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The Curtain Rises On American Idol Season XIV On January 7th and 8th


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Aaaaaaaaaand, we’re off!!

Yes – January can only mean one thing to Idol diehards and that is the debut of a new season of American Idol.

What will this season bring us? Well, hopefully, singers with charisma, talent, professionalism and poise, elements that were sorely missing during Season XIII. I am still recovering from that mess of a season – so much so that, at one point in the season, I basically stopped critiquing one contestant and, later, pulled down the Vocal Masterclass Article curtain on the remainder of the show.

Yes – it was that bad!

However, 2015 is a New Year and, for whatever reason, I love the “ring” of those numbers. I don’t know why – I just do.

There are spoilers aplenty all over the Internet but, quite honestly, I would rather approach this season with an open mind. Heaven knows there will be enough “creative editing” by the producers to lend focus to their favorites as the show progresses.

The BIG NEWS here is that American Idol has finally returned to the Top 24 format. This is huge. I have been ranting and raving for three years to reinstate this semi-final format so I am assuming this will be the plan with these singers. As the saying goes: “All things come to those who wait“.

This season’s premiere airs on Wednesday, January 7th and Thursday, January 8th at 8:00 PM on Fox.

Okay Idol fans – what are your thoughts about this season? Are you excited? Have you spotted any favorites yet? Let’s get this party started.

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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

12 Responses to “The Curtain Rises On American Idol Season XIV On January 7th and 8th”

  1. The two things that I’m most interested in this season are seeing how invested is Scott Borchetta is in the whole process and how they are going to handle having just one live show a week.

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  2. Yes Laura this should be interesting to see. Hopefully, he will make a difference. One live show a week is problematic for me, however. I loved the 30 minute Results Show. However, it probably isn’t feasible for the Fox programming format.

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  3. The buzz is that they’ve made a great many changes to the format, so I’m interested to see what they’ve changed and if they’ve changed the right things!

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  4. Let’s hope the changes are a good thing. Every year we have been waiting for good results. Perhaps this is the year!!!

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  5. Liked Riley, Michael and Emily . So far some good talent. Current and marketable. Hopefully they keep out the buffoons that America will vote for in mass. :p

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  6. Oh and the Opening Number of Feeling Good was fantastic.

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  7. Aubrey – yes. That was a smart idea. Really clever. Makes you want to match the shadows with the faces with the voices. It’s fun.

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  8. If I were Michael Simeon, I would request a poster sized color glossy of me dancing with Mz. Lo and her terrific stems, post it on my dorm room wall and declare myself the winner! He would have the support of all college age males. His take on Sam Smith was decent as well.

    Actually Emily Brooke was my favorite tonight. She has several key ingredients for a successful Idol run. She had a nice voice with decent range and was able to pull off a Carrie Underwood cover while putting her own spin on it. She has shown determination in achieving her goals and is willing to put in the work to achieve them. From this brief preview it appears that she may have the talent to go with it.

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  9. I agree that Emily Brooke probably has the most potential. The only thing that worries me about her is that 15 is so young.

    A lot of reviewers are saying that tomorrow is the better night so I’m looking forward to that!

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  10. I loved Emily as well but we still have a ways to go. Tonight should be excellent. I am happy with what I have seen thus far. The opening segment of the Top24 in the shadows was brilliant!! Kudos to whoever came up with this idea.

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  11. I liked a lot of things about the premier of Idol 14; the opening number, much fewer tears and making fun of those who really didn’t stand a chance (brutal and unnecessary for the most part), Emily Brooke and Michael Simeon! I could use a little more Ryan Seacrest however, lol. Looking forward to tonight!

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