ELEVEN local talents competed in the second audition of the Music Performing Arts Competition Corp.’s Battle of the Voices on Saturday. They all reached the first elimination round scheduled for September 23, 2023 at the Governor Pedro P. Tenorio Multipurpose Center.
The new contestants are Donovan Castro, who sang a reggae version of Rod Stewart’s “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It”; Johana Mugar, 17, who sang “What Was I Made For” by Billie Eilish; Dwayne Castro, 35, who sang Ed Sheeran’s “Dive”; Sebastian Tajibmai, 17, who sang “Love Will Keep Us Alive” by the Eagles; Jerry Roy, 30, who performed his own rap music; Robby Murillo, 36, who sang “Be My Lady” by Martin Nievera; Elmer Delgado, 51, who sang Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Love Me With All Of Your Heart”; Azenith Avila, 45, who sang “Just An Illusion” by Julia Zahra; Charisse Ramos, 23, who sang Adele’s “When We Were Young”; and Bench Legaspi, 39, who sang Angela Bofill’s “Break It To Me Gently.”
On September 23, they will face the candidates who participated in the first audition round last month: Donato Santiago, 18, Dean Borja, 39, Brent Espineda, 18, 22. Arianne Antonio, 20 Matthew Manuel, 17 Bernice Sabino, her father 50 Bernard C. Sabino, 24 Lorenzy Leo, 24 Zoe Stephanson, 29 -Jessel Antonio, Ronilo De Belen, 50, and Raniel Santos, 26 years.
Music Performing Arts Competition Corp. board member Daniel O. Quitugua said Sept. 23 that each of the contestants would perform a different song.
Then comes a second elimination round which will be followed by the grand final in November to determine the first three winners.
Quitugua said that on October 7, they will hold an audition for young talents aged five to ten and 11 to 15 years old for the children’s category of the Battle of Voices.
He said the Music Performing Arts Competition Corp. wanted to see what she could do to build a better community. He believes the CNMI is full of musical talent.
Hopefully, he said, “we will have more music events rather than political events.”
Saturday’s judges were Marpac consumer sales manager Tom Basa, local musician Alfred Saures, former Marianas High School Glee Club member and public school system social studies curriculum leader Vinnie Orsini and Begonia Camacho .