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KZ Tandingan First 'X Factor Philippines' Grand Winner?

KZ Tandingan will be the first ever grand winner of "The X Factor Philippines," according to NoypiStuff readers who participated in the blog's fun poll.

As of 7pm tonight, 3,113 votes have been cast on the overnight poll which asked "Who do you think will be first 'X Factor Philippines' winner?"

A total of 1,625 (52.2%) said the title will go to the songstress from Digos City. One reader commented KZ is "a perfect singer beyond compare" while another stated she "has more X factor" than the other two grand finalists.

Gabriel Maturan of Dipolog City is not far behind and currently second with 1,358 votes or 43.62% of the total votes. One particular Noypi all the way from Ontario, Canada said that they love Gab for his "fantastic voice" and that he is "generally different" compared to the other two.

Meanwhile, Daddy's Home of Metro Manila only received 130 votes or 4.18% of the overall votes.

The first grand winne…

X Factor Philippines Grand Finals (October 6, 2012 Episode)

"The X Factor Philippines" aired its much-awaited last performance night on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

After weeks of performing on the "X Factor" stage, the remaining 3 contestants, Gabriel Maturan of Dipolog City, KZ Tandingan of Digos City, and Daddy’s Home of Metro Manila, showcased their most crucial performances, witnessed live by thousands at the PAGCOR Grand Theater in Paranaque City and several viewers watching at home.

The show opened with a number featuring Asia's Nightingale Lani Misalucha and the grand finalists.

Daddy's Home, who had dodged a number of elimination episodes, then kicked off the showdown with their rendition of Gary Valenciano's "Gaya Ng Dati." The judges thought it was perfect to start the show but none of them said it was enough to win the whole competition.

Next to perform was Gabriel Maturan, who has never been in the bottom two. He did a version of the coronation song of "American Idol" winner Fant…

'X Factor Philippines' September 15, 2012: Top 6 Perform

"The X Factor Philippines" aired another performance episode on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

The six remaining finalists battled it out on stage again, singing songs from two of the most influential OPM bands in history --the Eraserheads and the Rivermaya.

First to perform was the only remaining act in the Group's Category, Daddy's Home. They showcased their rendition of the 90's hit "Himala."

Gabriel Maturan then showed his swag with his "Hinahanap-hanap Kita" performance, followed by Jeric Medina who did a cover of "214."

Next was KZ Tandingan who performed an acoustic version of "Kisapmata." After KZ, a "Kedebonized" "Toyang" was then witnessed on stage.

The show ended with Allen Jane Sta. Maria's performance of "With A Smile."

Here are NoypiStuff's favorite acts tonight:  KZ Tandingan, Daddy's Home and Gabriel Maturan.

"The X Factor Philippines" Final 5 will be reveal…

'X Factor Philippines' September 9, 2012 Episode Recap

"The X Factor Philippines" eliminated another contestant on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

The show opened with a rundown of last night's performances followed by a number featuring 80's legends Gino Padilla, Dingdong Avanzado, and Randy Santiago and the remaining 7 finalists.

After a short commercial break, host KC Concepcion revealed the following contestants as safe and will be returning next week for the Top 6 live shows: Daddy's Home, Gabriel Maturan, KZ TAndingan, Jeric Medina, and Kedebon Colim.

Allen Sta. Maria and Joan Da, the lowest vote-getters, then performed their final songs. Joan chose "All About Him" by Auburn while Allen selected Willow Smith's "I Am Me."

Who did the judges vote out? Three of the four judges, except her mentor Pilita Corales, said it was time for Joan Da, who has been in the Bottom 2 for a number of times already, to go home.

"X Factor Philippines" airs weeknights on ABS-CBN after "Sara G. Live…

'X Factor Philippines' September 8, 2012 Episode: Top 7 Goes To The 80's

It was 80's night on "The X Factor Philippines" on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Youngest contestant Allen Jane Sta. Maria kicked off the show with a swaggy performance of the Billboard chart-topper by The Police, "Every Breath You Take."

The rest of the finalists showcased their versions of other 80's hits including a Michael Jackson smash, a Kenny Loggins classic, a George Michael hit and a Chicago original.

Check out who sang which hit below:

Gabriel Maturan - "Forever" by Kenny Loggins
KZ Tandingan -  "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles
Jeric Medina - "Careless Whisper" by George Michael
Daddy's Home - "Will You Still Love Me" by the Chicago
Kedebon Colim - "Eye of the Tiger" by the Survivor
Joan Da - "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson

The Top 6 will be revealed Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Were you able to watch this "X Factor Philippines" episode? Whose performance did you like best? And who…

'X Factor Philippines' September 2, 2012: Who Was Voted Off?

"X Factor Philippines" aired another elimination episode on Sunday, September 2, 2012.

The show kicked off with a recap of the previous episode's performances and the introduction of judges. The remaining 8 acts then performed with music icon Pepe Smith in a number featuring OPM hits "Mga Kababayan Ko" (Francis M.), "Salidumay" (Grace Nono), "Urong Sulong" (Regine Velasquez), "Rock Baby Rock" (VST & Company), "Titser's Enemy Number 1" (Giniling Festival), and "Balong Malalim" (Juan dela Cruz Band).

After a short commercial break, the finalists were back on stage with their mentors and waited for host KC Concepcion to reveal the results of the overnight text voting. KC then announced the following as safe: KZ Tandingan, Daddy's Home, Jeric Medina, Kedebon, Allen Jane Sta. Maria, and Gabriel Maturan.

Once again, Takeoff from the Groups category and Joan Da, the last representative of the Over 25's…

KZ Tandingan Performs 'Ang Huling El Bimbo' On 'X Factor Philippines'

KZ Tandingan delivered another memorable performance on "The X Factor Philippines" on Saturday, September 1, 2012.

With OPM as the episode's theme, the 20-year-old DavaoeƱa chose to perform one of the biggest hits of the Eraserheads, "Ang Huling El Bimbo," incorporating her signature tune.

She once again received positive reviews from the judges with her rendition.

"Wow! That was so nice." judge Martin Nievera said. "KZ alam mo 'yong talent mo. Parang you've been on stage your whole life. Napaka-at home mo on stage."

Judge Pilita Corales said the song suited KZ perfectly.

"You know that was a beautiful song for you. Bagay na bagay sa'yo KZ," Ms. Pilita said, adding that KZ should continue choosing similar songs in the future.

Meanwhile, judge Gary V can't help but notice her passion for her craft.

"KZ, mahal na mahal mo talaga ang ginagawa mo," said Mr. Pure Energy. "KZ, all I can say is keep it up…

'X Factor Philippines' September 1, 2012 Episode: Top 8 Perform OPM Hits

It was Week 5 performance night on "The X Factor Philippines" on Saturday, September 1, 2012.

Live from the Pagcor Grand Theater in Paranaque City, the remaining 8 finalists showcased their renditions of Original Pilipino Music hits which included the Smokey Mountain classic "Paraiso," "Akin Ka Na Lang" by Itchyworms, and Join The Club's "Nobela."

Find out who sang which song below:

Jeric Medina - "Akin Ka Na Lang" by Itchyworms
Joan Da - "Nobela" by Join The Club
Daddy's Home - "Paraiso" by Smokey Mountain
Gabriel Maturan - "Rainbow" by South Border
Takeoff - "Yakap Sa Dilim" by Apo Hiking Society
Allen Jane Sta. Maria - "Kailan Pa Man" by Carol Banawa
KZ Tandingan - "Ang Huling El Bimbo" by Eraserheads
Kedebon - "Kailangan Kita" by Gary V.

"X Factor Philippines" returns tomorrow night for another elimination episode.

Were you able to watch the …

'X Factor Philippines' August 26, 2012: Who Was Eliminated?

"The X Factor Philippines" returned on Sunday, August 26, 2012, for the 4th results show.

The Top 9 contestants kicked off the show by performing with the first "Star Power" grand champion Angeline Quinto. After the commercial break, the finalists were back on stage with their mentors as host KC Concepcion told them whether they're safe or not.

KC then announced the following as safe: Allen Jane Sta. Maria, Daddy's Home, Gabriel Maturan, Joan Da, Jeric Medina, KZ Tandingan, and Kedebon Colim. That means Takeoff landed in the Bottom 2 again, together with the oldest contender Modesto Taran.

For their survival performances, Mang Modesto sang another classic from Lou Rawls, "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," while Takeoff did their version of Westlife's "Flying Without Wings."

Who did the judges eliminate? Three of them, including his mentor Pilita Corales, said it was time for Mang Modesto to go home. Martin Nievera did n…

'X Factor Philippines' August 25, 2012: Top 9 Pay Tribute To Late Music Artists

"The X Factor Philippines" held another performance episode on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

Live from the Pagcor Grand Theater, the remaining 9 finalists performed hits from music artists who already passed away. Among the songs chosen by their mentors for them were "All At Once" by Whitney Houston, "At Your Best" by Aaliyah, and "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse.

Find out who sang which through the night's setlist below:

"Pure Imagination" by Louis Allen Rawls (Modesto Taran)
"All At Once" by Whitney Houston (Daddy's Home)
"Waterfalls by TLC" (Allen Jane Sta. Maria)
"Cant Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley (Jeric Medina)
"At Your Best" by Aaliyah  (Joan Da)
"Yugyugan Na" by Karl Roy (Kedebon Colim)
"Dreaming of You" by Selena (Take Off)
"Rehab" by Amy Winehouse (KZ Tandingan)
"Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross (Gabriel Maturan)

"X Factor Phi…

'X Factor Philippines' August 19, 2012: Another Contestant Sent Home

"The X Factor Philippines" aired its third results show on Sunday, August 19, 2012, live from the PAGCOR Grand Theater in Paranaque City.

"Pinoy Dream Academy" champion Yeng Constantino, "Pilipinas Got Talent" winner Jovit Baldivino, and the remaining 10 contestants opened the show with a performance dedicated to judge Pilita Corales, who will be celebrating her 73rd birthday on Wednesday.

After the commercial break, the Top 10 finalists were with their mentors on stage and waited for host KC Concepcion to tell them their fate. KC then announced the following as safe: Take Off, KZ Tandingan, Modesto Taran, Jeric Medina, Gabriel Maturan, Joan Da, Kedebon Colim, and Allen Jane Sta. Maria. That left us with the two groups under judge Gary Valeciano and two of the best performers last night, A.K.A. Jam and Daddy's Home, in the bottom two.

During their showdown, Daddy's Home performed Rey Valera's "Maging Sino Ka Man" while A.K.A. showca…

'X Factor Philippines' August 18, 2012 Episode Recap

"The X Factor Philippines" returned on Saturday, August 18, 2012, for the third performance night.

Live from the Pagcor Grand Theater in Paranaque City, the 10 remaining contestants performed rock songs chosen by their mentors.

Check out the mentors' selections for the Top 10 finalists below:

Kedebon Colim - "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins
A.K.A. JAM - "Survivor" by the Destiny's Child
Modesto Taran - "To Love Somebody" by the Bee Gees
Allen Jane Sta. Maria - "I'm A B--ch" by Alanis Morissette Jeric Medina - "Lips Of An Angel" by Hinder
Daddy's Home - "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
Gabriel Maturan - "Breakeven" by The Script
Joan Da - "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette
Take Off - "Makita Kang Muli" by Sugarfree
KZ Tandingan -  "In The End" by Linkin Park

Here are NoypiStuff's Top 3 favorites: A.K.A. Jam, Daddy's Home and KZ Tandingan.

Whose performance did y…

'X Factor Philippines' August 12, 2012 Episode: Mark Mabasa Eliminated

"The X Factor Philippines" aired its second elimination episode live from the PAGCOR Grand Theater in Airport Casino Filipino, ParaƱaque City on Sunday, August 12, 2012.
The Top 11 finalists opened the show by performing some of the hits by the popular 90's rock band Eraserheads.

Together with their mentors, they were then asked to be on stage again for the results. Host KC Concepcion then announced the following acts as safe: Joan Da, KZ Tandingan, Kedebon Colim, Jeric Medina, Daddy's Home, Modesto Taran, Allen Jane Sta. Maria, Gabriel Maturan, and A.k.a Jam. Surprisingly, Take Off of the Groups category and Mark Mabasa of the Over 25's found themselves in the bottom two.

When the show returned after the commercial break, judge Pilita Corales then introduced Mark Mabasa. The 26-year-old singer from Las Pinas did a heartfelt performance of James Ingram's "There's No Easy Way To Break Somebody's Heart."

When it was Take Off's turn, the b…

'X Factor Philippines' August 5, 2012 Episode: Who Was Eliminated?

The Top 12 finalists of "The X Factor Philippines" were back on the PAGCOR Grand Theater stage for the first results show of the reality TV singing competition on Sunday, August 5, 2012.

Before the bottom two were revealed, the contestants performed the pop anthem "Call Me Maybe" with Rockoustic Heartthrob Sam Milby. A special number dedicated for birthday celebrant judge Gary V. then followed, featuring his children Kiana and Paolo and former contestants The Westrack Boys and Mang.

Together with their mentors, the contenders were then called back to stage and the names of those who were safe were called one by one. Host KC Concepcion then announced the following as safe from elimination: A.K.A Jam, Mark Mabasa, Gabriel Maturan, Daddy's Home, Jeric Medina, Modesto Taran, Allen Jane Sta. Maria, KZ Tandingan, Take Off and Kedebon. That left us with Joan Da and Jerrianne Templo, who received the two lowest numbers of votes.

Joan and Jerrianne then performed for …

Kedebon Falls Off 'X Factor' Stage

Kedebon Colim, a contestant of "The X Factor Philippines," took the internet term ROFL (Rolling On Floor Laughing) literally when he found out he was not among the bottom two vote getters.

During the first results show of the reality singing competition on Sunday, the high-spirited 18-year-old Cebuano got so ecstatic after host KC Concepcion told him he was safe from elimination. He then rolled on the stage floor until he fell off the platform. His mentor Martin Nievera ran to check on him and he apparently was ok. He climbed back to stage and went immediately with his mentor to the backstage as the live show has to continue.

As of posting time, there are no official word from "X Factor Philippines" yet if Kedebon sustained any injuries from the fall.

Were you able to watch the episode? If not, watch out for our recap in a few.

'X Factor Philippines' August 4, 2012 Episode Recap

The 12 finalists of "The X Factor Philippines" performed live on TV for the first time on Saturday, August 4, 2012.

Live from the Pagcor Theater in Paranaque, the contestants did their versions of songs used as movie soundtracks, including Avril Lavigne's "Keep Holding On" from the fantasy-adventure film, "Eragon";  Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain," which was part of the OST of the blockbuster hit "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1" and The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody," the theme song of the hit movie, "Ghost."

The songs were chosen by mentors Martin Nievera (Boys category), Charice (Girls category), Pilita Corales (Over 25's category) and Gary Valenciano (Groups category).

Wondering who sang which song? Find out through our recap below.

In order of performance, here are the songs covered by the "X Factor Philippines" Top 12 finalists as well as judges' critiques and comme…

'X Factor Philippines' Top 12 Finalists Chosen

"The X Factor Philippines" has named the Top 12 contestants who will advance to the next round.

By the end of the July 29, 2012 episode of the reality talent search, each judge decided which three acts in his or her category would be put through to the live shows.

Making it to the "Boys" category are Jeric Medina, Gabriel Anciano, and Kedebon Colim.Concert King Martin Nievera will be mentoring them in the next round of the competition.
The Final 3 for the "Girls" category include Allen Jane Sta. Maria, KZ Tandingan, and Jerrianne Mae Templo. They will be mentored by international singing sensation Charice.
To be mentored by Mr. Pure Energy Gary V., the Top 3 spots for the Groups category have been occupied by Daddy's Home, Lucky Girls, and Take Off.
Completing the list are the following acts in "Over 25's" category, who will be under Asia's Queen of Songs Pilita Corales: Joan Da, Mark Mabasa and Modesto Taran.
"The X Factor Ph…

X Factor Philippines Top 20 Contestants Revealed

After a grueling elimination and selection process, the Top 20 finalists of the "The X Factor Philippines" have been chosen from the 172 auditionees who made it to the "Bootcamp."
The names of the Top 20 contestants were revealed on the July 22, 2012 episode of the reality singing competition. They are as follows:

BOYS
Kedebon Colim, 18, Cebu
Jeric Medina, 21, Paranaque City
Gabriel Maturan, 19, Dapitan City
Anton Paolo Antenorcruz, 19, Novaliches
Michael Pangilinan, 16, CubaoOVER 25s
Mark Mabasa, 26, Las Pinas City
Modesto Taran, 55, Cagayan de Oro City
Paulo Castro, 27, Makati City
Cristine Ledesma, 27, Paranaque City
Joan Da, 26, San Pablo City GIRLS
Ma. Angelica Prado, 24, Bacolod City
Jerriane Mae Templo, 21, Mandaluyong City
Allen Jane Sta. Maria, 17, Cabanatuan City
KZ Tandingan, 20, Digos, Davao del Sur
Abigail Mendoza 23, LagunaGROUPS
Sweet Bliss, 18-2, Cebu & Dumaguete
5th Avids, 18-20, Manila
Daddy's Home, 31-39, QC & Makati
Takeoff, 23-26,…

West Track Boys Charm 'X Factor Philippines' Judges (Video)

They may not have the aura of a typical boy band like those that inspired their name - Westlife and the Backstreet Boys - but they can certainly perform like one.

Meet the West Track Boys. Composed of miners, a fish vendor, a "disco mobile operator" and a farmer ages 17-29, the group charmed the "X Factor Philippines" judges with their rendition of NSYNC's "This I Promise You."

"We like them all. They have a potential. Their blending is great," said judge Pilita Corales, who gave a smooch to each member of the group after their performance.

West Track Boys also trended on Twitter on July 15, 2012, the night their audition was aired.

Check out a Dailymotion video of the "X Factor Philippines" episode featuring the West Track Boys below (the group's audition starts at 3:50):


"X Factor Philippines" returns next weekend for the Bootcamp, the second part of the competition where those who passed the auditions are furthe…

KZ Tandingan 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' Performance On 'X Factor Philippines' (Video)

"A star is born in Digos!" proclaimed judge Martin Nievera while he and the rest of the judges rose to their feet for a standing ovation after KZ Tandingan's impressive "X Factor Philippines" audition aired earlier tonight, July 14, 2012.
Twenty-year-old Kristine Zhenie "KZ" Tandingan, who wants to prove that the music industry is not all about looks and divas, did her own version of Academy Award-winning ballad "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and performed a cover of The Delfonics hit "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)" with a rap twist after the audience begged for more.

Check out KZ Tandingans' "X Factor Philippines" audition video below:


Did we just witness the first TV performance of the first ever winner of the "X Factor Philippines" tonight? Your thoughts? Feel free to comment below...