Ruther Urquia (left) and Jovit Baldivino (right) will be part of the Top 12 of ABS-CBN's talent-reality show, Pilipinas Got Talent.   Photo: ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN's talent-reality show Pilipinas Got Talent formally named the first two semi-finalists who will be part of the top 12 and will compete in the much-awaited grand finals. These are 16-year-old Batangueno singer Jovit Baldivino and ventriloquist from Las Pinas Ruther Urquia.


In an intense live eliminations held Sunday night at the Dolphy Theater, the YouTube sensation and so-called younger version of Arnel Pineda, got the highest percentage of text and online votes with 80%, which guaranteed him a sure slot in the finals.


Judges Kris Aquino, Ai-Ai delas Alas, and Freddie M. Garcia a.k.a. FMG then deliberated who between Ruther and Rolando Permangil of Davao City (who garnered the second and third highest votes respectively) will make it through the next and final round. In the end, they decided to put through the 31 year old puppeteer and his puppet Titoy.


It has only been the first week of semi-finals and the competition is just heating up. This Saturday, May 8, the next batch of semi-finalists which include the Kapidamu Band of Atimonan, Quezon, Allan "Alakim" De Paz of Quezon City, Mae and Anselmo of Cebu, Florante Inutan of Davao, Markki Stroem of Quezon City, and Garrett Bolden Jr. of Olongapo, are all set to show what Pinoy talent is all about.


Who among them will make it to the grand finals? Watch out for the second batch of semi-finalists as they perform live on Showtime this Thursday (May 6) and on Tambayan 101.9 on Thursday and Friday (May 7).


Don't miss the 2nd live semi-finals of Pilipinas Got Talent this Saturday (May 8), 7:15 PM, at the AFP Theater, Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo (entrance at gate 1 along Santolan road), and on Sunday (May 9), 8:15 PM, at ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater (Studio 1). To avail free tickets, simply go to ABS-CBN Center Road from May 4 to 7, at 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Viewers can tune in to PGT this Saturday to know the text syntax or keywords to be used to vote for the second batch of semi-finalists. Viewers can only vote at the end of the show.