Pinay teen enters Top 5 of X Factor Australia


Posted at Sep 29 2014 06:32 PM | Updated as of Sep 30 2014 07:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The shy Filipina teenager is through to the Top 5 of The X Factor Australia.

Marlisa Punzalan, 14, is the youngest contestant on the show but she has continued to reap praises from judges Ronan Keating, Redfoo and Nathalie Bassingthwaighte.

Punzalan garnered enough votes to stay in the competition.

Her name was the second to be called, after Caitlyn Shadbolt.

Punzalan impressed the judges with her performance of X Factor winner Dani Im's hit song "Super Love".

Her mentor Ronan Keating gave her a standing ovation, while Bassingthwaighte and Redfoo were impressed by her performance once again.

"When you hit the high notes, it was breathtaking for all of us. We were all like, yeah, wow. And remembering you're 14 years old. I mean, how far have you gone in this competition, week after week, getting better and better. It's just beautiful to watch," Bassingthwaighte said.

"Every week you just do something great, you take risks. I think that's phenomenal," Redfoo said.

While she complimented Punzalan, judge Dannii Minogue reminded the young singer to watch her "runs."

"You rock it. I can see why your fans vote for you because you are 14, you're so brave you take on the biggest song, big production. I love how this whole thing looked tonight. Your big notes are your strength, watch your runs, okay?" she said.

Keating defended Punzalan from Minogue's criticisms, saying there was nothing wrong with the young singer's "runs."

"Her runs were great, her runs were amazing. 14 years of age, that's unbelievable," Keating said. "That was off the charts, you took on a monster of a song... You're 14. You absolutely nailed it."