Fourteen-year-old Filipina Marlisa Punzalan has advanced to X Factor Australia Top 7.
Mentored by Ronan Keating, she remains the strongest bet of the Irish lead singer of Boyzone.
“Imagine yourself to be in the grand finals,” Ronan said when she was told that the song choice for the Rock 101 week was Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.
The teener said she’ve heard of them (Metallica) but really did not know their songs.
Nevertheless, Marlisa gave an outstanding performance drawing raves from the judges, particularly her mentor, Ronan, who said he’s so proud of her.
On announcement night as to who should move to the next round from the Top 8, although host Luke Jacobz said it’s in no particular order, Marlisa was called second.
(Click link to watch the Top 7 announcement video http://youtu.be/DuIPblSaPfs)
Rochelle Pitt from Redfoo’s team and Marlisa’s teammate Caitlyn Shadbolt ended in the Bottom 2. After slugging it out, Rochelle went home.
Marlisa auditioned with the Beatles’ Yesterday.
In the U.S. where John Legend was with Ronan to evaluate the six members of the team that led to the choices of the Final 3 for the Live Show, Marlisa stopped by a few seconds towards the end of her piece, I’ll Stand By You. Despite that, Ronan chose her as he saw in her the potential of a winner.
On the second week of the Live Show, Marlisa was so sick she would not even speak. Her performance of Paparazzi though managed her to get enough votes to sail from Top 12 to the next round.
Last week, she sang this year’s Oscars Best Movie Theme Song, the popular Let It Go.
Born in Australia with Filipino parents both from Bataan, Marlisa has performed in Filipino artists’ shows and concerts in Sydney.
Then 12 years old, she performed at Sharon Cuneta’s concert in August 2012. In October of the same year, she performed with Jose Mari Chan and was told by the prolific singer-songwriter to visit her relatives in the Philippines after they sang Christmas In Our Hearts.
Last year, she was in the Aegis concert.
Marlisa was awarded Most Exceptional Vocalist of The Year in 2012 presented by multiple ARIA award winners Sharon and Christine Muscat.
All-Filipina group, Trill, aged 14-15, who impressed everyone with their audition piece, Super Bass, made it to Top 13 but were the first to be eliminated, eliciting remarks from some viewers how an-out-of-tune contestant won over them.
Click link to know more about Marlisa http://www.ausinformer.com/focus-young-talent-marlisa-punzalan/
Click links to view selected videos:
- Top 8 performance of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters http://youtu.be/DuIPblSaPfs
- Audition, Boot Camp, Home Visits (Yesterday, Never Be The Same, I’ll Stand By You) http://youtu.be/6DAOSaq84gw
- Live Show Week 1 Top 13 – All By Myself http://youtu.be/L3aG6kGCHHY
- Live Show Week 2 Top 12 – Paparazzi http://youtu.be/skts7fHAjeo?list=UUTJAIsNx88v0e0nBgQ4PpVA
- Live Show Week 5 Top 9 – Let It Go http://youtu.be/bBUenfBlFPA