Me and my younger sister Joie last night saw the Manila leg of the Irish pop band Boyzone world tour and farewell concert. And since the songs they performed were so familiar to my ears, the general feeling after seeing the whole show was like catching up with an old bunch of friends who visited me and my sister after a very long time.
I had the ultimate fun watching Ronan, Shane, Mikey and Keith perform! The show was no longer about their youth, no longer about their looks and no longer about the winking of their eyes to the screaming audience. The concert was more about their music, it was more about their friendship and it was more about their appreciation towards their fans and the audience in this side of the planet. And the feel-good vibe kind of interaction with the audience was very delightful. It was more of a grown-up affair.
Since this now-mature boyband amassed numerous hit songs (unlike bands with only one or two recognizable songs throughout their repertoire), a Boyzone concert will always be sulit (translation: a good deal and worth every penny) that the audience paid for. I and my sister were actually singing along all throughout the show!
Boyzone may no longer be a boy-band that get their fans’ hormones intensely soaring but since their music will always be part of my past, this Irish pop group seem to have transformed into some bunch of good old friends who has been gone for quite some time.
At dahil piling ko prends ko sila, gusto ko na silang utangan.
Nowadays, every country seem to have their own franchise or version of The X Factor, Idol, The Voice or ‘name-a-country’ Got Talent. With the continuous popularity of these reality singing contests season after season along with the continuous diaspora of the Filipino race in every corner of the globe, it is no longer a big surprise if one or two or three of the show’s contestants are Filipinos or of Filipino descent. And because of the innate singing talent, Filipinos around the world has been wowing the planet.
And every time a Filipino joins these contests, the whole country tend to celebrate and be more than proud every time the Judges would either love, praise and exalt the talent they just heard. I actually at times gets so whacked every time I read the dog-tired “Proud To Be Pinoy” comment on Facebook or Youtube.
Anyway, because of these happenings, I along with a lot of Filipinos got to see personalities and celebrities around the world judging these reality based singing contests. Thanks to Youtube and Facebook.
Let me clarify, this write-up is not about my fellow Filipinos with killer pipes. This is about the judges of these fabulous contests. So far, via Youtube, I have seen and watched celebrity judges from Bulgaria, Italy, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Australia, USA, Israel, China, Canada, Spain, Poland, Norway, Taiwan, Ireland, Thailand, Austria and New Zealand. It is because these are some of the countries where at least one Filipino has joined.
Anyway, going back to the judges!
For me, the most gorgeous set of judges ever is from Australia. They are the Season 5 and presently running Season 6 of X Factor Aussie version. They are the clean cut Ronan Keating, the brunette Danii Minogue, the afro Redfoo and the blonde Nathalie Bassingthwaighte.
I have seen them throughout the whole season of season 5 and all I can say is that these four are simply oozing with gorgeousness both inside and out. If I am to join a singing contest, I would be joining the contest where all these four will be judging.
They are the only set of judges in a reality singing contest who gave a contestant more than a standing ovation. The four super impressed me when all of them stood on top of the judges’ desk to jump and applause over a contestant’s unbelievable performance!
Their comments may it be a denigration or accolades towards a performance looks and feels so sincere. They judge the performance not the person. What’s so good about their criticisms is that they express it not in a very cocky, arrogant or harsh manner. Even though a performance may turn bad, these judges always have something positive to say. Thus, rejected contestant walks out of the stage unhurt and actually goes home happy and inspired.
They’re the living example of charisma, great sense of humor, confidence and intelligence mixed into a gorgeous looking group. They got amazing bags of sex appeal and looks so comfortable with each other. They look like they are truly having fun. No drama, no palaver, no non-sense. I don’t know if it’s the differing hair but for me, they just blend perfectly.