Last Saturday night, the Top 8 contestants were divided into four pairs and faced the Sudden Death Challenge. After each group’s performance, a superstar judge had to comment on their performance and that same judge had to choose one who will be saved and become a grand finalist, and who will be up for elimination.
The first group composed of Joao and Tristan performed Justin Bieber’s hit single “What Do You Mean”. After their performance, Sandara Park decided to save Joao over Tristan. The second pair was James and Russell and they performed Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”. Yeng Constantino commented that one of them has the potential to be the front man of the boyband they are forming and she chose Russell over James. The third group composed of Ford and Niel performed Ne-Yo’s “So Sick”. Aga Muhlach said that both of them impressed him but in the end, he chose Niel over Ford to advance to the grand finals. The fourth pair was Tony and Mark and they performed Rivermaya’s song “You’ll Be Safe Here”. Vice Ganda commented on their performance and decided to save Mark over Tony.
Joao, Russell, Niel and Mark became the first four grand finalists while Tristan, James, Ford and Tony were the four performers up for elimination and they performed their survival songs in the live elimination last Sunday night.
Tristan sang Stevie Wonder’s "Knocks Me Off My Feet", Tony serenaded the audience with Bugoy Drilon’s “Pagka’t Mahal Kita", James had his own rendition of Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning” while Ford performed Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One”. Meanwhile, the four grand finalists performed “Ang Kulit”, the theme song of “The Super Parental Guardians”, with superstar judge Vice Ganda.
The super fans voted and they saved Ford and Tony from the elimination. After the results were announced, the superstar judges had to choose between the two remaining contestants, James and Tristan. Yeng Constantino and Vice Ganda voted for Tristan while Aga Muhlach and Sandara Park voted for James. Since it was a tie, the decision will go back to the text and online votes of the super fans. Tristan who got a higher vote was saved while James became the fifth and last finalist to be eliminated from the competition.
Today, let us look back at the journey of the 7 grand finalists.
The “Hunky Haranista ng Valenzuela” impressed the girls with his overflowing charm and got an 83% approval rate. During the judges’ audition, he sang “All of Me” and received “yes” from three superstar judges because of his good voice and professional boyband appeal. In the live shows, the 21-year old heartthrob became a member of the Boyband of the Week twice and was considered as the most improved performer in the competition.
The “Party Boy ng Macau” charmed the super fans with his dance moves, confidence, and stage presence during his audition and received a high score of 94%. He performed “Grow Old With You” in front of the judges and received “yes” from all four judges. Throughout the competition, the 19-year old contender became a consistent member of the Boyband of the Week from the start and has never been up for elimination.
The “Kwelang Bad Boy ng Cavite” received an 84% approval rate from the all-girl audience during the first round of auditions. He also made an impact to the judges when he sang “So Far Away” and got “yes” from all four judges. The 21-year old contestant became a member of the Boyband of the Week twice because of his signature move and his fun-loving aura.
The “Boy Next Door ng Cebu” charmed the girls and got a high score of 96% during the auditions. He also showed off his talent in singing when he performed “Mahal Na Mahal” and received “yes” from all four judges because of his undeniable boyband appeal. During the live shows, the 17-year old contestant became a member of the Boyband of the Week thrice and continued to improve throughout the weeks.
The “Piano Player ng Illinois” impressed the all-girl audience and received an 80% during his audition. He also charmed the judges when he sang “Lately” and got “yes” from all four superstar judges. In the competition, the 18-year old contender also became a “kuya” and a mentor of his co-contestants. During the live shows, he made an impact because of his extraordinary vocal prowess.
The “Bad Boy ng Canada” delighted the super fans with his undeniable charm and got a very high approval rate of 98% during his audition. He also proved that he’s more than just a pretty face when he performed “You And Me” and received “yes” from the four superstar judges. The 21-year old heartthrob became a member of the Boyband of the Week thrice and continued to charm the audience with his signature “heart on the chest” move.
The “Buff Balladeer ng Bulacan” received 90% from the girls during the first round of auditions. He also impressed the superstar judges with his irresistible smile and vocal quality when he serenaded them with “Ikaw Lang Ang Aking Mahal” and got “yes” from all four judges. The 23-year old hunk became a dark horse in the competition when he showed off his skills during the past few weeks, making him a member of the Boyband of the week twice.
Who will become the 5 members of the next Pinoy boyband?