MANILA, Philippines -- It was not a good night for "The X-Factor Philippines" contestant Kedebon Colim when he decided to take on "Kailangan Kita," one of Gary Valenciano's biggest hits.
|"X Factor"'s Kedebon Colim
Colim, 18, struggled to hit the low notes at the beginning of the song and was off-key through parts of his performance during last Saturday's show.
Three of the "X Factor Philippines" judges said it was not a good performance from Colim.
Valenciano said he and Martin Nievera, who also sang "Kailangan Kita," were always careful about choosing singers in the competition who sang their songs during the auditions.
He said that during Colim's performance, he could hear people clapping because they could see how hard the contestant was trying to hit the notes.
"Narinig ko na ‘yong mga ibang nota mo, pumapalakpak ang tao dahil ginagawa mo ang lahat para matamaan. Ang advantage mo when you come up on stage you seem to have so much heart in what you do onstage and offstage. I appreciate your heart. Do’n lang sa mga ibang nota, medyo lumihis ng konti," he said.
Judge-mentor Pilita Corales said it was obvious that Colim struggled with the low notes.
"Ngayon ko lang nakita na ikaw pala pwede ka ring kumanta pala ng serious. Pero 'yung mukha mo hindi serious," she said.
Charice, however, was more direct in her assessment of Colim's performance. "Not this song, Kedebon. Not ever. You can't do this again if ever na makakapasok ka next week," she said.
Nievera, who is Colim's mentor, again explained why he wanted the Cebuano teen in the competition.
"The reason why I want you up here on this stage dahil sa showbiz, sa multimedia stars, hindi lang singer ang hinahanap natin. Hinahanap din ‘yong entertainer. And that’s what I think you are," he said.
Nievera also defended the contestant in his Twitter account after various netizens criticized his performance.
"You know bashers? The more sh*t you say about someone will only make them more popular and people will vote to keep them in. You are keeping them in,"
He also responded to one Twitter follower who said people should vote for Colim so he could be lined up with international artists.
"He will not be that. You know what? Since u all know better please send him home," Nievera tweeted.
"The X Factor Philippines" Final 8 pulled out some surprising performances on Saturday, which had them singing original Pilipino music.
Jeric Medina gave a relaxed, smoky performance of Itchyworms "Akin Ka Na Lang", which saw him making good use of the stage. Corrales said Medina was improving because he was turning on stage, while Charice said Medina should stick to slow songs because his voice was fine.
Gabriel Maturan , another performer from the Boys category, showed some dance moves and his falsetto in covering South Border's "Rainbow, prompting Corrales to call him the dark horse of the competition.
Nievera said the best thing about Maturan is that he did not know how good he is.
Vocal group Daddy's Home did their own rendition of Smokey Mountain's "Paraiso" and even had their children perform onstage. On the other hand, the guys of Take Off put on a show with their take on APO's "Yakap sa Dilim."
Girls take risks
The remaining female contestants took some risks in their performances. Joan Da sang Join Da Club’s "Nobela," a song which was not familiar to the judges.
Valenciano said the song could easily be Da's first single because she made it her own.
KZ Tandingan, meanwhile, battled a sore throat and came out with an intimate performance of the Eraserheads' "Ang Huling El Bimbo."
Nievera said Tandingan was so good that she seemed to have been onstage her whole life.
Finally, Allen Sta. Maria also pulled out a surprise when she traded her usual hip hop style for a dress. She sang Carol Banawa's "Hanggang May Kailanman," which was universally praised by the judges.
"Tonight you look hot. You sounded so classical," said her mentor, Charice.
Corrales said the 16-year-old Sta. Maria was the baby of the contest "but her talent is as old as Modesto," referring to the 55-year-old contestant who was eliminated last week.