WATCH: 2 Filipino acts take stage on ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ semifinals
MANILA, Philippines — Two Filipino acts competed with six others at the semifinals of “Asia’s Got Talent” aired Thursday.
Representing the Philippines are hand shadow artist Shadow Ace, whose real name is Philip Galit, and 12-year-old guitarist Rock Opong.
Galit presented another unique performance which drew praises from judge David Foster who said there is a big chance that he will proceed in the finals.
“I made my living with my hands. You stand a very good chance of making your living with your hands. It’s brilliant, I absolutely loved it. It’s unique it’s incredible. I bet we’re gonna see you back here in the finals,” Foster said.
Judges Jay Park and Anggun were just as impressed as Foster and applauded the comedy he inserted in the performance.
“You definitely leveled up from your audition. I loved all the transition, all the characters, the comedic humors, the kind of points you put in there. I absolutely loved it,” Park told Galit.
“It was really entertaining, we were all laughing,” Anggun said.
Galit advanced to the semifinals after receiving the Golden Buzzer press of hosts Alan Wong and Justin Bratton.
Opong, the other Filipino act, performed his own rendition of Elvis Presley’s “I Believe.”
However, Opong’s song choice did not sit well with Foster who said, “I don’t like that song choice. I didn’t think it was the right choice for you tonight. I think you could’ve picked a better song, more suited to your age.”
“But listen to me carefully. If you do everything your whole life towards music and devote your life to it, I honestly believe that you can be a star,” he added.
The two Filipino acts are competing against Taiwan’s Maniac Family, Vietnam’s Once Upon a Time, and Indonesia’s Ale Funky and Japan’s Takumi Takahashi and Fabulous Sisters.
Meanwhile, Indonesian singer Siti Saniyah has advanced to the finals after being named as the “judges’ pick.” /muf
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