X Factor Philippines Top 8 sing OPM (September 1, 2012)

The X Factor Philippines top 8 finalists were asked to sing OPM songs during the Week 5 performance night on Saturday, September 1.

Jeric Medina performed “Akin Ka Na Lang” by Itchyworms, a rock band who made a name in the Filipino music scene in 2006 with their album “Noontime Show.” The song was used by known brands KFC and Close-Up in their respective television ads.

Joan Da sang “Nobela,” originally written and performed by the band called Join The Club. The X Factor PH mentor-judges thought that the song was unfamiliar, but they weren’t informed that it was popular back in 2006-2007.

Daddy’s Home rendered their own version of Smokey Mountain’s “Paraiso” in the presence of their own children and other kids on stage. Smokey Mountain was a group formed by musical director, composer, and conductor Ryan Cayabyab in 1989. Its original members were James Coronel, Geneva Cruz, Jeffrey Hidalgo, and Tony Lambino.

Gab Maturan did a song from South Border titled “Rainbow” with lots of confidence. He was called by XFP judge Pilita Corales as the “Dark Horse” in the competition. South Border is a pop and R&B band formed in the 90s who gained recognition in the 2000s. “Rainbow” hit the airwaves in 2003. It was used for the promotion of Megastar Sharon Cuneta’s Metro Manila Film Festival entry, ‘Crying Ladies’.

Takeoff chose to sing “Yakap Sa Dilim” by the legendary trio, the APO Hiking Society comprised of Jim Paredes, Boboy Garovillo and Danny Javier. The single was once covered by Orange & Lemons and Brownman Revival.

Allen Sta. Maria, the youngest among XFP contestants, sounded like she was older by ten years upon singing “Hanggang May Kailan Man” by Carol Banawa. The song was once used in ABS-CBN’s television program “Precious Hearts Romances Presents.” Carol, a Star Magic Batch 4 alumna, is also known for the ballad “Iingatan Ka” which is usually sung for mothers.

KZ Tandingan had another stellar performance. She sang a well-arranged version of Eraserheads’ “Ang Huling El Bimbo.” The song is included in the phenomenal album Cutterpillow which was released and has turned gold in 1995, even before it hit record stores. The E-heads achieved critical and commercial success with the said album, the band’s third, that reached platinum status several times.

The funny and energetic kid, Kedebon Colim, whom Ms. Pilita calls ‘kiti-kiti’, had chosen “Kailangan Kita” as his contest piece for the night. The ballad was originally sung by Ogie Alcasid and later revived by XFP judges Gary Valenciano for the 2002 Star Cinema movie of the same title and Martin Nievera in 2008.

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