Mr. Boombastic is a lady: The X Factor Philippines Episode 4 Recap

And now the Manila episode of The X FACTUHR! Didn’t see yesterday’s episode because I was at the Social Media Day meet up in Makati, but I think they’re fast tracking everything now. So once again they introduce all the judges as if we do not know them yet. And they quickly show two singers,…

Young JV is the new Jay R

Jay R used to be the Philippines’ poster boy for mainstream R&B until he or the powers that be decided he’d just record love ballads and a bunch of covers. There have been several others who tried to fit the Jay R mold. In fact, in televised singing contests, there is always that one person…

The X Factor Philippines begins: Episode 1 Recap

So it’s finally here. You gotta admit that the plugs and promos are promising enough and they make the show look like a legitimate and respectful adaptation of the franchise. Unlike the horror we got when GMA7 mercilessly killed Pinoy Idol and all hopes that a Filipino Idol adaptation will be aired ever again on…

Jessica Sanchez to add vocal power Glee

Us Pinoy fans are simply among the world’s funnest, craziest and most dedicated fans – especially when someone of our lineage makes it in global televised competitions or TV shows. Makes you wonder if the casting of Filipino contenders in TV shows like American Idol, The Voice and Duets are intentional, to capture a strong…

Why Sarah’s fans need not fear Angeline

Happy Halloween! Well, that was last night. But still we’re on a subject that’s apt for the All Saints and All Souls season – fear. Today we debunk one of the unspoken fears swirling around TV land and the Internet space – has ABS-CBN found its own star that can eventually – gasp – dethrone…

Infinity: Charice In her Element

After a long wait, Charice finally releases her second international album, Infinity. First announced to be released in the US in 2012, it came as a surprise when Infinity started occupying the New Releases racks of local record bars, without any announcement or promotional activity. Nevertheless, Infinity has all the look, sound and feel of…

Iconic

YES!, the monthly glossy that calls itself “The Number One Entertainment Magazine” has changed the landscape of showbiz journalism in the country. Beyond “tsismis” and blind items, it has elevated entertainment reportage into something serious and respectable. Its deep analysis on issues and its habit of presenting not just both, but ALL sides, made YES!…

Kyla comes back

Hello everyone. Popfanzine is back! For good, hopefully. Anyway, what better way to mark this blog’s return but to celebrate one of the best “comeback” albums in recent months. We’re talking about Kyla’s Private Affair. Private Affair is Kyla’s super fine album that succeeded two consecutive massive disappointments Heartfelt and Heart to Heart. These two…

Covernation

The Awit Awards, organized annually by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry,  is the closest thing we have to the well-respected Grammy Awards of the U.S. Logically, it IS our Grammys since it is THE country’s music industry award-giving body. We expect the Awit Awards to be rewarding creativity, innovativeness, artistry but without disregarding…

Remember Elise?

Elise Estrada is an overachiever. At 23, she has already won several beauty pageants, singing competitions and professional music awards in her country of residence, Canada. This year, she is set to release her second album under a Canadian music label. Her first album spawned several singles backed by music videos with that professional gloss….

Is Viva changing its logo?

Here’s an outdoor ad for the Judy Ann Santos – Sarah Geronimo movie Hating Kapatid, produced by Viva Films (installed at SM City North EDSA). And here’s a VIVA logo at the bottom right: Is this the new logo of the VIVA Entertainment group? What can you say about it? Previously used logos: