Blind Pinoy student impresses Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson

Blind Pinoy student impresses Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson

A young, visually impaired Filipino student has captured the attention of several international celebrities for his version of “Too Good At Goodbyes” sung at a grocery store few days ago.

The video of Carl Malone Mentecido uploaded by a netizen named Trixie Madison has garnered more than 11 million views as of writing. More, the singing has been praised by no less than the original singer of the song, Sam Smith.

“WHO IS THIS KID!!!!!? YOU ARE OUT OF THIS UNIVERSE WHOEVER YOU ARE (heart emoji),” tweeted Sam who posted the video on his social media account.


On the post’s thread, Carlo replied to the English singer-songwriter: “Hi, I’m Carl Malone Montecido who sang your song too good at goodbyes thank you for reacting and thank you because you noticed this viral video!”

Sam’s tweet was then reposted by American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson, describing the performance of Carlo as “insane.”

On Sam’s Instagram account where he shared the short clip, the comment section has gotten messages for Carlo from other international celebrities.

Half-Filipina singer and Pussycat Dolls member Nicole Scherzinger left a comment that read: “Omg he is EVERYTHING babe!!! and he can saaaamg.”

American singer-songwriters Anastacia, Brandi Carlile, and Lebanese Australian TV host Jessica Kahawaty suggested for Sam to give the student a break.

“Please find him and make him famous,” Jessica wrote.

British Racing driver Lewis Hamilton believes so too, relating: “Wow I pray you find him, the world needs to hear his voice!”

For British designer Daniel Lismore, he thinks the Pinoy singer should be on American daytime television variety comedy talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Other international celebrities such as Bebe Rexha, The Vamps member James McVey, Ty Dolla Sign, Benny Blanco, and Julia Michaels also left comments of admiration for Carlo.

Of course, Filipino personalities like Isabelle Daza, Angeline Quinto, and Iza Calzado were also proud of their kababayan and wrote some messages on Sam’s post.

According to “TV Patrol” Negros, Carl — who first rose to fame as The Blind Balladeer of Bacolod on “It’s Showtime’s Tawag Ng Taghalan” finalist — is preparing to join the World Championship of Performing Arts later this year.