El Gamma Penumbra from the Philippines is the first winner of Asia's Got Talent.
The shadow play group from Tanauan, Batangas earned the cash prize of US$100,000 and the chance to perform at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
The winner was announced by AGT hosts Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez during the finale held on May 14 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Viewers across Asia voted for the winner through text messaging, Facebook, or via the mobile app of the show. Voting ended last Monday, May 11, at 11:59pm.
The grand finals also featured a touching reunion between Charice and her mentor David Foster.
El Gamma Penumbra was able to beat eight other finalists that competed in the grand finals.
Three other acts came from the Philippines: classical singer Gerphil Flores, 10-year-old singer Gwyneth Dorado and dance group Junior New System.
Unfortunately, Gwyneth was eliminated during the first round of eliminations along with Chinese acrobats Gao Lin and Liu Xin and tap dance group Dance Thrilogy.
An intermission number came from Anggun who performed her hit song "Snow on the Sahara."
The Top 6 finalists that remained were: rock stars Talento (Thailand), dancers Triqstar (Japan), Junior New System (Philippines) and traditional musicians Khusugtun (Mongolia).
In the next round, Junior New System and Triqstar were eliminated, revealing the Top 4: Talento, Gerphil Flores, Khusugtun, and El Gamma Penumbra.
For the first time, the four judges of Asia's Got Talent collaborated for a musical performance. These were Grammy-winning musician David Foster, Taiwanese-American heatthrob Vanness Wu (of F4 fame), former Spice Girl Melanie C., and Indonesian rock icon Anggun.
Anggun announced that viewers can download the song they just performed, and the proceeds will go to the victims of the destructive earthquake that hit Nepal recently.
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The Top 3 of Asia's Got Talent were finally revealed to be: El Gamma Penumbra, Gerphil Flores, and Khusugtun.
However, just like her stint in Pilipinas Got Talent years ago, Gerphil did not win in Asia's Got Talent. The University of the Philippines College of Music graduate emerged as the second runner-up.
(Read: Asia's Got Talent semi-finalist Gerphil Flores wants to spread interest in classical music)
The first runner-up was Khusugtun, composed of six singers from Mongolia.
JOURNEY OF EL GAMMA PENUMBRA. The shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra joined Season 3 of Pilipinas Got Talent.
They became a finalist in the ABS-CBN talent search that was eventually won by the Maasinhon Trio.
When El Gamma Penumbra joined AGT this 2015, they impressed the judges, especially Anggun who pressed the Golden Buzzer for their interpretation of the Choose Philippines' theme song.
They earned their second Golden Buzzer from the judges for their semi-finals performance that aspired for world peace.
During the grand finals, the shadow play group used the song “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas to stress the importance of Mother Nature.
Anggun was moved to tears after watching them that she told the group during the May 7 performance night: "What really made me fall in love with your performance is the fact that the possibility of the messages that you can put is endless.
"Tonight [you showed] your awareness of how important Mother Nature is. Our job as entertainers...we are here to entertain people. But if we can raise awareness on the subject that really matters, that makes our job more noble.”
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