MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Gerphil Flores is just one step away from becoming the winner in the mega-talent show, Asia’s Got Talent. The Filipina singer gifted with a “classical” voice is among the nine finalists who could win the tough competition being held in Singapore.
But years ago, when Flores was a teenager trying her luck in the local edition of the reality show (‘Pilipinas Got Talent’), two celebrity judges ousted her from the finals because they thought she needed to sing songs that the “audience can identify with” (songs that young singers like Charice would sing). Nevermind, that the young man whom the two judges picked didn’t quite hit his high notes during his final performance.
The two celebrity judges, we all know, were talk show host Kris Aquino, and self-proclaimed comedienne Ai-Ai de las Alas. Many felt they didn’t have any business sitting in the judges chairs for a talent competition, especially when it comes to music.
Well, Flores chose not to follow the advice of Aquino and de las Alas. Good for her. She is not only a strong contender to be Asia’s best singing talent, but she has caught the eyes and ears of famed composer, musician and producer David Foster who has worked with talents like Barbra Streisand, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, among many others.
The success of Flores in ‘Asia’s Got Talent,’ and a very bright future that awaits her because of her voice and the songs that she chooses to sing seem to have boomeranged as far as the celebrity judges that misjudged her are concerned.
As a gesture of repentance, the producers of ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ are planning to rename the reality singing competition judged by Aquino and de las Alas to: ‘Judges Got No Talent.’