The TNT Boys – consisting of Francis Concepcion, Mackie Empuerto, and Kiefer Sanchez – once again, brought pride to the Philippines after singing their own rendition of Beyoncé’s “Listen,” bringing them through to the next round of the new American talent competition “The World’s Best,” that aired its pilot episode right after the Super Bowl on CBS last Sunday.
The American judges were really amazed with the performance of the TNT Boys as they hit all the high notes effortlessly, giving them an average score of 49 while the Wall of the World judges gave them more than enough points to reach a total of 99.
The Judges comments after their amazing ‘goosebumps’ performance were very much applauding. Drew Barrymore said she really has a soft spot for kids, as she added that what the TNT Boys just did “is a whole other thing.”
“You possess a gift. You’re just that good,” she told the TNT Boys. Faith Hill also said, “First of all, you have some serious attitude. You’re so precious and so sweet but when you were singing, you were in that song, and you were like, bam!”
And Rupaul had one just thing to say, “Shante,” which meant “You stay!”
There is absolutely no doubt that these three can SING! 🎤
Posted by The World's Best on Sunday, February 3, 2019
One of the judges making up the ‘Wall of the World’ panel, Pops Fernandez, a Filipino Singer, was asked by James Corden about what she thinks of the boy’s performance.
She said, “I am so proud now to represent the Philippines. On behalf of the Filipinos, guess what? I know for a fact that you can be the World’s Best.”
Corden also asked an award-winning dancer and choreographer who had worked with Beyoncé “Dennis Jauch,” who represented Germany, said, “I actually wouldn’t be surprised if she (Beyoncé) would call you up after this and be like ‘Join me on the next tour!”
Comments also flooded the Twitter account with the different reactions of viewers who watched the performance of the TNT Boys.
All these reaction videos are making me 😭 kung nakakayaman ang mga luha bilyonaryo na siguro ako 😂
— NL 🏛✋ (@TNTBoysForever) February 5, 2019
I hope that the TNT Boys will drag up on The World’s Best (like they did on face sounds familiar; lady marmalade and bang bang). THAT SHIT WILL POSSIBLY INPRESS RUPAUL ❤️✨
— nard (@ejay______) February 5, 2019
Kabadong-kabado ang boys habang naghihintay ng scores eh. Hindi ba sila aware na sobrang galing nila? So humble babies ❤ #TNTBoys
— Mrs. Hemmings 👽 (@hgfabia) February 5, 2019
they've been singing listen a couple of times now but their performance at twb was a killer. idk who change the composition of the song but kudos to you and to tnt boys for killin' it. ♥️
— 🌙 (@lorengnzls) February 5, 2019
TNT BOYS scored 99% 😱😱
— ArJay ConsTanTinE (@Niceswan17) February 5, 2019
I really appreciate how ‘Bakwit Boys’ turned out, and what it could also be championing for the local music industry. Although being too overtly familiar by paper, it’s almost impossible to not forgive some of its creative misses.
Everything feels nicely weaved together, and quite lovely.
In the film, a band of brothers (Vance Larena, Nikko Natividad, Ryle Santiago, Mackie Empuerto) were discovered performing on-stage by Rose (Devon Seron), a musician who took interest on the siblings group, and eventually offered help in recording their music for many to hear.
I found myself recalling the musical Rock of Ages while watching this. There are similar beats on both for sure, but I keep asking myself how something so conventional and obvious could still work, even for a setting untested for this type of material.
‘Bakwit Boys’ never really worked because of its songs (composed by the talented Jhaye Cura), it is what it is because we are rooting for the underdog struggles of our four brother leads.
Everyone at the screening are cheering on their temporary success because there’s never any shortage of flaws or decency in their own traits. It could be sweet and all, but it also ended on a thought that this temporary success could quickly revert our characters on a path we never want them to see.
I wasn’t completely sold over the love story subplot, which was played along even until after the ending of the film. If writer-director Jason Paul Laxamana could have just focused on the interplays of the “Bakwit Boys,” (or the musical alias of the brothers as a group) then I think this film would feel more natural and effective.
But what we got so far was really good. I admire that the goal of the film goes beyond just representation of regional culture, and I can’t wait to witness how its message will grow in conversations outside cinema.