High expectations as Filipinos dominate first ever ‘Asia’s Got Talent’
With odds in its favor, the nation is holding its breath in anticipation of the big announcement—who will earn the title of being the first Asia’s Got Talent grand winner. Clearly leading the region with four out of the nine final slots scored by its homegrown talents, the Philippines showed the world just how world class the Filipino talent is.
The country beamed with pride when Gwyneth Dorado, El Gamma Penumbra, Gerphil Flores and Junior New System blew away the audience and the judges with their diverse and brilliant performances at the grand finals of Asia’s Got Talent at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore tonight.
Who knew that such a sweetly petite 10-year-old girl can deliver a subtle yet powerful rendition of David Guetta’s “Titanium.” She was definitely an old soul singing onstage. Always consistently praised by judges and cheered by the crowd, Gwyneth displayed depth and maturity beyond her years.
A group from Batangas, El Gamma Penumbra, also perfectly showcased artistry and advocacy masterfully crafted into a rousing performance. Big league shadow play is what they are all about as they had the audience practically ooh-ing and aah-ing at every scene. With Vanessa Williams’ “Colors of the Wind” playing in the background, they presented man’s fall because of his abuse of nature. In just a few minutes, the audience felt poignant, bittersweet, and eventually hopeful as the group portrayed redemption in the end. It was such a compelling piece that moved even one of the judges, Anggun, to tears.
Gerphil Flores was also a revelation. She soared flawlessly as she sang “The Impossible Dream.” And for her, it seems winning the top spot may just be icing on the cake as David Foster already promised that “the world will know you [her].” Sophisticated and charming, Gerphil worked the stage like a true diva. Unsuccessful in her first try in a locally produced show here in Manila, the saying “the second time’s a charm” might just be true for this lady.
Last to perform—but could well finish first—was eternal crowd favorite Junior New System. Delivering yet another fierce performance that totally electrified the audience, there seems to be no stopping these kids. Fresh from last week’s high-heeled gimmick, they explode into the finals stage in their American Football-themed number that even saw a few seconds of cheeky homage to judge Mel C.
The two female singers both earned their spots through public voting, while El Gamma Penumbra and Junior System were “golden-buzzed” into the grand finals.
Other finalists include Khusugtun, a Mongolian music ensemble that performed their own piece; kid rock stars Talento from Thailand; little dancing angels Dance Trilogy from Singapore; Triqstar from Japan (a group that awesomely combines mechanical moves and street dance); and Gao Lin and Liu Xin from China, who, by the end of their stirring dance were an engaged couple—much to the audience’s delight.
The judges—comprised of Mel C. of the phenomenal British girl and Spice Girls, Van Ness Wu, diva Anggun and legendary producer David Foster—expertly chose the deserving contestants and even used the Golden Buzzer to send the most talented ones straight through to the next round. But in selecting the grand winner tonight, it is entirely up to the voting public. So Philippines, cast your votes!
Asia’s Got Talent’s grand finals results will be aired at 8:05 tonight on AXN Network. For more information, log on to axn-asia.com.