Here are some of the pictures of the ” world’s hottest maths teacher” Pietro Boselli during Bench’s 30th Anniversary Show last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
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After her comments against the appointment of Mocha Uson to a government post and even after she apologized for it, Mariel de Leon has been villainized by the Pro-Duterte and Pro-Mocha Uson netizens. It was brutal and relentless to say the least. They didn’t care that Mariel will be representing the Philippines in the international stage. They want her to fail. They want her to receive her bad “karma.” They want this “arrogant” beauty queen to get what they thought she deserves – a winning-less participation in the pageant.
Is Mariel really a villain?
She spoke up. It was her opinion. A political opinion that didn’t sit well with those who voted for the current President. They said it was in bad taste. They said a beauty queen shouldn’t be so tactless. Truth be told though, what Mariel said was the the opinion so many of us were afraid to voice out because we’re afraid of the same backlash that she’s receiving until now.
She could’ve worded her opinion differently they say but Filipinos are not stupid. Let’s not dumb down ourselves. Whether she said it differently or not, the meaning will still be the same. Same difference. Same Difference folks.
She is a beauty queen so she should act accordingly. Why put her in a box? She’s clearly an intelligent woman with her own thoughts. She stood her ground and continue to do so. Just how should a beauty queen act? Which standard should they follow? They’re not mere beauties whose job is to smile and look pretty. Why continue to crucify her?
Some were even outrageously calling Mariel the most hated beauty queen ever. I wonder if people remembered Imelda Schweighart last year when she disparagingly compared Duterte to Hitler and badmouthed her fellow delegates after her non-inclusion into the Top 16 of Miss Earth which eventually leads to her resignation. I’m not trying to resurrect an old issue but did Mariel’s ‘infraction’ was too much for these people to give their support? Or even if they are unable to give their support, can they at least stop spewing negative tirades towards her?
Winning back the crown for the second consecutive year is not unheard of; although it’s never happened in Miss International. A runner-up finish would still receive negative critiques from her haters. A win could diminish said critiques but it will still be mired with negativity.
Seriously my fellow kababayan – when will Mariel get her unnecessary vindication?
I am not affiliated with any political parties. I am not part of any beauty camps. I am not a fan of Mariel de Leon. I don’t hate her either. I am just a Filipino pageant fan. Mariel is doing her best to represent our country. For that alone, she has my support.
For me, she’s already ‘vindicated.’ For being a strong-willed woman who does not cowed to her haters, she already earned my respect.
No matter what happens in Japan tomorrow, she would still be my Miss International 2017.
Now, this is what you call a National Costume! This is probably the best Filipiniana-inspired costume by any of our past and present representative in the international pageant arena! Karen looks absolutely breathtaking in it!
This intricate costume is the creation of Louis Pangilinan. I’m not very familiar with his work but I can already tell that I’m gonna be following his works from now on.
photos from Louis Pangilinan’s Facebook page.
Last night’s show was a bit interesting since Talia Dean was announced to be the wildcard winner for the Overs category. I assumed that the Brits will get powerhouse singer Berget Lewis through the live show. One of my favorite acts this season, Jack & Joel meanwhile are the wildcard winner for the group category and truth be told, they rightfully deserved it.
The super good looking siblings The Cutkelvins were the first group to perform with Pink’s What About Us and they were amazing! Their leader, and the youngest and the only girl looks and sounded absolutely amazing!
Irish brother Sean & Conor Price performed their own version of Strong by London Grammar and it wasn’t their best performance but as I’ve been saying from the very start, they are born to do this. They are pop superstars waiting to happen!
Jack & Joel’s song choice was a really good one. It shows their vocal strength but they still look awkward together.
Rak-Su meanwhile performed their original song entitled Mamacita. I think this is the first time I’m convinced that they could actually make it into the finale. The are like the millenial version of the UK boyband from the early 2000, Blue.
Kevin Davy White sang Stay by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko and it was perfection! Loved his tone and the intensity in his voice. You can truly feel what he’s singing.
I’m a fan of Tracyleanne Jefford. I honestly don’t think that she’d have a chance of winning the whole thing but I’ve a feeling that she’s going to be big after this. I wished she’d sing something from Amy for the next live show! Sis got soul! And she looks absolutely smashing without all those make up.
I felt that Talia’s decision to sing something from One Direction is to rally some 1D fan but I didn’t think that it really worked. She’s improved heaps with her vocals but I still think that she’s got the weakest vocals in the competition along with Leon.
Bottom Two: Tracyleanne Jefford and Talia Dean
Eliminated: Talia Dean and it’s a well-deserved boot as well.. Sorry boo.
Rak-Su by the way is the Live Show 2 Champion who battled it out with Grace Davies for the Prize Fight.
photos and videos from the X Factor Facebook and Twitter page.
There’s a bit of a change this season with the live shows as the four categories will be performing across two shows with the Girls and the Boys categories performing on the first night. This is where the wildcard winners were also announced with Alisah Bonaobra and Leon Mallett making it via the public votes for their respective categories.
There will also be a winner for each live show with the two winners battling it out on Sunday to win certain prizes.
The Live Show 1 winner is none other than…
This is an absolutely breathtaking performance from Grace. I wonder if she’ll just be singing original songs all through out her stay in the competition. Her song is called Too Young and it’s absolutely brilliant! A really deserving win, indeed!
And apparently, a chance to see P!nk in concert is the prize this week! Even Dermot made a mistake when he said that she’d get to see Pink… watch…
Holly Tandy – Hollow by Tori Kelly
She isn’t the most polished singer in the bunch but she’s got incredible tone and stage presence. I could totally see her making Top 6.
Rai-Elle Williams – Doo Wop (That Thing) and Lost Ones by Lauryn Hill and No by Meghan Trainor
I don’t hink she’s the strongest singer in the competition but she’s very charming! Girl got sass and I absolutely loved her performance overall.
And finally, as I’ve said from the previous post – Alisah just killed it. Her song choice was absolutely brilliant and she looked wonderful!
Sam Black – Faith by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved Sam’s personality and he seems like a nice bloke but I gotta say – he is the weakest amongst the boy and probably one of the weakest singers in the show. I don’t exactly know why he got in instead of the likes of Benji…
Lloyd Macey – City of Stars by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (OST – La La Land)
That personality, that accent! He’s absolutely adorable! And that freaking song!I didn’t think I’d say this but he’s absolutely a winner material after that performance!
Leon Mallett – Stay by Zedd and Alessia Cara
I wasn’t expecting Leon to make it to the live show and win the public votes as the boys wildcard but they obviously loves him. This performance was just okay. Nothing spectacular. I’m gonna give him two more weeks in the show tops.
Spencer Sutherland – Who You Are by Jessie J
What just happened there? I thought he’s the strongest in his category but seriously, what the ever loving fuck? I’m still baffled until now.
It all boils down to Spencer and Leon…such a shame really. Leon over Spencer is just utter BS. #RealTalk
Youtube videos from the X Factor UK
Here’s a very interesting take of Matthew McPeck to the song published in 2009! I really, really liked it!
Okay, so this isn’t actually a cover but the very demo of the song sung by Keri Hilson who wrote the song herself along with Nate Hills, Marcella Araica and James Washington.
This is actually one of my favorite tracks in the Blackout album! Also, don’t you just loved its music video?
This first one is Sia’s version of Blackout’s first single – Gimme More!
Enjoy it bitches!
Kevin Davy White
Sean and Conor Price
The live show 1 will commence on Saturday, October 28 followed by the first elimination on the next day.
images and videos courtesy of The X Factor
Disregarding their respective categories, here are my Top 12 favorite acts for this season!
2. Anthony Russell – He’s the most likable contestant this year and he’s got a very unique sound!!! Totally rooting for this guy!
3. Grace Davies is Adele 2.0! Let’s see if the UK public feel the same way.
4. Matt Linnen. Drop Dead Gorg. Physically and that fucking sexy voice!
5. Tracy Leanne Jefford – She’s going to be Berget’s biggest competition in the overs category! Beautiful, classy and utterly charismatic!
6. Sean and Connor Price. I’m already guessing them advancing into the semis!
7. Kevin Davy White. The male version of Berget. Non-UK singer with a big voice!
8. Chloe Rose Moyle. Just because she’s cute and a better substitute for Taylor Swift.
9. Jack & Joel. I just thought they’re real fun. Let them in if Clique *high kick* won’t make it.
10. The Cutkelvins. Same a Chloe’s. Good eyecandy. The girl would have to be solo though. Real talk only.
11. Rebecca Grace. Too similar with Grace but still, she’s got a fantastic set of pipes!
12. Sam Black. Will either be in a group or solo. Either way, he’s going to make it!
Special Mention: The supe adorable Jordan Rabjohn whom I can already see being eliminated and getting ask to join a group…