Struggles can either make or break a person based on how he or she decides to deal with it. For Miguel Odron, being the only Pinoy at a school in Indiana, USA, was a terrible burden.
Migrating to the US at 13 where his mom worked, Miguel had trouble assimilating with fellow schoolkids due to his difficulty in speaking English fluently. They would make fun of him, and some would even utter racist jokes. But Miguel would not let this bring him down and instead used this as an impetus to intensify his passion for music. This would spark Miguel’s push as a singer and a songwriter and this helped him not only improve his English, but also enhance his potential as a great music artist.
And this he wants to fulfill by coming back to the Philippines and pursuing a music career, and he made that giant step by joining Idol Philippines. With all he went through, Miguel is truly inspired in giving exceptional performances throughout his journey in the reality-based talent search.
During the auditions, Miguel mesmerized everyone with his acoustic rendition of SWV’s “Weak” by SWV earning him the Idol Philippines judges’ “Yes’s” to gain the golden ticket to advance to the next round. He would then impress the judges further when he sang some lines of his originally composed song he titled “Still”.
In the Theater Round, Miguel joined the group “Voltes 4” along with fellow contenders Dan Ombao, Jhamil Villanueva and Sean Oliver. Together, they serenaded everyone with their rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby”. By the end of their performance, judge James Reid announced that Miguel and Dan are the ones who will move to the next round.
Singing for the second time on a group along with the other hopefuls Lucas Garcia, Ramil Permigones, Trix Corpez, Gello Marquez, and Lance Busa, Miguel continued to impress the judges by being able to blend well and stand out at the same time with their group’s performance of Mariah Carey’s “My All”.
Performing solo, Miguel’s lack of facial expression alarmed the judges, who noted that such greatly helps in telling the story of the song and making the audience feel the emotions that go with it. Nevertheless, they also pointed out that the power of Miguel’s eyes and voice enlivened his rendition of Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word”.
“He was able to transport me into a different place! It was magical, I really felt it.” --- These were the words of National Artist Mr. Ryan Cayabyab when he heard Miguel’s interpretation of his song, “Kahit Ika’y Panaginip Lang”, leaving everyone awestruck.
Getting into the top 10, Miguel came on stage with much more confidence than he had in his previous performances. He captivated everyone’s hearts with his rendition of Erik Santos’ ‘kilig’ single titled “Kung Akin Ang Mundo”.
Choosing Gary Valenciano’s hit “How Did You Know,” Miguel heeded the advice of Mr. Pure Energy himself and gave a heartfelt performance that made everyone emotional including the judges.
Will Miguel Odron succeed in starting a brilliant musical career in the Philippines by becoming the first Idol Philippines champion? Let’s find out in the upcoming grand finals of the country’s edition of the famed global reality-based talent search franchise this weekend!