It's been a while since I wrote a review about the X Factor Philippines.
Daddy's Home sang Open Arms, a hit by Journey. Surely they are the masters of voice blending and they also have a say when it comes to belting. They are entertaining enough, yes, but I almost have enough of these guy's style. Surely they have a lot of potential to become the prime male singing group of the country more likely after the show ends this season, in line with respected male groups such as The Tux, NeoColours, to name a few but I'm about to say ho-humm. It's the same singing style every night and it would have been better if they showed the audience something new last night, something they don't usually do. In that department, where all the other finalists really worked hard for -- thinking out of the box and stepping out of their comfort zone -- this group failed. A strong contender for the Top 3 and even for the Grand Winner, this group will still have a chance on Grand Performance Night. I hope they make the most of that chance, if they indeed grab a spot in the Top 3.
Allen, the youngest among the finalist sang Willow Smith's Whip My Hair. For her age range market, it was quite a performance but for young adults and for those who belong to the older age bracket the song may be forgettable and not really a strong weapon to make her grab a slot in the Top 3. This girl has more than enough raw potential, with some parts really ripe for the taking. If she is mentored more, and longer, and very well at that, this girl could go to places.
Gabriel Maturan or Gab as he is fondly called on the show, surprised everyone when he sang his own version of Justin Bieber's Boyfriend. Gab said he considers Bieber as his musical hero and I could see that he did his best to give justice to Bieber's hit. I agree with Martin when he said that this is Gab's best performance yet.
My fearless forecast, Allen Sta. Maria should go. However this young lady maintains a strong following from her fans and so, if she does survives the axe, it is time for Daddy's Home to go home. It is very possible that the voters will send out the older guys leaving the younger ones behind. In that case, it will be more fun I guess. Raw talent, raging hormones, nurtured dreams yet to be embattled, and convictions at their strongest -- all those will come into play on the grand finals night, if the young ones will be left behind to fight for the crown. Actually, that's not bad at all. That's for sure.