Filipino Singers Who Shone in International Reality Singing Shows
Filipinos’ talent in singing is recognized as one of the best in the world. In fact, our talented singers dominated in almost every international reality singing shows, from Asia, Europe, Australia, and America.
Frankly, this should not come as a surprise as singing is already part of the Filipino culture. Our penchant for karaoke session only shows how much we love singing. We love it so much that we even created our very own version of MTV channel, Myx, which displays the music’s lyrics so we can sing along as it plays.
Among the Filipino singers who helped our country be put on the map in the music industry are Leah Salonga and Charice Pempengco. Here’s a few more Pinoys who impressed in international reality singing shows that we can add to the list:
5 Pinoys Who Stole the Spotlight at International Reality Singing Shows
Jessica Sanchez was born in the United States to a Mexican-American father and a Filipina mother. She has been singing and joining competitions since she was 3 years old. Her break came when she joined American Idol Season 11 in 2012. Though she emerged a runner-up behind Phillip Phillips, many of her performances in the show were remarkable and received standing ovation, including her rendition of Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing,” Beyoncé‘s “Sweet Dreams,” and Luther Vandross‘s “Dance with My Father.”
Marlisa Punzalan made headlines when she won the sixth season of one of the most famous international reality singing shows, The X Factor Australia, in 2014 under the mentorship of former Boyzone member Ronan Keating. She sang the classic “Yesterday” by The Beatles, which got her four yeses from all four judges. From that time until the grand final, she was very consistent with her performances and went on to win the contest. In 2015, her debut single “Stand by You” was nominated for ARIA Award for Song of the Year.
A former bar singer in Malaysia, 26-year-old Resciebelle Santiago was just enjoying her holiday in Romania when she decided to walk in an open audition for Romania’s Got Talent. She belted out Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” which got her a standing ovation from everyone in the studio, including the judges. Though she did not win in the said competition, she reached the grand finals. She just released her first single titled “Fighter” and is currently under contract with Cat Music, a Romanian recording company.
Born to a German father and a Fil-Chinese mother, 26-year-old Gerphil Flores is a classical crossover singer, which is rare these days. She’s been into musical and opera shows since her younger days. In 2010, she joined Pilipinas Got Talent where she performed an Italian song titled “Caruso” and advanced to the semifinals. Sadly, she was unable to enter the finals. Four years later, she joined yet another one, this time it’s Asia’s Got Talent, where musician-producer David Foster was among the judges. Foster commended her performance and sent her automatically to the semifinals by pressing the golden buzzer. Another judge, Melanie C of Spice Girls also told her that she “deserved to be on the world stage.”
Then 13-year-old Arisxandra Libantino stunned her audience and the judges of Britain’s Got Talent when she performed Jennifer Hudson‘s “One Night Only.” A big voice coming from a little girl is surprising truly. Her video on YouTube singing that particular song has already reached over 13 million views.
There are also famous international artists that, though they are not vocal about their heritage, are partly Filipino by blood. And yes, they are great singers. They are Bruno Mars, apl.de.ap, and Enrique Iglesias. It only proves that when it comes to singing, Filipino talents are world-class.
Filipino Singers Who Shone in International Reality Singing Shows by Holly