Pinay Sisters Fourth Power Wowed Judges on X Factor UK Audition, but Controversy Starts (Video)
Meet Fourth Power (4th Power), the Pinay singing sisters that earned a standing ovation from the crowd and judges after their audition at ‘The X Factor UK,’ held at the Wembley Stadium in London this Saturday, August 29. However, the group also earned controversy as they were learned to be professional singers. Below is their X Factor UK audition video.
Composed of four sisters, Almira, 27, Irene, 25, Mylene, 23, Celina, 19, the Cercado sisters from the Philippines performed ‘Bang Bang’, the hit song of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Simon Cowell were very impressed with their performance during the launch of X Factor UK Season 12.
“I always say we welcome talent from all of the world and you are more than welcome.” Simon Cowell told the Fourth Power, adding that they are “probably one of the best I’ve ever seen.” The three other judges also praised the performance of the Pinay sisters, with Rita Ora saying she wants to be their sister and that their audition has changed their lives.
But this Sunday, British news such as Metro and Daily Mail reported the controversy about the Fourth Power. Apparently, the four sisters were known to be already professional singers while The X Factor UK is set only for amateur contestants. It also appeared that the ITV producers already knew about it but they did not tell the four judges.
“Producers were well aware who the girls were before they arrived in front of the judges – so it was no surprise that they were fantastic on the show. But the judges had not been told what was coming, to ensure their reaction was as strong and completely natural as it could be.”
A source was quoted at Mirror UK, adding that the group was invited to the show.
In case you’re not familiar with them, Fourth Power is the same MICA (which represents their first names) who joined the South Korean TV talent show ‘Superstar K6’ in 2014 but didn’t make it to the finals. Back in 2012, the girl band used to be called The Gollayan Sisters and were declared the grand champion on ABS-CBN’s noontime variety show “It’s Showtime.”
In 2011, Fourth Power used the name The Cercados and joined Talentadong Pinoy. In 2008, the foursome reportedly appeared at Pinoy Idol, which was created by Freemantle Media, the same production company behind the X Factor. The four sisters have also performed professionally in the US and in the UK, and have signed a recording contract under Star Records Inc.