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The X Factor UK 2017 – Week 3 Recap – The Best Auditions

I loved the third week of the auditions – there are a lot of potential winners and one of them is Irish brothers – Sean and Connor Price.

I thought they’re absolutely charistmatic! They have a great image, they’re very current and very likable. If they won’t be put in a “boyband,” I’m already guessing they’re going to make it till the end.

Gary Barker is equally likable like the twins and I’m really hoping that he’d make the live shows! His rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come” is nothing short of amazing!

Chloe Rose Moyle also came in to slay with that auto-filter in her head. LOL. Seriously though, she’s so likable and her voice is much better than Taylor Swift so that for me is fantastic!

The last one whom I thought delivered the most solid and heartfelt performance was Tracy Leanne Jefford! She looks absolutely amazing and her voice is just incredible! I’m totally rooting for her!

Who are your favorites so far?

Videos  and photos courtesy of the The X Factor  UK Youtube and Facebook Page.
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The X Factor UK 2017 – Week 2 Recap – The Best Auditions

I just finished watching the Week 2 auditions of the 14th series of the X Factor UK today and I have to say that I’m much more impressed with the last week’s hopefuls than this second batch of wannabe popstars.

To be honest, the one whom I thought has the best chance of making it far from this week is French guy Kevin Davy White. He’s got this really big voice and he’s very charismatic! I just loved him!

Rebecca Grace’s rendition of Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson is just okay for me. I didn’t feel any connection from her.

Lastly are The Cutkelvins  – gosh this siblings are so blessed with the genes department, they are ready to conquer the world. Let’s all be honest with ourselves though – only the girl could really sing. The other two are just mere eye candies.

Oh, and repping the Philippines from Gaga Lord from the first week is an all-male group who call themselves JBK. They have a pretty quick screentime but they’re really good!

The rest, I didn’t really pay much attention to because they’re either not really good, boring or just plain annoying.

Videos  and photos courtesy of the The X Factor  UK Youtube and Facebook Page.

The X Factor UK 2017 – Week 1 Recap – The Best Auditions

The fourteenth season of the The X Factor UK has premiered yesterday and they gave us fans a taste of what we can expect this season. Almost all the hopefuls in the first week of audition made it, or at least almost all of those they’ve shown!

We still have the same panel from last year headed by Simon Cowell with Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

Top 3 Auditionees:

  1. Anthony Russell, 27

Anthony has got this very unique voice and a very endearing personality. He was sporting a shiner during his audition and I think the judges just really felt bad for him. That’s not to say he only got pity votes because he’s seriously good! I’m guessing as early as now that he’ll make it to the live show. Nicole will decide his fate this year.

He also stated that he auditioned back in 2007 when he was a cocky 17 years old. Very funny audition because he was so cocky. I don’t think Simon liked him back then.

2. Grace Davies, 20

I think she’s this year’s Caitlyn Vanbeck but with more originality and more likable! Her song Roots really is AMAZING! Have a listen NOW!

3. Sam Black, 27

 

Another guy under Nicole’s category if he’s not gonna be eliminated first and eventually ends up in a group. He’s really good looking and he’s got a really nice old-school voice. He looks like a starving version of James Morrison but more good looking. I think he’d do well as a solo artist. I’m not sure if he’s the best yet but for now, amongst those whom they’ve shown this first episode – he’s definitely one of the best!

The rest who made it through…

I super adore Gaga Lord! Her big voice is unbelievable! Not sure yet how they would package here if they decide to get her through the overs category in the live show.

Jordan Rabjohn is adorable as fuck and I can already tell that they’re going to put him in a group…

Jack & Joel are a good act but I don’t think they will be THAT marketable. I’m not even sure if Joel can do other things aside from beat boxing and playing the guitar but he’s the likable one in this duo although Jack has a fantastic vocals obviously.

I loved Kayleigh Taylor’s personality and I think she’s really likable but I don’t get her voice yet. I feel like she’s screaming the whole song but that’s just for me tho. Best of luck to her!

Holly Tandy is only 15 people. Yep. She look like a supermodel and sounds okay. I just don’t think she’ there yet. She’s very raw tho and I think the judges saw potentials in her…

The look and sound good but the whole thing is too rehearsed and the second song when Simon asked them to sing a second song sounds like they’re miming…hhmm

Who are your favorites amongst those who auditioned yesterday?

Videos  and photos courtesy of the The X Factor  UK Youtube and Facebook Page.

Troye Sivan for SM Youth! #TroyeForSMYouth #WeAreSMYouth #SMYTH

All clothes by SM Youth Smyth. Photos courtesy of SM YOUTH

I was lurking around my Liked pages on Facebook and I stumbled upon what seems to be another “fake news” because there’s no way that Troye Sivan was actually in Manila! I mean, there was no publicity, not even a tiny bit of announcement from Troye himself but when pictures started to surface on the net – I was literally beside myself! It’s true!!! Troye was actually in Manila that day – I still have no idea how long he actually stayed here but it’s safe to say that it wasn’t that long!

See that first tweet from the the screen-grab of his twitter page – this article from CNN might be IT. Apparently,  Daddy Bean did a campaign shoot with SM Youth’s newest clothing line called SMYTH. Nicely done there SM!

I’m actually ready to go shopping in SM!!! Also, pretty please SM! Bring Troye back in Manila for a concert!!!!!

All clothes by SM Youth Smyth. Photos courtesy of SM YOUTH

SMYTH will be at the SM Youth section of all branches of The SM Store starting July 24. Follow SM Youth on Instagram and Facebook for more updates.

A Dream Come True: Britney Spears Live in Manila Concert!

Seeing Britney Spears in person was by far, the most surreal moment of my life. It was the 15th of June, Thursday, year 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Rewind to 1999.

I was a high-school sophomore in the province. It was this year that I was facing tremendous personal struggles – exploring my sexuality and a family situation that my brain couldn’t comprehend at that time. To alleviate my confusion and depressing thoughts, I turned to music. Back in the days, we only have the radio and television for entertainment. I love music in general, and I have this affinity to American country music since my parents used to play them a lot as I was growing up. The year 1999 was also the year that pop music entered my life. it’s the year when international boy bands started dominating the Philippine airwaves as well as a slew of international female solo-acts led by an American teenager who captured the nation and the rest of the world with her debut song that you’d know would be an instant classic.

Britney’s Baby One More Time.

I first heard it on the radio. It was a fun and catchy song. I just loved listening to it and it got an enormous rotation all throughout the Philippine FM radio stations. People are all over it!

Then I saw the video and saw the singer for the first time on MTV Asia. Right there and then, I already liked her. She’s young and is a teenager like me. It’s like I can relate to her even if she’s a girl. Also, she’s so damn cute!

She then dropped her succeeding singles that includes Sometimes, Crazy, From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart and Born To Make You Happy and I knew I’m a goner. I’ve also accepted that I was indeed into boys and Britney Spears’ music inspired me to reconnect with the real me for some reason. I already loved her by this time. I’ve got posters in the room which I shared with my younger brother and my lovely Mom even bought me a cassette tape of her album. I still have that until now!

Fast Forward to 2011

The Femme Fatale Album Launch in the Philippines.

Roughly around six years ago, I’ve met the wonderful individuals I’ve been talking to online over the years thru Pinoy Exchange’ Pinoys Heart Britney thread. This album launch is where I met fans like me who’ve been admiring Britney since the very beginning. It was a lovely event, an exciting one and meeting people like me who loved her as much as I do is like having another family. This is when I realized that the Britney Army are my other family.

2013-2014 My Blackout Years

I’ve had personal struggles and had to take a break from everything in my life but I’ve kept in touch with what’s been happening in the world – at least a little bit and was glad that Britney keeps on slaying!

2017. Sneaking away to the Philippines.

It was a dream come true not only for me but for the loyal Britney fans. The announcement, just March of this year took everyone by surprise. It was a hurried announcement and an unexpected one. Everbody couldn’t believe it! Britney is finally coming to perform for her Filipino Army! I was personally petrified for some reason. Is this a dream? Did I finally crack? And as the day of the ticket selling approaches, I knew that it’s fucking real. I was saving for an overseas trip but knew that I had to prioritize seeing “my” queen! Bye, bye Indochina Trip! Mama is coming home!

THE Day.

I was a wreck on the day of the concert. I was almost hysterical inside and was just way damn nervous. I guess, I’m still in shock and still couldn’t believe that I’m finally about to see her in person. Like flesh and bones and I’ll be in the same venue WITH her!!!

It was everything I could wish for. Britney didn’t disappoint. The Army’s dream of seeing her perform came true and it was just EVERYTHING. I didn’t cry upon seeing her while most of my fellow army were struggling to keep it together. I was too ecstatic – almost hysterically ecstatic watching her dance her hits away.

 

She was glorious and the two decades of waiting for her to visit the country was just oh-so-worth it. I said in one of my Instagram posts that I didn’t know what surreal means until that moment I saw her on stage doing her thing. Truth be told, it was a magical experience.

Post-Britney Concert Blues.

The Sold out Mall of Asia Arena! Yasss Queeen!
photo via Wilbros

Some people may not understand why we loved Britney so much. They are criticising her for not singing live and not dancing the way she used to. They said it wasn’t worth the thousands of money we’ve spent on her. That is where they are wrong tho – our love for Britney goes beyond simply loving her songs and admiring her dancing skills. Britney is an inspiration to us. Britney unites us. Britney is part of our personal history. She’s a damn good Mother and damn good human being!

The Philippines Britney Army!
photo courtesy of Team Britney Philippines

She’s Britney, Bitch!

Seeing Britney Spears in person was by far, the most surreal moment of my life.

Thank you Britney Spears! I love you! We love you!

A Song for Orlando: ‘Hands’ by Britney Spears, Troye Sivan, Jennifer Lopez and More…

Hands SongBritney Spears, Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor – these two dozen pop stars have come together to record a tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting last month touted as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of America.

The song aptly titled “Hands” was written by Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels and produced by Tranter, BloodPop and Mark Ronson and will benefit the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.

Here’s the names of the 49 people who’ve fallen victims during that horrific shooting and may they forever be a reminder of what could happen  if we’d let hate rule our hearts.

#ForThe49
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Christopher “Drew” Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
KJ Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Lestat Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald “Jerry” Arthur Wright, 31 years old

‘Hands’ Lyrics
[Verse 1: Britney Spears + Gwen Stefani]
Can hold a gun
And hold your heart
Can put out fires
And make ’em start
Skin and bones
And flesh and blood
With all this nerve
How did we get this numb

[Pre-Chorus: Meghan Trainor + Troye Sivan]
Cus they can hurt
Or they can heal
They can give back
Or they can steal
They can break the world
Or they can change it too
[Chorus: All Together]
Ooh hands
Hands
Woooo hands
Oh hands
Cause they can love
Or they can take
They can fight up
Until they save
They can break the world
They can change it too
Ooh hands

[Verse 2: Selena Gomez + Kacey Musgraves]
Doesn’t matter
Who you love
All that matters
Is your love
I’ve been watching news
And seeing all this hate
Tell me is it wrong
To want a little change

[Pre-Chorus: Mary J. Blige]
They can hurt
Or they can heal
They can give back
Or they can steal
They can break the world
Or they can change it too

[Chorus: All Together led by Jason Derulo]
Ooh hands
Hands
Woooo hands
Oh hands
Cause they can love
Or they can take
They can fight up
Until they save
They can break the world
They can change it too
Ooh hands

[Post-Chorus: Led by Imagine Dragons]
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
Ooooh

[Bridge: Jennifer Lopez]
Can hold a gun
And hold your heart
Can put out fires
And make ’em start
I’ve been watching news
And seeing all this hate
Tell me is it wrong
To want a little change

[Chorus: Adam Lambert & Tyler Glenn + P!NK & MNEK]
Ooh hands
Hands
Woooo hands
Oh hands
Cause they can love
Or they can take
They can fight up
Until they save
They can break the world
They can change it too
Ooh hands

[Post-Chorus: Led by Imagine Dragons]
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
Ooooh

[Outro: RuPaul + (Mary Lambert) + Nate Ruess + Together]
Just take my hand baby
Everybody’s in love
(All that matters is your love)
(Change it or break it)
(They can love or they can take it, take it all)
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
Ooooh

Buy “Hands” on iTunes.

Cover Thursday – Troye Sivan’s Youth by Hamilton Troy Hayes

HAZE 2To celebrate Troye Sivan’s release of his Youth music video off his debut album, Blue Neighbourhood today, I am featuring the very same song covered by Hamilton Troye Hayes. I’ve listen to a few covers over YouTube and this has got to be my favorite so get a listen of this great cover folks!

Pretty awesome yeah?

HAZEAbout Hamilton Troy Hayes / Haze
My name is Hamilton Troy Hayes, but most of my friends just call me Troy. If you haven’t already realized, I am a musician with a passion for film and simply speaking to a camera haha! I am so glad that you’ve found my youtube channel since it is my favorite way to interact with you and everyone else that enjoys my work! I hope we can be friends and learn to grow together as a channel and as people! This channel isn’t just for me, it’s for you as well! So please free to talk to me anytime you want to!

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Cover Thursday – Marvin Gaye’s I Heard Through the Grapevine by Romeo Crow

Romeo_Crow_-_2015_Thumbnail_FullIn lieu of what’s been happening online [the Manny Pacquiao debacle, the Jeb Bush gun Tweet, etc ] and all the negativity and stuff – I have something here to cheer you up a little. See, I’ve been dying to post this cover of Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine by one of my favorite people online since it was posted a few days ago but I opted to wait until today since it’s my Cover Thursday!!!!!! Yay! So, the name of the artist is Romeo Crow whom I’ve featured here before!

This uber-talented Londoner also did an amazing cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy (omfg! So fucking worth hearing it!!! I actually converted it to mp3 right away *wink* so good!) and one of Bill Wither’s biggest hit – Lovely Day. Ugh, Romeo! Kill Me Now!!!!!!!

Okay, so enough of my ramblings – here’s the vid below. Don’t forget to subscribe to his YouTube channel and download six of his own songs for free –

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Romeo Crow

Romeo Crow is a singer, writer and producer based in Battersea area of London, spending his days either relaxing with his family or working on new songs and projects.

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Out Now: Keep Talking by Cyrus

Keep Talking CrysI’m sure you’ve heard about this guy already but if you haven’t, he’s actually the winner of the 2015 X Factor Australia. He is Cyrus Villanueva or simply known as Cyrus. His first self-titled studio album was released last December which reached  the top 10 in Australia.

Lyrics of Keep Talking

Don’t know what to say
when you’re acting way
you just bring me down, down

I’m trying to change
but you find another way
just to bring me down, down

And I know you’re never quitting
even if it’s for the sake of us

I’ve had enough
Oh, baby

I know better than you keep on fighting
but you keep talking, keep talking
Every time I try to change the station
you just keep talking… keep

I don’t wanna stay in this place
It’s written all over my face
I can’t take it no more
you just keep talking
‘Cause I’m walking away

Drivin’ me insane
tryna work out in my brain
and you bring me down, down

when things don’t go your way
i guess you got to blame for all your life’s turnout

no i said i’ll never leave you
but you’re giving me no other choice
i’ve had enough

oh, baby

I know better than you keep on fighting
but you keep talking, keep talking
Every time I try to change the station
you just keep talking… keep

I don’t wanna stay in this place
It’s written all over my face
I can’t take it no more
you just keep talking
‘Cause I’m walking away

baby keep on talking
with every step i’m driving you out
gotta keep on moving
’cause there’s no point in staying around

oh.

Don’t know what to say
when you’re acting way
you just bring me down, down

I know better than you keep on fighting
but you keep talking, keep talking
Every time I try to change the station
you just keep talking… keep

I don’t wanna stay in this place
It’s written all over my face
I can’t take it no more
you just keep talking
‘Cause I’m walking away

I know better than you keep on fighting
but you keep talking, keep talking
Every time I try to change the station
you just keep talking… keep

I don’t wanna stay in this place
It’s written all over my face
I can’t take it no more
you just keep talking
‘Cause I’m walking away

He just released his newest single called Keep Talking (the video above) and I’m totally having some serious eargasm listening to it! It’s just so fuckin good!!! Come  and check it out!

Also check out his social media accounts: IG Icon Fb Icon Twitter youtube logo

iTunes Buy Link of Keep Talking 

Cover Thursday – Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself by Troye Sivan

Troye SivanSo for my “Cover Thursday,” I am featuring the ultra-talented Troye Sivan (swoon!) doing a cover of Justin Bieber’s most recent hit Love Yourself which as of press time is at number 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 and is comfortably enjoying its place on iTunes Charts.

Troye is currently on his second tour in support of his debut studio album, Blue Neighbourhood. This live of cover of Love Yourself was from the kick-off of said tour at the Vogue Theater in Vancouver.

Enjoy it folks!

video courtesy of Surrey 604