'Asia's Got Talent' judges Vanness Wu, Melanie C, Anggun and David Foster. AXN Asia
To local viewers of "Asia's Got Talent," it came as no surprise that Filipinos dominated the finals of the pan-regional talent search, which will kick off Thursday at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Four out of the nine slots in the final leg of the competition went to Philippine acts, two of which joined separate seasons of ABS-CBN's "Pilipinas Got Talent."
Then known as Fame Flores, classical singer Gerphil Flores finished in the first season's semifinals in 2010, while shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra entered the grand finals of Season 3 in 2011.
Also representing the Philippines in "Asia's Got Talent" are two less experienced but equally popular acts -- teen dance troupe Junior New System and 10-year-old singer Gwyneth Dorado.
With the exception of Dorado, the Filipino grand finalists, at different points, were each hailed as "golden acts" -- or those favored by a judge or the whole panel to automatically advance to the next stage of the competition.
In the auditions, Flores and El Gamma Penumbra earned the "golden buzzer" from judges David Foster and Anggun, respectively, securing them a spot in the semifinals.
Junior New System just BROUGHT. THE. HOUSE. DOWN!!! What an electric, soulful, passionate, emotional, PERFECT performance! Way to go, guys! #AsiasGotTalent
Posted by Asia's Got Talent on Thursday, 23 April 2015
Wow, Gwyenth brought FEROCITY to her #Semis performance tonight! The judges all agree that #GwyenthDorado is BIG STAR in the making! #AsiasGotFutureTalent #AsiasGotTalent
Posted by Asia's Got Talent on Thursday, 16 April 2015
In the semifinals, all four judges collectively decide which act will get the golden approval. El Gamma Penumbra once again got the distinction, this time along with Junior New System. The two singers -- Flores and Dorado -- advanced the grand finals after winning public votes.
The remaining five slots in the finals went to an act each from China, Mongolia and Japan. Yet to be announced, the last two acts -- which will be determined by public votes -- may come from Taiwan, India, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and/or Singapore.
Before "Asia's Got Talent" opens its two-part finale this Thursday, here's a look-back at performances of the Philippine representatives before the AXN-produced show, and as they convinced "four yeses" before an international audience.
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