American Idol: The Farewell Season. Who Will Be The Other Half Of The Kelly Clarkson Bookend? 

 American Idol, The Farewell Season

Picture Credit: Fox/AmericanIdol 

It is going to be a bittersweet experience when American Idol launches its Farewell Season at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6th and Thursday, January 4th on Fox.

And, in my mind, I have always felt that the winner of Season 15 would turn out to be an important and powerful force in the music industry as the winner of Season 1 – the exceptionally talented Kelly Clarkson – has proven to beI am sure many of you reading this have voiced similar feelings.  

If so, we are in good company. The video below features Ryan Seacrest echoing the same sentiments. 

And, there are tons of other videos on American Idol’s YouTube Channel, so have a look and enjoy the talent. I think we are in for a very entertaining show this season. Pick your favorites and comment below. 

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 “American Idol: The Farewell Season. Who Will Be The Other Half Of The Kelly Clarkson Bookend? ”

  1. This show–if handled correctly–could have an ‘American Bandstand’/’Soul Train’ runtime. Unfortunately, the f–ing with the brand ruined it. And whatever happened to the songwriter part?

    AS I have stated in earlier posts, imagine how I could again make AI relevant.


  2. Well who knows who will be the bookend of Kelly Clarkson, but I don’t think we will ever find another successful superstar…… Kelly may have been the first American Idol but the true superstar and the most successful from the show is actually 7 time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood. Amazing that she is so well loved by all genre’s of music and some of the best in the business….. so it would be so hard to leave that name out of this topic….. American Idol had some great talent, and wonderful people to watch grow…….

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  3. Richard – I didn’t intentionally leave out Carrie Underwood but Kelly put American Idol’s name on the map and vice versa. She was the first and should receive special respect and adulation based on her contribution to the show’s premiere season.

    Carrie is a veritable superstar – no doubt. But, truth be told, Kelly blossomed before our eyes during Season One and Carrie, unfortunately, did not. This is where the difference lies. Carrie still had to be refined during and after the show whereas Kelly was a sparking star from Day One. Her personality and voice were resplendent


  4. Well I will just have to disagree. Carrie went right from the show to superstardom… Even Simon Cowell’s prediction came true…..Someone that would not have blossomed before our eyes would have never got to the level that Carrie did….. The show for me was a platform to showcase your vocal talent and learn and grow from it, it think Carrie did just that……. Her stage presence is really what she took from the show and did a complete transformation on, she always had the voice…..


  5. I got rid of my Cable TV this past summer. I did not realize that CTV was no longer carrying Idol. Right now I only have a few Canadian stations – and City is not one of them. Oh well, I’ll have to catch it after the fact.

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