Breakdancers, mask artist make 'PGT' semis
Posted at 04/28/2013 10:24 PM | Updated as of 04/28/2013 10:31 PM
MANILA, Philippines – A group of breakdancers and a quick mask artist are moving on to the semifinal round of the TV reality search “Pilipinas Got Talent.”
In Sunday’s live results show, D’ Intensity Breakers, a dance group from Lipa City, Batangas, garnered 36.72% of the total text votes.
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The dancers impressed the judges, especially Ai Ai delas Alas, who gave them a standing ovation on Saturday’s live performance night, with their dance performance which included numerous tumbling runs and incorporated hula hoops in their routine.
“I’m really proud to be a Batanguena,” delas Alas said. “Napakahusay ninyo at 'yung sabay-sabay na pag-tumbling ninyo, napakagaling.”
While the Batangas breakdancers automatically advanced to the next round by topping the voting, quick mask artist Tito Cris Castro had to battle it out with singer Russel Figueroa for the judges’ vote to enter the semifinals.
Castro again performed his act that saw him change masks and outfits instantaneously on stage, while Figeroa battled fever as he belted out the ballad “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw.”
“You did well, even with your husky voice,” former ABS-CBN president Freddie Garcia told Figueroa.
“Good luck sa iyo kahit malat ka hindi ka naman sumablay,” added delas Alas.
But ultimately the judges unanimously chose Castro to move on to the semifinal round as the judges’ choice.
“Napakahirap talaga i-compare ang magic act and a singer,” said Garcia. “Russell, you were only given one minute 30 seconds and you were not able to convey the full meaning of the song. Si Tito Cris, nabuo mo ‘yung magic mo in one minute and 30 seconds.”
“I felt you performed better last night than you did tonight. But even if you were not at your best tonight, what you were able to do napakakaunti lang ang nakakagawa niyan,” judge Kris Aquino told Castro, before announcing their unanimous decision.
Failing to get enough text votes to move them to the next round were acrobats Lumina, violinist group The Fluma Viron of Cuerdas and the can can dancers of the Can Can Group of Regidor Elementary School.
D’ Intensity Breakers and Castro now join the roster of semi-finalists this season that already includes flairtender Chaeremon Basa, transgender trio The Mis Tres, black light dance group Zilent Overload, 23-year-old band vocalist Eumee Lyn Capile, the acoustic trio MP3 Band and the dancing twins Symmetry.