KWC Karaoke World Championships 2011 Filipino singers make history in prestigious international singing competition

Karaoke World Championships (KWC) Joel Cruz and Lyda Shyla Roxas of the Philippines

On September 10, 2011 Joel Cruz and Lyda Shyla Roxas from the Philippines landed top spots in the Karaoke World Championships (KWC) held in Killarney, Ireland. Joel bagged first runner-up in the male category, while Lyda landed third runner-up in the female category, making them the first Filipinos to ever place in the most prestigious karaoke event in the world.

For his winning piece, Joel sang Bridge over Troubled Water (originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel), blowing the crowd away with his electrifying performance. Lyda stunned the audience with her powerful rendition of Alone (originally performed by Heart). Out of 23 participating countries, the Philippines was the only one to get both male and female representatives in the top five.

The five winners for the male cateogry are:

  1. Marc Hatem (Lebanon) – champion
  2. Joel Cruz (Philippines) – first runner-up
  3. Vladimir Pak (Russia) – second runner-up
  4. Riki James (New Zealand) – third runner-up
  5. Toni Laaksonen (Finland) – fourth runner-up

The five winners for the female cateogry are:

  1. Cassandra Jopp (USA) – champion
  2. Estefania Gralla (Spain) – first runner-up
  3. Jerrica Santos (Canada) – second runner-up
  4. Lyda Shyla Roxas (Philippines) – third runner-up
  5. Viktoriia Pakhtusova (Ukraine) – fourth runner-up

Although neither bagged home the championship crown, their success has earned Filipinos the respect of the international music community.

Karaoke World Championships 2011 videos

Joel Cruz performs “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at the 2011 KWC Karaoke World Champinships held in Killarney, Ireland

Lyda Shyla Roxas performs “Alone” at the 2011 KWC Karaoke World Champinships held in Killarney, Ireland

Karaoke World Championships 2011 photos

[slickr-flickr search=sets set=72157627587855163]