Philippine Idol: On the right track.My siblings and I enjoyed watching last nights' show. The set was amazing. The band, led by Mr. Mel Villena, was great . The interaction between Ryan Agoncillo and the judges, Mamita Pilita Corales in particular, made the atmosphere light and engaging. The show wasn't exactly a walk in the park. There were a couple of slip-ups such as poor audio quality. There were instances that the band would overpower the singers' voice. The missing mic audio, Reymond Sajor's mic to be exact. Some of the judges weren't able to give concrete constructive criticism (Oh how I miss Mr. Cowell). The judges tried not to be too hard on their comments, good thing Mr. C couldn't resist blurting out a couple of frank remarks. Nevertheless, Philippine Idol is on the right track.
The 12 Male idol hopefuls with their respective renditions of the following songs:
- Freddie Cabael "Macho Gwapito" - An upbeat yet forgettable performance, his forte is "RnB" so I was surprised by his song choice. He should have chosen a more "competitive song" considering what is at stake is a sure slot in the finals.
- Robert Bernadas "Take A Look Inside My Heart" - Buti nalang maganda dimples niya at natandaan ko siya. Good voice quality, dubbed by Mr. C as his bet.
- Ken Dingle "More Today Than Yesterday" - I was reminded by the "Ayala Mall Commercial". They used this song as part of their jingle. His performance was not that impressive, the band kinda overpowered his voice.
- Drae Ybanez "What You Won't Do For Love" - Dubbed by Mr. C as Spiderman look-a-like. It was just O-K-A-Y, no wow factor.
- Onyx Culala "Windmills of Your Mind" - He does have a good deep voice but his performance was too up-tight and boring.
- Gian Carlo Magdangal "Footloose" - A lot of girls and gays cheered during his performance since he was kinda cute. According to mamita he has the total package.
- Ramirr Grepo "Bed of Roses" - "Aprilboy is that you?" Hahaha he sounded a little like Aprilboy maybe it's because of the hair -connect- and if I squirt my eyes a little more, he looks a little like Robin Padilla. He is the only rocker idol on the show. He was okay, but his last note sounded a little off. Mr. FMs' bet for this season. Ms. Pilita even pulled out a Paula Abdul, when she stood up and claimed "I Love You!" (Hmmm.... I automatically looked at what she was drinking...)
- Miguel Mendoza III "Highways of My Life" - Wrong song choice! He should have picked a more "pop/familiar song" but since he is my brothers' schoolmate I'll vote for him. According to my little bro, Miguel is a member of a choral group in zobel and frequently performed during school events/concerts.
- Reymond Sajor "Tell Her About It" - In the middle of his performance his microphone conked out hence he had to sing his song twice. Mr. C "You went to hell but you rose up, Bongga ka!"
- Joseph Astor "Why Can't It Be" - This guy looks like Sam Milby and Piolo Pascual but at the same time sound like Gary V. What a combination! He has certain Sam and Piolo angles. Now some of you might check out his photo at Philippine idols official website and think that I should get my eyes checked. Well the photo they posted was so not what I saw during the semi-final show. I know those who watched the show can vouch this observation.
- Christian Masaga "Have I Told You Lately" - parang OA ang pagkanta niya
- Jan Kurt Nieto "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - sayang pumiyok siya, pwede na sana. (I reviewed the youtube video, and pricisely between 1:59-2:07 mins parang sumabit yung "troubled" niya, you be the judge nalang may violent reactions kase. Buti nalang I moderate my comments -belat-).
Overall, all of them have good quality voices and no doubt they deserve to be in the top 24. The first Philippine Idol, as stressed by the judges, should have the total package. It's not enough that they have a good voice, they should be able to charm/captivate the audience and have that WoW factor.
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