Alisah Bonaobra, a 22-year old Pinay singer has found fame in her homeland through YouTube whose karaoke performance in malls went viral. His family earned a living as sidewalk vendors.
Alisah Bonaobra is still part of “The X Factor UK.” She was saved by public voting on Sunday (Monday in Manila) along with Kevin Davy White, Holly Tandy, Matt Linnen, Grace Davies, and Rai-Elle Williams. Tracy Leanne Jefford was the fourth contestant to be eliminated from the show.
The Pinay singer takes on Jennifer Lopez’ “Let’s Get Loud” on The X Factor UK’s Viva Latino week. Alisah went beyond her usual power ballads and gave an entertaining song and dance number for everyone.
Nicole Scherzinger said “Baby girl! I loved it you become this fierce beast wild animal when you get on that stage. You’re unleashed on that stage, you become the Latina Filipina Diva that you are, you make all Filipinas and Filipinos so proud. You shut it down tonight you’re a little fire cracker out there!”
Louis Walsh was also in great awe after her song and dance number. “Alisah, where did that come from? At the start of the whole series, I thought you can just sing the big ballads; and now you turned into this little tiger tonight!” he shared. “It was amazing energy. I love the singing, the dancing! I love the whole staging by the creative team. It was fantastic!” he added.
However, Judge Simon Cowell was not completely impressed. “There’s no messing around with you, is there? You just bring it!” said Simon Cowell. Before he gave her a constructive criticism, he specifically asked the audience not to boo him. “You, at some point Alisah, are gonna have to put your own unique twist on a song. Otherwise, it will be considered cabaret and that won’t get you to where you want to be.” The audience and the other judges kept booing and Simon had to yell at them to shut up.
Girls category mentor Sharon Osbourne was all praises to her wildcard winner. “You are more than just a ballad singer, much, much more! You have so impressed me tonight. You’ve come out of your comfort zone and it was spectacular!”