TV Guide: American Idol Finale

Finally, America has chosen its Idol for the 11th season.

It all boiled down to the dreamy-eyed country crooner Philip Philipps, and resident Mexican-Filipina diva Jessica Sanchez.

The whole country was in anticipation as we awaited the results. For the first time, a massive campaign to vote was on and everyone was tweeting ways on how we can vote for her – from Magic Jack numbers, facebook applications and a local telecom even offered free IDD calling abroad for Filipinos to vote.

But in the end, it turns out, for the fifth year in a row, a White Guy With Guitar (WGWG) has taken the crown.

Philip Phillips is the new American Idol!

Twitter and Facebook exploded with rants and comments from the Filipino community. But even if the vote has been decided, Jessica will always remain the idol in our hearts. 🙂

Here’s one of our favorite moments during the live result show as she handled Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday with such talent and prowess:

Congratulations as well to Philip Philipps for winning. Here’s my favorite moment of Philip:

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Inspiration: The Queen B comes to MNL!

Apart from the Hollywood stars mentioned in my previous post, it was just confirmed today that another Hollywood celebrity is coming to Manila!

Leighton Meester

The Queen B herself, Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame, is coming to Manila this week to also grace Philippine Fashion Week as she is officially part of the Penshoppe All-Stars, together with Thai superstar Mario Mauer, Ian Somerhalder, Zac Efron and her Gossip Girl co-star Ed Westwick.

TV Guide: The Voice Finale

This is actually more than a week late! Even from my latest posts, I haven’t been updating much! But The Voice deserves this final post because I’ve been posting about this for its entire season and its not right to not include the finale!

To recap, the final four consists of the best contestants from each time – Tony Lucca for Team Adam, Jermaine Paul for Team Blake, Juliet Simms for Team CeeLo and Chris Mann for Team Christina.

For this, I will do it in order of performances then put the results and winners commentary below 🙂

Jermaine Paul

  • Song: I Believe I Can Fly
  • Remarks: This has to be Jermaine’s winning piece. And I agree with Christina that this song was really made for him and so appropriate for him to sing as his final song. It was very, very powerful and spot on, that it actually trended for a whole day!
  • Personal Vote: 2nd place

Tony Lucca

  • Song: 99 Problems
  • Remarks: To be honest, I am not familiar with the song, but I think Tony Lucca could have done better with a more powerful anthem to end the season. It did show his prowess, but I hope he did this song early in the live performance season and did something really powerful, to compete with the other finalists.
  • Personal Vote: 4th Place

Chris Mann

  • Song: You Raised Me Up
  • Remarks: I loved that he chose this song as his final song because this is a very powerful and anthem-like song that would be great for a finale. However, this has version has already been done by Josh Groban as they have the same type of voice. But listening to it further, he tweaked it a bit to make it very Chris, and I liked his version very much. Still reminds me of Mark Feehily of Westlife!
  • Personal Vote: 3rd Place

Juliet Simms

  • Song: Freebird
  • Remarks: I love love love Juliet and she looked so gorgeous! Another great song choice, not to all out rock-y like her previous performance, a little subdued in the beginning but rocked out and reminded us of her over-all vocal rock goddess prowess in the end.
  • Personal Vote: WINNER

The Results

And the winner is Jermaine Paul! After seeing the performances, I was happy with the result and this was very well deserved, although my personal favorite was Juliet. In his performance, I can already see in Jermaine that he is already a winner.

And congratulations also to Blake on the win. I honestly didn’t see it coming, thinking he had the weakest contestants of the bunch, but he took a chance on Jermaine, someone with a completely different singing style, and found a gem in him. Same goes for Jermaine for taking a chance on Blake even if they came from different backgrounds. He was very, very lucky to have chosen Blake as a coach, because he wouldn’t stand a chance against Juliet if they were both on CeeLo’s team.

Hollywood Stars coming to Manila this week!

Hollywood stars are invading the country this week and its really exciting to all see them!

Front-lining them is Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, who is gracing the country once again for a two night concert at the newly opened Mall of Asia Arena. She has just arrived today.

Ian Somerhalder

Another celebrity who is already enroute to Manila is The Vampire Diaries’ star Ian Somerhalder who will be here in Manila for a week to guest star as one of Penshoppe’s (a local clothing store) brand ambassador. He is rumoured to be modeling in Penshoppe’s Philippine Fashion Week event.

Last May 17, Somerhalder posted this on his twitter account, confirming his visit to the country: @iansomerhalder See you soon PHILIPPINES! 😉 Let’s rock this #PENSHOPPEAllStars

Just a few moments ago, he tweeted: @iansomerhalder Philippines here I come…:)

Joe Jonas

Camp Rock star and 1/3 of the musical act the Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas is also slated to come to the Philippines next week to promote Bench, another local clothing store, as one of its endorses.

Penshoppe and Bench have been very active about using Hollywood celebrities in their campaigns as of late, with Ed Westwick and Zac Efron have been endorshing Penshoppe, while Bruno Mars, David Archuleta, Lucille Hale and Michael Trevino (also from the Vampire Diaries) have posed for Bench.

TV Guide: Survivor: Philippines

I haven’t watched Survivor since… I think… the Pearl Islands episode but next season they are coming to our own Philippine shores to battle the elements in our country! For its 25th season, Survivor comes to the Philippines. Three tribes will be battling for the title and there will be 3 returning contestants from past seasons who were previously eliminated due to illness or injury

The place they chose is the Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur. That place is really beautiful but its located in one of the stormiest places in the country. I have been to Caramoan but I didn’t get to see the beautiful beaches and islands because at that time there were storms and the waves were coming right at you. We had to ride a little boat with no motor, sails or life jackets to reach the nearest island, so we opted not to pursue it. I have yet to come back and see this again. I hear its much more developed already.

TV Guide: The Voice Semi-Finals

This week, it is now down to the ELITE EIGHT or the semi-finals. Each team has two remaining members that will battle each other out for the remaining slot in the finals.

In this semi-finals round, all contestants from all teams give their performances on the first night. During the results show, the coaches divide 100 points between their two contestants. Later on, votes from the viewers are then added to the scores, and the person with the most votes goes to the finals.

*SPOILERS*

For this review, I will give a rundown per team, starting with the person advancing to the finals, then the eliminated contestant. I will also post the result show footage as well.

Team Adam

Tony Lucca

  • Song: How You Like Me Now
  • Remarks: I think this is a definite improvement for Tony and he was getting better since his Britney stint last week, and I liked his performance, though he is kind of bordering Mark Anthony. I just feel Adam has a major bias for Tony from the beginning so it was no surprise he’s in the finals.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: FINALIST

Katrina Parker

  • Song: Killing Me Softly
  • Remarks: Katrina has grown on me since the live performances started so I was really rooting for her to go to the finals. I just love her warm and sexy voice and she looks so gorgeous!
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Eliminated

Result

Notes: Tony Lucca is the only finalist that didn’t get 50% of America’s vote, scoring only 48%. If Adam didn’t give him more votes, Katrina had a chance at the finals.

Team Blake

Jermaine Paul

  • Song: Open Arms
  • Remarks: Another crowd rousing performance by Jermaine, but I think he played really safe today with that choice of song. I think he thinks he’s got it in the bag already, which I think he should rightfully think so. I loved how he played his notes well. Blake’s got his finalist already.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Finalist

Erin Willett

  • Song: Without You
  • Remarks: Interesting take on the funky David Guetta song, and I am loving her rendition. Its a great song for her final performance and I’m proud of Erin on her vast improvement and consistent stellar performances.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: Eliminated

Results

Notes: Jermaine Paul was the clear winner, scoring over 70% from the audience votes after Blake gave them an even 50-50 playing ground.

Team Ceelo

Juliet Simms

  • Song: It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World
  • Remarks: Another super solid performance from Juliet Simms and I just love her voice and how she plays with it. And she can really rock! And she did so by showing she can take over this almost man’s world finals by being the only female contestant in the final 4.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: FINALIST

Jamar Rogers

  • Song: If You Don’t Know Me By Now
  • Remarks: Unfortunately there’s no video of this on the NBCTheVoice You Tube channel for me to copy, so I can’t really make some comments because I can’t really remember how Jamar’s performance went. Jamar is actually a likeable person and if Juliet Simm’s did badly that night, I would be glad to have him also in the finals. But Juliet is on a league of her own, so hands down to Jamar for his great great stint on the show. I have no doubt Jamar will do great after this.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: Eliminated

Results

Note: Juliet is clear winner, scoring 60 percent with her coach and 61 percent with the viewers. If Ceelo had gone 50-50, Juliet would still have won.

Team Christina

Chris Mann

  • Song: Ave Maria
  • Remarks: Its so nice to hear Chris Mann pull an Andrea Boticelli to show everyone just how talented he is. The guy has such a beautiful voice and I am glad he did this because all his past performances sounded really forced because he was trying to go mainstream for the show to get people to relate to him. But again I will express my thoughts that he doesn’t need to be a finalist because this guy can already make a career out of his present exposure in the voice and he will have his own following whether he wins or not.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: Finalist

Lindsey Paveo

  • Song: Skinny Love
  • Remarks: This is by far my favorite performance by Lindsey next to her blind audition performance. She is in her element and her voice just shown through. I was so disappointed she got eliminated (though it was a very close call), because (no offense to Chris and the Mann fans), Lindsey deserves to be in the finals because of the way she just grew during the show. Her voice is so unique that it’s so perfect for mainstream. I’ll only say this now, but I am annoyed at Adam for being so biased towards Lindsey (do I sense bitterness?) when he’s asked to comment on her. I will definitely miss her on the show but I’ll support her on her endeavors after.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Eliminated

Results

Notes: This was the closest result between the teams, with Christine evening the playing field, and Chris Mann scoring only 54% of the viewership votes.

TV Guide: The Voice Quarterfinals (Team Adam)

Now onto Team Adam.

*Spoilers*

I will begin with person with the top votes that America saved. Then to the judges’ save. Then the two eliminated contestants (first being the one with last chance, the last being the one automatically eliminated).

Tony Lucca

  • Song: Hit Me Baby One More Time
  • Remarks: Super good move by Adam and Tony to deal with past straight in the face by doing his fellow Mouseketeer Britney Spears’ first big hit, and turning it into his very own. I was beginning to get worried that he was getting too dated in his last performance but he was lucky to have sailed through this round. I think Adam is really holding on to him as one of his best bets for the team that’s why he went to extreme lengths (like listening to Christina).
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Semi-Finalist

Katrina Parker

  • Song: Jar Of Hearts
  • Remarks: I really thought this was an Adele song, but it was a Christina Perri song! She did such a good job and it was such a pleasant to listen to. I am so glad decided to save her. It was a very Adele-ish performance, but its Katrina Parker through and through.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Safe

  • Song: Perfect
  • Remarks: I just love her. I am so glad Adam saved her once again becuase she has one of the most powerful and easy to listen to voice on the performance.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Semi-Finalist

Mathai

  • Song: I’m Like A Bird
  • Remarks: I think this was a very safe choice for Mathai because she has the same style and vocal range as Nelly Furtado so it didn’t quite show her uniqueness. But she had very good vocals on the song.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Safe

  • Song: Cowboy Casanova
  • Remarks: She’s back to her sassyness, and I think her vocals are just spot on. But Christina remarked Mathai’s lack of connection with her songs, which has been her problem for some time now. She sang great but I think Adam is looking for power, someone to beat up the other team’s final two, and Katrina is just that person.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: Eliminated


Pip

  • Song: Somewhere Only We Know
  • Remarks: Pip was a disappointment for this week. As much as I liked Pip’s vocal ability and the song, they just didn’t match, making him have a weak and pitchy performance.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: Eliminated

So far, Adam’s been spot on with his choice. He correctly picked Pip to be eliminated because of his poor performance. Pip is also risky to have because Katrina and Tony are his best performers and he would definitely get the ladies’ votes.

So far I agree with the coaches Adam and CeeLo this week on their choices.

TV Guide: The Voice Quarter-Finals (Team CeeLo)

The following week its teams from Adam and CeeLo for the live show quarter finals. To me, these groups have really stepped up their game knowing how the competition will go.

Let’s start of with Team CeeLo:

*Spoilers*

I will begin with person with the top votes that America saved. Then to the judges’ save. Then the two eliminated contestants (first being the one with last chance, the last being the one automatically eliminated).

Jamar Rogers

  • Song: It’s My Life
  • Remarks: Jamar has just this powerful voice and youthful charm that makes him the contestant to beat for Team CeeLo. I like his song choice, which is a rock anthem and it shows the power and versatility of his voice. Its also the best song to pick in this stage of the competition. There were some pitch problems, but he really set the night going.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Semi-Finalist

Juliet Simms

  • Song: Cryin’
  • Remarks: I swear Juliet Simms gets better and prettier with each performance. I am loving the gothic fallen angel look and her rendition of Aerosmith’s classic 90s anthem.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Safe

  • Song: Torn
  • Remarks: I like this softer but still edgy side of Juliet. But I prefer the rocked-out over the top version. She is my strongest contender for Team Ceelo, and I personally think that America should have voted for this one as the best for Team Ceelo. Although Cheese put up a good fight for the last chance, if I were CeeLo, I definitely would have picked Juliet for her powerful and unique vocals.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Semi-Finalist

Cheesa

  • Song: I Have Nothing
  • Remarks: I am a bit biased because this has been typically done – Filipina singing Whitney Houston (think Jessica Sanchez and Charice Pempengco). Although she did a wonderful and flawless rendition, there is till no uniqueness to her voice that will make me consider her twice over other contestants.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: Safe

  • Song: Already Gone
  • Remarks: Oh no. Too late. This is actually the first time that I actually heard some variety to her vocals that makes Cheesa unique.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: Eliminated


James Massone

  • Song: Just The Way You Are
  • Remarks: James has just this smooth sweet voice that reminds of members of boybands. No wonder this cutie has the way with this ladies. I agree though with Christina and Blake that this was the wrong choice this time in the competition. I think CeeLo has an over all plan. He knows James will win for the votes, but isn’t his most prized artist on the team. I think he’s been saving his top two slots for Jamar and Juliet. Between James and Cheesa, Cheesa is most likely to have lesser votes than Jamar and Juliet and won’t take top spot, unlike James who might win at the votes and Ceelo will be forced to eliminate on of his two winner contestants. James’ wrong song choice is just the reason Ceelo needs to eliminate him. Just a thought. Because that’s what I would have done, too.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Eliminated

Fashion Police: Anne Curtis and Francis Libiran on ANTM

Great great news for fashionistas and big fans of America’s Next Top Model (like me!).

Filipino fashion is making its way into the international scene big time. Apart from dressing Hollywood celebrities on the red carpet, Filipino designers are also making its way into the fashion modeling scene.

For this season of ANTM, Filipina fashion icon Anne Curtis and top Filipino designer Francis Libiran will be showcased on the show. I am a fan of those two and am quite happy that Filipinos are really making their mark in the fashion industry.

Watch for it on the April 25 episode!

For full story, see here:

Curtis models Libiran on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ | ABS-CBN News.

TV Guide: The Voice Quarter Finals (Team Blake)

And now for team Blake:

*Spoilers*

I will begin with person with the top votes that America saved. Then to the judges’ save. Then the two eliminated contestants (first being the one with last chance, the last being the one automatically eliminated).

Jermaine Paul

  • Song: Against All Odds
  • Remarks: Jermaine has got to be one of the best voices and performers on the Team Blake, and among all the contestants on the team, I personally think he is the most deserving to be on the top spot. He has the training and experience and needs the exposure the Voice brings, however unlike Chris Mann from Team Christina, he is not niche market so he needs to win the Voice to help him stand out from his contemporaries. A beautiful and classy rendition of the Phil Collins song, and I personally think he is dancing with joy that he went with Blake instead of CeeLo to give him that edge.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Semi-Finalist

Erin Willett

  • Song: Set Fire to The Rain
  • Remarks: Not my favorite performance from Erin, but she still delivered with her powerful voice.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: Safe

  • Song: Proud Mary
  • Remarks: For her last chance, she made an excellent choice of for this one because Proud Mary is one of those diva songs that needs a powerful voice to sing it, and Erin is just that. Personally, I would have voted her out earlier if I were Blake because she doesn’t stand out from the other contestants from the other teams. But since she didn’t get voted off in the instant eliminations, and had to go up against Raelynn, she gets my vote. If she went up against Jordis or Jermaine, I would have not saved her.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Semi-Finalist

RaeLynn

  • Song: She’s Country
  • Remarks: A sassy number from our resident country princess. I like the little flirtiness she did with the song, however its too country for my taste and I think she should have been voted off ages ago.
  • Personal Vote: For Elimination
  • Result: Safe

  • Song: If I Die Young
  • Remarks: I actually liked this song and she did a good job with it, however I am not a fan of country and I find her voice too twangy. I just wish she loses a bit of the twang to make her more mainstream. I would have kept her for the result show, but would easily eliminate her if she pitted up herself against anybody else from the team.
  • Personal Vote: For elimination
  • Result: Eliminated

Jordis Unga

  • Song: A Little Bit Stronger
  • Remarks: Every week, I favor her voice more and more as time passes. And she did a beautiful and heartfelt rendition of the song and its great to see this vulnerable side of her. I would have liked her to advance to the semi-finals versus Jermaine instead of Erin, so I dunno what Blake was thinking for instantly eliminating her.
  • Personal Vote: For Saving
  • Result: Eliminated