Marlisa Punzalan safely sails through ‘X Factor Australia’ Top 6

Instead of just Bottom 2, the three who got the lowest number of votes battled for the verdict of Australia and the four mentor-judges – Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Dannii Minogue and Redfoo – to stay on the next phase of X Factor Australia 2014.

In no particular order, Luke Jacobz announced Brothers 3 was the first to move to Top 6, then Marlisa, followed by Dean Ray. Last to be called safe was Reigan Derry.

Marlisa X Factor stageMarlisa Punzalan

The week was Judges’ Challenge, where a contestant gets to perform a number chosen by another mentor.

(Click link to watch Marlisa’s performance of Try by Pink chosen by Foo for her

Marlisa (Punzalan), a 14-year-old Filipina born in Sydney to parents both hailing from the Province of Bataan in Northern Philippines, was again second to be called to be safe, same as last week for the Top 7.

After the make or break performances of Jason Heerah, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Tee, the latter was sent home.

(Click link to watch Live Show 7 Results

Marlisa performing TryMarlisa performs ‘Try’ by Pink

Marlisa has been gathering accolades and support since her unique rendition of Yesterday by the Beatles during audition.

She posted on September 24:

Hi everyone!!! So happy for getting thru another week but so sad to see Tee go. I can’t forget the night I got so sick and Tee was one of the lovely people who comforted me. Will miss Tee a lot !!
So… I have been busy with tutoring !!!
Thanks to Carly, my tutor, for the wonderful job you do in helping me maintain my school work while I’m on X Factor !!!
And thanks again to ALL, so excited for my next song !!!! God bless…
Love, Marlisa 💕

Marlisa has now 12,569 Likes in her official Facebook page ( and expresses her gratitude for the support coming from all over the globe.

Marlisa shirtMarlisa shows supporter shirt

“This would have not been possible without each and everyone of you liking my music page and supporting me up to this day. Really appreciate it!” she said.

Marlisa with Ronan KeatingMarlisa with mentor-judge Ronan Keating

Seen as one of the strongest contenders for the win, Marlisa is one of two left under the wings of Ronan Keating. The other one is Caitlyn, who was in the Bottom 2 last week but managed to sail through when Rochelle Pitt was eliminated and in the Bottom 3 this week but got saved with the exit of Tee.

Related story in this blog:

Filipina Marlisa Punzalan advances to ‘X Factor Australia 2014’ Top 7, remains mentor Ronan Keating’s strongest bet

Photos courtesy of Marlisa Punzalan


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