MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Four Filipino women are making headlines both here and abroad, as the ladies of the group 4th Impact made their way through each round of The X Factor UK.
Though they were eliminated as they were just shy of making the top 4, the ladies have much to be proud of, having impressed the judges week by week not only with their vocals and choreography, but also by their professionalism. The ladies pushed forward despite one of them feeling ill at one point in the show, and never gave up despite battling homesickness while competing in the UK.
The show, created by Simon Cowell, is known to make big stars out of its contestants, whether or not they win the season. It's thanks to this show that we have boy band One Direction; Leona Lewis, Little Mix, Rebecca Ferguson, and Olly Murs were also discovered through The X Factor. (READ: Pinoy acts impress 'X Factor UK' judges)
4th Impact – sisters Almira (28), Mylene (23), Irene (25) and Celina (19) – made their way through not just through the open auditions, but also through Bootcamp, the 6-Chair Challenge, the Judges' Houses round, and through weeks out of live shows.
If you haven't been keeping up with the competition or watching their performances online, here's what you need to know:
1. 4th Power first caught the attention of X Factor UK viewers when the ladies performed Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang." (READ: Filipino group 4th Impact makes to Top 12 of 'X Factor UK')
Back then, they were known as 4th Power, but had to change their group's name during the competition due to copyright claims.
The girls wowed the audience and the judges, and even received high praise from their favorite judge Simon Cowell: "In terms of first auditions, this is probably the best I've ever seen."
2. In their audition video, the girls say they've been competing as a group since 2001.
According to the X Factor website, the girls competed in the South Korean show Superstar K6 and got to the final 8 of that show. Watch their audition video below:
Before that, they've also performed on ABS-CBN's Showtime.
Because of their experience before coming onto The X Factor, many thought that it was unfair for the girls to compete. It is not against The X Factor's rules, however, to compete as an experienced group, and the girls have made it clear that they're still "looking for their big break." (READ: Pinoy girl group 4th Power on controversial 'X Factor' bid: 'We're chasing our dreams')
3. Almira, Mylene, Irene, and Celina have 2 other siblings – an older sister and a younger brother, according to the X Factor website.
Their mom has been supportive of them throughout the competition. She's been seen in the audience as they're performing, and hanging out with them on their down time.
Rehearsal: DONE for today! Very happy to be with our mom this Wednesday, had so much fun! Grateful to have her pic.twitter.com/uAmsdJ1KUG — 4TH IMPACT (@4thImpactMusic) November 20, 2015
Sharing some pictures in one of our travels on our way to Judges Houses. We love Copenhagen, Denmark A photo posted by 4TH IMPACT (@4thimpactmusic) on Oct 22, 2015 at 12:16am PDT
4. They come from Santiago City, Isabela.
The 4th Power girls expressed devastation over the suffering their family experienced because of Typhoon Lando (international name Koppu), saying, "It's a big calamity for them (our family), it's really terrible. And now, we're experiencing this glamor, but our relatives there are experiencing that, it's very heartbreaking."
Lord pls protect our hometown Isabela from typhoon now in Philippines... #Prayers4Philippines -almira — 4TH IMPACT (@4thImpactMusic) October 17, 2015
5. Like a typical Filipino family, they're very close-knit and they love eating together.
In an interview supplied by RTL CBS Entertainment, when asked what they like to do in their spare time, all 4 sisters exclaimed "Eating!"
"We are food-lovers," explained Almira, and Irene added, "We love to eat, and eat, and eat!"
Aside from enjoying meals with their family and friends, the girls also like watching movies together. Watch their interview in the video above.
In an episode of X Factor, they were even seen cooking adobo for their housemates.
6. Who does what?
In the same interview from RTL CBS Entertainment, when it's revealed that Irene and Almira choreograph their performances, Almira said she some of the moves are inspired from what they see on YouTube. Here they are dancing backstage with judge and mentor, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. (WATCH: 4th Impact performs Ariana Grande's 'Problem' on 'X Factor UK')
Finally! We got to dance with you @cheryloffiHopefully we can perform together on real stage#4thImpact A video posted by 4TH IMPACT (@4thimpactmusic) on Nov 16, 2015 at 6:44am PST
"We are obsessed with a lot of YouTube performances, especially Beyonce, and we kind of like, it's our hobby to copy their dance moves and apply it to us, mix and match, and create some of our moves at the same time you know, based on that reference," added Almira. (WATCH: PH group 4th Impact performs Beyonce's 'Work It Out' on 'X Factor UK')
On the other hand, it's Mylene who arranges the vocal harmonies.
7. It's not all about the dance music, they love ballads, too.
The group is known for their powerful vocals and synchronized dance moves, but they also shine when it comes to acoustic performances. While most of their performances have been upbeat production numbers, their rendition of Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" during the Judges' Houses portion of the show proved they could also slow it down. (WATCH: PH group 4th Impact performs 'I'll Be There' on X Factor UK)
8. They can beatbox.
Or at least, Irene can. They've yet to showcase this talent in an actual performance, but in the video below, the girls sing Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" with the other X Factor contestants as Irene drops a beat.
9. 4th Impact are huge One Direction fans and have met the band.
The girls have yet to perform with 1D, but they have gotten photos with the boys backstage at The X Factor, when Liam Payne visited and when the band performed on one of the episodes.
Niall Horan even said he "loves them."
. @onedirection LOVE you new album Made In The A.M!!!! #onedirection https://t.co/4NDmiffTjc pic.twitter.com/zs7vxK2lp5 — 4TH IMPACT (@4thImpactMusic) November 19, 2015
It was a pleasure meeting you @fakeliampayne Thanks for appreciating our performance tonight @thexfactor A photo posted by 4TH IMPACT (@4thimpactmusic) on Nov 7, 2015 at 4:23pm PST
Lovely to meet you finally @onedirection#wereUrFans #4thimpactmeets1D whhooooooo Best day EVER..were going on TOUR A photo posted by 4TH IMPACT (@4thimpactmusic) on Nov 15, 2015 at 2:23pm PST
Go Ate Almira! Make sure you got the best selfie, I'm just gonna look at my camera Because I'm HAPPY - Mylene A photo posted by 4TH IMPACT (@4thimpactmusic) on Nov 18, 2015 at 5:30am PST
4th Impact even got a Twitter follow from the band's official account.
OMG!! Thank you for the follow @onedirection #1D pic.twitter.com/CyoGLBBQph — 4TH IMPACT (@4thImpactMusic) November 20, 2015
10. Filipino artists have expressed their support for the group.
Among them are Lea Salonga, Rachelle Ann Go, and Nonoy Zuniga.
Vote for them now @4thImpactMusic @TheXFactor pic.twitter.com/44Z6DoSwSU — Rachelle Ann Go (@gorachelleann) November 21, 2015
THIS!!! This piece of good news made me so happy! -- 4th Impact makes it to 'X-Factor UK' Top 7 via @rapplerdotcom https://t.co/KTuNGcOfqX — Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) November 16, 2015
Thank you very much po Mr Nonoy Zuniga for your support. GODBLESS..Salamat po#OpmLegend #4thimpact A video posted by 4TH IMPACT (@4thimpactmusic) on Nov 11, 2015 at 2:41am PST
Are you a 4th Impact fan yet? Tell us what you think of the girls in the comments below! – Rappler.com