Anne Curtis was twirled around as she held on to a body board while Kim Atienza surprised everyone with a ballet-inspired number during the grand finals of Showtime Season 2. The Laoag City Gymnastics Group (bottom frame), received an average score of 9.86 from the judges, making them the second grand champion of ABS-CBN's talent search. Photo: Allan Sancon

Ten grand finalists competed fiercely for the prize and glory in Showtime Season 2, ABS-CBN's talent search that has captured the hearts and minds of the "madlang people." The three-hour long episode aired on the Kapamilya Network yesterday, December 18.


The finalists hailed from provinces all over the country--from Zamboanga del Norte, South Cotabato in Mindanao to Tacloban City, Leyte in the Visayas and from Metro Manila. 


The Laoag City Gymnastics Group, received an average score of 9.86 from the judges, making them the grand champion of Showtime Season 2. The group from Northern Luzon, which succeeded first season's champion XB Gensan, took home the coveted P1 million prize. 


XB Gensan, Showtime's first grand champion, opened the show with a touching prayer. Their leader said, "Thank you Jesus for all the challenges...and the blessings..."


Anne Curtis ended the prayer, followed by a group hug from all the hosts: Vhong Navarro, Kim Atienza, Jugs Jugueta, and Teddy Corpus.


Afterwards, the Showtime hosts performed a vibrant group number including Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire." The hosts then showcased their "sample" through their solo numbers. Vhong Navarro danced the cha-cha with a modern twist with the XB Gensan.


Anne Curtis wore a sexy blue sequined micro mini dress and thigh high black stiletto boots as she performed a sultry number. As she held on to a body board, Anne was twirled around like a baton by dancers. 


Kuya Kim surprised everyone with his "ballet" act that was smoothly executed and accompanied by the "Song for Anna." Wearing an all-black Goth-inspired hip-hop outfit, Vice Ganda did krumping dance moves with XB GenSan to the delight of the audience.


Invited judges for the ultimate competition were previous jurors of the show such as Tetchie Agbayani, Karylle, Mickey Ferriols, Agot Isidro, Ceska Litton, Karylle, Kelly Misa, Matet de Leon, Giselle Sanchez, Jessa Zaragoza, Alakim the magician, Ryan Bang, Atoy Co, Bugoy Drilon, Jhong Hilario, Richard Poon, Luke Mijares, and radio DJ Papa Jack.


First to show off their dynamic dancing prowess is a group from San Jose, Nueva Ecija who call themselves the BIG TRIO.  Wearing golden Shaolin-inspired outfits, the Big Trio performed like agile Shaolin masters. Three golden "Buddhas" were part of their act. Lovely pop singer Karylle commented "it's anybody's ball game... She found the group "very creative and inspiring. Gusto ko yung Shaolin soccer."


Judge No. 2, former basketball cager Atoy Co said, "Ang masasabi ko po ay ang galling-galing nila...sabay-sabay. Kayo ang magiging pamantayan sa mga susunod na grupo." Third judge to comment is Vice Ganda. "Maganda ang presentation...Sa tatlong Buddha, sana walang ma-offend na ibang paniniwala...6 ang perfect score ko sa ngayon."


KIDz@TRIK
from Davao, Mindanao is the second group that showcased  their "Krumping" and hip hop moves with so much power. The members, who had red spiky hair, executed numerous back flips. Balladeer Richard Poon felt the "flips were very, very excellent." Tetchie Agbayani was likewise impressed by the tumbling displayed by the group.


VICE GANDA RECALLS DAD'S DEATH. However, Showtime resident judge Vice Ganda pointed out that their show is not a "tumbling festival." He pointed out the group's strong points by saying, "Kahanga-hanga ang fighting spirit ninyo...Napakahusay ninyong sumayaw."

The comedian then turned serious as he expressed his strong dislike for the use of guns in their choice of sound effects. He emotionally narrated that his own father died as the result of a gunshot. "Batang-bata ako nang mawalan ako ng tatay. Nabaril ang taty ko at naulila ako. Kinailangan mag-abroad ang nanay ko at naulila ako ng pangalawang beses. Kaya sana kalimutan na natin ang baril at ang tunog nito."


As a result, the group KIDz@TRIK earned a score of 5 from Vice Ganda.


Another tough contender from Mindanao, particularly Molave, Zamboanga del Sur is 89.9 HOODZ. This group of energetic males had the guts to pull off a practical joke that had the judges, crew and the "madlang people" on their toes, worried sick for a moment and laughing the next.


During their production number, one of the dancers appeared to be injured, making everyone's heart skip a beat. However, it turned out that he was just joking and the group continued with their dance.


"Naiinis ako sa inyo! Pinaiyak ninyo ako!" exclaimed comedian Giselle Sanchez as tears streamed down her face. "Ang galing ng performance ninyo...Gusto ko ang pagtalon ninyo...It was a good practical joke."


Vice Ganda commented, "Iba ang twist ng grupong ito...Yung atensyon  na nakuha ninyo sa ibang tao, nagtayuan,  ninerbiyos, nataranta, Natakot tapos biglang natawa--ang bongga-bongga!..Matalino ang nakaisip nito...Ang perfect score ko ay 6."


The MAMA'S BOYS was the fourth group in the lineup. Unlike their competitors, this Sta. Mesa, Manila-based group performed a "novelty" act.  Wearing orange prison outfits, the Mama's boys danced while showing comedy skits. One member even shaved his own hair on the set. The audience guffawed at their unique act.


Pilipinas Got Talent finalist Alakim pointed out, "Yung Mama's boys, ang galing ninyo...binigyan ninyo kami ng aliw...Part ng aliw ang comedy." Actress Mickey Ferriols stated, "Pasok na pasok ang dala ninyong katatawanan...aliw na aliw kami..." For Vice Ganda, he observed that the group had its unique charm. "Sobrang charming ninyong lahat...Iniba ninyo ang pananaw ng ibang tao. Di naman lahat sayaw...Di naman lahat 'krumping.' Walang nagpatawang ganyan. Dito lang sa season 2." And with that, Mama's Boys merited a score of 7 from Vice Ganda.


The fifth group, LAL-LO'S BLACKLIGHT PERFORMERS, from Lal-lo, Cagayan Valley grabbed the spotlight in a dramatic manner.  "Believe" and "Dreams come true" are the underlying messages that the black light artists  relayed to the audience as they beautifully interpreted the song "Thanks to You" through varied symbols.


"Ang masasabi ko...ang ganda-ganda. Kakaiba siya.  Almost perfect na siya," said actress Matet de Leon regarding the performance of the students.  The group got a 6 from Vice Ganda.


"Tatak Mindanao" and "highly intense" were the some of the words used to describe the SPEEDMOVERS CREW, from Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental. Singer Luke Mijares exclaimed, "Susginoo! Simula pa lang, ginulat ninyo ako. Nakakapigil hininga....Proud kayo sa pagiging Bisaya."


"Pinapahirapan ninyo kaming mga judges...Ang ganda ng energy...Salamat sa magandang sayaw na binigay ninyo..." was actor-dancer Danilo Barrios' remark about the group. Vice Ganda pointed out that the group's dance is similar to the other performances. "Pare-pareho kayo ng material," said the comedian, prompting him to give a score of 5.


The seventh contender, XTREME 24/7, kept the adrenalin rush flowin'. Dressed in sporty yet colorful outfits, this group from Zamboanga interestingly performed various dance acts using a unique medley of tunes, including a Christmas song.  One member even rapped "live" while the rest danced with vigor. The back side of their outfits outlined a luminous "stick man" figure.  They ended their act with a bang by "throwing" away several t-shirts to the audience members.


Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010 ex-housemate Ryan Bang greeted the group by saying, "Taray!" He added, "Gusto ko slowness [referring to their slow motion move], ear phones [ear muffs]. He also liked the "music, costume, sayaw, concept. Sobrang enjoy ako."


Actress Kelly Misa noted that the group's number was "grabe." As for Vice Ganda, he gushed, "Kumpletos rekados...Bagay na bagay sa Christmas season...Klap, klap, klap. Ang husay!...Ang daming ideya na pinagsama-samahin...malinis, mahusay!...Ginawa ninyong malinis." The "Xtremists" obtained a 6 from Vice.


An extraordinary group from Laoag, Ilokos Norte showed the "madlang people" and the judges their world-class performance. LAOAG CITY GYMNASTICS GROUP gave it their best shot as they performed lithely and flawlessly. It was such an awe-spiring performance that drove the audience to give them a standing ovation.  Even the show's jurors were visibly impressed.


Singer-actress Jessa Zaragoza was enthralled by the gymnastics group and even shared that her daughter is taking up gymnastics. "Sa inyong performance, napaka-breathtaking  ng iyong performance...Hindi lang kayo magaling, sobrang entertaining pa ang ginawa ninyong  production number. Kumpleto, kakaiba...Tsaka very professional ang dating ninyo..." Young singer Bugoy Drilon was equally impressed. "Hanep na hanep bumali yung katawan nila...Pangalawa po, grabe, nakakagulat yung binigay ninyong kagalingan. Di kayo nakakasawang panoorin...Ang ganda ng ipinakita ninyo..." Vice Ganda commented, "Nakakaaliw, napakahusay...World-class...Ang mga batang ito ipagmamalaki ng Pilipinas. Wow - Walang Olats, Wagi!..." The dynamic group merited a score of 9 from the resident judge.


ZERO GRAVITY
from Tacloban City, Leyte was the ninth finalist in the competition. The only Visayan contender, the group members wore colorful graffiti shirts and caps as they gave a high-powered performance showcasing their unique comedic  krumping, hip-hop dance moves.


"Lahat kayo magagaling kaya naandito kayo sa grand finals. Maganda yung costume, maganda yung  energy pinakita ninyo, yung mga comedy naandoon kaya lang may sumablay sa  sa tumbling..." stated dancer-actor Jhong Hilario.


For her part, Ceska Litton commented, "Ini-expect ko mas maraming high-flying stunts...natutuwa ako sa mga costumes ninyo...Ang ganda ng switching ninyo yung angas factor to kwela na napatawa din kami."


Vice Ganda said about the group, "Ang galing ninyo, pero mas gusto ko yung ginawa ninyo nung monthly finals...Minsan talaga ang pagbabago...mayroon tayo dapat i-retain...." A score of 6 was given to the group.


The final group to take center stage was this week's wild card winner called GROUND ZERO from Koronadal, South Cotabato who did a contemporary dance number. Like a breath of fresh air, they gracefully interpreted the song Gary Valenciano's "Warrior is a Child" which was sung live.


Actress-singer Agot Isidro has this to say: "Napawi ninyo ang 'judge fatigue' ko. Napawi ninyo yung pagod ko dahil sa performance ninyo na nakakasoothe. Di siya maingay...di siya magulo..." On the other hand, Papa Jack, another judge said "Risky na mag-change kayo ng discipline para i-perform dito pero ganunpaman...Sobrang aliw na aliw ako."


As for Vice Ganda, the resident judge remarked, "Nakakaaliw ang costume...Napakaganda ng boses mo, masarap pakinggan..." He gave them a score of 6.


Prior to the announcement of the grand champion, a special video clip was shown, featuring XB Gensan, the first grand winner.  Some of the members expressed their gratitude. "Sa Showtime, sobrang pasasalamat po namin kasi po malaki ang naitulong sa amin..." Kayo po ang naging tulay para po makamtan namin yung pinapangarap namin." After the video feature, XB Gensan capped it with an electrifying dance number.


After more than three hours of intense competition, Vhong Navarro and Anne Curtis proudly announced that the second grand champion is Laoag City Gymnastics Center. The members jumped with joy upon learning that they would get the P1 million prize of the competition.


Viewers can look forward to the Showtime Christmas special with hosts Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Kuya Kim Atienza, Jugs of Itchyworms, Teddy of Rocksteddy and resident judge Vice Ganda from Monday (December 20) to Friday (December 24) featuring some of the biggest stars in the country.