'Tawag' semifinalists wow with tributes to idols

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 23 2017 06:10 PM

The fourth and final batch of semifinalists of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" embodied their musical idols on Thursday. 

Kicking off the latest string of performances, Joylaine Canonio paid tribute to pop star Sarah Geronimo, whom she said inspired her to be more confident with her singing. She sang "Forever's Not Enough." 

Up next was Jex de Castro. He dedicated his turn on the stage to Gary Valenciano, whose ability to stay in tune while zipping from one stage to another never fails to amaze him. 

Third up was Hazelyn Cascaño. She described herself as the Pinay version of Jennifer Hudson before belting out the singer's rendition of "I Have Nothing." 

Froilan Canlas, meanwhile, wanted to pay homage to Filipino folk singer Freddie Aguilar. He said he grew up listening to the "Anak" hitmaker, which led to him developing an appreciation for OPM. 

Carl Malone Montecido, known as the blind balladeer, took inspiration from Jay-R. As much as possible, he said he has been trying to inject a little bit of the singer's R&B stylings into his performances. 

With music fans as parents, Julia Faith Joaquin shared her fond memories of listening to Shirley Bassey when she was a kid. She added that she wants to emulate the icon's dynamite voice. 

Last was Sam Mangubat, who lit up the "It's Showtime" stage as Bon Jovi. He sang "You Give Love A Bad Name," a song he said he came across by chance during one his daily commutes.