Alisah, naalis sa X-Fac­tor UK

Tempo - - Front Page - (Robert R. Requintina)

POP­U­LAR “X Fac­tor UK” host Si­mon Cowell has de­scribed Alisah Bonao­bra’s last per­for­mance as “old-fash­ioned” as the Filipino singer was fi­nally elim­i­nated af­ter she got the least num­ber of pub­lic votes from the hit re­al­ity show.

“Right now, she’s head­ing to head­line wed­dings and that’s not what you want to do,” said Cowell as the crowd booed him af­ter he gave his cri­tique on Bonao­bra’s per­for­mance dur­ing the live show.

Bonao­bra per­formed Ge­orge Michael’s bal­lad “Pray­ing for Time” for the X Fac­tor 2017 Love Show Week 3 last Nov. 12.

In giv­ing his com­ments, Cowell told Bonao­bra: “I know your gonna sing that song well. It’s one of my fa­vorite songs of all time. I love your voice.

“Here’s my only is­sue. I’m gonna keep say­ing this to you - this is not gonna move the dial. In other words, there was too much cream in the cof­fee. What I’m try­ing to say is that ev­ery time you do one of these songs, it’s very old fash­ioned.

“And that’s not why you’re here. You don’t want to be a con­tem­po­rary singer. I still don’t think you’ve nailed this ver­sion of a song,” said the feisty Bri­tish judge.

Cowell ear­lier said: “At some point, you have to put your own twist on a song.”

Prior to her per­for­mance, Bonao­bra said: “I’m wor­ried with my lyrics be­cause if I can­not con­nect with the lyrics, the song will be ru­ined. The song talks about hard times and poverty. It’s very sim­i­lar to the Philip­pines, that’s why I can re­ally re­late to the song.”

Judge Ni­cole Scherzinger, for­mer mem­ber of the all-girl group The Pussy­cat Dolls, praised Bonao­bra’s per­for­mance.

“You are a lit­tle Filipino pow­er­house up there. And when you sing, you just open up and your soul just soars out. Beau­ti­ful stun­ning per­for­mance,” said Scherzinger.

Men­tor Sharon Os­bourne dis­agreed with Cowell. “You con­nected with this song lyri­cally. The one thing I agree with this is you have been amaz­ing but you haven’t been that is one mo­ment that it yours. You haven’t had that yet. But my God! Do you have a voice that is un­stop­pable!

“How can you not love her? It’s just amaz­ing! You know what, some­times it’s good to be old-fash­ioned. What do they want you to do? Break into rap ev­ery week? You do what you do be­cause you are be­ing true to the artist that you are,” said Os­bourne.

Asked about her last per­for­mance, Bonao­bra said: “With this song, I’m kinda emo­tional be­cause in the Philip­pines, we ex­pe­ri­ence this kind of is­sue. And I just can’t re­ally stop my­self from pray­ing but I re­ally need to push this hard and sing this.”

The 22-year-old Filipino singer thanked her sup­port­ers on her jour­ney to the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I never thought I would go this far, and I can’t be­lieve I just did it and thank you for all your sup­port,” she said.

Bonao­bra is deemed as one of the most mem­o­rable con­tes­tants in this year’s edi­tion of “X Fac­tor UK” af­ter she was booted out on sev­eral oc­ca­sions but was given an­other chance to come back. But last Sun­day’s per­for­mance failed to im­press the pub­lic with her per­for­mance.


ALISAH Bonao­bra

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