Antoinette Taus in top 14 of US TV singing competition “The Sing-Off”

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Antoinette Taus hails her Filipino fans as she and her group called Kinfolk 9 advance to top 14 of the US TV singing contest The Sing-Off as aired on September 19 episode on US television.

Kinfolk 9 is a nine-member vocal group founded by Jenilee Reyes, an L.A. based singer and a Filipino-American. Jenilee is also said to be Antoinette’s god sister.

The said group will be competing against other equally talented a capella groups namely: Afro-Blue, The Cat’s Pajamas, The Collective, Dartmouth Aires, Delilah, The Deltones, Sonos, Soul’d out, North Show, Fannin Family, Messiah’s Men, Vocal Point, Pentatonix, Yellowjackets, and the Urban Method.

All in all, 16 groups singing a capella will rock the stage to get closer to stardom. The winner of this contest will receive a cash prize of $100, 000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.

The Sing Off is an a capella singing contest that features talented a capella groups. The show is hosted by Nick Lachey, a former member of the popular boy band 98 degrees. The Sing Off 3rd season judges are Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds, and Sara Bareilles. The show airs on NBC, and can be seen in the Philippines via cable.

The former Filipino star, Antoinette Taus was popular among teens during her flourishing showbiz career in the 90’s. Despite her popularity here in the Philippines, she decided to migrate to US along with her brother, Tom Taus, the former child star who is now gaining popularity in Los Angeles as DJ Tom.

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Wish you were here by Avril

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I happened to hear this song, “Wish you were here” by Avril Lavigne, just now. The melody and lyrics of the song made me played this video a couple of times. I tried to listen to its lyrics, and the words were just plain and simple, casual but meaningful.

The lyrics speak about a girl who is in love, and how it weakens  her without her man by her side. I think there are lots of girls who can relate to this, and who simply like to say, “damn! damn! damn! what I’d do to have you here, I wish you were here.”

Avril seemed to have transformed into a more mature singer/performer in this video. The video itself focused on  facial expressions, and I think Avril pulled it off. It’s good that the video didn’t showcase the usual Avril Lavigne with a punky, rock star looks. However, in this video, the director could have thought of something different aside from the bathtub scene. I have already seen a lot of this scenario from other artists’ videos.

Here is the lyrics of the song entitled, “Wish you were here” by Avril Lavigne.

“Wish You Were Here”

I can be tough
I can be strong
But with you, it’s not like that at all

There’s a girl
who gives a shit
behind this wall
You’ve just walked through it

And I remember all those crazy things you said
You left them running through my head
You’re always there, you’re everywhere
But right now I wish you were here.
All those crazy things we did
Didn’t think about it, just went with it
You’re always there, you’re everywhere
But right now I wish you were here

Damn, Damn, Damn,
What I’d do to have you
here, here, here
I wish you were here.
Damn, Damn, Damn
What I’d do to have you
near, near, near
I wish you were here.

I love the way you are
It’s who I am, don’t have to try hard
We always say, say like it is
And the truth is that I really miss

All those crazy things you said
You left them running through my head
You’re always there, you’re everywhere
But right now I wish you were here.
All those crazy things we did
Didn’t think about it, just went with it
You’re always there, you’re everywhere
But right now I wish you were here

[Chorus:]
Damn, Damn, Damn,
What I’d do to have you
here, here, here
I wish you were here.
Damn, Damn, Damn
What I’d do to have you
near, near, near
I wish you were here.

[Bridge:]
No, I don’t wanna let go
I just wanna let you know
That I never wanna let go

(let go let go let go let go)

No, I don’t wanna let go
I just wanna let you know
That I never wanna let go

(let go let go let go let go let go let go let go)

Damn, Damn, Damn,
What I’d do to have you
here, here, here
I wish you were here (I wish you were)
Damn, Damn, Damn
What I’d do to have you
near, near, near
I wish you were here.

Damn, Damn, Damn,
What I’d do to have you
here, here, here
I wish you were here.
Damn, Damn, Damn
What I’d do to have you
near, near, near
I wish you were here.