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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3: First Semi Finals

Who among the first batch of semi finalists will make it to the grand finals? Will it be the saxophonist Kristoffer Campos, the rock band Seedz, the singer from Hong Kong Rita Paraiso, the young singer Pauline Agupitan, the shadow theater group El Gamma Penumbra or the contemporary dancing duo Lucky Twins?

The first set of semi-finalists on Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3. Upper row (L-R) Kristoffer Campos, saxophonist from Baguio City, Seedz Band, rock band from Negros Occidental, Rita Paraiso, singer from Hong Kong; Lower row (L-R): Pauline Agupitan singer from Lipa City, El Gamma Penumbra, shadow theater group from Batangas and Lucky Twins, contemporary dancing duo from Leyte.
The first act of the night is the rock band from Escalante City, Negros Occidental named Seedz Band.  They performed a Juan Dela Cruz classic "Beep Beep Beep" where the vocalist and the musicians are rockers in terms of their showmanship, stage movements, and the attitude. The lead vocalist has a strong showmanship in his performance. 

The 11-year old singer from Lipa City, Batangas Pauline Agupitan did a very good rendition of "I Surrender" by Celine Dion. She has the clear diction, powerful and dynamic vocals and according to Freddie M. Garcia, she is simply incredible.

The contemporary dancing duo from Tacloban City, Lucky Twins have the posture and the skill to become interpretative dancers. They have the synchronized choreography and they danced with passion and grace without losing their masculinity which remarked by Kris Aquino.

The only saxophonist who made it to the semi finals of Pilipinas Got Talent is Kristoffer Campos from Baguio City. He performed Ariel Rivera's "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin" which his performance reminds me of Kenny G in terms of playing the saxophone. The dynamics were flawless and it was a refreshing act in Pilipinas Got Talent.

The 39-year old performer from Hong Kong Rita Paraiso sanG Patpi Austin's version of "It Might Be You." She showed that she is an experienced performer with her of powerful voice, clear delivery of lyrics and the accompaniment is very good as well with her song choice. Her performance is truly mesmerizing and I think she is the first female singer in PGT who received a standing ovation.

The first semi-finals ends up with the shadow theater group El Gamma Penumbra from Batangas. They have the very good movements and formation of shapes through shadow play. But the best thing that impressed me in their performance is the concept of a Filipino going to different places in abroad which gives a  world geography lesson and the lesson that whatever countries and places in the world you visit, there is no place like home which is the Philippines. They are one of the most exceptional acts in PGT.

In addition, the Got Talent franchise challenged Pilipinas Got Talent that Filipinos has not just only focus on singing talent but in other talents as well like dancing and variety.

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