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    Posted on Apr 19, 2018

    22 Filipinos Who Sang Their Hearts Out In International Competitions

    Did you know that two Filipinos (in a row!) have won The X Factor Australia?

    1. Madonna Decena — Britain's Got Talent, Season 2

    ITV

    Rank: Semi-finalist

    Defining performance: "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

    Even though she didn't make it to the finals, Madonna moved the audience, not only with her Whitney rendition, but also through her story as a single mother who wanted to provide for her daughters back in Manila.

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    2. Jal Joshua Lebumfacil — Australia's Got Talent, Season 3

    Seven Network

    Rank: First runner-up

    Defining performance: "One Voice" by Barry Manilow

    Then 11-year-old Jal migrated with his family to Australia in 2008. A year later, the Cebu native wowed the audience when he joined Australia's Got Talent. He may have lost to opera singer Mark Vincent but that didn't stop him from joining other talent contests like The X Factor Australia in 2014.

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    3. Rose Fostanes — The X Factor Israel, Season 1

    Reshet

    Rank: Winner

    Defining performance: "My Way" by Frank Sinatra

    Rose was working as a caregiver before she entered The X Factor where she emerged as the Season 1 winner. However, her triumph was marred with visa issues so she continued to pursue her singing career back home.

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    4. Charlie Green — Britain's Got Talent, Season 2

    ITV

    Rank: Semi-finalist

    Defining performance: "Summer Wind" by Frank Sinatra

    In 2008, 11-year-old Charlie Green blew the judges away with his old soul charm. The English-Filipino singer didn't win the season but he scored some record deals in the Philippines. Now he's all grown up and touring with his own live band.

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    5. Camile Velasco — American Idol, Season 3

    Fox

    Rank: 9th place

    Defining performance: "One Last Cry" by Brian McKnight

    Camile was one of the first Filipino-Americans who brought Idol fever to the Philippines. She now goes by the stage name Eli-mac.

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    6. Jasmine Trias — American Idol, Season 3

    Fox

    Rank: 3rd place

    Defining performance: "Inseparable" by Natalie Cole

    After her Idol stint, Jasmine made waves in the Philippines with a number of endorsement deals.

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    7. Jessica Sanchez — American Idol, Season 11

    Fox

    Rank: First runner-up

    Defining performance: "Sweet Dreams" by Beyonce

    Jessica was up against Phillip Phillips in the Idol finale. She didn't clinch the title, but at least she got to release this catchy solo record featuring Ne-Yo.

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    8. Cheesa Laureta — The Voice, Season 2

    NBC

    Rank: Finalist

    Defining performance: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler

    The Voice opened the doors for Cheesa to explore a solo career. In 2012, she collaborated with Jake Zyrus (who was performing as Charice at the time) on a debut single entitled "I'm Not Perfect".

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    9. MiG Ayesa — Rock Star: INXS

    CBS

    Rank: 3rd place

    Defining performance: "Baby I Love Your Way" by Peter Frampton

    In 2005, MiG was close to becoming the next INXS vocalist. But the rock gods had a different plan for the Filipino-Australian singer. While he released a couple of records post-Rock Star: INXS, he found his stage in theatre arts. He recently announced that he will be part of an Air Supply musical.

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    10. Krissha Viaje — I Can Sing in Japanese

    GEM TV

    Rank: Champion

    Defining performance: Basically any Japanese song she can sing!

    Krissha is part of Girltrends, a girl group featured in the Philippine variety show It's Showtime. What people didn't know about the 20-year-old was that she is an avid fan of Japanese culture. When Krissha joined I Can Sing in Japanese last year, she bested 11 other finalists with her perfect Nihongo singing. If you're still not impressed, she just recently won another singing contest in Japan.

    11. Lance Busa — Michael Bolton's Bolt of Talent

    Fox Asia

    Rank: Grand Winner

    Defining performance: "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" by Michael Bolton

    In 2017, Lance became the Philippines' representative to Michael Bolton's talent search. The 22-year-old boy from Butuan almost gave up on singing before hearing about the contest.

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    12. Darlin Joy Baje — ASEAN +3 Song Contest

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    Rank: Grand Winner

    Defining performance: "One Night Only" by Jennifer Hudson

    Darlin defeated 21 contestants from other Southeast Asian countries. It was the Filipina hotel employee's first time to enter a singing contest. The competition was held in Vietnam where Darlin has been based as an OFW.

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    13. Lesha x ELM — YouTube's Best Cover Ever

    YouTube Originals

    Rank: Grand Prize Winner

    Defining performance: "Kissing Strangers" by DNCE

    College friends Lesha Litonjua and Leo Malli won YouTube's first talent competition. For their audition video, the duo did a DNCE cover of "Tooth Brush". They were the only Asians chosen as finalists.

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    14. 4th Impact — The X Factor UK, Season 12

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    Rank: 5th Place

    Defining performance: "Bang Bang" by Jessie J

    The Cercado Sisters, better known as 4th Impact, caught global attention on The X Factor. After their stint on the show, the sisters have performed in different countries and recorded their debut single in the Philippines.

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    15. Jed Madela — Voice of Asia 2003 and Grand World Champion for the Performing Arts 2005

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    Rank: He's won so many awards, I've lost count.

    Defining performance: "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith

    Jed was the Philippines' first representative to the Voice of Asia contest in 2003. Not only did he win in the male category, he also snatched the Silver Trophy, People's Choice and Sponsor's Choice Award. His grand slam victory continued when he entered the Grand World Champion for the Performing Arts in 2005. Currently, Jed remains as one of the best singers in the country with solo concerts and variety show performances here and there.

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    16. Cyrus Villanueva — The X Factor Australia, Season 7

    Seven Network

    Rank: Winner

    Defining performance: "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak

    Cyrus was 19 years old when he won The X Factor Australia in 2015. His self-titled debut album received gold status in Australia.

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    17. Marlisa Punzalan — The X Factor Australia, Season 6

    Seven Network

    Rank: Winner

    Defining performance: "Yesterday" by The Beatles

    At 15 years old, Marlisa was the youngest contest to win the competition. She was mentored by Ronan Keating on the show. Her debut single "Stand By You" was released in 2014 and reached top two in the Australian music chart as well as a platinum status in the Australian Recording Industry Association.

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    18. Gerphil Flores — Asia's Got Talent, Season 1

    AXN Asia

    Rank: 3rd place

    Defining performance: "Speak Softly, Love" by Andy Williams

    The classical singer wowed the Asia's Got Talent judges including David Foster who pressed the Golden Buzzer, advancing Gerphil to the semi-finals.

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    19. Lukas Janisch — The Voice Kids Germany, Season 4

    Talpa

    Rank: Winner

    Defining performance: "Fallin" by Alicia Keys

    All The Voice coaches fought to get Lukas on their respective teams during the Filipino-Austrian's blind audition. Lukas then chose Mark Forster as his coach.

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    20. Alisah Bonaobra — The X Factor UK, Season 14

    ITV

    Rank: 6th Place

    Defining performance: "Listen" by Beyonce

    Alisah had a lot of twists and turns during the competition. She was supposed to get eliminated early but her a capella version of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" made the judges change their minds.

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    21. KZ Tandingan — Singer 2018

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    Rank: 5th Place

    Defining performance: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele

    KZ became the talk of the internet when she slayed an Adele song on Singer 2018. Her fierce persona on stage definitely impressed the global audience including British pop star-slash-fellow contestant Jessie J. While the latter won the contest, it was still legendary to see Jessie sing with the Philippines' own pop star KZ. Check out their "Bang Bang" performance with guest singer Coco Lee.

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    22. Reynaldo Lapuz — American Idol, Season 7

    Fox

    Rank: He just auditioned and made Idol history.

    Defining performance: "We're Brothers Forever" by none other than him

    Reynaldo gets a special mention because the man deserves it. Back in 2008, Reynaldo made his first TV appearance when he came in for his Idol audition in Texas. He sang an original composition for his 'brother' Simon Cowell. While he didn't make it to Hollywood, Reynaldo was definitely entertaining to watch. Everyone still loved him. That's why he got invited to perform again in the season finale.

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    ....and the list goes on with our honorable mentions:

    * Arisxandra Libantino — Britain's Got Talent, Season 7

    * Joseph Apostol — The Voice UK, Season 2

    * Ramiele Malubay — American Idol , Season 7

    * Thia Megia — American Idol, Season 10

    * Maria Janice Galvez — La Voix, Season 1

    * Rowell Villones — The Voice Ireland, Season 3

    * Daisy Valenzuela — The Voice Ireland, Season 3

    * Alvir Anthony Subrado — ASEAN+3 Song Contest

    * Elysa Villareal — The X Factor UK, Season 14