Alisah Nina Luz Salacot Bonaobra (born April 22, 1995) is a Filipino singer who participated in the second season of The Voice of the Philippines, in which she finished as the runner-up. In 2016, she was a grand finalist and had reached championship round of Eat Bulaga‘s Just Duet. Bonaobra was competing in the fourteenth series of The X Factor.
Bonaobra was born to a family that made their living through selling at the sidewalk since 1987. She participated in singing contests such as Eat Bulaga‘s now-defunct Gymeoke segment. She studied at St. Scholastica’s College‘s Conservatory of Music, her scholarship was revoked after she was found to have participated a televised karaoke contest while wearing her school uniform; this was prohibited under the rules of the college.
In an interview, she mentioned that she owns 18 cats and five dogs.
In July 2014, Bonaobra rose to fame after a video of her performing “Let It Go” in a karaoke machine in Robinsons Place Manila was uploaded by Henrik Jensen. After the video viraled online, Alisah became prominent in various singing competitions in television both locally and abroad.
The Voice of the Philippines
In November 2014, she auditioned for the second season of The Voice of the Philippines where she got through the blind audition rounds with her performance of Jessie J‘s “Domino“. She then chose Black Eyed Peas‘ apl.de.ap as her coach. During the semi-finals, Alisah performed Lipad ng Pangarap and a duet of One Sweet Day with Daryl Ong. As a result, she was saved from elimination and advanced to the finals. On the first day of the first round of the finals held on February 28, 2015, she performed Ako Ang Nagwagi with Dulce for the duets while for her solo performance, she performed Beyoncé‘s Love on Top. On the second day of the first round of the finals, her solo song was “Go the Distance” while her duet song with her coach was a medley of “Hero” and “You Can Do Anything“. She advanced to the second round along with Jason Dy. In the second round of the grand finals, Bonaobra performed Celine Dion‘s “All By Myself” but ended up as the runner-up after getting 47.06% of the votes, losing to Jason Dy.
World Championship of Performing Arts
In July 8–17, 2016, Bonaobra competed for WCOPA (World Championship of Performing Arts) held in Long Beach, California. She was part of senior II female 18-24 category. She performed “I Surrender” for open entry and “All By Myself” for pop entry. She won gold medal for industry award. She won silver medals for broadway entry (“Let It Go“), gospel entry (“The Prayer“), and variety entry (“Go the Distance“).
|WCOPA performances and results|
The X Factor UK
In August 2017, Bonaobra competed for fourteenth season of The X Factor. She performed Beyonce‘s “Listen” during her audition in front of judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.
In the first bootcamp round, she was placed in group 8 with Natalie Lomax, Gaga Lord, and Rai-Elle Williams. They performed Mariah Carey‘s “We Belong Together“. Only Williams was sent through to the second bootcamp round. Bonaobra broke down in tears and as Scherzinger went to the stage to comfort her, begged for second chance and she sang again in front of Scherzinger. Eventually, the other three judges decided to send her through to the second bootcamp round as well. In the second bootcamp round, she performed “Defying Gravity” as her solo performance. Then, she went through the six chair challenge.
In the six chair challenge, she performed Celine Dion‘s “All By Myself” and was given a seat by her mentor Osbourne, taking seat number 2 from Taliah Dalorto. Osbourne later decided to give her seat to Grace Davies, resulting in the audience booing Osbourne for her decision and wanting Bonaobra to return. After all performances in the Girls category, Osbourne decided to have Bonaobra compete in a sing-off with fellow contestants Scarlett Lee and Williams. Bonaobra performed “Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj song)“. At the end, Bonaobra took seat number 1 from Lee. At the Judges Houses, Bonaobra performed Sam Smith‘s “Lay Me Down“. She was sent home by Osbourne, but later won the public wildcard vote for the Girls category, sending her through to the live shows. She performed Jordin Sparks‘ “This Is My Now” on her first live shows wherein she received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience. On her second live shows, it was “Viva Latino” week, she performed Jennifer Lopez‘s “Let’s Get Loud” and made it through the next week’s show. The third live shows was “George Michael” week, Bonaobra was so emotional as she performed one of Michael’s Greatest Hits of All Time, “Praying for Time“. She received a standing ovation from judges Scherzinger and Osbourne; both praising Bonaobra for an outstanding performance, with Walsh calling her “Filipina-Tigress”. However, Cowell was not satisfied with the performance of the Filipina singer describing her performance as “old-fashioned” and “headlining to weddings”. Bonaobra was voted off by the public making her the sixth act to be eliminated.
|The X Factor performances and results|
Other talent shows
In April 2016, Bonaobra competed for Eat Bulaga!‘s Just Duet. She sang Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing” with her celebrity partner, Maricris Garcia to reach semi-finals. In the weekly finals, she performed Celine Dion‘s “Because You Loved Me” with Maricris Garcia. In the third qualifying round, she performed “Sayang Na Sayang” with Aegis. In the week-long grand finale, she performed “Love Me Like You Do” and “Defying Gravity” as her solo performances. She performed Swedish House Mafia‘s “Don’t You Worry Child“, alongside her mother named Luzviminda Bonaobra. She also performed Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” with her celebrity partner, Ima Castro. In the championship, she also performed “When You Believe” with her celebrity partner, Aicelle Santos.
In February 6, 2017, Bonaobra competed for the first season of It’s Showtime‘s Tawag ng Tanghalan with Roland “Bunot” Abante and Raul Tubil. She performed Ted Ito’s “Maghintay Ka Lamang” in daily round. She was defeated by Roland “Bunot” Abante.