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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 7 Of The Voice: Final Picks For The Live Shows


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First of all, I want to thank all my readers here in the MCL community for adding insight and validation via their comments on each “The Voice” topic.

I confess that I have not been a regular viewer this season, so shame on me. I am just too busy and pre-occupied with other issues. Nothing serious – all good – but distracted as, I am sure, many of you have experienced from time to time.

However, when I have tuned in, the talent pool has been marvellous. Just marvellous. Who are these people? It is almost sad that many will disappear after the show ends.

However, the smart and most ambitious singers in this season’s group of contestants will move forward and use The Voice platform to ignite their careers.

The Voice airs on Monday and Tuesday, November 3rd and 4th, 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.

And don’t forget to download The Voice iPhone App here: or the iPad App here:

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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

13 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 7 Of The Voice: Final Picks For The Live Shows”

  1. Gene’s favorite, Reagan, was wonderful tonight! What a performer this girl is!!! Others were terrific too. Love this show!!!

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  2. Hi Louise. I didn’t watch the entire show but what I did see was exceptional. So hard to choose who stays and who goes. Reagan was excellent. They all were!!

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  3. I didn’t like Reagan’s song choice – her performance was just okay. My favourite of the night, hands down, was Jean Kelley singing Chandelier. I also liked Craig singing Dock of the Bay. I miss your critiques, MCL!

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  4. Oksana – I rarely critique the singers on The Voice. However, I will try my best during the live rounds. Thank you for your support. I missed Craig – sounds like he was exceptional

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  5. I didn’t care for Reagan’s song choice either but she handled that mouth full of tongue-twisting lyrics pretty well. She needs to continue working on enunciation though. Working with someone else on the styling staff might serve her well. I liked the way she presented herself for the Blind audition and for the practice sessions much better than what they had done with her last night. I don’t think Gwen’s suggestion was the way for her to go either. Reagan is such an unusual young woman and a natural born performer, I think she will continue to do well.

    I agree that Jean Kelly was outstanding, probably the best vocal of the night. Craig’s “Dock of the Bay” didn’t do anything for me. It lacked the key element of soul that is required to make any Otis cover work.

    Most of the cuts to this point seemed like the right choice and were pretty much in the “script” from the beginning. I don’t look forward to the double eliminations through the live rounds. I would prefer no elimination the first night, then two rounds with double eliminations. Kill the twitter save and have one round where each contestant has a specified time limit, five, six, seven minutes, whatever, to present “their” concert. They could do a short medley and one feature song or use the time in the way they envision their show would be in the future. They would introduce each song and so on. The mini concert could be offered on iTunes as an EP. Someone smarter than me could do the math on the time limits and at what level of the competition that it would fit.

    All in, I would give Taylor Swift an “A” for her work as mentor in this round. I was pleasantly surprised that she did so well.

    I hope you find time to watch the live rounds MCL. It’s a pretty good group this year with several standouts.

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  6. Sorry, my bad, but Chris sang “Dock of the Bay.” Craig is the guy who started on Blake’s team, was stolen by Gwen, got a hair cut and returned to team Blake last night as Blake’s “girl friend” He lies somewhere between outlaw country rock and southern rock. He has potential.

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  7. Gene – I loved Craig. For a moment there, I thought Blake wasn’t going to steal him back but thank heavens he did ! What a great tone In voice!!

    I loved Reagan – she did some pretty neat vocal experimentation with her song – loved her ease in her soprano range, something we rarely hear on this show.

    I will do my best to watch the live shows. The singers are excellent.

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  8. MCL,
    Craig does have a good tone and he has a strong desire to better himself and grow as an artist. He willingly followed advice from both Gwen and Taylor that served him well last night. His style fits in to a slot where the current artists tend to be older and their careers may be winding down. That could create a good opportunity for him. Blake may have a conflict with his other male country singer who he has previously described as the best male country auditioner ever to appear on the Voice. We will have to see how that works out.

    I’m glad you liked Reagan. I think she is very special and hope Blake keeps her on the right track. She has remarkable skills, especially at her young age. I guess the song she chose this week was a good showcase for her skills but I don’t really want to download a copy of it. The previously released self produced album available on iTunes is also a good showcase of her vocal skills. The previews were pretty listenable with a few decent songs in the 14 tracks

    I think they are doing a recap of the winners of the Knockout round on tonight’s show.

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  9. As much as I’m not a country fan, I also like Craig’s voice and am glad that he has been stolen twice. For those of you who watched American Idol the season when Carrie Underwood won, Craig’s voice reminds me a bit of Bo Bice. As good as Bo’s voice is, he hasn’t had a big career since AI unfortunately. I doubt if Craig will either.

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  10. gene, i too thought taylor did absolutely great. i enjoyed watching and listening to her and seeing the interactions with both the coach and the team member.

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  11. louise, i loved the unique voice of bo bice. i got his first album. i was soooo disappointed, they took what was unique about him, and it didn’t even sound like him. i can understand why he didn’t become ‘more famous’ based on that album. however…who i thought craig reminded me of was….i can’t remember his name from idol…the really good looking, sweet, nice, blond, long haired guy that everyone was falling all over the floor about. do you remember him? 🙂

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  12. Louise and Hunter,
    That sounds like Casey James that you are referring to. I knew who you meant but had to look him up to recall his name. His first album produced three singles and he is still with Columbia.

    Bo is one of my Alabama home boys. The similarity between Bo and Craig would be in the area of genre. Both cover some Southern Rock artist like Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers, Craig tends more toward Outlaw Country artist like Travis Tritt and Bo leans more to the Rock side of Southern Rock. Southern Rock comes directly from the Blues. All Southern male bar singers can cover that whole spectrum pretty well though, just like every female Country singer has a version of “Crazy” in her repertoire. Casey James tends toward Country Rock.

    Bo has / had (?) some pretty serious health issues that date back at least to the time of the Idol Tour for his season. That may have affected his career. As Hunter pointed out, what they did with his first album is pretty common among the Idol contestants who get a contract. Allison Iraheta and Haley Reinhart’s albums didn’t represent the best of their styles either. Everyone has to be a Pop star I guess.

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  13. I agree that Bo’s first album was really disappointing. But if I’m remembering correctly, he made another one that sounded more like the Bo I loved from his Idol days. I remember that Bo had health issues during the Idol tour. Hopefully those issues are not still a problem for him.

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