|The fourth set of semi-finalists: Filogram, Maribeth Callanta, John Michael Narag, Genevieve Arandia, First Beat Effect and Next Generation Band. (Source: http://www.pilipinasgottalent.multiply.com)|
The fourth set of semi-finalists competed last May 21 to 22, 2011 for the seventh and eighth grand finals slot of Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2. The singer from Pangasinan, John Michael Narag got the highest number of votes which automatically proceed to the grand finals and the dance troupe Filogram, won the judges' vote to get the eight slot.
The first act of the night was the dance troupe, Filogram from Baguio City. They have a very good choice of music where they used old school hits like 80's and 90's dance hits. They have a very good choreography and the entertaining and cool moves.
Maribeth Callanta of Dagupan City did a rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" which is a very good song choice that matches her vocal quality and prowess. She has a powerful and soulful vocals and it was pitch perfect. Overall, it was a very good performance and Maribeth is one of the best female soloists for second season.
Another female soloist is Genevieve Rochelle "Ivy" Arandia from Las Pinas City. With her performance of Carrie Underwood's "Angels Brought Me Here" she shown her strong vocal prowess and clear diction. I love the song choice but it fell short in reaching the high notes.
One of the unique contenders in this season is the beatboxing quartet from Bacolod City, First Beat Effect. They have a very catchy entrance where they used a door and they have a very exceptional sound effects in their beatboxing skills. It was creative, entertaining and funny where they used comic effects, native musical instruments and current music hits in their act.
The kiddie band from Davao del Norte Next Generation Band proved that they have very exceptional talent at their young age. They chose "Awit ng Kabataan" (Song of Youth) by Rivermaya which matches their age. The two vocalists have strong vocals and the guitarist who gets blindfolded was truly a prodigy in playing the electric guitar. However, they are not just talented kids but they are honor students. I really appreciate this group because of their dedication for their talent and studies.
Last performance of the night is John Michael Narag from Pangasinan. He has a very good singing talent and vocals. In his audition, he has a pure voice in singing and in his performance of Journey's "Open Arms" he needs to improve to reach the higher notes and he needs to practice more by singing different songs and he needs to know his vocal style or identity as a singer. However, he has a down-to-earth personality.
Next week another batch of semi-finalists will compete for the fifth grand finals. Watch Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 p.m. on ABS-CBN.