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Recap: I Love OPM (March 12, 2016)

It’s Saturday so it means “I Love OPM” day. It is the second episode of Round 2, and let’s see who are going to make it in this episode. Last Sunday episode, Amira Fathin and Naisa Lasalosi were in for the next round. Two were already bumped off.

In this episode, the next batch of Touristars went to Bohol for a trip and adventures. The four Touristars were Anna Rabtson, Yohan Hwang, Moses Akoh, and Jeff James. The Touristars enjoyed their trip as the went along different places, especially the ever popular Chocolate Hills.

Jeff James went to visit the maker of guitars, who is very popular in Bohol. Jeff loves string instruments so much that’s why he enjoyed going there. He performed the song “Kung Ako na Lang Sana” by Bituin Escalante. It is just a so-so performance. The judges gave the same scores which led to the average of 89.

Anna Rabtsun took her turn to visit the forest where there are tarsiers. Funny how she compared tarsiers to her husband which she said was an endangered species. She performed the song by Jessa Zaragoza called “Bakit Pa?” It is fine though there are times when her vocals are off. Her average points from the judges was 87.3.

Yohan Hwang went for a river cruise in Loboc River, where he enjoyed the place as well as the foods. He performed while in the cruise. He sang the song “Hasula” which is from Visayan language on the cruise. While im the platform, he sang “Nasa Yo Na Ang Lahat” by Daniel Padilla. He brough charm in his performance. He was given scores with average of 92.3. It bumped off Anna Rabtsun.

Moses Akoh visited the Loboc choir which lifted his spirit and fell in love with their voices. Even Anna is in tears listening to voices of the choir members. Moses performed Rivermaya’s hit “Himala”. That was a beautiful rendition of him. He was given a score of 94 as average. It automatically bumped Jeff James off.

The two who advanced to the next round were Yohan Hwang and Moses Akoh.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN every Saturday and Sunday night.

Recap: I Love OPM (March 6, 2016)

Finally, the top 24 was finally completed last night. It does mean that Round 1 is over. Tonight, Round 2 will start. However, before the performances, the top 24 were grouped to visit places assigned to them and try to enjoy for an adventure.

The first group were brought to Davao where they had fun. They went for an adventure like white water rafting which Sumner tried and ate the very popular fruit, Durian.
Sumner Mahassey
Sumner Mahassey first performed tonight. He sang Daniel Padilla’s “Simpleng Tulad Mo”. His score for tonight from the judges was 91.67.

Reece Rostedt went out for zipline. He’s obviously scared and conquered his fear.
Reece Rostedt
Reece sang the song “Kay Kristo Lang”. The song was translated to Tagalog from its original language. His score was 86.67.

The group also went to Crocodile Park. Fathin was given a chance to feed the crocodiles.
Fathin Amira
Fathin had a powerful performance tonight. She performed the song “Paano” by Dolce. She sang it well which all the judges gave her a standing ovation. Her score was 96.33. Because of that, Reece was bumped off as only two will advance for the next round.

The group finally went for a massage. But it was a snake massage. Naisa have no idea what it was until he foudn out it is a big snake on his back.
Naisa Lasalosi
Naisa performed the song “Ikot Ikot” by Sarah Geronimo. He nailed the song and had the judges had a hard time with their decision. Because of his outstanding performance, his score was 93.67. That was enough for him to bump off Sumner. The two were bestfriends so it is hard for them to see someone leave.

Fathin Amira and Naisa Lasalosi advances to the third round. Next week, four touristars will perform and see which two artists will advance for the third round.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN every Saturday and Sunday night.

Recap: I Love OPM (March 5, 2016)

It’s the last Saturday of the show to complete the top 24. Round 2 will be next after completing the top 24. So here are the foreign performers tonight:

Uchunsentai Noiz
Uchusentai Noiz is a band from Japan. They used to upload their music videos singing different Tagalog songs. They performed the song “Pinoy Ako” by Orange and Lemons which is reminiscent of the first season of Pinoy Big Brother. To be honest, I am not that impressed of their performance and they reminded me of the band Tokio Hotel.
Verdict: All of the three judges APPROVED the band.

Montri Bootnak
Montri Bootnak came from Thailand. He became involved and loved OPM as he had lots of Filipino friends who were teachers. He performed the song “Hanggang” by Wency Cornejo”. I think he sang it very well.
Verdict: His good performance was APPROVED by all of the judges.

Jeff James
Jeff James was from Hawaii, USA. She is currently married to his former friend who was a Filipina. Now, he is a father to a child. He sung the song “Buko” by Jireh Lim. It is a fine performance and in fact, there’s a good timber in his voice.
Verdict: All the judges has APPROVED his performance.

In Seon Jung
In Seong Jung was from South Korea, which her family went to the Philippines and stayed here. Right now, her family went back to South Korea while she stayed here. She performed Aiza Seguerra’s big hit “Pagdating ng Panahon”. It was a so-so performance for me.
Verdict: Toni has DENIED her while Lani and Martin APPROVED her. Thus, she still got in for the top 24.

Reese
Reese is from Australia who is a missionary here in the Philippines. He sang an acoustic version of “Narda” by Kamikazee. It was a good amd simple performance.
Verdict: He was APPROVED by the three judges.

There are some performers who has failed to make it at the top 24. But here’s the last performer:

Sonata Stevenson
Sonata  Stevenson is an Indian lady who lives in the USA. Her family migrated there and met her bestfriend who is a Filipina. Sonata sang “Ikaw Lamang” by Jaya and she did it with her own flavor.
Verdict: Lani has DENIED her, while Martin and Toni marked her APPROVED.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN on Saturday and Sunday night

Recap: I Love OPM (February 28, 2016)

It’s the last February episode of “I Love OPM” and here are the performances for tonight:

Mango Singh
Mango Singh is from India. He went to the Philippines with his family. He loves going out out for exercise for a breather after his father died when he wast still at six years old. He is far from his family and working to support them. He performed the song “Mang Jose” by Parokya ni Edgar. It is quite boring though because he sang it at a low register.

Jonathan Wagner
Jonathan Wagner came France. He is a model and theater singer. He has a Filipino friend who invited him to go to the Philippines. He agreed and he fell in love with a Filipina though the relationship didn’t end well. He’s still in love with the Philippines though. He sang the songs “Ikaw” which he performed in an operatic way.

Natalia Moon
Natalia Moon is from Australia. He came to the country and took part in voluntary work. She began to love the country as well as its culture. She sang the song “Pusong Bato”. There’s something with her voice which is something special.

Nelson Leausa
Nelson Leausa came from Australia. He came to the Philippines after being assigned as a missionary from a certain religious organization. He learned Tagalog from a couple who became like his family too. He performed the song by Jay-R “Bakit Pa Ba?”.

Verdict:
Mango Singh- Martin Nievera and Toni Gonzaga stamped him with DENIED, while Lani Misalucha stamped him with APPROVED. Two stamps with DENIED means she is DENIED. The judgement is fine since the performance lacks energy.

Jonathan Wagner– He was APPROVED by all of the judges. I think he still has something to improve in singing Tagalog songs.

Natalia Moon– She was DENIED by all of the judges. I was quite not approved with their decision though.

Nelson Leausa– He got APPROVED by all of the judges. The decision of the judges is good since he sang it well.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN every Saturday and Sunday night.

Recap: I Love OPM (February 27, 2016)

It’s Saturday night again and it’s time to give the recap of “I Love OPM” episode for the last Saturday of February. So here are the foreign performers for tonight:

Yowan Hwang
Yowan Hwang is a young South Korean guy who is a student here in the Philippines. His parents came here in the Philippines first, then he followed. He’s already here in the Philippines for two years. According to him, his favorite Filipino food is sisig. Tonight, he performed the song “Ako’ Sa Yo, Ika’y Akin”. He sang Tagalog perfectly with good diction.

Moses Oche Akoh
Moses Oche Akoh was from Nigeria. He is part of choral team of a religious organization. He’s been here in the Philippines for about three years. He sang the song “Kahit Kailan” by South Border and he nailed the part of Brix Ferraris’ whistle.

Flora Lee
Flora Lee is from South Korea. Her parents are missionary in the country and after graduating from college, she decided to live with her family in the country that’s why she can speak and understand Tagalog. She is part of a worship group.and teaching children. She performed the song by Donna Cruz, “Hulog ng Langit”.

Marina Lin
Marina Lin is half-Thai and half-Chinese. Her family migrated in Canada and there she met and became friends with a Filipina. She sang the song “Hawak Kamay” by Yeng Constantino.

Matthew May
Matthew May is from United Kingdom and was married to a Filipina. He is the father of PBB top 4 and now an actor and a singer Bailey May. He performed the song “May Bukas Pa” by Rico J. Puno. He has a powerful voice which he got a standing ovation.

Verdict:
Yowan Hwang- He was APPROVED by all of the judges.
Moses Oche Akoh- He also got APPROVED by the judges.
Flora Lee- She was APPROVED by Martin Nievera, though DENIED by Lani Misalucha and Toni Gonzaga.
Marina Lin- She got APPROVED by the three judges.
Matthew May- After the powerful performance and standing ovation, he was APPROVED by the judges.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN on Saturday and Sunday night

Recap: I Love OPM (February 21, 2016)

It is the second Sunday episode of “I Love OPM“. What’s amusing about this show is it os very light and just full of fun. It is fun to see foreigners singing Filipino or Tagalog songs. Here are the fpreign performers tonight:

Daniel Herrington
Daniel Herrington came from the USA. He had a girlfriend there who eventually went to the Philippines as a volunteer. His girlfriend, Natalie, is involved in non-government organization (NGO). She invited him to go to the Philippines, particularly in Visayas. Daniel sang “Mahal Kita Pero” by Janella Salvador. He just sang lightly and his words are pronounced very clear.

Mitch Smith
Mitch Smith was from the USA and was married to a Filipina. He is very attached to Filipinos because he is very closed to his in-laws who he considers as his biggest fans. Sadly, they passed away. He dedicated his performance to his in-laws. He sang the song “Nandito Ako” by Ogie Alcasid. The performace is okay, though, was too short.

Naisa Lasalosi
Naisa Lasalosi is an Australian who became a missionary in the Philippines. He even knows how to speak Bisaya like some of the past contestants in the show. After his mission, he came back to Australia and returned to Philippines after joining the show. He performed the song “Halik” by Aegis. He has a beautiful voice and he sang the song beautifully and clearly.

DBD
DBD is a group of guys from different countries. Their name was taken from the initials of their first names. Dae Lee is a Korean who became a student in the Philippines. Bobby Kyz was from Nigeria as a student as well. While Dwane Wodley came from Australia who is a missionary. They met in an audition where they found out they have chemistry. They sang “Magdalena” by Gloc 9 which was performed very well. It is a fun performance which had the girls screaming for them.

Verdict:
Daniel Herrington– He was approved by all of the judges.
Mitch Smith– He was denied by Martin and Toni, while Lani approved him
Naisa Lasalosi– He got approved by the three judges.
DBD– All of the judges approved them.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN every Saturday and Sunday night

Recap: I Love OPM (February 20, 2016)

Now, “I Love OPM” is on its second week and third episode and it has been a blast and enjoyable one. The four foreign performers did great in their performances so check how these foreigners fare this week.

Sumner Mahassey
Sumner Mahassey is from the USA. His parents are formerly missionaries and took his turn in Visayas. In fact, he is very good in Bisaya dialect than Tagalog. He is one of the members in Hey Joe Show on YouTube which gained a lot of Filipino viewers, particularly in Visayas. He sang the song “Pag-ibig” by Yeng Constantino, which he performed simply and just cool. He got positive comments from the judges.

Victor Cervantes
Victor Cervantes came from San Fracisco, California in USA. He’s been a long time Latino singer and even became an opening act in concert which included Shakira. His love for OPM started when he met and became friends with a Filipino. He sang the song “Kailangan Kita” by Gary Valenciano. It’s a fine performance but quite clear in his accent that he’s not a Filipino. He is a fan of Angelica Panganiban and even did a drama as he took her role.

Jerome McQuin
Jerome McQuin is from the USA who now lives in Taguig. When schooling in the US, his friends were Filipinos. One of his Filipino friends invited him to go to the Philippines and he came. He is worried at that time as he stayed here because he has no work and ran out of money. But he met a Filipino which helped him and now he became a businessman. He performed the song “Kawawang Cowboy” by Fred Panopio. Everybody were fascinated with his performance.

Amira Fathin
Amira Fathin is from Malaysia and joined in some international competitions. She loves singing songs with different languages. She loved OPM and joined because she wants to learn more about the Philippines. She even auditioned before in Singapore Idol and sang Jessa Zaragoza’s “Bakit Pa?”. In tonight’s episode, she performed “Bukas na Lang Kita Mamahalin”. Since the show started, she is the best vocalist who joined the competition. After the performance, she got the chance to sing a duet with Lani Misalucha.

Verdict:
Sumner Mahassey- All of the judges approved him.
Victor Cervantes- Martin and Toni denied him, while Lani approved him.
Jerome McQuin- He was approved by all the judges.
Amira Fathin- She absolutely got approved by all of the judges.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN every Saturday and Sunday.

Popular Artists Wins on Grammy Awards

I have been watching Grammy for several years and it seems the winners tonight don’t seem like who usually wins in Grammy Awards. Popularity is not an assurance to win the Grammys as winners are determined through the decision of the panel of judges. Even the most popular singer in a year don’t even win a minor category. During the 1990’s, the Spice Girls never achieved nominations. While Backstreet Boys and NSYNC who became extremely popular during their heydays never won an award. Britney Spears did not even win an award on her earlier success. She got to win a minor award after several years in the industry.

Justin Bieber never won an award until this year after winning for the song “Where are You Now” as a featured artist.  One Direction was never even nominated despite the critical acclaim in their recent records. Ariana Grande got nominations last year but didn’t receive an award.
With the major categories, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year, it seems those were not into pop or tennybopper music. But this year, those I predicted to win lost. While some of those that are my choices won. I had written my prediction and choices recently. The reason why I came out with those predictions because Grammys used to choose those who are underrated artists. Popular artists often defeated by less popular artists but it was not the case this year. In fact, with those four major categories, the winners were those popular.
Let’s start with Best New Artist, my choice is Meghan  Trainor. She is even the most mainstreamly successful among those nominated.I predicted James Bay to win, but the winner ended up as Meghan Trainor.
With Song of the Year, I expected and predicted Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”, however, it went to my choice, Ed Sheeran. Knowing Lamar’s number of nominations, I expected him to win.
The Album of the Year winner is Taylor Swift with “1989”. I expected Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” as it is generally acclaimed while Taylor shifted to pop music. Anyway, it is Taylor’s second time to win the category.
The Record of the Year winner this year was “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. I expected D’Angelo to win with “Really Love” but ended up to the upbeat song. My choice though was “Thinking Out Loud”. Good for “Uptown Funk” since it is the number one song of 2015.
Despite not winning the major categories, Kendrick Lamar won multiple awards. Congratulations to all the winners.

Performances Highlights in Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards had just wrapped up and the winners were finally announced. Aside from unexpected winners, there treat performances. The highlight performances was the tribute to the legendary soul singer Lionel Ritchie, rock legend Lemmy, and the late David Bowie. The Lionel Ritchie tribute performers were R&B singer John Legend, pop stars Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor, and country star Luke Bryan. After the artists mentioned performed, Luke and John escorted Lionel from the audience up to the stage and sung “All Night Long” as the closing of the performance. Hollywood Vampires made a hard rocking performance  too as a tribute to Lemmy.
Another tribute performance was Lady Gaga who paid homage to the late David Bowie. She’s dressed a la David Bowie. She is the perfect singer to do the tribute knowing Lady Gaga’s biggest influence was David Bowie which she vocally claimed when she is just starting as a mainstream artist. The background colorful effects of the performance is magnificent too.
Taylor Swift had a good performance top of her current single “Out of the Woods”. She has one of the most number of nominations this year after her highly successful album “1999”.
Justin Bieber finally performed on Grammy Awards too. It is his first time in the award show where he had his first win too as a featured artist for Skrillex and Diplo’s “Where are You Now?”, which he performed after an acoustic version of “Love Yourself“.
There were great duets too. I loved the performance of Andra Day and Ellie Goulding with the songs “Rise Up” and the popular “Love Me Like You Do”. Country stars Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood performed a mash-up of their songs.
One of the best performance was the one from rapper Kendrick Lamar which receives a standing ovation. The Weeknd also did good performing his songs. Miguel sang his own version of Michael Jackson’s “She’s Out of My Life”.
Adele’s performance is one of the most awaited. However, sound problem occurred during the performance which affected the supposedly magnificent performance. In just a few seconds of her performance, the sound or audio was lost. It is supposed to be an intimate performance with her vocals and piano, but there’s guitar and bass sound in some part. It is obvious on Adele’s face and even her voice that she was bothered but she continued. After her performance, Adele received standing ovation despite the glitch.
To close the show, Pitbull and Robin Thicke performed with party sounds.

Recap: I Love OPM (February 14, 2016)

It is the second episode of “I Love OPM“, and the foreign performers had a blast again. Two male, one female and a group had performed tonight and they had interesting performances and story

Addy Raj
Addy Raj came from India who came to the Philippines as exchanged student and wanted to live her. He fell in love with OPM upon hearing Daniel Padilla. Addy is known for his good looks that made girls screaming for him. He had sang the song “Hinahanap-hanap Kita”, version by Daniel Padilla. Aside from singing, he played guitar as well. It’s just a simple performance and there were nuances in his accent that he is not really a Filipino. But you can feel in him how much he loves the Philippines. For just a short time, he can already speak Tagalog.

Raza Saeed
Raza Saeed is working in Dubai but from Pakistan. He had some Filipino friends which made him love the Philippines. He performed the song “Ngiti” by Ronnie Liang. The performance is fine and he seemed sincere with his song. After the performance, he revealed he got a crush on Anne Curtis and even shown a picture of him along with Anne’s. You can see him his admiration with Anne.

Anna Rabison
Anna Rabison came from Russia who was married to a Filipino. She really love the Filipinos as she described Filipinos as sweet people. She performed the song “Sirena” by Gloc 9 and Ebe Dancel. She did it well especially when she rapped, which amazed the audience and the judges. After the performance, she even rapped along with Lani and it was very amusing.

J Morning
J Morning is a band from Korea. They love the Philippines so they searched for Filipino songs and what they found fitting for them is “Ikaw” by Yeng Constantino. Their version is an upbeat version and performed with choreography. After the performance, Ryan Bang came in as their translator. The performance was good and everybody seemed impressed with them.

Verdict:
Addy Raj- He got approved by all of the judges
Raza Saeed- He got denied by Martin and Toni, but was approved by Lani.
Anna Rabison- She got approved by Lani and Martin, but denied by Toni.
J Morning- The group got approved by all the judges.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN on Saturday and Sunday night