Sunday, August 19, 2012

KZ Tindangan, Daddy's Home, AKA JAM, shine even more in X Factor PH 3rd Performance Night

Last night was the 3rd Performance Night of X Factor PH's Top 10 Finalists.  The theme for last night's show was Rock and Roll but it turned out only a handful of the finalists really owned up to the theme.

Consistent top performers, Daddy's Home, AKA JAM, and KZ Tindangan shined even more last night, with KZ Tindangan shining more than ever, probably her brightest since the beginning of this season.

KZ again drove the judges and the audience "KZ" with her breathtaking rendition of Linkin Park's In The End.  I admit I had goosebumps all over my body after hearing her sing the song and I just kept on shaking my head while clapping my hands for this talented lady from Digos City in Davao del Sur.  This girl is pure talent, those raw types waiting on the side to be discovered, and just waiting for that big timely break.  I couldn't agree more when Judge-Mentor Martin Nievera said he was glad it wasn't the grand finale night because it will be the last time he would see the lass perform on stage, and he was pretty sure that KZ will come out the ultimate winner of the season of X Factor Philippines.  So true.  KZ established an unbeatable connection with the audience and she gave the song a different life with the emotion she injected into it, an emotion so palpable, I felt being swallowed by her entire performance.

Daddy's Home completely brought the house down, with their rendition of Stevie Wonder's Superstition.  Judge-Mentor Charice commented, "Now, we're talking.  This is rock and roll."  The group was actually the first among the performers to live up to the theme that night.  As Judge-Mentor Pilita Corrales said, "It looks like Daddy's not gonna be home for a long time, " which is short of saying the group is expected to stay on longer in the show.

AKA JAM who made a bold version of Destiny's Child's Survivor, also got praises and a loud applause both from the judges and the audience.

Amazingly, and unexpectedly, I found myself smiling and somewhat entertained with Kedebon's number last night.  He sang Kenny Loggin's Footloose.  He started the song with quite a blur, not really nailing the notes down, and I almost thought he wasn't singing at all, with the drums and the bass drowning his voice.  This boy from the south is slowly cashing in on his entertaining abilities.  There is some improvement all right in his singing, again sprinkled with some comedy when he substitutes the lyrics with his name, singing "Kede-Kedebon, Kedebon," instead of "Everybody cut, everybody cut."  I wonder how far and how long this strategy will make him stay on the show but this guy is an entertainer in the making, with some dancing abilities that can somehow get him through.

Joan Da, sang Alanis Morissette's You Ought To Know, a song overflowing with angst which Joan failed to show.  I believed she could be even angrier than the way she sang last night and I felt that in a scale of 1 to 10, she only poured out angst on the scale of 2 to the song.  However I believe she will be safe from tonight's elimination.

Jeric Medina, the boy next door, showed he was comfortable with last night's theme when he sang Hinder's Lips of an Angel.

Who might go tonight?

Gabriel Maturan might find his way at the bottom two tonight with his not so impressive rendition of The Script's Breakeven. I was afraid as I was closely watching which one's he's going to break first, - his vocal cords or his neck -  from struggling to finish the song.

Boy band Take Off, well,  I think will be boy-band-zoned even if they tried to do some blending this time of Sugarfree's Makita Kang Muli.    

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