Growing up to a strict father who always reprimands them even just on the small mistakes they committed, 24-year-old freelance singer Lance Busa admitted that he was closer to their mom. Thus, as his way of emancipating himself from the horrible things he experienced, he decided to go to Manila in 2011, and at the same time, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
But everything started to change in early 2018 when his father had a stroke, which made him realize how grateful he should be for the reproofs he received from him because those molded him into who he is at the present. This harrowing episode in their lives gave him an opportunity to make up for his shortcomings as he recovered.
Attesting to their continuously improving relationship was when he was accompanied by his dad and sibling during his audition for Idol Philippines.
Through his strong vocals and remarkable stage presence, Lance was able to deliver a smokin’ rendition of Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love”, which received compliments and the four “yes” of the judges.
In the Theater Round, Judge Moira Dela Torre found it difficult to contain her thrill as she shrieked while watching his performance of Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You” together with the other male Idol Hopefuls who’s with him in the Beyonce3Men group – Matty Juniosa, Gello Marquez, and Lucho Beech.
With five other contestants vying to move to the next level of the competitions – Lucas Garcia, Ramil Permigones, Miguel Odron, Trix Corpez, and Gello Marquez – Lance really exerted his all to make himself stand out by astounding the jurors with how he smoothly nailed his part on their performance of Mariah Carey’s “My All”.
Despite not being able to completely impress the judges with his interpretation of John Legend’s “Ordinary People”, there’s no doubt that it was among the most exceptional exhibitions in the Solo Round as it became his ticket to the Live Rounds.
Advancing to the Live Rounds, Lance wowed us not only with the evident change in his physical appearance (he shaved off his facial hairs and came in squeaky clean!), but with how he stayed true his promise of displaying the “levelled up” version of himself, as well.
From belting out emotive foreign hits, he proved to us his versatility as he got us bopping our heads with his exhilarating cover of the OPM classic “Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika”, which was a composition and a personal favorite of their mentor, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.
Although the National Artist told him that it’s difficult to put twists and give a different flavor to this landmark song, the awesome Butuanon was still able to pull off a beautiful performance.
Satisfying his siblings with the special Baked Salmon he prepared for them, Lance likewise got the approval of singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino for his powerful take on her latest single “Ako Muna”. The Pop Rock Royalty, alongside her friend King of Teleserye Theme Songs Erik Santos, were the mentors of the remaining Idol Hopefuls during that week.
Despite making it to the Top 8, Lance still found it hard to shake off his fears that his sound remained not fully accepted by other people, which made their mentor Morissette Amon worried about him. But amid the unpleasant remarks and criticisms he receives, he’s still persistent to continue showcasing what he’s got until the very end, just like through his stirring rendition of I Belong To The Zoo’s “Sana”.
With his parents living in the province, he imparted how terribly difficult it is for him to appear in very live show without them around to personally show their support for him. But the sadness it causes him never hindered him to exert his best in his every performance, such as in the recent elimination round wherein he swooned us with his version of Freestyle’s “Paano” which brought him to the Top 5.
Does Lance have what it takes to be the first-ever winner of Idol Philippines? Let’s find out on the finale this coming weekend!