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Pinoys among Top 24 on ‘X Factor Australia’

Marlisa Punzalan (Screengrab from YouTube)

Marlisa Punzalan (Screengrab from YouTube)

Teen singer Marlisa Punzalan and girl group Trill, composed of Angel, Sheralyn and Jessica, have advanced to the Top 24 of “X-Factor Australia.”

Punzalan’s performance of Jessica Mauboy’s “Never Be The Same” paved the way for her entry to judge Ronan Keating’s group Girls Under 25. She earned a standing ovation from the show’s judges, which also include Dannii Minogue, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Redfoo.

Bassingthwaighte deemed Punzalan’s performance “something pretty special.” Keating echoed this, commenting how Punzalan is “so good, amazing and has a beautiful tone.”

Trill (Screengrab from YouTube)

Trill (Screengrab from YouTube)

Meanwhile, Trill, the lone Filipino girl group in the competition, pulled off a superb rendition of TLC’s “No Scrubs,” to earn a standing ovation from the judges, with the audience chanting their group name. They joined Minogue’s top six artist.

Bassingthwaighte heaped praises on the girls. “The kind of hype that they have is great… I can’t believe that they are just 14 or 15 years old… I mean what is going on? This is insane,” she said, laughing.

Not so lucky is 17-year old Pinoy Jal Joshua, who failed to move judges despite his stunning performance of Billy Joel’s “Honesty.”