Filipino and foreign fans witnessed the whirlwind journey of the TNT Boys from being social media sensations to Hollywood darlings. What were their lives like before they found worldwide fame, and what awaits them as they grow older into their teenage years?
iWant lets their fans in on never-before-seen footage, behind-the-scenes struggles, and friendship that glued together Mackie Empuerto, Keifer Sanchez, and Francis Concepcion to become the bigshot vocal trio they are today in the iWant original documentary series “TNT Boys: Journey to the World Stage” that is now available for free streaming.
Before they became a group, these little boys with small voices first impressed viewers as grand finalists in “Tawag ng Tanghalan Kids” on “It’s Showtime.” Although they did not win the competition, their experience only made them more determined to pursue their passion and dreams for their families.
They were then officially launched as a trio in 2017, unexpectedly, after the video of their vocal showdown on “Gandang Gabi Vice” became viral online. The boys have since gained worldwide attention and have sung for international audiences in “Little Big Shots” US, UK, and Australia and have performed for several head of states.
Their versatility and charm made them stand out in the second season of “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids,” where they were hailed as the grand champion, as their transformations into music icons, including Bee Gees, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande, made headlines around the world.
This ultimately landed them a defining stint in US TV network CBS’ international talent competition “The World’s Best,” where Hollywood stars Ru Paul, Faith Hill, and Drew Barrymore showered them with praises. Worldwide attention on the trio reached fever pitch when they appeared in the TV show “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” where they got to perform with their idol, global superstar Ariana Grande.
Last year, the international sensation also added another history-making feat to their long list of accolades as they now hold the record of being the youngest artists to headline a sold-out concert, not only at the Araneta Coliseum but in the whole country, with their successful “Listen: The Big Shot Concert.”
How do Mackie, Keifer, and Francis handle the pressure of fame despite being so young? How do they deal with misunderstandings among themselves in order for their trio to work?