He may be the youngest among the seven Hall of Famers, but Joshua Davis has all the inspiration and motivation he needs to back him up onto his final spin of pulling the grand title of "Philippines' First Ultimate Talentado" in the much-awaited grand finals of TV5's Talentadong Pinoy, dubbed as "Talentadong Pinoy Battle of the Champions," on March 6 at the Cuneta Astrodome.
More popularly known as the young "Yoyo Tricker" from Quezon City, Joshua, at the age of 13, has wowed the judges and millions of audiences since his first winning performance in June 2009. In just a few weeks, millions of fans will once again witness his amazing talent live as he rolls on a big talent showdown with the other six Hall of Famers and a wildcard entry as they all vie for the title of the first Ultimate Talentado with a grand cash prize of P1 million.
Yoyo Tricker does not see his victories as a mere stroke of luck but by a divine guidance from his brother, to whom Joshua dedicates his performances and achievements since he lost him to a brain tumor right before joining the reality talent show.
"Idea po talaga namin parehong magkapatid ang sumali," Joshua shares, as he and his brother Justin, who he fondly calls "Kuya Bugoy" were supposed to audition together and perform as partners. Joshua showed interest in playing the yoyo when he was eight years old and, together with his Kuya Bugoy, started joining mall competitions and exhibitions where they had the opportunity to be mentored by the Duncan Crew Worldwide Yoyo Masters.
"Hobby lang po talaga, natuwa po kasi kami ng kuya ko. Bali sabay po kaming nahilig at natuto," says Joshua.
But after battling brain tumor for years, his Kuya Bugoy passed away on an ill-timed circumstance two months before their supposed first performance together-right when the two were preparing to audition for Talentadong Pinoy, leaving Joshua to continue on his own to pursue his and his Kuya Bugoy's shared dream. Joshua went on the auditions on June 1, after undergoing huge adjustments from the family's loss.
"Inaral ko po yung ibang hindi ko pa perfect na tricks," says Joshua when he had to modify his yoyo tricks for a solo performance.
Indeed, Joshua isn't lacking inspiration, especially when he won in Talentadong Pinoy for the first time last June 20-the same day his Kuya Bugoy supposedly celebrated his 17th birthday. And so Joshua believes that his brother never left him, and is still guiding and helping him live out their dream.
Joshua is expected to deliver his final and best performance on March 6, where the jurors and the text-voting public will decide his fate of becoming the Philippines' First "Ultimate Talentado" against The Far East Acrobatic Gutierrez Family, Wan Lu the Puppeteer, The Tribal Dancers, singer Leah Patricio, Omar the Ladder Balancer, Ferdinand Clemente a.k.a. "Makatatawanan," and a wildcard challenger who will be chosen throughout the comeback episodes in all Saturdays of February.
Every Saturday of the month, two previous Talentadong Pinoy contestants will be selected on the show to join the roster of "Wildcard Challengers," from which only one will be chosen (through audience text votes) to meet and compete with the Hall of Famers at the grand finals on March 6.
Watch for more inspiring and amazing stories about the seven talented Hall of Famers in the coming weeks. nearing the Grand finals of TV5's Talentadong Pinoy.