Marcelito Pomoy advances to ‘America’s Got Talent’ semifinals

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The Filipino singer earned a standing ovation from the judges after delivering a jaw-dropping performance of 'The Prayer'

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) — Filipino vocalist Marcelito Pomoy has advanced to the semifinal round of international singing competition “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” on Monday (Tuesday morning in Manila).

Pomoy, who won the 2011 edition of Pilipinas Got Talent, earned a standing ovation from the judges after delivering a jaw-dropping performance of “The Prayer” with his signature dual voice.

“That was what I call a 10. As simple as that,” Judge Simon Cowell said of Pomoy, who became known for his ability to switch from a deep baritone to a convincing female falsetto.

“I want to see something unique, something different, and Marcelito, you gave that to us. It was absolutely brilliant,” said judge Alesha Dixon.

Pomoy failed to capture from the panel a “golden buzzer”, which automatically qualifies a contestant to the semifinal round, but he went through to the next phase after garnering the fan vote.

"America’s Got Talent: The Champions", a spin-off of the hit US talent show, brings together past contestants and winners of international Got Talent franchises. Participants from US, United Kingdom, Africa, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Russia, Myanmar, Poland, and Norway are set to battle for the coveted crown.