Some reactions on the girl’s results night

Compared to the boy's results, the girl's results night was less surprising. At least two of the best girl performers landed a slot in the top 4. Though not all the best girls made it, the results are still better than the boys wherein only one of top performers made it to the top. The two I'm talking about are Pow and Armarie. They were excellent in their performances and they were able to get enough votes. Am I surpised to see Jeli in the top 4? Not really. She's got beauty and brains. She can sing even if she hasn't wowed us yet. And I think people would like to see her more that's why they voted for her. I hope she delivers during the finals to prove that she can be the Philippine Idol. As for Apple Chiu, I think she's ok. She may come of as strong or mayabang for some. Though I think this can go both ways for her. Since malakas ang dating could also be a good thing for a performer–giving a lot of impact whenever he/she does her thing on-stage.

Girl’s performance night and results

After the Boy's results night, the competition for the girls should become more interesting with the judges becoming surprised with the boy's results. This was apparent with what the judges had to say after every performance. One line I remeber is Mr. Ryan Cayabyab saying 'Kung tama bumoto ang tao, pasok ka.'

I'll just give a brief run down of the contestants and their pieces:

Gail Blanco performed What's love gotta do with it. FM said it was ok. Pilita said she liked it while Mr C said the song ate her up.

Ting Otero sang Come in from the rain. FM said 'Papirmahin na ng kontrata.' Pilita said 'Iba talga ang Bisaya.' Ryan C said 'Nagustohan ko ang pagkanta mo.'

Ynah Pangan performed Aegis' Halik. FM said he likes the fact she sang ang OPM song. Pilita said she liked the choice of song. Mr C said 'Sugal ang pagpili mo sa kanta. Sa sugal nayun nanalo ka.'

Apple Chiu sang Rhythm of the street. FM said 'Kinareer ni Apple ang performance.' Pilita said 'I think you're very sexy. I like your performance.' Ryan Cayabyab said 'Buo ang boses niya. Di ko lang gusto ang kanta.'

Gelica Mateo performed Bridges. FM said 'I think that was creative.' Pilita said that what Geli did was a gamble, but she still liked the performance. Ryan C said she had to work on the song since she had pitch problems.

Ira Marasigan performed Mr. Melody. FM said 'May kulutra ang batang ito.' Pilita said the performance was good. MR C. said 'Ang galing mo maglakad.'

Pow Chavez sang Ikaw Lamang. FM said 'Pao, kailan ka magpapalda?' PIlita said 'I love you Pao!' Ryan Cayabyab said 'Yung boses mo punong-puno ng emosyon. Hindi mo na kailangan ng …(gimik)' I think Mr C was refering to the fact that Pao was almost in tears after her performance. In other words ang gusto lang naman sabihin ni Ryan ay Hija, wag ka na umarte diyan, magaling ka at di mo na kailangan ng ganyang arte para mapansin at manalo.

Stephanie Lazaro performed Home. Pilita she would have wanted to see more energy. Ryan Cayabyab said 'Sorry, nothing new.'

Mau Marcelo sang Sweet Love. FM said 'You deserve to be in the top 4 based on tonight. ' Pilita said 'I like the way you changed.' I think Mamita here was refering to Mau's weight-loss. Mr C said 'I don't understand why you're not yet an international recording artist.' He then stood up and gave Mau a standing ovation which is short of saying with the way the boy's results happened, mau wouldn't be in the top 4 even if she gave the best performace.

EJ Bautista performed Paalam Na. FM said 'Malinis.' Pilita said 'You're always in the right key.' Ryan Cayabyab said 'It's just good enough.'

Suey Medina sang Almost over you. FM said 'You killed it.' Pilita said 'Very good.' Mr C said Suey did something good today. Mr C pointed out that he almost gave up on Suey during her rehearsals for that song but he was proven wrong based on tonight's performance.

Armarie Cruz performed Superwoman. FM said 'One of the best tonight.' Pilita said 'You are the superwoman tonight.' Ryan Cayabyab said the performance was very solid and that Armarie was very professional.

So based on the comments here are the stand-outs for the night's performance, Mau Marcelo, Armarie Cruz, Pow Chavez, Ira Marasigan and Suey Medina. But the results didn't necessarily reflect this. There were six who were called on stage. Yna, Armarie, Geli, Apple, Ma, and Pow. It was in this group that the top 4 female performers. The host Ryan Agoncillo pointed out that the voting was close in the sense thatup to 830PM they still were not sure who the top 2-4 would be. Ryan then called out Yna and Armarie. ONly one of them is in the top 4 and it is Armarie. He then called out Geli and Apple. Both of them were in the top 4. Mau and Pow were left fighting for the last top 4 slot. It was Pao who got the last slot.

The others who didn't make it still had a chance in the wild card night where 2 boys and 2 grils will complete the top 12. However not all 16 contestants will be singing in the wild card night as only 5 boys and 5 girls will be moving on and competing in the wild card night.

Boy’s Results Night

The boy's results night was a surprise for the judges and I guess for most fans as well. Only one of the top four in the eyes of the judges received enough votes to get to the final 12. The others who made it did not perform as well as the others who the judges pointed out . And there's even one who made it to the final 12 but sucked during his performance. I wouldn't want to name names but I guess viewers would know who I'm talking about.

If you missed what happened on that night, you visited the right site.

After a group performance by the 12 male finalists, Ryan Agoncillo divided the12 finalists into two groups. Group A and Group B. Ryan called out the names one by one and told them what group they should be in. The six who formed group B were Ramirr, Jan, Gian, Miguel, Reymond, and Drei. The other group was composed of Freddie, Robert, Ken, Onyx, Joseph, and Christian. It was then announnced that the group that has the four finalists is group B. Group A was asked to take their seats while Group B remained on stage. Ryan then announced Drei and Miguel are part of the Final 12. Ramirr and Reymond were then called on center stage. Betwen the these two guys,itwas Reymond who made it. This left Gian and Jan fighting for the last of the four slots. For many viewers like me, I expected Gian to make it since he was the performer in theBoy's Performance Night. Adding the fact that he was pitted against Jan who just gave a so-so performance, Gian was the logical finalist. Finally Ryan announced that it was Jan who made it according to the voters. The night did not only give four finalists. It also gave a shock to the judges and to the viewers like me as the best performers in the Boy's Performance niight namely Ramirr, Gian, Robert, and Joseph were snubbed by the voters. This made me think if staging Philippine Idol was a good idea altogether if andwhen the voters who will ultimately decide who the Philippine Idol will be do not know who to vote.

The Boys’ First Performance Night

Below is a run down of how the 12male finalists performed during this night and what the judges had to say:

Freddie Cabael sang Macho Guapito.

Francis said, during the autions he saw Freddie an Ameasian with the foreign look but after his performance he can now see the Pinoy in him. Pilita said she would like to see more of Freddie literally by advicing him to lose the hat. Ryan Cayabyab didn't enjoy that very much and suggested another genre for Freddie's next performance. Two out of three which is not bad.
Robert Bernades performed Take a look inside my Heart.

FM said Robert was relaxed during his performance and vocally equpped. Mamita complimented Robert's transformation as Robert slimmed down. Ryan said 'My bet.' Three outof three, impressive and for the maestro Ryan Cayabyab to bet on Robert like that Robert should be the happiest contestant.

Kenneth Dingle sang More today than yesterday.

Francis M said 'You had fun.' Pilita gave a warning to perform better than tonight on the succeeding rounds. Ryan C advised him to use his wide range to his advantage. The performance was ok over-all. He just didn't wow the judges enough.

Paul Andre Ybanez performed What you do for love.

FM said It's the best performance I've seen you do. Pilita said she saw confidence on stage with his performance. Ryan said he wasvery relaxed and his charm was oozing. That's 3 of 3 which is always a good sign.

Onyx Culala sang The Windmills of Your Mind.

Francis M said that Onyx's deep vocals is his weapon. Pilita said 'Kulang ng Pwersa.' The maestro Ryan C put it bluntly and said the performance was 'not beautiful.'

Giancarlo Magdangal performed Footloose.

FM told Gian:”You were born to do this.” Mamita commented on Gian'sappeal while Ryan C found Gian to be very professional and very sleek. He also said: 'I hope voters vote for you.'
Ramirr Greppo, the long haired rocker, sang Bed of Roses.

Francis M said 'Kinikilabutan ako.' Pilita just said four words: 'Ramirr, I love you!'. Ryan C said 'The best choice of song tonight. You'rethe singer to beat.'

Miguel Mendoza performed Highways of my Life.

FM said Miguel hadpotential but he should strive better. Pilita asked those from La Salle to vote for Miguel. Ryan C wanted a different song for Miguel since is not matrue enough for his choice of song. To put it simply, the judges did not like his performance.
Reymond Sajor sang Tell her about it.

A microphone malfunction happened during Reymond's performance. I thought he just forgot the lyrics but I guess that's what happens when the show is live. Reymond carried it well and performed again from the top in a seamless fashion. FM commended whathe saw as 'grace under pressure'. Pilita told that what Reymond did makes him a star while Mr C summarized it with 'Bongga ka!' I guess the malfunction made his performance even better.

Joseph Astor performed Why can't it be.

FM noticed Joseph's diction should be improved but he added that apart from FM said 'Pasok ka, pare.' Pilita started by saying 'I've always liked Piolo.' Joseph and Piolo have this similarity and it could be said that Joseph is the 'dark Piolo' in Philippine Idol. Pilita also pointed out that during the performance she could see Joseph's sincerity. Ryan Cayabyab said 'Gusto ko ang boses mo.' He also liked Joseph's earnestness and sincerity while performing. It's like he really wants others to see what he can do and show on stage.

Christian Masaga sang Have I told you lately.

FM said the performance was moving. Pilita said almost thesame thing by saying that it was full of emotion. Ryan Cayabyab said 'I would have wanted another song.' But on the brighter side Mr C said Christian's performance was good enough.

Jan Kurt Nieto performed Bridge ove troubled water.

I wasn't able to hear the comments of the two judges. Ryan Cayabyab said 'I didn'tlike the performance.' Ryan C was trying to connect with Kurt but he wasn't successful.

If we base what the voters should be voting from this night's performance and from the judges comments we would be having Giancarlo Magdangal, Ramirr Grepo, Reymond Sajor, Paul Andre Ybanez, Robert Bernales, and Joseph Astor in the top 6.

Some comments on the Philippine Idol Judges

I don’t have much to say in terms of the credentials of the Philippine Idol judges. Francis Magalona, Pilita Corales, and Ryan Cayabyab have proven their worth in their respective areas of music. They may have their stature in Philippine entertainment but there are still others who are not impressed. Some people thought Pops Fernandez would be a judge since she is somewhat in the mold of American Idol’s Paula Adbul. It would be a logical thing to think that way but the Philippine Idol team went with Pilita. As weeks pass by, I see now why Pilita is on the show. She has this certain niceness in her comments which puts the contestant’s perforamcne in a positive light. She also has this sideshow thing going on with host Ryan Agoncillo.

What Idon’t like about the judges during the autions is that they seem to be waiting for each other. This comment mostly goes to Francis Magalona. Doesn’t he have his own say? He seems to be waiting for Ryan Cayabyab’s and Pilita’s votes before making his mind. From what I watched on television especially onthe Davao auditions, the judges seem to be forming a consensus before giving a contestant the yellow pass. They have their own mindsand they should be able tomake their own decisions. If Francis M wants to say yes to a contestant, he shouldn’t be held back by what his fellow judges would say. If they argue and fight for a contestant that is their right as one of the three judges. It could be that Francis M is afraid of his co-judges since they are more senior than him.

The Road to the Final 24

The Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao audtions produced 164 Philippine Idol aspirants. The were trimmed down to 84. (I'm don't know how they were cut down to this number since I failed to see that episode. If you do know, feel free to comment.)
The 84 remaining hopefuls then were grouped by three's and were to perform one group number in front of the judges. This made 28 groups (I'm not really sure if the 28 groups were composed of 14 male and 14 female trios). From what I saw I would assume that there were four songs. (Two songs for the male groups and two songs for the female groups). The only song I remeber is 'I'm so excited.' I remember it because of the performance of the trio composed of the Luzon Visayas Mindanao conncection. This group had me clapping after their performance even if I was just watching them on tv.

After the 28 group performances, deliberations took place to cut 84 into 40. When the judges had made their decision, the 84 apirants were grouped into 4 rooms. The judges would then enter the room and announce to the group inside if they made it. Two rooms celeberated while the other two rooms ended their Philippine Idol Journey.

The competition continued the next day as the remaining forty were given a solo performance each. Another set of deliberations was due after the 40th solo performance. The judges would then make their decision on who will be included in the Final 24. I liked the manner in which the judges' decision was made known to the 40 remaining aspirants. The contestants had to go inside the theater one by one and had to sit in fornt of a judge waiting to talk to them. The judge then talks to the contestant and reveals his/her fate. 12 male idols and 12 female idols will then have to compete and fight for text votes which would land them a place the final 12.

Episode 3: Davao, Mindanao auditions

Philippine Idol’s episode three featured the last main audition site, Davao. It was said that Davao is a ‘king’ city in its own right becasue of the following reasons: a.) Davao City is the world’s largest city in terms of landarea b.) it is home of the Philippine Eagle, the king of birds c.) it is the source of the king of fruits, durian d.) it is where we can find Mt. Apo, the king of Philippine mountains e.) waling-waling can also be crowned the king of orchids for its beauty. It wouldn’t be surprsising if the next king or queen of Pop music, comes from this place.
I wasn’t able to get the exact venue (though it could have been Pearl Farm) but what i’m sure about is what happened. I may not be in a good position to say this but as a viewer I was disappointed in what I saw. There were those who I felt deserved to be given the golden pass but was snubbed by the judges. Ok fine, sure there those who performed well in their auditons and were given the opportunity to test their wares in Manila. But sometimes we would see even better performances from people who were not given the chance than those who got the gold pass. One good examplewould be this married girl. I’m not really sure what she sang but hearing her reminded me of Lea Salonga. The judges however didn’t really believe in her and said she’ll just have a hard time when she goes to Manila. It was a good thing she had her supportive stage husband comfort her after the judges snubbed her.

The Visayas Auditions

The Visayas Auditions for Philippine Idol kept me waiting till the last moment since during the episode, teasers of a mystery lady who auditioned tickled the imagination of viewers like me. I was thinking of a celebrity or maybe a high-society person or something like that. However, I was wrong since the mystery lady is….

I’ll continue with that at the end of this entry. Let me discuss first the other aspects of the Visayas Auditions. Hehe.

I guess this leg of auditions was a very good gauge on how universal the appeal of being the next Philippine Idol would be. Auditionees form all walks of life showed what they can and can’t do to our three celebrity judges. This was very evident if we base it on the professions of those who auditioned. Take for instance, the doctor, Randolph Libres, he said his profession would be part of his life forver but Philippine Idol is a once in a lifetime experience for him that’s why he joined. He was lucky enough to get the judges’ approval. There was also this auditionee who was a barber, Fred. Fred sang I’d rather by Luther Vandross. He exited the door happily since he also got a golden pass. There’s this dancesport competitor, skimboarder, driver, the list of aspirants is as diverse at it could get.

There were also those who I think felt they would make it but did not. There’s this operatic singer, Michelle Ortuestre. I also thought she would  make it since it would be interesting to see her if she makes it. The judges were not wowed by her performance and she didn’t make the cut. I guess there were high expectations for her. There’s also this guy who I thought would again make but did not. Let’s call him Mr. Mystica whose real name is  Win John Dacay. He sang this song from West Side Story. In the middle, he faltered since he tried too hard to dance the Mystica way. I guess it’s a learning thing for him that sometimes trying too hard isn’t the way to go.

Let’s go back to the mystery lady. This person was actually not a lady but dressed as a lady. The name is Kenneth Paul Alonzo also known as Yova. He sang Why does it hurt so bad. The judges were impressed with the voice since he sounded very much like a fine lady singing.

Episode 2

Philippine Idol held its Visayas Audtions in the Queen City of the South, Cebu. A host of high caliber Filipino singers such as Dulce, Manilyn Reynes,Vina Morales ,and Philippine Idol judge Ms Pilita Corales trace their roots in this province. The venue for this leg of auditons was at the compound of Big Foot Entertainment which also houses the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT).

The episode proved to be a winner with its selection of audition clips and interesting personalities. Aspiring Philippine Idols from all walks of life came to the Big Foot Entertainment compound hoping to get that golden pass which gives them the right to go to Manila and go on and compete. This was very evident during the Cebu auditions as people from all professions, all genders, and even people not coming from the Visayas (there were those from Manila, and there’s oneform Australia) who tried and auditioned to be the first Philippine Idol.

Interesting stories at the Manila auditions

The Manila auditions housed an interesting mix of faces and voices for this first leg Philippine Idol auditions.

The following a just some of them:

a.) This girl who sings a Jackson Five song as her audition piece, is a victim of a cellphone snatching. She tried to fight back but was shot. She survived and now has acrack at becoming the next Philippine Idol as she received the yellow pass gven by the judges.

b.) A girl brought her supportive ‘stage’ mother with her during her auditions. The mom took special care of her daughter since thedaughter has hearing impairment. The judges gave the girl a yes and even asked the mom to join them inside the audition venue. She shares that her daughter has a hearing disability and this surprises the judges.

c.) This Fil-Am looking guy enters the room, he has this certain look that he doesn’t speak Filipino. To evryone’s surprise, he sings Freddie Aguilar’s Anak. The judges are happy with his performance.

d.) This girl who brought her entire town with her, walks into the room with this certain confidence. She wears this serious face and sings Sexbomb’s Ispageti Song. I think she even did it with actions. She gets the judges’ approval.

e.) A guy enters the room and faces the judges. The judges ask him abouthis surname, Quizon. He is a grandson of Comedy King Dolphy. He sings this R and B song. One of the judges says: ‘Mabuti na lang hindi mo napahiya ang pangalan ng lolo mo.’ or something to that effect.

f.) And of course, there those who tried and failed. Some I think were capable, some just needed more practice, some needed teaching, and a lot were funny.

Hopefully this nice mix of talent recurs in the other venues too so we’ll have more episodes to look forward to.