Pure talent poured inside the studio of TV5’s Talentadong Pinoy last night as five performing groups competed against one another for the sought-after Hall of Fame title on the show’s "Make It or Break It" segment.
The segment aims to give formerly defeated champions a second chance, but they have to compete against other wildcards for the lone spot at the Hall of Fame.
The five wildcards—Tasmania Dance (dancers), Cercado Sisters (singers), Sor Apao (singer), Dancing is Fun (dancers), and Excel (singer)—all gave their best in front of the audience with loud applause given to each number.
Suspense was in the air when host Ryan Agoncillo read the results and announced the winner.
"Dancing is Fun!"
The faces of the 6-person group were painted with joy and disbelief as they, children aged 8 to 15, were able to beat the grownups. They have cemented their place as the third performing group to enter the Hall of Fame (joining Ayegee and Melbelline) and they will be eligible to compete in the Grand Finals.
WHO HAVE FUN? Dancing is Fun is composed of six kids: Christian, 10; RM, 8; Mico, 11; El Marie, 8; Kariza, 15, and Jason, 15. They all hail from Catarman, Northern Samar. Kariza and Jason are studying at the Catarman National High School while the younger ones are enrolled at the Catarman Juan Central School.
These kids got to know each other through their parents and their passion for dancing. Passion led to action as the friends competed in dancing contests in their hometown in Samar, as well as in international contests like the Golden Diamond Cup in Taiwan.
Dreaming of getting more exposure at home, the troupe went to SM Fairview to audition for Talentadong Pinoy Season 3, and sure enough, they were accepted.
CLOSE MARGIN. PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to chat with Jason and was surprised at some of the details the young man revealed to PEP. First of all, it was a close match between Dancing is Fun and the three-girl singing group Cercado Sisters. They beat the sisters by only 0.2 points!
Was he nervous about the competition presented by the Cercado Sisters?
"Masyado din po kaming kinabahan kasi nakita po namin kung gaano po kagaling talaga yung Cercado Sisters po," he said. "Kaya dinoble po namin pagdating sa production."
What were they thinking while waiting for the results to be read?
"Actually po wala kaming maisip na idea kung sino iyong mananalo," admitted Jason. "Kasi po ’yon nga po, maganda din po iyong pinakita ng Cercado Sisters... lahat po sila magagaling na contestants."
THE NEXT (DANCE) STEP. Creative planning and execution is needed for a dance group to win. With Dancing is Fun’s ballroom prowess already shown, are Jason and the kids planning something different for the Grand Finals?
"Sumasayaw din kami ng modern jazz, hip hop, ’tsaka iyong partner ko (Kariza) po sumasayaw ng contemporary jazz," revealed Jason. The younger ones are not that familiar with other dance genres, but Jason was confident that they can teach the kids, who are "very easy po to teach ng sayaw."
Jason explained further that it was relatively easy to teach the four kids because aside from wanting to learn, Mico, El Marie, Christian and RM practice hard to get the right moves right no matter how difficult. "Kinakaya po nila kahit maliliit sila," smiled the proud Jason.
Such are the plans of 8 and 15 year olds for the competition, but now, it’s time to go home and concentrate on studies.
Thanks to the P300,000 cash prize that Dancing is Fun won, it will be easier for them to pursue their studies and acquire the necessary tools for the Battle of the Champions, Talentadong Pinoy Season 3.