ABS-CBN may have the lion’s share of licensed local versions of numerous international reality talent competitions in the Philippines, but they never sit on the laurels of established franchises. The network giant is always experimenting with something new, such as the weekend “2-in-1” singing/dancing talent show “Your Moment,” which premiered over a week ago on November 9. A collaborative production with a media company from the Netherlands, the competition introduces some techie innovations such as the judges providing periodic scores in real-time during performances and a revolving “immersive” talent set. On its third episode, aired November 16, a Mindanao all-girl dance troupe and a singing duo that were cut from other ABS-CBN singing contests seized their moments with audition victories.
Diadem, a dance group from the University of Mindanao as well as Binary, a singing duo, became the stars of the evening in last Saturday’s episode of the singing-dancing reality talent show “Your Moment.” This airing was the third part of the initial “Your First Moment” phase of the competition, where six acts (three singing, three dancing) would perform for two minutes before the three-judge panel of Billy Crawford, Nadine Lustre and Boy Abunda. Each act is scored in the middle of the routine thrice, their final score being averaged.
For the dance portion of the contest on November 16, Diadem came out on top. The dance troupe is composed of female students from the University of Mindanao (UM) in Davao City. What drove the group to try out for “Your Moment” was their desire to prove their dancing skills to be the equal of male dance teams. And their average score of 95 proved that true. The judges praised Diadem not just for their go-getter attitude but also their performance, described as both “classy” and “hard-hitting” in equal measure.
Over in the singing half of the show, the act that would advance to the next stage was a triumphant comeback of sorts for the members involved. The aptly-named Binary was formed by two contestants eliminated from other ABS-CBN singing competitions. But Khimo Gumatay (from “Tawag ng Tanghalan” of “It’s Showtime”) and Archie Aguilar (“The Voice Teens”) would both prove that they still have more to give the second time around. Billy Crawford and Boy Abunda opined that their cover of “Kathang Isip” by Ben&Ben made the song their own instead, especially with their vocal shifting. Nadine Lustre, who knows that both Gumatay and Aguilar wrote original songs, expressed interest in hearing their compositions sometime.
“Your Moment’s” initial period of “Your First Moment” will run for a few more weekends yet, before seguing into “Your Moment of Choice,” where the first-round passers will challenge one another in a new round of three-way contests in singing and dance. So far, two foreign acts have participated in the competition, with Indonesian entry The Dens Gonjalez winning on episode 2 last November 10. The Sunday (November 17) episode saw Verse Band advance for the singers, and Streetacy doing likewise for the dance acts. “Your Moment” airs on Saturday and Sunday nights on ABS-CBN.
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