The TNT Boys’ Amazing Performances on CBS’ The World’s Best and What’s Next for Pinoy Trio

PHOTO CREDIT: TNT Boys Ph Instagram

The TNT Boys’ performances on The World’s Best (TWB) talent show on CBS from February to March earned global attention as the young singing trio competed – gaining celebrity fans, judges praises, and more invitations for interviews and concerts than they could handle.

Francis Concepcion, Mackie Empuerto, and Kiefer Sanchez hit the high notes song after song, receiving praises from host James Corden, Hollywood judges Drew Barrymore, RuPaul, and Faith Hill, even a surprise fan in Ariana Grande as the young singers made their way to the Final Battle Rounds.

American Judge Drew Barrymore said of the TNT Boys’ final performance, “There is no flaw in one note. When you have a show called ‘World’s Best’ that’s a very high bar to set, and you guys just reach it every time, if not surpass it.”

TWB host James Corden told the Filipino trio, “Every single person that watched your performance in this show – you have moved them and changed them. And this is just a start of an incredible journey.”

The Vocal Dynamo Trio from the Philippines eventually bowed out of the Hollywood talent competition on March 6 (March 7 Manila Time), but it appears the boys have more in store for fans, beyond their TWB journey.

Good News Pilipinas recalls The TNT Boys’ journey on the Hollywood show and identifies where they may be headed next.

1st Performance at TWB with Near Perfect Score of 99

TNT Boys receive near perfect scores from CBS talent show “The World’s Best”

The TNT boys received an almost perfect score of 99 from the Hollywood judges and the Wall of the World judges with their outstanding performance of Beyonce’s “Listen.”

U.S. TV Appearances

Ariana Grande bows to TNT Boys in surprise performance on Late Late Show with James Corden

Francis, Mackie, and Kiefer then went on various U.S. television shows for interviews about their amazing performance on TWB including a surprise mid-performance performance with Ariana Grande.

Picking Up 2 Awards

The TNT Boys’ sudden surge in popularity earned them two awards from the Philippines. The young singing trio’s TNT Boys Listen: The Big Shot Concert staged in 2018 was awarded Concert of the Year by the National Customers’ Choice Annual Awards 2019.

The Big Shot Trio, the first Filipino act to perform in the four franchises of the talent show Little Big Shots in the Philippines, United States, UK and Australia, was awarded Promising Male Concert Performers of the Year in the 50th Guillermo Box Office Awards for successfully staging their first major solo concert at the Araneta Coliseum.

Performing at Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s Homecoming Concert

The TNT boys even performed at the Homecoming Concert for Miss Universe Catriona Gray.

2nd Performance at TWB Battle Round Winning with a Score of 97

TNT Boys obtained a score of 97 against their competitor Emotional Line with their amazing rendition of Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dream Girls.

3rd Performance, Bowing Out of TWB

The TNT Boys perform Jessie J’s hit song “Flashlight” in the Group Variety Championship Round of The World’s Best against Naturally 7 and Vonnie Lopez. The Filipino group bowed out of contention for the championships but it appears they are moving on to greater stages.

Next on The TNT Boys Agenda: U.S. Concerts!

The TNT Boys announce their U.S. Concert Tour in April 2019

April 23 – Hayward, CA

April 25 – Los Angeles, CA

April 27 – Edmonton, AB


With reports from Marclee Agustin, John Zedrick Simeon

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