TNT Boys stun judges of US talent show with ‘Listen’ performance
MANILA, Philippines — The young singing trio, TNT Boys, stunned the judges of the US talent show “The World’s Best” after they performed the famous song “Listen,” originally sang by Beyoncé.
In a YouTube video uploaded by “Talent Recap,” the group composed of Mackie Empuerto, Kiefer Sanchez, and Francis Concepcion conquered the stage with an impressive rendition of the song.
Their performance received a standing ovation from the three American judges—actress Drew Barrymore, country singer Faith Hill, and drag queen RuPaul — and the international panel of 50 judges called the “Wall of the World.”
Even the show’s host, British comedian James Corden, was immensely impressed with the trio’s performance.
“I felt as I was watching it, what about adding a 40-year-old chubby British guy…Just give me a chance,” Corden, who approached the boys, said jokingly.
To say that the TNT Boys wowed the three American judges is an understatement. “This is a whole other thing. You possess a gift, you’re just that good,” Barrymore said.
Hill, meanwhile, said she was shocked by the sudden transformation of the trio when they performed.
“First of all, you have some serious attitude. I mean you’re so precious and so sweet but when you were singing, you were in that song. You were like…bam!” she said.
RuPaul had just one thing to say: Shante, you stay.
Corden also asked for the comment of one of the judges included in the “Wall of the World,” who has worked with Beyoncé herself.
“I actually wouldn’t be surprised if she (Beyoncé ) would call you up after this and be like ‘Join me on the next tour,’” Dennis Jauch, an award-winning dancer and choreographer who represents Germany, said.
Meanwhile, singer Pops Fernandez, who was one of the 50 international judges, can’t hide her excitement over the trio’s performance.
“I’m so proud right now to represent the Philippines. On behalf of the Filipinos, guess what? I know for a fact that you can be The World’s Best,” Fernandez said.
The TNT Boys got an average of 49 points from the American judges. Combining that with the score given by the international panel, the group obtained a score of 99 points, which enables them to move forward to the next round. /ee/ac
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