Since they won impressively at the now-defunct The Sing-Off in 2011, A capella group Pentatonix has become an unstoppable force in the online and recording industries—shooting over charts, bagging three Grammys, and garnering five billion views (and counting) on YouTube. For the third time, the band—comprising Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Kevin Olusola, and newest member Matt Sallee through Wilbros Live—recently returned to the Philippine stage to what else but serenade Filipinos with their jaw-dropping vocal chops?
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Classic and contemporary hits—check! From John Lennon's "Imagine" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" to Camilla Cabello's "Havana" and Gaga and Bradley Cooper's award-winning "Shallow," Pentatonix took their audience at Araneta Coliseum to a meandering ride that only put their perfectly harmonized vocals front and center!
More than just covers. True, the group started by doing covers of hit songs, but you should know they also perform eargasmic originals. At the concert, Pentatonix let Pinoys in on their unreleased song "Happy Now," teasing more new music soon!
Aca-mazing Kevin! Also a YouTube celebrity with his solo antics (remember when he guested on Lip-Sync Battle as "John Legend?"), Kevin Olusola also showcased his celloboxing—or simultaneous beatboxing and playing cello—right there and then. In one number, he basked under the spotlight alone as he started playing the opening credits soundtrack from Game of Thrones! (Check out a snippet from his Instagram below!)
The sing-along! "Sing as hard as you can," they said. And so we did! Kevin and Matt had their moment on stage with pop winner "I Want it That Way" and country hit "Old Town Road"—and couldn't help but encourage the crowd to join in!
"The best crowd." Filipinos probably left a lasting impression on the quintet, who would always exclaim how Filipinos turned out to be the "best" audience in their tour. Filipinos sing really well, too, they added!
Hallelujah, what a show! What a better way to conclude an aca-mazing show than a chilling cover of "Hallelujah"? The Big Dome lit twinkling as the audience took out their phones while singing along to their rendition. Absolute. Goose. Bumps.
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