IN AN EPISODE of The Late Late Show with James Corden, the TNT Boys — 14-year-old Kiefer Sanchez, 12-year-old Francis Concepcion, and 13-year-old Mackie Empuerto — were invited to the show and performed Jennifer Hudson’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the film Dreamgirls. As the boys were performing, pop singer Ariana Grande unexpectedly entered the stage to finish the song with them.

Sa backstage, sabi niya ang galing daw po namin, obsessed daw siya sa amin (She told us we were great and that she was obsessed with us),” Mr. Sanchez recalled, adding that they all got nervous during the performance.

After a sold out concert in November last year, the TNT Boys are set to go on an international concert tour titled TNT Boys Listen: The World Tour this month.

Before becoming the TNT Boys, the three boys were grand finalists as solo contestants in the “Tawag ng Tanghalan Kids” segment of ABS-CBN’s Showtime program. They were officially launched as a trio in 2017 after making an appearance in the show Gandang Gabi Vice, where host and comedian Jose Marie Viceral (Vice Ganda) requested that they sing Beyoncé’s “Listen” which gained an outstanding reception. They went on to perform in the US, UK, and Australia editions of the variety TV series Little Big Shots, as well as participated in The World’s Best, a reality talent show in the US.

For the young performers, the international concert tour is a dream come true.

“We really dreamed of going on a world tour. We’re thankful because it happened,” Mr. Concepcion said in a mixture of English and Filipino at last week’s press conference at ELJ Communications Center in Quezon City.

“It was unexpected that we would have a world tour. It has always been our dream to have a concert abroad.” Mr. Sanchez added.

The concert tour kicks off at Chabot College, Hayward, California on April 23; followed by The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, California on April 25; and at the Edmonton Expo Centre, Alberta, Canada on April 27.

Their special guests include Filipino-American artists such as America’s Got Talent Season 12 first runner-up Angelica Hale, R&B singer Cheesa, and musical director and producer Troy Laureta.

The group is also set to release its first single titled Together We Fly under TNT Records this month.

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