MANILA – More Filipinos are slowly making their dreams come true after breezing through auditions for the reality television contest, The X Factor Australia.
Jal Joshua, Erin Miranda, and girl group TRILL, composed of Cherrylyn, Angela and Jessica, are all heading to the bootcamp after getting the approval of all four judges -- Ronan Keating, Dannii Minogue, RedFoo and Natalie Bassingthwaighte during their respective performances.
They all received standing ovations from both the judges and the audience.
Jal Joshua sang a rendition of Journey’s Open Arms.
“Jal, they were standing after the first chorus. That never happened in an audition. Wow,” said judge Minogue.
Jal Joshua started singing at an early age. “My voice changed. I took a break from singing, took dancing and then yeah, that's my life,” he said.
Redfoo commented, “I wish my voice changed into that. Did you see the crowd? You had everybody on their feet”.
Bassingthwaighte added, “Jal, you are really something. I mean vocally, that was awesome, but your personality is stellar. I mean I want to put you in my pocket and take you to the disco!”
Keating likewise praised the 17-year-old’s energy and passion. “I love your voice, incredible, 17 years of age, it’s ridiculous.”
“All I want to do is perform. I think I can perform in singing and dancing and that's such an amazing thing for me because I love both," he said after his audition.
When asked about his ultimate dream, he said, “To see Jal Joshua live to tour everywhere and give performances to the world. Australia needs Jal Joshua. They need fun in their lives.”
Originally from Toledo City, Cebu, Jal Joshua’s family migrated to Australia in 2008. The teenager is not new to reality television contests. In 2009, he was among the Season 3 contestants of Australia’s Got Talent where he won second place.
Shy Erin Miranda likewise blew the audience and judges away with her rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s “And I am Telling You”.
“Erin, can you take that all in, their reactions?” asked Minogue, to which the 15-year-old replied, “I don’t think so”.
Minogue added, “Wow! What a performance!”
Redfoo said, “Fifteen and a singing machine! I’m too excited.”
“I cannot wait to see what you do next,” added Bassingthwaighte.
Miranda looked nervous when it was Keating’s turn to comment.
“I’m the realist on this panel, I have to be, because we’re looking for international superstars here at the X Factor, somebody who can sell records all around the world and I think we just found one. Erin, beautiful, brilliant, thank you for coming to the X Factor,” he said.
Girl group TRILL brought the house down with their rendition of Nikki Minaj’s "Super Bass."
“I couldn't believe what just happened there. It just kept coming in layers, and it was like 'and she could sing! And she could sing!' That was brilliant! Probably my favorite group performance on the show this year. Amazing!” said Keating.
Minogue echoed Keating by saying, “That is the best group auditions ever for Trill”.
Redfoo couldn’t agree more. “Triple bang! That was incredible. Reminds me of TLC back in the day but just a better version, I mean the rap was good, the singing was good. That is ridiculous.”
Trill described their music as “very urban and hip-hop”.
“I think the fact that were young and were very committed and driven for what we want and for our career that just sets us apart. We’re not joking around about this thing. We want this 100 percent and were hungry for this,” said Angel.