Zephanie Dimaranan is hailed as the first Idol Philippines grand winner!
This was announced during Idol Philippines's live final showdown today, July 28, 2019, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.
Zephanie bested two other Idol hopefuls who were part of the final showdown: Lucas Garcia and Lance Busa.
The original top five finalists were trimmed down to three during the first night of the final showdown. Dan Ombao and Miguel Ordon were eliminated yesterday, July 27.
During the competition proper, the three finalists went through two rounds.
During the first round, Zephanie, Lucas, and Lance performed the song that best described their Idol journey.
For the second round, the three finalists were made to perform new, original compositions by renowned songwriters.
For the original song round, Zephanie performed "Pangarap Mong Pangarap Ko" composed by Jonathan Manalo.
Lance sang "Kapit Lang" by Jimmy Antiporda, while Lucas performed "Because You Believed" by Trina Belamide.
In the end, Zephanie got the highest score of 100%, which was based on 50 percent of the scores given by the judges, composed of Regine Velasquez, Vice Ganda, Moira dela Torre, and James Reid.
The other 50 percent came from the public votes.
Lucas got a combined score of 70.2% while Lance got 41.89%.
Zephanie won the following prizes: a recording contract from Star Music, an all-expense paid trip to Taiwan for four, a brand new house and lot, and two million pesos.
Jessica Sanchez, first runner-up of American Idol Season 11, performed on the ABS-CBN show earlier tonight.
Idol Philippines started airing on April 21, 2019.
After weeks of featuring auditions, the Top 12 were chosen to compete for the live rounds.
The other seven finalists who were part of Idol Top 12 were: Matty Juniosa, Rachel Libres, Trish Bonilla, Renwick Benito, Fatima Louise, Sheland Faelnar, and Elle Ocampo.
Before the announcement, host Billy Crawford announced that Idol PH will return for a second season.