Thursday, September 6, 2012

Joan Da Survives the Axe: X Factor PH 5th Performance Night and Results Show

For those who have been waiting for my review of the 5th Performance Night and Results Show of the X Factor Philippines, please excuse the slight delay.

But still, better late than never, so here it goes.

Admittedly, it is a bit frustrating that the finalists whom we think have the X Factor are actually those who find themselves in the bottom of the list and are threatened to be kicked out from the show.  Probably that is one of the reasons why I dilly-dallied in writing this entry.  Well, again, we all  have to keep on reminding ourselves that that is the way the show goes and we all must have the fluidity to go with the flow.

The unexpected twists are both sources of thrill and at the same time, disappointment, actually not an unusual combination at all, but something that does not really leave a pleasant taste in the mouth. 

For the second time around, Joan Da, found herself in the bottom two along with boy band-wanna be, Take Off.  She had to sing again for survival, this time with her version of Bruno Mars' Grenade, and had to prove her worth, that she deserves to stay in the show, more than the male group does.  Indeed, she proved it.


The 5th Performance Night was dedicated to Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and Joan Da sang Join the Club's Nobela.  Though the song was only a little familiar to me, I could say still that her performance was superb.  The voice was great.  It sounded like an original to me, actually the challenge that she had to beat when she chose this song.  This may be a cliche but if you compare the original version, you might even say, Joan's version is better.  Joan Da did it again, and injected her own personality and style into the song.  


Nobela by Join the Club, now beginning to be one of my new OPM favorites.

I realized that Joan Da's talent could actually match that of KZ's.  KZ's edge is that her being at home on the performance stage is so palpable that you could almost touch it on your television screen.  

Still, Joan Da is one of my bets for the Top 3 along with KZ Tandingan.   I believe she will stay longer on the show if she goes on taking time and caution in choosing her songs ( I observed that her chosen pieces suffer from popularity, a big determinant for the voters to trust the finalist with their votes), and if she strives to boost her confidence on the stage every time. 

The all male group, Take Off sang an APO Classic, Yakap sa Dilim.  How can one go wrong with a song by the APO Hiking Society? I could say that was the group's best performance yet since the start of this premiere season.  I loved the vintage feel of the whole performance and I just loved those suspenders! Apparently the vintage effect and the suspenders were not enough, I found myself shortchanged, I wanted the boys to show to give the audience something more particularly in their singing.  Still, I commend them for having the best among their performances so far, before taking a bow and leaving the show.  Their last performance made me smile, cradled me for a while, and for a second made me wish they never had to go.


Again there was a deadlock of votes among the mentor judges, 2 favoring Joan Da to stay, and the other 2  wanting Take Off to stay.  The text votes results were opened this time favoring Joan to stay on the show.  I particulary appreciated how Charice explained her choice.  She wanted Take Off to leave the show, considering that this is the third time that the group is on the bottom too and it was only right this time to heed the clamor of the text votes and let the group go.  Judge Mentor Pilita, Joan Da's mentor, did what she was expected this time, unlike what she did last week when she voted against her own mentoree, Mang Modesto.  Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera both wanted Take Off to stay, saying they can do a lot with a group of boys rather than with a solo singing act.  Short of saying there is strength in numbers, but I dont think that's where the strength lies in right now.  A group of boys just trying to nail some notes, and banking on their appeal is not actually a match to a solo act with real talent.

Daddy's Home (see video above) again did well that night, singing Smokey Mountain's Paraiso, and tagging along their kids with them. 

KZ Tandingan expectedly blew the house down with her version of the well loved classic, Eraserheads'  Ang Huling El Bimbo.  To say that  I was in awe while watching her sing is definitely an understatement.  KZ is on the verge of mastering her craft at such a young age.  She is totally off the roof when it comes to performance.  This lass from Digos City indeed knows how to build momentum in her performance, she knows how to tease the audience a little bit by not really giving what they expected but giving them something pleasantly outrageous,  thus leaving all of us wanting for more.  You can only shake your head in amazement.  I was practically screaming!  What a performance!

Her outfit however had residues of the past week's rock theme and she looked like Amy Winehouse who came home in the morning after partying all night long.  But that does not really tarnish the wonder that is KZ Tandingan.


I think I already know what you will say next.  Yes, Kedebon is still in!  And, yes, after murdering Gary Valenciano's Kaliangan Kita, it was almost like a massacre openly shown on Philippine television.  If I were Gary V., I would have already covered my face with my two hands out of shame and disgust. 

C'mon this is the X Factor, guys, and the show does not need anybody's (most especially Kedebon's) monkey antics to keep the ratings up.  A talent show that truly showcases talent,  will itself attract the viewers to stay glued to the television during weekend nights, will keep the advertisers flowing in, and will make the ratings soar higher.  

So Kedebon, be careful, your time on X Factor PH is almost up.                   

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