Mariko Ledesma's withdrawal from the grand finals of It's Showtime's "Tawag ng Tanghalan" segment won't affect the mechanics of the final live show.
This is according to It's Showtime business unit head Peter Dizon, who was present during the press conference for the "Tawag ng Tanghalan" grand finalists yesterday, September 23, at ABS-CBN Studio 3.
Last Saturday, September 21, Vice Ganda announced on live television that Mariko won't be pushing through with the September 23-28 week-long grand finals.
Mariko later revealed in a Facebook post that night that depression and persistent bashing from netizens urged her to back out of the competition.
During the press conference, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the Kapamilya executive on how they dealt with Mariko's withdrawal from the ABS-CBN competition.
According to him, the It's Showtime management were informed beforehand that Mariko won't be pushing through anymore with the finals.
Dizon explained, "Doon sa nangyari na pagba-back out, hindi namin kontrolado kasi choice ng contestant na magpatuloy.
"Sa lahat ng contest naman po na ginagawa namin dito sa ABS, a part of it, ine-explain po namin yung pagdadaanang rigor, pagdadaanang stress ng mga tao kasi apart from singing, nandiyan yung madaming factors, e, from the fans, from social media na binabasa nila everyday.
"So, yung nangyari na hindi nagtuloy sa competition, it's a personal decision.
"We've come to that point na diniscuss sa kanya, we agreed na i-allow siya na hindi na tumuloy because it was a choice."
Dizon also said that Mariko's withdrawal from the contest won't affect the mechanics of the grand finals.
"In terms naman of the mechanics, wala naman naapektuhan because ang Tawag ng Tanghalan naman na mechanics is always ready for adjustment.
"Halimbawa, tatanggalin yung isang contestant, hindi naman siya specific to a number kasi kung napapansin po natin, yung daily mechanics natin, daily versus defending, araw araw naman siyang nangyayari.
"So nabuo po yung finals at lahat ng resbak, it could be adjustable kapag may nag-backout because there will always be na maaalis, e, kapag hindi nila kinaya yung pressure."
Dizon also added that it was not the first time that a contestant dropped out of the contest.
One example is John Mark Saga, a current grand finalist who also had the chance to compete in the previous year.
Dizon said, "And hindi lang po ito nangyari, in the past two seasons po also, may hindi pumupunta ng resbak, may hindi nagpapatuloy.
"In fact, John Mark Saga had that opportunity before, he chose to not specifically be a resbaker last season.
"Ngayon, bumalik siya kasi gusto niya ulit pagdaanan yung panalo talaga, ma-cherish yung moment na maging winner siya, at ma-prove na kaya niya i-break yung record."
This also means that Mariko, or anyone who backed out of the competition in the past, can still rejoin "Tawag ng Tanghalan."
The It's Showtime executive pointed out: "Oo naman, welcome po lahat na sumali po ulit. Si Nora Aunor, isa siya talagang naging benchmark ng 'Tawag ng Tanghalan.'
"Nora was also a resbaker, yung concept kasi ng resbak, it's inherent with the 'Tawag ng Tanghalan' brand, kasi si Nora Aunor started sa isang singing contest sa radyo, natalo siya, then sumali siya sa 'Tawag ng Tanghalan.'"
TAWAG NG TANGHALAN GRAND FINALS
The grand finals of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" is currently ongoing, and will culminate this Saturday, September 28, at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
Twelve contestants are currently competing to follow the footsteps of Noven Belleza (who won in 2017) and Janine Berdin (who won in 2018).
The contestants in the 2019 edition are: Elaine Duran, Ranillo Enriquez, John Mark Saga, JM Dela Cerna, Charizze Arnigo, Jonas Onate, Violeta Bayawa, Julius Cawaling, Rafaello Canedo, Shaina Mae Allaga, Jermaine Apil, and Kim Nemenzo.
According to Peter Dizon, the scores of the grand finalists are back to zero for the finals.
He explained, "Per week, nagze-zero yung scoring, kasi per week iba yung mechanics.
"This week, finals na, kakagaling lang sa final resbak, the rest of the weeks, iba din, iba din ang semi finals at yun ay kino-communicate namin every start of the competition, that's also being briefed sa kanila kung ano yung magiging mechanics.
"This week, kanina, kumanta po yung anim, may kakanta pong anim ulit bukas. After po no'n may papasok na dalawa agad agad sa Sabado, then matatanggal."
Six finalists are expected to compete on the final live show on Saturday.
"Sa Sabado po, anim ang makikita niyong magpe-perform sa Caloocan.
"Pero i-consider po natin itong linggong ito na week-long grand finals. Kaya nakita naman po natin yung impact, kung paano nila binigay yung dedication nila, kung papaano talagang pinaghandaan namin yung performance nila from the arrangements to the staging and everything. Lahat po yun part ng grand finals."
The third year winner of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" will receive a house and lot, negosyo package, family vacation package, management contract with ABS-CBN, recording contract with TNT Records, and P2 million pesos.