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Wow Morisette!

The Filipino translation for the word “beast” is halimaw.  And halimaw is how I would describe the strength, depth and power of the singing voice of Morisette Amon during her participation in the recent Asian Song Festival held somewhere in South Korea.

This kind of a Filipina beast simply slayed it!  This was such a phenomenal performance.  Her pure talent is out of this world! And she looks absolutely gorgeous in that video!

What is so surprising with this number is that I was less impressed by her whistling capability.  Maybe it’s because a number of good singers can do the whistle.  I was more impressed and surprised by the unique squeaking sound that her voice makes.  That is so rare and exclusively Morisette.  That squeak would most probably be the most beautiful squeaking sound that I’ve ever heard.

World klas ang lola mo!

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Katrina Velarde at Wish 107.5

Wish 107.5 is a Filipino radio station with a YouTube channel that features great singing talents among Filipinos.  It is a running proof and an amazing avenue to ascertain that Filipinos are among the most gifted when it comes to singing.

To prove a point here’s Katrina Velarde singing and nailing “Go The Distance” from one of my most favorite Disney movies Hercules.

rare talent, awesome talent
rare talent, awesome talent

The original song was sung by Michael Bolton, but Katrina’s version is better by a whopping distance!  I actually needed a minute to recover from such an enchanting yet powerful voice. Her talent definitely deserves to leap a very long distance!

Mala-halimaw  sa galling ang babaing ‘to!

Unbelievable Pauline Agupitan Slays “I Believe”

I happen to stumble upon this young talent on YouTube.  And when I started listening to her, I realized that her singing voice is actually the quality of my voice every time I wake up suffering from a severe sore throat!

But seriously, I was stunned by this young Filipina’s amazing voice.  And what adds up to such a surprising rendition is that her singing seem effortless.  I am not a music expert but I know what a remarkable voice is when I hear one.  Her version of Fantasia Barrino’s I Believe is just perfect (or even better than the original, I suppose)!

Goosebumps were actually falling off my skin at the start of the song.  And these goosebumps started growing their own hands so as to give a humongous round of applause to such an amazing talent at the end of the song!

powerful voice at such a tiny frame
powerful voice at such a tiny frame

Halimaw ang talento ng babaing yan!

Could Have Been a Magical Damivision

I woke up at three and got my ears pregnant!  That is after watching the intense and high-valued production numbers of 42 countries competing for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Though I am gutted because she did not win, I am very proud of Dami Im for making it to second place.  She actually garnered a landslide of a vote from the international jury, which is 50% of the votes.  How I wish I was at the arena for me to witness how shocked and sputtered the crowd have been after Ukraine was announced the winner.  Ukraine’s entry was neither the top choice of the international jury (which went to Dami) and neither the viewers’ choice (which went to Russia).dami im eurovision 2016

I personally feel that Dami should have been the winner!  She clearly was the one to beat.  For me, close second would be Sweden (super nice song that is easy to the ear) then followed by Lithuania (such a danceable track!).

Dami’s entry was awesome!  The song was great, the production was awesome, the high fashion overall look was impeccable, the megawatt voice was enchanting and Dami’s radiating charm and multi-cultural background is what Europe needs. Eurovision this year could have been a magical Damivision.  And the news headline could have been “Australia Invades Europe!”

Anyhow, Dami clearly won the hearts of Europe!  Massive congratulations Dami Im!  One Pinoy member of the fierce Dami Army here is no doubt so proud of you.

‘Di pa redi ang Yurop sa talento ng lola mo…

The Sheer Epic-ness of Jeremy Jordan

This has been one entertaining YouTube video that I have been watching every night for multiple times for the past five days. I instantly became a big fan after watching this.  It’s funny, it’s impressive, it’s adorable and it’s obsessing!

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a big round of applause to the sheer epic-ness of Mr. Jeremy Jordan!

photo grabbed from jeremy jordan fb account
photo grabbed from jeremy jordan fb account

Bravo!

Reasons Why Marlisa Punzalan is the X Factor Australia 2014 Winner

Never did I posted anything about the new X Factor Australia winner, Marlisa Punzalan, while the show was running.  It is because I don’t want to cause any sumpa (curse) or negative effect to her fate and universe.

x factor australia 2014 winner
x factor australia 2014 winner

But honestly, I have been watching this young lady ever since the X Factor Australia has started this year.  I know for a fact that she is actually the first one featured during the audition segments of the show.  I followed this newly concluded talent show, maybe because of the reverberating feelings of joy and my overindulgence in its 2013 version when the superlative Dami Im won.

A week before the grand finale, I already had the impression that this young lady will win.  The reason is not because of her tender age, nor her looks and neither her amazing talent.  Three coherent reasons rolled up into my mind right after the semi-final round.

Winning the Toughest Battle

This is because during the semi-final bout she defeated Reigan Derry, the most excellent and the most seasoned among all contestants in this series.  I cannot imagine how perennial favorite Reigan Derry being beaten by the other 2 finalists, Brothers 3 and Dean Ray.  Reigan with her incredible pipes would easily beat these two other finalists to smithereens in case Dean or Brothers3 would be at the bottom two and perform back-to-back with her.

best showdown of the series!
best showdown of the series!

Thus, before the grand finale, Marlisa Punzalan has already successfully hurdled the hardest challenge she would be faced with during the entire run of the series.  For me, the semi-final round was actually more exhilarating than the grand finale.  The grand finale was just a matter of confirming Marlisa’s crown.

Australia’s Enduring Love for the Underdog

When Marlisa got into the finals, everybody thinks that she would simply end up being a third placer.  Even judge/mentor Redfoo after the semi-final round immediately predicted that Dean is the one to beat.  Even online betting website SportsBet predicted that Dean would be bestowed the 2014 title.  Dean Ray exhales the funky rock of breath trough out the show that is why everybody expects him to win.

the three rays of sunshine...
the three rays of sunshine…
funky rocker!
funky rocker!

Nonetheless, the whole Australia was gearing Brothers 3 to possibly snatch the title from Dean because these “three rays of sunshine” got the ever reliable cutey-boyband formula.  Also, they have been identified halfway through the live shows to have received the most number of votes.  Moreover, it would have been a very good promotional angle of story in case the first ‘wild card’ contestant wins the show.  Thus, Brothers3 and Dean Ray prior to the grand final were considered the un-proclaimed winners.  They were simply the Goliaths of the program!

But Australians (like Filipinos) love an underdog.  They would not let a simple-looking lady lacking of self confidence be simply in the side light.  It is of human nature to feel that those who have less power are deemed virtuous and noble.   Human beings in general love the underdogs because each of us knows what it feels like to be a loser, to be brushed aside or to be a David in a world full of Goliaths.

Let me cap this reason with Ronan Keating’s beautiful wisdom when he was commenting on Marlisa’s performance during the semi-final, which illustrates Marlisa being an underdog.  That he is still faithful on the thought that not all good girls finish last.  That statement I suppose struck a nerve to the whole of Australia.

Shining at the Right Moment

At the initial phase of the show, Marlisa exhibited good performances but nothing spectacular compared to other contestants.  I particularly loved her performance during the boot camp portion of the program, Jessica Mauboy’s Never Be The Same.  But during her performance in front of John Legend, who would assist Ronan on picking his top 3 contenders for the live shows, she faltered big time.

During the first few weeks of the live shows, she was simply sailing through. Viewers and even other judges/mentors were particularly concerned because Ronan could not seem to tap the right song that would best fit Marlisa’s age, tone and range.

She was lucky enough that other contestants gave inferior performances compared to her.  She even performed the worst performance in the whole show when she sang Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi while suffering from severe illness, in which, she was nevertheless praised by the judges for her guts and professionalism.  During these times, other contestants were delivering the best performances of their lives.  They were peaking at those moments.

Unfortunately for these other contestants (except for the shoo-in Reigan Derry), they failed to sustain the high points in their performances while the show near its end.  Fortunately for Marlisa, she seems to simply just starting to oil up.  She was gaining confidence in her stage presence, she was starting to feel the mood/s of her song/s and Ronan is commencing to realize and tap the exact songs for her.  She was slowly peaking up!

She only sparkled at the last four or five weeks of the entire series.  I totally agreed with Danni Minogue who was stuck to her seat and would hardly stand up after every Marlisa’s performance week after week.  That Marlisa’s rendition of Sia and David Guetta’s Titanium performed on the 9th week of the live shows was truly Marlisa and Ronan’s game changer.  The Titanium performance of Marlisa made Danni stood up to her feet and cheered for the young lady!

All throughout the TV show, Marlisa seem to be the last contestant to shine.  And what is so amazing about her shining is that she was able to sustain it and even progressed further every week!  Australians then realized that something special was with this young lady.

And that is no doubt the X Factor.

Ay nyu it…