Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Voice Philippines 2: Top 12 Live Show Part 1

It's such a shame because this season started REALLY well and then just went straight to hell. What happened? One, the voters this season are completely out of touch (see, Rence Rapanot). Two, the coaches still had too much control of the results (see, Bradley Holmes, Jason Fernandez, Tanya Diaz, and more). Three, anything Luis Manzano. Haha. Ok, I made the last one up, but seriously, the results have been pretty awful.

Not sure if we'll end up with the rightful winner at the end of this season, but I'm still hoping for the best. 

On with the show!


03. Rence Rapanot
Kumusta Na?
I'm going to put as much energy and effort into Rence's writeup as he's put into this performance. Aaaand.. DONE! 2

02. Tanya Diaz
Because of You
For a while, I thought Tanya was this singer with an edge who knew exactly how to stand out with some gritty material, but that has not come through. I really feel like she has the potential to be a good artist; the problem is she has not shown that in recent weeks. I blame it mostly on song choices, and now, she sang Because of You and it was continuously boring. Yes, she belted out a couple of great notes and her pitch were mostly on point, but it was just an impressive karaoke version of the song. Whatever happened to that girl from the Blind Auditions and Battle Rounds5

01. Mel Martinez Rita Martinez
Rita sang Paglisan and I’m sure we all sang along. The song is famous and we all know how it begins and how it ends. How did she do? The song sounded like it always sounds. It's pleasant, understated, and lovely. It's not a version people will remember in a month's time, but I digress. 7

Rence Rapanot
Rita Martinez



03. Alisah Bonaobra
Let It Go
Blech. Why would anyone want to hear another paint-by-the-numbers cover of this played out song? I'd rather listen to Idina Menzel butcher her own Let It Go than listen to another forgettable version. Sorry. 4

03. Daryl Ong
Rolling In The Deep
This was a little weird for me. Daryl's Rolling In The Deep was a solid performance - although I hated the arrangement with a passion - but for Daryl's built up expectations, solid just wasn’t good enough. I don't know. 5.5

01. Mackie Cao
Well, well, well. Where did this come from? Mackie's version of Sirena was a welcome respite from her earlier performances. I liked that she managed to perfectly blend her fairly on point pitch, her vocal bombast, and that swagger that's completely her own and the way it was performed betrayed a sense of strategy and professionalism that I wasn't aware she possessed. This was, arguably, Mackie's best performance on the show. Kudos. 8

Alisah Bonaobra
Daryl Ong


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