Connie Britton, I can’t imagine would give any type of boost to DWTS.

    I did see that the cast has recorded a Christmas Album that will be out the first part of November, will definitely check that out!

    I did not realize that Adam was going to be a guest judge! That may bring viewers to their TV’s, but I agree, too much face time with the judges already!!!

    Great chatting with you Gene! Have a great day! 🙂


  15. I’ve been really impressed with the skills of some of the women on Naked and Afraid, but I think that is the way it is supposed to come across the viewer.

    I was looking forward to the Patsy Cline story arc as well. I wonder if that plan was actually spoiled by Hayden’s pregnancy? If that is the case maybe they can do a re-write around the birth of one of Patsy’s kids.

    I think they are going to cross over into the CMA award show as well. It’s in Nashville’s time slot this week and the cast was featured in last year’s awards. But yeah, I agree completely that Connie Britton doesn’t have anything that DWTS needs. I wouldn’t mind them playing her out of the story, but she’s the Ex Producer of the show so it’s not likely. The crossover can only be trying to bring new viewers to Nashville. I haven’t heard about the Christmas album but thanks for the heads up. I will check it out.

    Regarding Adam, I read a month or so back that one of the judges, I believe it was Keith, had another commitment during part of the auditions segment of the show. I think Adam was scheduled to substitute for two or three weeks. If it were during the live shows we may never know what the contestants look like! They would just be back ground music for extreme close-ups of Jennifer and Adam! Harry would be out in the cold. 🙂

    Got to watch my Auburn Tigers!

    Always enjoy chatting with you Vonnie!


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