Fans of the Pilipinas Got Talent finalists cheered so loudly for their idols at the Araneta Coliseum that PGT host Luis Manzano dubbed last night's show as "Himagsikan 2010."
The final performance night of the talent-reality show coincided with Independence Day, which is why fellow PGT host Billy Crawford said in his spiel: "May kalayaan ang 12 acts na ipakita ang talents nila for P2 million pesos."
Tonight, June 13, ABS-CBN will announce which of the 12 acts won the hearts of the public and will be hailed as the first grand winner of Pilipinas Got Talent.
PGT was launched in February 2010 with Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford as hosts. The show conducted auditions in Batangas, Cebu, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, and Manila in search of the best acts in the country, where judges Kris Aquino, Ai-Ai delas Alas, and Freddie M. Garcia aka FMG screened the contestants.
Ai-Ai delas Alas opened the performance night with her upbeat production number to the tune of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and "Just Dance."
Here is the list of acts who performed in the June 12 episode of Pilipinas Got Talent:
1. Allan "Alakim" De Paz, magician from Quezon City, 29 years old
Alakim started his act with his trademark trick of transforming cards into butterflies. For his grand finale, he held up a piece of cloth to cover himself and when the cloth dropped down, Alakim was "magically" transported to an upper level of the Araneta Coliseum. He even had some difficulty getting back onstage to hear the comments of the judges. Alakim is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, which also features David Blaine as one of its members.
2. Sherwin Baguion, balladeer from Lanao del Norte, 19 years old
PGT host Luis revealed that Sherwin endured 4-hour land trip from Lanao del Norte to Cagayan de Oro so he could audition for ABS-CBN's talent-reality show. Last night, he gave his own interpretation of "Tayong Dalawa."
3. Markki Stroem, crooner from Antipolo, 22 years old
Fil-Norwegian singer Markki showed off his piano skills as well as his ability to play the saxophone during his final performance on PGT. He chose Madonna's "Like a Prayer" and he even had a choir to back him up during his upbeat number. Ai-Ai quipped, "Na sa iyo na ang lahat, guwapo, matangkad, marunong ng 2 instrumento...ang kulang mo na lang: ako sa puso mo. Pag tinanggap mo ang pag-ibig ko, sagot ko ang kinabukasan mo." Kris told Markki that he was a "total package."
4. Ezra Band from Davao del Sur
The four-member Ezra band is composed of Kay Cal, vocalist; Jester Kadusale, acoustic guitars; and John Yap, beat box; and Norberto "Nor" Rayray, keyboardist. They performed "Runaway," much to the delight of the audiences, including their fans who have dubbed themselves as Ezralites and Ezraberks.
Kris told Nor, whose left arm has an incomplete set of fingers, that he was an inspiration to everyone.
5. Velasco Brothers, breakdancers from Cainta
The four-member group used a drum as a prop for their breakdance routine. They wowed the crowd with their tumbles and gravity-defying stunts and even prompted Ai-Ai delas Alas to give them a standing ovation. The Concert Comedy Queen then declared, "Kung ako lang ang judge at wala ang buong mundo, kayo ang nararapat na maging grand winner." Freddie M. Garcia then revealed that one of the performers, whom they referred to as Baby, actually looked like the ex-boyfriend of Ai-Ai.
6. Jeline Oliva, violinist from Naga City, 13 years old
The young girl is able to play with 12 instruments and last night, she showcased her ability to play the violin, the drums and the piano. Kris told the musical genius, "Bilang nanay, pinapangarap ko na ang mga anak ko, makapag perform ng kahit isang instrument na kaya mo."
7. Baguio Metamorphosis, dancers
Lead by Karen Navarrete-Anton, the female dancers used colorful Isis wings for their production number, prompting Kris to comment that she felt like she was watching a kaleidoscope come to life. She also praised the "synchonisity" of their act. Teacher Karen revealed that they are the only Filipino group invited to the World Hiphop competition in Las Vegas this July but they lack the funds to go there. Kris then appealed to former ABS-CBN President Freddie Garcia to support the group, just like the way she and Boy Abunda shouldered the expenses of Rhap Salazar when he competed in Los Angeles.
8. Jovit Baldivino, singer from Batangas, 16 years old
Former siomai vendor Jovit performed Queen's "Too Much Love Will Kill You" for his number. Ai-Ai told him that he was an "endangered specie" while Kris referred to him as the next big superstar of ABS-CBN.
9. Ruther Urquia, ventriloquist from Las Piñas, 31 years old
In line with the Independence Day celebration, Ruther chose to have his puppets Titoy and Lolo Teddy rap to the tune of Francis Magalona's "Ito Ang Gusto Ko." By the end of his act, confetti fell down from the ceiling. Ruther revealed that he started practicing ventriloquism when he took part in Sunday school when he was just 12 years old. Since then, he has conducted outreach programs in various areas with his beloved puppets.
10. Ingrid Payaket, Broadway singer from Baguio City, 21 years old
The female singer impressed the judges with her rendition of "On My Own" from the musical Les Miserables. Kris observed that she was "pitch-perfect and her notes were very clear."
11. Keith Clark Delleva, guitarist from Pasay, 13 years old
The Keithsters turned wild upon hearing their idol perform the rock song "Smooth." Keith deftly played his electric guitar and even sang some of the song's lyrics. Ai-Ai called his performance as "electrifying" while Kris admitted that he has star quality and that he is the new heartthrob for tweeners or those between 9 to 15 years old.
12. Luntayao family from Negros Occidental
After this musically inclined family gave their own rendition of "Impossible Dream," Ai-Ai said: "Tinalo n'yo ang Jackson Five...kayo na ang Luntayao Eight. Bongga!" Mr. Garcia, added, "Ang ganda ng blending ng boses n'yo."
For an intermission number, Jed Madela, Rhap Salazar and Robert Seña performed "Your Song."
More than 200 hopefuls passed the auditions but only 36 made it to the semi-finals after undergoing an intense judges' deliberation. The semi-finalist round gave the 36 contestants to show their talents anew and narrowed the competition to 12 finalists:
Internet singing sensation Jovit Baldivino, ventriloquist Ruther Urquia, magician Allan "Alakim" De Paz, Fil-Norwegian crooner Markki Stroem, guitarist Keith Delleva, breakdancers Velasco Brothers, Ezra Band, balladeer Sherwin Baguion, chorale group Luntayao Family, violinist Jeline Oliva, dance group Baguio Metamorphosis and musical siren Ingrid Payaket.
Since its launch, Pilipinas Got Talent has been topping the weekend primetime national TV ratings, according to the data by TNS Media Research. This season, the show hit a high of 43.1 percent on its second week of airing.
Based on the latest People ratings of AGB Nielsen among Mega Manila households, the June 6 episode of PGT received a 9.4 percent rating, which is 1.9 percent higher compared to its rival on GMA-7.
The final results night tonight (June 13) at the Araneta Coliseum will be aired live on ABS-CBN by 8:15 PM. Robin Padilla and Gary Valenciano are among the performers who will grace this event.
Studio 23 will be airing the two-part finale next Saturday and Sunday, at 6 PM.
CLICK HERE to view the photos of the 12 acts during their media presentation held at the Dolphy Theater earlier this week.