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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pilipinas Got Talent Season 4: First Quarter Finals Night

Pilipinas Got Talent once again is back for its new season, plus there are changes in the show's competition format. For the first time, the top 36 will be the Quarter Finals round where the twelve acts for Semi-finals will be chosen for six weeks. Then, the top 12 semi-finalists will compete for the six slots for the Grand Finals to determine the season 4 champion of Pilipinas Got Talent. 

Definitely, the top 36 acts this season is not more on the singers, but there are fourteen dance acts, seven singers, three musical acts and twelve variety acts which include magic acts, animal tricks, stunts, gymnastics, acrobatics and flair tending. They are truly deserving in that round and they have that impressive auditions.

Let us have a review of the first quarter finals night which was held on April 6 to 7, 2013.
The first batch of semi finalists (L-R): Segutier Triplets, The Miss Tres, Security and Escort Battalion Combo of the Philippine Army, All In One Crew, Marvin Arquero and Chaeremon Basa.
The first act to open the night is the transgender singing trio from Bulacan, The Miss Tres. They have the looks of beautiful and glamorous girls but they have the surprising and masculine voice of a male singer. They sang "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Elvis Presley. The song choice truly fitted for them but I never forget their shocking auditions with their rendition of "Sex Bomb" by Tom Jones. They are confident and they know how to move in stage while singing. 

Chaeremon Basa from Bacolod City is the first flair tending act who make it to the top 36 after three seasons. He had that flawless and careful flair tending skills as well with the fact that it is synchronized to the music. He's got that blazing performance in the semi-finals where he added fire in the table plus the synchronized movements of bottles in a flair tending. In addition, he is enjoying in his performance which is contagious and he is consistent from his auditions.

The black light dance group from General Trias, Cavite All In One Crew light up the stage with their energetic choreography. They did a clean, sparkling and glowing dance routine since auditions up to quarter finals. However, there are few technical problems during quarter finals but they did a good job in performing.

The musical ensemble from Taguig City, The Security and Escort Battalion Combo of the Philippine Army did an energizing accompaniment of "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner during auditions. They have that lively music from the Big Band era especially the brass section as well with the lead singer knows how to perform in front of the crowd. In the semi-finals, they performed "The Cup of Life" by Ricky Martin and they still remain consistent in terms of musicality.

The martial arts trio from Iloilo, Segutier Triplets did a Pinoy martial arts routine in the form of arnis. They have the synchronized movements plus the exciting fight scenes and stunts for their age. I hope that they encourage more children and teenagers to engage in martial arts especially in arnis.

Marvin Arquero, also known as Papa P. (stands for Payong, a local word for umbrella) did an impressive auditions. The magician from Bulacan showed an amazing magical act using umbrellas to tent, imagine from smallest umbrella changes into regular size then the huge and colorful tents used in stands and stores. In the semi-finals, he showed other magical tricks aside from umbrellas. 

In the end, Chaeremon Basa got the highest number of votes from text and online while Miss Tres got a unanimous votes from the judges to make it to the top 12.

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