Makabuluhan ang tatlong natira para sa Final Showdown of the first Pinoy Idol staged sa SMX
sa SM Mall of Asia earlier tonight, August 17. Each one represents the three
regions of the Philippines. Jayann Bautista is from Pampanga, so siya ang
naging pride of Central Luzon. Si Gretchen is from Biliran, so she is the girl from
the Visayas. Ram Chaves is from Cagayan de Oro, so he represented Mindanao.
Almost 5 p.m. na
nagsimula ang taped as live telecast ng Results Night sa Hall 2 ng SMX with the crowd in their
seats as early as 1:30 p.m. dahil ito ang naging call time even for the press
Maganda naman ang
naging opening where the Top 24 finalists were grouped in four and sang with
Hajji Alejandro, Jett Pangan, Vernie Varga, and Duncan Ramos.
Sa first gaps of the
show, all three finalists were in silver. Bago mag-second gap, na-announce na
ang pagkakaalis ni Ram to give way to the final showdown between the two
Before the final showdown, nagbigay muna ng solo spots ang tatlo sa top bands in the Philippines: Pupil, Callalily, and Rivermaya.
The original format
used in the first Pinoy Pop Superstar na ginawa rin noon sa mga unang American
Idol ang ginamit para sa face-off nina Jayann at Gretchen, now both wearing
white gowns with silver trimmings. Pareho nilang kinanta ang tinatawag na "coronation
song" composed specially by Pinoy Idol judge Ogie Alcasid and arranged by Danny
Tan entitled "To You."
Unang kumanta si
Jayann who cried in the end of the song making it indeed a personal journey for
her. Sumunod si Gretchen who gave a very confident rendition of the same song.
With P5.7 million in
total prizes, the biggest in any singing competition in Philippine television, everyone was
in bated breath kung sino ang tatanghaling kauna-unahang Pinoy Idol. Gretchen went home with P1 million in cash, a recording contract with SonyBMG Records, management contract with GMA Artist Center, a brand new car, and a house-and-lot from Avida.
In the end, talagang
umiral ang power of text votes as Gretchen was hailed as the first Pinoy Idol.
Gretchen is the only finalist who never joined the bottom list during the
Naging kontrobersiyal din ang pagkakapasok ni Gretchen sa Final 3. Marami kasi ang tumutuligsa na dahil sa power at influence ng kanyang ama na governor ng Biliran kaya hindi siya napasama sa bottom list kahit kailan, and eventually sa Top 3.
Pero sa Final Showdown kagabi, August 16, ay pinatunayan naman ni Gretchen na karapat-dapat siyang mapabilang sa Final 3 as she gave probably the best performance of the night. The three judges—Ogie, Jolina Magdangal, and Wyngard Tracy—even thought so, saying that Gretchen was a "revelation" and a "champion."