Alisah Bonaobra

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Alisah Bonaobra
Birth name Alisah Nina Luz Salacot Bonaobra
Born (1995-04-22) April 22, 1995 (age 23)
Manila, Philippines
Origin Filipino
Genres Pop, musical theatre
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present

Alisah Nina Luz Salacot Bonaobra (born April 22, 1995) is a Filipino singer who participated in the second season of The Voice of the Philippines, in which she finished as the runner-up.[1] In 2016, she was a grand finalist and had reached championship round of Eat Bulaga's Just Duet.[2] Bonaobra was competing in the fourteenth series of The X Factor.[3][4][5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

Bonaobra was born to a family that made their living through selling at the sidewalk since 1987.[8] She participated in singing contests such as Eat Bulaga's now-defunct Gymeoke segment.[9] She studied at St. Scholastica's College's Conservatory of Music, her scholarship was revoked after she was found to have participated a televised karaoke contest while wearing her school uniform; this was prohibited under the rules of the college.[10]

In an interview, she mentioned that she owns 18 cats and five dogs.

Career[edit]

In July 2014, Bonaobra rose to fame after a video of her performing "Let It Go" in a karaoke machine in Robinsons Place Manila was uploaded by Henrik Jensen. After the video viraled online, Alisah became prominent in various singing competitions in television both locally and abroad.

The Voice of the Philippines[edit]

In November 2014, she auditioned for the second season of The Voice of the Philippines where she got through the blind audition rounds with her performance of Jessie J's "Domino". She then chose Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap as her coach.[11] During the semi-finals, Alisah performed Lipad ng Pangarap and a duet of One Sweet Day with Daryl Ong.[12][13] As a result, she was saved from elimination and advanced to the finals.[14] On the first day of the first round of the finals held on February 28, 2015, she performed Ako Ang Nagwagi with Dulce for the duets while for her solo performance, she performed Beyoncé's Love on Top.[15][16] On the second day of the first round of the finals, her solo song was "Go the Distance" while her duet song with her coach was a medley of "Hero" and "You Can Do Anything".[17][18][19][20] She advanced to the second round along with Jason Dy.[21] In the second round of the grand finals, Bonaobra performed Celine Dion's "All By Myself" but ended up as the runner-up after getting 47.06% of the votes, losing to Jason Dy.[22][23]

World Championship of Performing Arts[edit]

In July 8–17, 2016, Bonaobra competed for WCOPA (World Championship of Performing Arts) held in Long Beach, California. She was part of senior II female 18-24 category. She performed "I Surrender" for open entry and "All By Myself" for pop entry. She won gold medal for industry award. She won silver medals for broadway entry ("Let It Go"), gospel entry ("The Prayer"), and variety entry ("Go the Distance").[24][25]

The X Factor UK[edit]

In August 2017, Bonaobra competed for fourteenth season of The X Factor. She performed Beyonce's "Listen" during her audition in front of judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.[26]

In the first bootcamp round, she was placed in group 8 with Natalie Lomax, Gaga Lord, and Rai-Elle Williams. They performed Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together". Only Williams was sent through to the second bootcamp round. Bonaobra broke down in tears and as Scherzinger went to the stage to comfort her, begged for second chance and she sang again in front of Scherzinger. Eventually, the other three judges decided to send her through to the second bootcamp round as well.[27] In the second bootcamp round, she performed "Defying Gravity" as her solo performance. Then, she went through the six chair challenge.[28]

In the six chair challenge, she performed Celine Dion's "All By Myself" and was given a seat by her mentor Osbourne, taking seat number 2 from Taliah Dalorto.[29] Osbourne later decided to give her seat to Grace Davies, resulting in the audience booing Osbourne for her decision and wanting Bonaobra to return.[30] After all performances in the Girls category, Osbourne decided to have Bonaobra compete in a sing-off with fellow contestants Scarlett Lee and Williams. Bonaobra performed "Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj song)". At the end, Bonaobra took seat number 1 from Lee.[31] At the Judges Houses, Bonaobra performed Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down". She was sent home by Osbourne, but later won the public wildcard vote for the Girls category, sending her through to the live shows. She performed Jordin Sparks' "This Is My Now" on her first live shows wherein she received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.[3][4][5][6][7] On her second live shows, it was "Viva Latino" week, she performed Jennifer Lopez's "Let's Get Loud" and made it through the next week's show. The third live shows was "George Michael" week, Bonaobra was so emotional as she performed one of Michael's Greatest Hits of All Time, "Praying for Time". She received a standing ovation from judges Scherzinger and Osbourne; both praising Bonaobra for an outstanding performance, with Walsh calling her "Filipina-Tigress". However, Cowell was not satisfied with the performance of the Filipina singer describing her performance as "old-fashioned" and "headlining to weddings". Bonaobra was voted off by the public making her the sixth act to be eliminated.

Other talent shows[edit]

In April 2016, Bonaobra competed for Eat Bulaga!'s Just Duet. She sang Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" with her celebrity partner, Maricris Garcia to reach semi-finals. In the weekly finals, she performed Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" with Maricris Garcia. In the third qualifying round, she performed "Sayang Na Sayang" with Aegis. In the week-long grand finale, she performed "Love Me Like You Do" and "Defying Gravity" as her solo performances. She performed Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child", alongside her mother named Luzviminda Bonaobra. She also performed Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" with her celebrity partner, Ima Castro. In the championship, she also performed "When You Believe" with her celebrity partner, Aicelle Santos.[32][33]

In February 6, 2017, Bonaobra competed for the first season of It's Showtime's Tawag ng Tanghalan with Roland "Bunot" Abante and Raul Tubil. She performed Ted Ito's "Maghintay Ka Lamang" in daily round.[34] She was defeated by Roland "Bunot" Abante.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leary, Joan. "The Voice Philippines runner-up Alisah Bonaobra auditions on X Factor UK 2017". Philippines' Ultimate Showbiz Hub. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Torre, Nestor (May 14, 2017). "Prospective singing stars in 'Just Duet' finals". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b O'Sullivan, Kyle. "X Factor's wildcards revealed as four acts get second chance to make the live shows". Daily Mirror. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Wootton, Dan. "BACK FOUR GOOD? We reveal X Factor wildcards who've been given a second chance on live shows". Daily Express. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Meechan, Lauren. "X Factor 2017: Four wildcards REVEALED ahead of first live show". Daily Express. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Harris, Niomi. "The X Factor 2017: Wildcards REVEALED as four acts win public vote to go through to the live shows". OK!. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "X Factor: Wild Card acts are FINALLY revealed as four ousted contestants are given a chance to land a place on the live shows". Daily Mail. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Alisah on 'Voice PH' loss: 'Natulala ako'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Tantiangco, Aya. "Eat Bulaga, Miss Saigon alums to star in new run of 'Rak of Aegis'". GMA News. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "The Voice Season 2- Coaches". ABS-CBN. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  11. ^ Dumaual, Jose Miguel (November 17, 2014). "'Voice PH' bet Alisah: Street vendor-turned-Internet sensation". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "The Live Shows "Lipad ng Pangarap" by Alisah Bonaobra (Season 2)". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Live Shows "One Sweet Day" by Daryl and Alisah (Season 2)". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "'The Voice PH': Final 4 finalists revealed". Rappler. February 22, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  15. ^ "The Live Shows "Ako Ang Nagwagi" duet by Alisah and Dulce (Season 2)". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  16. ^ "The Live Shows "Love on Top" by Alisah Bonaobra (Season 2)". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  17. ^ "The Live Shows "Go The Distance" by Alisah Bonaobra (Season 2)". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "The Live Shows "Hero/ You Can Do Anything" by Coach APL and Alisah Bonaobra (Season 2)". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
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  20. ^ "'The Voice PH' final 2 contestants revealed". Rappler. March 1, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  21. ^ "Rence, Leah fail to make 'Voice PH' top 2". ABS-CBN News. March 1, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  22. ^ "The Live Shows Top 2 Performance : All By Myself by Alisah Bonaobra (Season 2)". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  23. ^ "Alisah falls short of 'Voice PH' win". ABS-CBN News. March 1, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  24. ^ "Alisah Bonaobra WCOPA 2016 Journey". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  25. ^ "2016 Senior Medal Winners". World Championships of Performing Arts. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  26. ^ "Alisah Bonaobra makes the Judges Listen with Beyoncé hit - Auditions Week 4 - The X Factor 2017". Youtube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  27. ^ "Alisah Bonaobra doesn't take no for an answer - Boot Camp - The X Factor 2017". Youtube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  28. ^ "Alisah Bonaobra soars into the next round - Boot Camp -The X Factor 2017". Youtube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  29. ^ "Alisha Bonaobra: The Talented Filipina SMASHES Her Act - 6 Chair Challenge -The X Factor UK 2017". Youtube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  30. ^ "Grace Davies: Her Original 'DO IT BETTER' Gets The Crowd CRAZY! The X Factor UK 2017". Youtube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  31. ^ "Scarlett, Alisah and Rai-Elle fight for their Chairs - Six Chair Challenge - The X Factor 2017". Youtube. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  32. ^ "Alisah Bonaobra Just Duet COMPILATION Part 1". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  33. ^ "Alisah Bonaobra Just Duet COMPILATION Part 2". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  34. ^ "Tawag Ng Tanghalan: Alisah Bonaobra - Maghintay Ka Lamang". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2017.

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