In the past years, international singing competitions have been invaded by talents from the Philippines. From January 2018 to March 2018, four Filipino singers proved to the world that some of the best singers in the world are from the Philippines.
- KZ Tandingan in “Singer 2018”
In 2012, Tandingan won “The X Factor Philippines” Season 1 with Jake Zyrus, formerly known as Charice, as her mentor. In the February 9, 2018 episode of “Singer 2018,” she ranked number 1 while Jessie J was in number 2.
Tandingan was eliminated in the March 30, 2018 episode of “Singer 2018.” She is expected to return for a performance in the breakout round for eliminated singers in the Chinese TV series broadcast by Hunan Television.
- Shaniah Rollo, 13, in “Ireland’s Got Talent”
Rollo made it to the semi-finals of “Ireland’s Got Talent.” She is a fan of Filipino artists Lea Salonga, Yeng Constantino, Sam Concepcion and Vice Ganda and international artists Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly and the late Whitney Houston.
- Angel Bonilla, 31, in “The Voice”
Hailing from Cabuyao, Laguna, Bonilla was one of the contestants who made it to “The Voice” Season 14 under Adam Levine’s team. She was the first ever transgender contestant to join the American singing contest.
Bonilla made it to the Top 48. She was eliminated when she lost to battle round against Rayshun LaMarr.
- Rachel Gabreza, 25, at Stars of the Albion Grand Prix: 5th International Performing Arts Festival and Competition
In 2016, Gabreza joined the Filipino TV singing competition “Tawag ng Tanghalan” and finished as a finalist. She is still the only contestant of the competition to garner a score of 99 percent and is one of the few contestants who had an eight-day winning streak.
On February 19, 2018, Gabreza was the champion at the Stars of the Albion Grand Prix 2018: 5th International Performing Arts Festival and Competition in London, United Kingdom. She bested 30 other contestants from various countries including Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, India, Latvia, Malta, Russia, Ukraine and the United States.
Watch Gabreza perform “I am Changing” here: