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High hopes for Filipinos on ‘AGT 2’



Season two of “Asia’s Got Talent” kicks off with three Filipino acts receiving “yeses” from the judges after they auditioned.

  • ‘AGT’ judges Jay Park, Anggun and David Foster

    ‘AGT’ judges Jay Park, Anggun and David Foster

  • DMX Comvaleñoz (Facebook)

    DMX Comvaleñoz (Facebook)

  • D’ Intensity Breaker (Facebook)

    D’ Intensity Breaker (Facebook)

  • Armi Malaluan, country director and business head of AXN Philippines

    Armi Malaluan, country director and business head of AXN Philippines

    On the show’s first episode aired Thursday, DMX Comvaleñoz, D’ Intensity Breakers and Mercifuletes Viola impressed judges David Foster, Anggun and Jay Park with their performances.

    DMX Comvaleñoz is an all-male dance group that hails from Compostella Valley.

    In the interview, the group expressed their excitement saying, “Ito po ‘yung first time namin na bumiyahe ng malayo. First time namin na magkaroon ng passport.”

    The group received three yeses with the judges commending their performance as “very impressive and super entertaining.”

    Returning group D’ Intensity Breaker set the “AGT” stage on fire with their Safari-themed dance routine.

    “Siguro hindi lang po kami deserving makapasok (last time),” the group said when Anggun asked why they decided to audition again.

    Intensity Breaker received “yeses” from Jay and Anggun while David voted “no.”

    “It was a good job. That (routine) was really difficult,” Jay said.

    “I really want to see you guys more,” Anggun added.

    Both DMX Comvaleñoz and D’ Intensity Breakers previously joined “Pilipinas Got Talent,” the local franchise of the competition.

    As for 68-year-old Mercifuletes Viola dubbed the “#Rappinggrandrama,” she amused the judges and audiences with her rendition of Jessie J’s “Price Tag.”

    In the interview, Mercifuletes said becoming famous has always been her dream.

    “My priority is always my family that’s why I forgot my own dreams. But now at my age, it’s really my dream to become famous,” she said.

    Mercifuletes received three yeses from the judges that propelled her to the next round of the competition.

    “You made me so happy. I’m so entertained by you,” Anggun said, while multi-platinum recording artist Jay found the #Rappinggrandma “cool.”

    David sent people tittering when he asked the Filipina: “Are you single? Well, I’m just checking.”

    Pinoys all the way

    AXN Philippines country director and business head Armi Malaluan told Bulletin Entertainment at the exclusive media access of “AGT” that she is confident a lot of Filipino acts will make it big in this year’s competition.

    Recall that Filipino acts dominated the first season of “AGT” with shadow play performers El Gamma Penumbra bagging the grand prize as well as a third place finish for opera singer Gerphil Flores.

    “I am very confident with the Filipino talents. I am very hopeful and expecting that a lot of great Filipino talents will be included in the competition again,” she said. ”And you know, we were able to get the franchise of greatest reality show and so we are very excited to have it in our channel because it becomes the platform of talents especially the Filipinos to be actually known globally.”

    Armi said this year’s competition is bigger and more exciting especially with the presence of Jay Park, believing his inclusion has made the show “more youthful.”

    “Then we have 16-time Grammy-award winner David Foster and the very good Anggun… so you see, the combination of the three judges are really good,” she enthused.

    Aside from that, Armi related that the season two of “AGT” has included a fourth golden buzzer, which will give more opportunities for the contestants to go straight from the auditions to the semi-finals.

    “It (golden buzzer) used to be coming only from the three judges but with the fourth golden buzzer, the hosts (Alan Wong and Justin Bratton) will do that together,” she explained.

    Given the good set of talents from season one, Armi thinks that having high expectations for season two is but natural.

    “15 countries are represented in the auditions but I assured the audience that they will be amazed. They will see acts from magic, dance, music, stunts, and breathtaking hanging from ceiling, so it will be really fun,” she said.

    If anything, Armi hopes Filipino audience will have the same response and support for the contestants saying, “That’s one way of making Filipinos win.”

    “Asia’s Got Talent” season two is supported by presenting sponsor Traveloka. “AGT” airs Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. on AXN Channel.

    AXN is available on Cablelink Channel 38, Cignal Channel 121, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

    What’s ahead?

    Armi shared the finale episode of “AGT” season one was really record-breaking, which is why they are a bit pressured in retaining that response from viewers.

    “The response in the region and even globally is very overwhelming. Here in the Philippines and even regionally, we really had a record-breaking ratings-wise when it comes to pay TV,” she explained. “Here in the Philippines, we’d been consistently the number one, general entertainment pay TV channel for the last month but we are confident that we will retain that leadership for general entertainment. So we are very happy to have ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ here in our channel.”

    Meanwhile, Armi shared AXN Philippines is planning to come up with locally produce shows next year.

    “We will announce it very soon but the show is a combination of reality, adventure and travel featuring Filipino talents,” she hinted.

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    • Jenni

      to manila bulletin: besides dmx comvalenoz and d intensity brrakers, Mercifuletes Viola also previously joined Pilipinas Got Talent Season 5 under the screen name Mercy Viola Daily and here’s the link that will prove that Mercifuletes Viola previously participated in Pilipinas’ Got Talent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qVnTzxfckM