I believe Mark Mabasa, also suffered from song unpopularity thus a few textvoters came out of their way to save him. His boy-next-door looks it seems, was not enough at all to propel him to the one of the top slots in the show. I couldn't get the logic though why Take-Off was saved. I couldn't even think of an excuse about the decision.
Crowd-drawer AKA JAM's perfomance did not outstand their performance last week as they sounded topsy turvy and flats and sharps were being thrown here and there. Good for them, they are safe from elimination.
Joan Da, for me had one of the best performances during the 2nd Performance Night last Saturday, August 11. She indeed proved that she deserved to be saved from the first round of eliminations. It was evident that she was in her zone that night, a perfect example that an original Filipino composition could give anyone with talent a real edge. This girl will surely keep on surprising us this season.
My favorite performance for the night was that of security guard contestant Modesto Taran. He gave out a hair-raising rendition of the OPM classic Habang May Buhay, an After Image original, for which he got a standing O. Modesto is the underdog everybody would just love to love. Almost everybody thought he would be kicked out early in the elimination season but this guy is just saying never. His is a powerful voice, and he goes beyond just singing the notes right. I would like to think of him as the Andrea Bocelli this time with eyes that actually see. It's about time the Philippines add another name to its list of tenors, in the person of Modesto Taran. He may be way over 25 but with age comes wisdom, and to add to that, I believe this guy also has a lot of humility. And about appearances, if a person's got real talent, you learn to see through that and focus on what really matters. Modesto Taran is a strong contender for the top win.
Early favorite and consistent stellar performer KZ Tindangan, the humble lass from Digos City, still continues to have a command in the show. She's just driving everyone KZ! This girl could just grab the crown anytime.
That's it for the second week of elimination for X Factor Philippines. I'm on the edge of my seat, eager for the next batch of surprises that await all of us next week.