MANILA -- Marcelito Pomoy is paying heed to Simon Cowell’s advice as he prepares to take the “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) stage as one if its champion finalists.
Pomoy, who won ABS-CBN’s “Pilipinas Got Talent” in 2011, is one of the international winners who are competing in “The Champions” edition in the US.
On Monday, he secured a spot in the grand finals after wowing the judges, Cowell among them, with “Time to Say Goodbye.”
After his applauded performance of the Andrea Bocelli classic, Cowell told Pomoy: “If you make the final, I think you’ve got to take a bigger risk, because the surprise is now over.”
The “surprise,” as Filipino fans of Pomoy are well aware of, is his dual voice that allows for his unique “duets” on stage.
Pomoy, in a Skype interview with ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe after the airing of his semis bid, agreed with Cowell’s observation.
“Iyon nga ang inisip ko: Ano kaya gagawin ko? Ta-tumbiling kaya ako? Mag-split ako habang kumakanta? Para maiba!” he said, in jest.
Turning serious, Pomoy said his final song has yet to be decided on. He explained that he has submitted a list of his preferred tunes to the producers, who will then come up with a musical arrangement for one of them.
The same was the case for his rendition of “Time to Say Goodbye,” which earned him a standing ovation, and had judge Howie Mandel saying Pomoy has the “best shot of winning this whole thing.”
Asked whether he sees himself as the frontrunner, Pomoy said: “Hindi ko masabi kasi mga winner na ang mga kalaban natin, e. Ipagdasal ko na lang na sana manalo tayo. Grand finals pa lang, masaya na ako, e.”
In fact, Pomoy was not counting on entering the final.
“Lumulundag ako sa sobrang saya kasi hindi ko naman expected na makaka-proceed ako sa grand finals,” he said.
But Cowell, who is regarded as a reliable starmaker, believes a “massive career” is awating Pomoy regardless of the final results, as he told the Filipino aspirant on Monday.
Asked for his reaction to Cowell’s statement, Pomoy said: “Ito ang hiling ko kay God: kung anuman ang binigay Niya sa akin, iyon ay tatanggapin ko nang kusang loob.”
Pomoy said he is dedicating his final “AGT” performance to fellow Filipinos who continued supporting him and believing in his talent after his 2011 breakthrough.
“Sa lahat ng mga tao na naniniwala sa talentong Pinoy, sa talento ko, thank you so much sa suporta ninyo. Para sa mga Pilipino ito all over the Philippines, all over the world. Sana makamit natin ang tagumpay. Sana maabot natin,” he said.