It was a crazy final weekend for Idol Philippines season 2. So let’s start with our final eliminations…
While the song doesn't fall on Bryan's falsetto multiverse strengths, it was still a powerhouse performance. The only logical explanation for him not making the cut are the votes. Too bad he didn't make it to the Top 3, as his new single "Sa Wakas" written by Jonathan Manalo would have been an ace up his sleeve:
Manalo understood the assignment: come up with an anthemic pop song with a rising birit climax and play up the strengths of Chong as a singer.
Ann, on the other hand came up with a great performance of Dulce's "Paano". She landed #4 on the Idol Top 5 for me. Great song to display Ann's prowess of a singer, but it sounds really old, so I doubt if majority of Idol's viewers are familiar with the song. Maybe if she put a postmodern spin to it, like something Parallel Uno would do with, say, Armi Millare or Kat Agarrado, with a vinyl crackle of the original as an intro, now, that might have been something appealed that appealed to the Gen Z.
Now, that's^ another ace that she could have used if she made it to the Top 3! Very dynamic musical arrangement with that gospel flavor.
Sorry, but I personally feel that this cover of Shanti Dope's "Nadarang" was the weakest performance from the Idol Top 5. The performance was alright in a vacuum, it's just that I feel that I've seen this singing contest deconstruction of the song a million times, or once every other month on Tawag Ng Tanghalan.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, however, is an uneventful song choice for Idol Top 3 Round 1: the worship song "Lilim".
I'm excited to hear Ryssi's original songs!
Kice's haters really need to stop overreacting: he was actually my picm for best performance from the Idol Top 5 with his impressive take on The Itchyworms' "Di Na Muli". And bonus points for that soulful guitar solo!
His original Round 2 song didn't translate that well on last night's live setting, but the radio version is superbly on that Imagine Dragons-even lite-r/Secondhand Serenade-ish "Angels" written by Fil-British singer-songwriter Jon Guelas.
By the we got to the Top 3, it was easier to dilute the strength of Kice's solid following with his haters only having two choices to latch on to. Majority of them probably tried to figure out who among Khimo or Ryssi was the best horse to place your bets on and voila! But it's all good, as Kice as a singer-songwriter has all the tools to get a major push towards that Shawn Mendes-cum-falsetto multiverse matinee idol crowd.
He put the nail on the coffin with his Round 2 original song written by Jeremy G. Truly, it was "My Time" for Khimo. Khimo did it by doing the most relatable performances.
The Idol Philippines battle may have ended, but its just the beginning of the real life war. Who among the Idol Philippines finalists will have the most fruitful music careers?