Australia’s X Factor and My Musings

thexfactor I just watched the recent you tube video posted by Miss World 2013 Megan Young that went viral, with more than a million views in just a few days. It’s about a 28 year old filipina auditioning in Australia’s X Factor. I enjoyed watching it, not only because of her great voice but it also caught my attention  somehow due to several reasons. one of them is “You Can Relate” to the circumstances she’s in. I don’t know, maybe it’s just my wild imagination but somehow i was touch while watching the video. let me say why. By the way, this is just my observation.

The  Age and  The  Accent:   She enters the stage and was asked by the judge how she is, she answered it with a not too australian accent.  After asking her age, a male judge instantly asked her “Are you, Were you born in Australia?” She proudly replied  “I’m from the Philippines”.(i’m touched by this, i’m proud of her!).. Perhaps it’s the accent that prompted the judge to ask that,, although she is not white, i don’t think the judge would ask that even if she  has a brown skin if she speak with an australian twang as i ‘ve watch the other two filipino australian teenagers who auditioned recently and was never asked those things as the judge can see and hear clearly that the kids speak very australian. “Who’s here with you then” , a follow up question, you can see from the judge face that he’s perhaps clueless on why she’s there on the stage. When she said she’s with her family, and friends, nothing has change from the male judge’s expression until she said the word “husband”. The moment the male judge heard the word “husband” , now he lightens up, a smile in his face was visible as if something is going on in his mind. “How long have been married?” “2 years” the girl said. (I can’t read other people’s mind, so this is just my gut feel observation, and I hope i’m wrong). The girl might feel that the male judge might think that she married an old man, she instantly told him, without him asking her husband’s age, that her husband is 22 years old.Something that is not so common nowadays, a young Australian Guy marrying an older Filipina which proves again that Love knows no age. Then a female judge says “Cougar”, the lady replied with a funny statement and there you go, she got the audience laughing  and the judges smiling with her sincerity. 

Facebook and Love Searching:  “How’d you meet? ask the male judge, the lady replied “Facebook”, now you can see the judges starting to like her, smile on their faces. She continue narrating that when she saw the guy’s photos on facebook, she gave him a message “You Look Good” and even say that she really want to catch that guy until the guy likes her. So natural, honest and sincere, that’s why it amused the judges who never in their wildest dream have imagined  that someone on national television would admit that.  Following a guy , catching him until he falls for her ..and she’s a woman! truly admirable!  And call it mushy, Love is such a many splendored thing, one can go to great lengths just to find “the one”.  And most of the times most people would hate to admit that we have a such certain longing, that at one point in our life, we tried going online to find that special someone either by using our facebook connections, other social media sites or logging  on to dating websites! Yes, it’s universal and one shouldn’t be ashamed of that.

The Looks:   After hearing the lady sings, a male judge confessed that he didn’t expect what he saw (or heard). He told her that when he saw her came out on the stage, he thought ,no way would she be able to sing. Why? What was his basis? What else but the looks, that physical outward appearance.. Which brings me to one thing that we all can relate to. First Impression! We all fall for this mistake once in a while when we judge people on how they look from the outside. I remember one time me and my friend were walking in downtown when a man with dirty torn clothes was walking towards us, i was texting someone when she said “your phone, put that in the bag” i look and got what she meant, as if that old guy will snatch my phone, but nope, he didn’t , he just happened to wear dirty torn clothes but it doesn’t mean he’s bad. That happened , we all fall for that, we judge people (most of the times by their status, how they look, how much they own etc).

The Song:   She pick a good song, “Halo” by Beyonce Knowles. It blended well with her great voice and the lyrics, yes, the words in that song , one can feel that she meant it, she felt every line of it and the audience and the judges are not deaf to her emotions.Truly you can feel her emotions while she’s singing it.  I was touched especially when she sings that line:  “I  found a way to let you in, But I never really had a doubt, Standing in the light of your halo, I got my angel now. …Everywhere I’m looking now, I’m surrounded by your embrace, Baby, I can see your halo, You know you’re my saving grace, You’re everything I need and more, It’s written all over your face, Baby, I can feel your halo, Pray it won’t fade away.”

She got a standing ovation from the  judges .No wonder both the male judges  say, they felt as if the lady owned the song, the way she delivers it.  She has a powerful voice and she pick the right song. No matter how great one’s voice is, if she wasn’t able to pick a good song that suits her, it won’t be as touching as it would be. Just like in life, we survived not so much of our skills, but more of our will. When we learned to pick our battles and when we learned that we just have to look around us, realized that we’re not truly alone. For others it can be their loving partner, for some it could be their mom, dad, their  kids, friends or even the Supreme Being, One thing is for sure, somehow, somewhere, SOMEONE’s gotta be your halo!  – by JoelF





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