MANILA, Philippines – The TV reality search “Pilipinas Got Talent” is now in the home stretch after it announced the last batch of acts who will perform for next week's finals.
In Sunday’s live results show, D’ Intensity Breakers, a dance group from Lipa City, Batangas, garnered 29.63% of the total text votes to automatically qualify for the finals.
The all-male group impressed the judges on Saturday’s live performance night with their dance performance, which featured numerous tumbling runs and even incorporated flaming hoops into their routine. Actress-host Kris Aquino even said they deserve to win this season.
“Maraming salamat po sa mga taong sumuporta sa amin. Hindi namin kayo bibiguin,” the group said after hosts Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford announced that the group made the finals.
While the dancers from Batangas automatically advanced to the next round by topping the voting, metal ring dancer Frankendal Fabroa, folk dancers Bughaw Folkloric Dance Group and car drifters Lateral Drift Productions battled it out for the judges’ vote.
For their make-or-break performance, the drivers of Lateral Drift Productions braved the downpour at the Pagcor parking lot, while Fabroa and Bughaw Folkloric Dance Group reprised their dance numbers.
In the end, Fabroa got the unanimous vote from the judges to advance to the final round but, just like in the previous week, Aquino, comedienne Ai Ai delas Alas and former ABS-CBN executive Freddie Garcia were divided about the other finalist.
“Para sa akin ang Bughaw Folkloric Dance Group talaga naman napaka-nationalistic at magaling din ang performance niyo,” delas Alas said. But when it came to vote, she went for the car drivers.
Aquino, however, took her cue from the show’s title and said she felt that the folk dance group from Cavite truly showcases Filipino talent. “I’m voting for you Bughaw Folkloric Dance Group,” she said.
With the tie, the fate of the two acts was up to Garcia.
“Sana hindi na ako mag-dedecide kasi ako na naman ang sisihin sa Twitter at Facebook,” he said before reiterating that he is looking for unique acts.
He then noted that there are a lot of folk dance groups around the country. “My vote will be for the drifters,” he said.
Failing to get enough text votes to move them to the finals were power vocalists The Miss Tres and 24-year-old siren Eumee Lyn Capile.
D’ Intensity Breakers, Fabroa and Lateral Drift Productions join acoustic trio MP3 Band, YouTube sensation Roel Manlangit and black light dancers Zilent Overload in next week’s finals.