Pinay teen wows judges on X Factor Australia


Posted at Jul 28 2014 02:20 PM | Updated as of Jul 30 2014 05:05 PM

But three Pinoys get booted from the show

MANILA, Philippines - Filipina teenager Marlisa Punzalan continued to wow the judges of The X Factor Australia.

At 14, the shy schoolgirl is the youngest contestant on The X Factor Australia.

On the Boot Camp episode, her mentor Ronan Keating assigned Punzalan to sing "Never Be the Same" by Australian singer Jessica Mauboy.

"What we're missing is the performance element, like you bring the audience in... Just feel the song, you're Marlisa, the international superstar," Keating told her.

Punzalan said she worked hard to improve her performance. "I've been working really hard last night on my movement and I just want to impress Ronan and show what I can do," she said.

Punzalan showed she took Keating's advice to heart, when she gave a heartfelt performance of "Never Be the Same."

Keating and judges Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Redfoo and Dannii Minogue were so impressed by Punzalan's performance that they all gave her a standing ovation.

"Marlisa, thank you. Great job," Keating told Punzalan after the teen's show-stopping performance.

However, Keating admitted he was still worried about Punzalan's lack of a stage presence.

"I feel like she will definitely get one (stage presence). She's got something pretty special," Bassingthwaighte said.

"Beautiful tone," Keating added.

Punzalan will have to wait to find out if she will secure her place at Keating's home visit.

Aside from Punzalan, Filipino singer Jal Joshua and all-Pinay group TRILL remain in competition after the first day of X Factor Australia's Boot Camp.

Joshua and TRILL, composed of  Cherrylyn, Angela and Jessica, have yet to perform.

However, three other Pinoys, Erin Miranda, Justin Vasquez and Mary Ann van der Horst, were cut from the competition.