David Foster was not impressed with the performance of Gwyenth Dorado, a 10-year-old singer from the Philippines, in the first semifinals episode of “Asia’s Got Talent” that aired Thursday.
Dorado took the center stage at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore with a rendition of “Nobody’s Perfect,” a Jessie J tune about regrets over hurting someone.
The cover impressed judge Vanness Wu, best known in the Philippines as one-fourth of the Taiwanese boy band F4. “I loved it. I thought you were amazing,” he told Dorado. “You’re so fierce. I thought you came out with a lot of energy. Mahal kita, all over again!”
Indonesian rock icon Anggun had a similar comment for Dorado, who is the youngest contender in the semifinals. Noting that the young singer only had a guitar during her audition, Anggun said the “full band underlined [her] talent.”
“You have such confidence in your voice and I think you did a great job,” she added.
Foster, however, did not agree with Anggun. The Grammy-winning composer, who used to mentor Filipino singing sensation Charice, said he was not keen on the arrangement of the song with a full band.
“You know, you are fierce. You are an amazing singer. You have an amazing talent. This performance, you sang out of tune and it kind of bothered me a little bit,”Foster said.
Aside from Dorado, seven other semifinalists performed during the Thursday episode of “Asia’s Got Talent,” including Filipino acrobats The Velasco Brothers.
Other Philippine acts confirmed as semifinalists so far are shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra, singer Gerphil Geraldine Flores, and teen dancers Junior New System.
The grand finalists of “Asia’s Got Talent” will be determined by public votes.