LOS ANGELES—On Monday night, Filipino-American boy band The Filharmonic made their national television debut on the fourth season of Sing-Off, NBC’s a capella reality talent competition.
For the group’s first ever performance that was seen across America, The Filharmonic sang Fil-Am pop superstar Bruno Mars’ Treasure.
The Los Angeles-based group is composed of six Fil-Ams: VJ Rosales, Joe Ilagan, Niko Del Rey, Trace Gaynor, Julian Cruz, and Barry Fortgang.
According to the group’s page on social media, their repertoire includes pop, hiphop, and R&B music.
Yahoo! TV’s Lyndsey Parker predicted that The Filharmonic will ultimately win this season, owing to their ‘cute as heck’ looks and their ‘charisma that can go on for days.’
“These boyz [sic] are going to go far, mark my words,” Parker said.
Michael Slezak of TVLine.com graded the group’s performance with a B+, giving them a 10 for charisma and a 7 for vocals.
“Cute one’s cute. Burly one’s voice is magic!” Slezak said.
The show’s judges were equally pleased with the group’s performance.
Rockstar Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five said that the boys are “absolutely fun and entertaining” and that they grabbed people’s attention from the first note. Folds however added that the boy band sometimes got ahead of the beat of their song.
Shawn Stockman even went as far as comparing The Filharmonic to his own hit group – Boyz II Men – because of their “smooth, not too loud” vocal style.
“You have so much personality and, and it’s really coming through,” singer-songwriter and newest Sing-Off judge Jewel said. Jewel stepped in for Grammy Nominee Sara Bareilles, who left the show.
Gaynor, the newest member of the crew, told the Daily Trojan (USC’s student publication) that the group auditioned for the show over the summer.
“[On] the day we met, we did a video audition and filmed our audition for the show,” Gaynor was quoted as saying in a Daily Trojan interview.
When he found out that The Filharmonic made it, he was however forbidden by the network to keep it under wraps. While only his immediate family and USC roommate knew about it, Gaynor wasn’t able to tell his friends about it.
At a benefit concert performance in November, when The Filharmonic announced that they were on the show, the response was “unreal” according to the USC senior.
“[I’ve] never had anything like this before. It’s just unbelievable,” Gaynor said to the Daily Trojan. “It’s crazy.”
You can catch The Filharmonic again on NBC’s Sing-Off on Wednesday night, at 8/7c. For complete schedules, visit www.nbc.com/sing-off/.
Catch the The Filharmonic on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheFilharmonic), Twitter (@TheFilharmonic), and Instagram (@TheFilharmonic).
(With reports from Yahoo! TV, Daily Trojan and TVLine.com)
(LA Midweek December 11, 2013 MDWK pg.2)