Luke Baylon (age 21) from Tuguegarao City sang a reggae version of “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys.
“If I Ain’t Got You” is an R&B song released as a single in 2004, from Alicia Keys’ second studio album, “The Diary of Alicia Keys”. It peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Keys’ second consecutive R&B chart-topper. It won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and was also nominated for Song of the Year.
Luke Baylon gave the song a delightful twist, but the judges didn’t seem impressed. Luke didn’t get Yes votes from Idol Philippines judges James Reid, Moira Dela Torre, and Vice Ganda. But he got a Yes vote from Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez who said she enjoyed Luke Baylon’s performance and said Reggae is sang like the way he did.
Many commenters on social media were disgusted and said Luke Baylon should have been given a chance to go to Idol City because he sounded different and that his performance was good enough to get to the next phase of Idol Philippines 2019. They said the judges were mistaken in letting him go and may have focused more on looks than on his voice and performance.
Despite not getting a Golden Ticket, Luke Baylon was all smiles when he walked out of the audition room, where his two loving mothers (adoptive and biological) waited outside.
Luke Baylon sings “If I Ain’t Got You” on Idol Philippines 2019
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James Reid said “Actually I loved your rendition, it was really fun. I never heard it like that before. You have a voice and you can sing. It’s just lacking a bit with like hitting the notes and the timing.
Moira Dela Torre said she liked Luke Baylon’s range. And she liked the sound because she liked Reggae because it’s deep. But she said there’s something lacking.
Vice Ganda said Luke Baylon’s performance didn’t have a strong impact on him. “It’s not extra special,” he said.
Regine Velasquez said she actually enjoyed it. “It wasn’t a very clean performance,” she said. She continued, “There are flats and sharps. I did like your falsetto, it was very clean. I didn’t care for the unpolished performance because it’s Reggae. Because in Reggae it’s just like that. Even if you’re singing a particular song, it’s just like you’re speaking. It’s like you just let it go.”
When it was time to vote, James Reid says it’s a no for him. He said Luke Baylon has a voice and is talented, but he’s not ready and it’s not his time yet. Moira voted no but said she wants to see Luke Baylon again. Vice Ganda simply said he was also voting no.
Regine said she votes Yes because she likes Luky Baylon and because she still wants him to improve. She said Luke Baylon should “take home” her Yes so he could be encouraged to improve and to practice his craft more.
Luke Baylon cheerfully said he will also take home the No votes. The judges appreciated his positive attitude even when he didn’t pass the auditions.