SINGAPORE – Count iconic music producer David Foster among those who were floored by Elha Nympha's performance of Sia's "Chandelier" on the show "Little Big Shots" in the United States earlier this year.
Nympha, the winner of "The Voice Kids Philippines" Season 2, went viral after singing the hit on Steve Harvey's show back in March, and the 12-year-old's performance left a mark on Foster even after all these months.
"I saw this girl on Steve Harvey's show," Foster told reporters Thursday at the ArtScience Museum in the Marina Bay Sands, where it was announced that he will return as a judge for the second season of "Asia's Got Talent."
"She sang Chandelier, and she's what, 11, 12? Oh my god," he added. "She's incredible."
Foster can only wish that more young talents like Nympha will show up to audition for "Asia's Got Talent" this year, which was won by the Filipino shadow play act El Gamma Penumbra back when it held its maiden season in 2015.
"I'm hoping that we'll get young singers like that," Foster said of Nympha.
For Foster, Nympha is just the latest proof of the remarkable musical talent of Filipinos. "I don't know what's in the water over there in the Philippines," he said. "But there are a lot of great singers out there."
Foster is not the only Asia's Got Talent judge who is impressed with Filipino talent. The newest member of their panel, Korean-American star Jay Park, is also looking forward to seeing acts from the Philippines.
"They're very amazing at singing," said Park of Filipinos. "And even in the United States, a lot of the choreographers and a lot of the dancers, they're all Filipino. So I'm excited to see what kind of talent comes out of the Philippines, for sure."
However, Park stopped short of declaring Filipinos as the most talented in the world.
"We'll see. We'll have to see," he said. "I think this show will be the judge of that."
"Asia's Got Talent" returns in October on AXN.