WATCH 10 Filipino Singers That Almost Won American Talent Shows But DID NOT!

Mriganka Chawla
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With Marcelito Pomoy performing on America’s Got Talent: Champions, it brings back the question that has been buzzing for the past 10 years. Will this be the year a Filipino will finally win a Talent Show in America? Or will history repeat itself once again? Lets take a look at all the memorable Filipinos that are hard to forget and had a real shot at winning.

Madonna Decena, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Season 2

Although Madonna did not make the finals, she got the approval of all three judges-Cowell, Piers Morgan, and Amanda Holden. After losing out in the semi-finals, she returned to the Philippines shortly after to launch a local career instead.

Arisxandra Libantino, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Season 7

Her rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s version of “One Night Only” resulted in the judges giving her a standing ovation. Arisxandra moved to Nottingham from the Philippines when she was 6 and she made it to the finals.

Charlie Green, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Season 2

Although Charlie left after the semi-finals, this managed to achieve something majority of the world doesn’t get, Simon Cowell’s rare seal of approval. During auditions, Charlie’s rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Summer in the Wind” earned him a standing ovation, and Simon deemed him “a little star.”


Camille Velasco, ‘American Idol’ Season 3

It was a heartbreaking night for Filipinos everywhere when both their bets-Camille and fellow Filipino Jasmine Trias-were placed in the bottom two in American Idol Season 3. 

After the negative criticism she received from the judges, Camille predicted that her time was up. Which is why in her final performance, she replaced some of the song’s lyrics to express her gratitude for her fans.

Jasmine Trias, ‘American Idol’ Season 3

Jasmine’s came 3rd place in American Idol and sparked major controversy after frontrunner Latoya London was eliminated. Disgruntled viewers claimed Jasmine’s fans were able to vote for her before the allowed two-hour period. The judges were also visibly disappointed with the turnout and it was another Filipino snubbed on talent shows.

Ramiele Malubay, ‘American Idol’ Season 7

Ramiele’s claim to fame on American Idol is, first, being deemed by Simon Cowell as one of the top 3 competitors during her season. Although she did not win, in 2009, she sang the American National Anthem at the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto fight in Las Vegas.

Thia Megia, ‘American Idol’ Season 10

Before American Idol, Thia auditioned for the fourth season of America’s Got Talent, but unfortunately failed to make the cut. Though known for her powerful ballads, Thia’s mother revealed in a interview that her daughter, like most Filipinos, loves singing karaoke. Her favorite? “Dahil Sa ’Yo.”

Jessica Sanchez, ‘American Idol’ Season 11

She is one of the youngest Idols, but this half-Mexican, half-Pinay stole all our hearts. She was runner up in American Idol Season 11.

Jessica’s performances on American Idol have generally been met with positive reviews and Randy Jackson went as far as calling her the “voice to be reckoned with in this whole competition.” She didn’t win and was a runner up instead.


We are not just proud of Jessica for her musical achievements but also for defeating cancer. She had cancer in the latter half of 2012, but Jessica later announced in 2013 that she is cancer-free.

TNT Boys, ‘The World’s Best’

The TNT Boys are a trio of young singers from the Philippines who appeared on CBS talent competition show The World’s Best earlier this year. The Boys consists of Keifer Sanchez, Mackie Empuerto, and Francis Concepcion. 

They were previously finalists on the Filipino talent show Tawag ng Tanghalan KidsAfter performing Beyoncé’s “Listen” together on television, they formed a boy band.

Their audition for The World’s Best was so good, they earned 99 points out of 100 from the judges. It wasn’t enough to win them the show although but they did win our hearts.

Angelica Hale, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 12

Angelica Hale is an 11-year-old singer from Atlanta who competed on America’s Got Talent in 2017. She received her Golden Buzzer from Chris Hardwick’s finished as the youngest runner-up in the show’s history.

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