MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Australian Yshrael Pascual was eliminated during the battle rounds of the Australian version of the US hit talent search “The Voice” on Tuesday.
Pascual, who is being mentored by Grammy winner Seal, had to compete with Chris Sebastian, the brother of pop R&B singer Guy Sebastian, who won the first “Australian Idol” in 2003.
The two Team Seal members were asked to sing Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
“Such a tough song to sing, you guys gave it your all. Well done. Very proud of you both,” Seal said before picking Sebastian to dvance to the next round.
Fans were initially excited over the showdown although many felt that the Filipino had little chance of pulling an upset.
“Chris v Yshrael battling it out with Katy Perry’s ‘Firework.’ Big song and big expectations for both... Excited,” tweeted Cosmopolitan Australia.
“Poor guy going up against Chris, brother of Guy Sebastian,” said Aly.
But the performance itself was marred with mic problems.
“Lousy performance and song. Bitin pareho,” tweeted Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes.
“They were not matched with the right material. The performance did not fly. Sayang talent nila. They were too safe,” he added.
“Such a shame with Yshrael though! He has so much talent but wasn’t able to show it ‘cos he was so nervous! But, they're both great,” said Rheanna Garcia on Twitter.
With Pascual out of the running, that leaves Jerson Trinidad as the only Filipino-Australian still left in the competition.