IDOL PHILIPPINES RECAP: Who are the first six Idol finalists to enter Top 12?

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jun 23, 2019
(L-R) The female contestants who made it to Idol Philippines Top 12: Fatima Louise, Sheland Faelnar, Trish Bonilla, Rachel Libres, Elle Ocampo, and Zephanie Dimaranan.
PHOTO/S: Idol Philippines (ABS-CBN)

The first half of Idol Philippines' Top 12 finalists have taken their spot for the Live Rounds.

For the June 22 to 23 episodes of the show, the 20 remaining Idol hopefuls performed for the Solo Round of the Idol City competition.

In the June 22 episode, the 10 remaining female hopefuls performed in front of Idol judges Regine Velasquez, Vice Ganda, Moira dela Torre, and James Reid.

They were given the freedom to choose their song for the Solo Round.

At the end of the episode, six ladies made it to the Top 12 of Idol Philippines.

Here are the first six finalists who will be seen in the Live Rounds of Idol Philippines:


18-year-old Fatima performed Michael Buble's "Feeling Good" for her performance in the Solo Round.

As she performed, James said, "This is the best performance I've seen so far."

Fatima then earned a standing ovation from James, Vice, and Moira.

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Regine simply told her, "You belong here. Congratulations, keep it up!"


Before Sheland's performance, Regine noticed that she has a resemblance to James's real-life girlfriend, Nadine Lustre.

During Sheland's Idol journey, she admitted that she is a fan of James.

Regine said, "Can I just say something, bakit tonight ang feeling ko, kamukha niya si Nadine?"

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James then remarked, "I was just about to say, you're very pretty tonight."

Vice asked Sheland to say something to James, but she became shy.

James then told her, "Sheland, I was very impressed you really stepped up, give it your best."

The 17-year-old singer then performed her version of "Clarity" by Zedd.

Vice said about her performance, "Mukha ka nang star. Para kang wala sa contest, para kang guest na sa isang variety show."

James commented, "Everytime I watch you perform, you get better and that's very good. Overall, you have something very special in your voice."

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Twenty-one-year-old Elle, who is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, performed her version of "Ride" by Twenty One Pilots.

Vice was impressed with Elle's performance.

Vice said, "Alam mo, ang dami mong kayang gawin sa boses mo, ang dami mong kayang ipakita sa amin.

"Pero natutuwa ako kasi hindi nawawala yung brand mo, yung tunog ni Elle, yun pa din, ang galing-galing mo."

James then pointed out, "For me, I think you have probably the most unique style, which is one of the things at the top of my list.

"It's standing out completely, not just your voice, but the way you perform. Congrats!"

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For 16-year-old Zephanie's Solo Round performance, she sang her rendition of "I Believe" by Fantasia Barrino.

Zephanie was then in tears after her performance.

When Regine asked her why, she answered, "Masaya po ako kasi I know na kinanta ko po siya from the heart."

Vice then remarked, "Sa aming apat, feeling ko ako yung pinaka naniniwala sa 'yo.

"Meron akong nakikita sa 'yo na feeling ko, mamahalin ito ng tao, pero hindi puwedeng nararamdaman ko lang yun.

"You have to prove that to everyone, you have to prove to us that you're a diamond."

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Sixteen-year-old Trish is the daughter of ABC-5 Philippine Idol winner Mau Marcelo.

During her audition, Trish said that Mau opposed to the idea of her joining a singing competition.

Vice then asked Trish upon entering the stage, "Di ba, noong simula sinabi mo, dini-discourage kang sumali?

"So ngayong umabot ka dito, nagkakausap pa ba kayo? Anong sabi niya, anong reaksiyon niya?"

Trish answered, "Tuwang-tuwa po siya at nakarating po ako dito sa solo round."

She then performed "One Night Only" by Jennifer Hudson.

Vice said about Trish's performance, "Kapag pinag-uusapan ka namin, lagi namin napapansin yung consistency mo.

"Noong mga nakalipas mong performances dito, medyo madumi.

"Pero ngayon, natuwa ako kasi somehow, unti-unti mong naku-cure.

"Ang hindi ko lang bet, yung mga arte mo kapag kumakanta ka, masyadong amateurista.

"Dapat mukha kang star, hindi ka mukhang contestant."

James then commented, "I thought you looked very powerful, which was good.

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"Your voice is special, I'm just looking for that performance level."


17-year-old Rachel was the last girl to enter the Top 12 for the Live Rounds.

When she entered the stage, Moira asked, "Are you ready to make this moment your time to shine?"

Rachel gave a resounding 'Yes!"

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She then performed Sarah Geronimo's version of "Maybe This Time."

After the performance, Rachel cried, saying that she is happy to finally perform.

For Rachel's performance, James remarked, "I know you came from a girl group. You can dance, you're a good performer.

"For me, I think you could have done more. It's not a song I imagine you to sing."

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On June 23, six male hopefuls will complete the Idol Philippines Top 12 before the Live Rounds start on June 29.

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(L-R) The female contestants who made it to Idol Philippines Top 12: Fatima Louise, Sheland Faelnar, Trish Bonilla, Rachel Libres, Elle Ocampo, and Zephanie Dimaranan.
PHOTO/S: Idol Philippines (ABS-CBN)
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