Thoughts on the Talent Show of Bb. Pilipinas 2014…
For Bb. Pilipinas hopefuls the question is usually this: If I join the Talent Show will my performance help me gain more attention and perhaps a better chance at one of the crowns?
My guess is this: you might get the extra attention but not not really extra points for the crown.
But I do believe that if you can REALLY perform and wow an audience, it’s worth the effort. Why? Because Bb. Pilipinas head Stella Marquez Araneta is almost always a judge at the Talent Show and we all know that she is very involved in choosing winners come coronation night. So if you can shine in her eyes, then go!
What about candidates who don’t really have scintillating talents but choose to perform anyway? Well, they do so at their own risk. In my opinion, if you don’t have anything great to show then don’t. Besides, we’ve had contestants who abstained from the Talent segment but still won titles.
Now what is my overall assessment of Bb. Pilipinas batch 2014’s performance in the Talent Show?
IMHO, previous batches were better but out of the 12 contestants who performed in the activity center of Farmer’s Plaza this year, there were 3 standouts – Hannah Ruth Sison and Angelique de Leon who are my top 2 favorites followed closely by MJ Lastimosa.
Out of the 12 contestants who chose to compete, these two beauties above had the most applause-worthy performances; Bb. #27 Hannah Ruth Sison, who sang like a schoolgirl in love and Bb. #31 Angelique de Leon who did an ass-busting hiphop dance number.
Hannah Ruth Sison, who is a repeater from last year’s Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant, sang a sweetly giddy version of the song “For the First Time in Forever” from Frozen. She might not be a trained professional, but Hannah has a lovely singing voice and can hit her notes well. She covered the stage like a Broadway performer but with the unrehearsed rawness of a budding talent. And I can’t help but mention that among all the girls she had the most beautiful set of thick tresses that trailed down her shoulders.
Angelique de Leon meantime did a fierce street dance number to a medley of Beyonce songs, complete with the crotch-grabbing action that RnB performers seem to enjoy doing. An expressive dancer, Angelique punctuated her moves with tough-girl sneers and an occasional artistic grimace. She slid across the stage showing off not just her sharp groove but her well-sculpted arms as well.
Between Hannah and Angelique I’d give Hannah the edge simply because her ‘girly’ performance is more suited to the beauty queen image. But don’t get me wrong; I really enjoyed Angelique’s dance because it was unconventional and done really well. I just wonder what was going on in the mind of Madame Stella (she was present as a judge) when Angelique would grab her crotch… SMA is famous for her conservative approach but has been known to be unpredictable in her choices.
The contestant who got the loudest cheers from the audience was MJ Lastimosa, Bb. #25. This is MJ’s third time to compete in Bb. Pilipinas and the girl has accumulated a slew of followers. I wouldn’t be surprised if pageant fans would vote her the most loved non-winner in Bb. Pilipinas. However, ‘non-winner’ might not be the best term to describe MJ since she did place as runner-up in 2011.
Anyway, I loved MJ Lastimosa’s performance of a dance called ‘La Jota Paragua’ which was introduced to the Philippines by Spaniard settlers hundreds of years ago. Paragua happens to be the old name of Palawan. I am 99% sure that MJ strategically chose this dance to please Stella Marquez Araneta who is Columbian and married to a Spanish Filipino scion.
I must say that MJ’s deft handling of her ‘manton’ or shawl as she spun and stamped around the stage was very engaging. Her red gown also deserved to win best costume out of all the girls who competed in the Talent Show.
Here are photos of the other contestants who presented their skills in the Bb. Pilipinas Talent Show 2014: