MANILA – Filipino shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra wowed the judges of Asia's Got Talent with their performance.
The Filipino group, which first became popular when it joined the local version of the competition ''Pilipinas Got Talent'', received praises from all the four judges of the competition - 16-time Grammy winner David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and Taiwanese-American pop idol Vanness Wu.
Anggun was so impressed with the group's performance, which featured shadow plays of various tourist spots around the world, that she decided to press the Golden Buzzer. This means that the group is going straight to the competition's semi-finals which will be held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
''One of the beautiful things about sitting in this chair is I get to see things I would never see in my life. I have no idea how you did it. I have no idea how it works, but I know it was absolutely magical. Thank you for a beautiful experience,'' Foster told El Gamma Penumbra.
Melanie C, for her part, said, '' I got emotional after watching that. It's mind blowing.''
''I loved how you guys told the stories beautifully and it was just so wonderful to see live and up close. Thank you so much for that great job,'' said Wu.
In an interview shown before their performance, one of the members said the group's goal is to inspire the audience with their performance.
''Kailangan naming maging unique para makilala kami kasi ang daming magagaling na dancer sa Pilipinas,'' the member said.
''Ang main goal namin is ma-inspire namin ang audience. Kung sa panahon na nawawalan ka ng pag-asa, magbibigay kami ng performance na makakapagpalakas ng loob mo."
''Asia's Got Talent,'' which is the hosted by Filipinos Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez, is the first-ever pan-regional edition of the global "Got Talent" format.