Pow received much praise for her version of “So Far, So Good” and “I’d Give My Life for You.” Idol judge Pilita Coralles—or Mamita as she is fondly called—said Pow is “Idol material.” Guest judge Lea Salonga—who sang the original “I’d Give My Life for You” in the Broadway musical Miss Saigon—commented that Pow “did it well” and reminds her “not to lose steam in some parts.”
Meanwhile, the judges weren’t feeling Miguel’s performance. He sang “Growing Up” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Mamita observed that he “sounded very nasal” and was not too impressed. “I’m not sure I’m loving it,” she adds. Lea seconds, saying that Miguel had “much potential, but I’m wanting for something that I’m not getting.” Another Idol judge came to his defense. Francis Magalona said “madaling maturo ang technique, ang itsura hindi.”
“Your journey towards the Philippine Idol title ends here tonight…” announces host Ryan Agoncillo amongst a packed theater at SM Mega Mall last November 20. “Pow Chavez.”
“Mula po sa puso ko, nagpapasalamat po ako tinanggap niyo ako,” sobs Pow. “Nakarating ako dito. Ganito pala ‘yon. Hindi po ako sumasali sa mga singing contest kasi natatakot po ako na hindi niyo ako tanggapin—isang taong kagaya ko [an openly lesbian candidate]. Pero kaya po ako nandito kasi gusto ko lang po kumanta.”
Pow plans to still pursue singing even after her elimination. “Gigs ulit. Go back to work.”
And then there were four.
Only four Idol hopefuls are left—Mau Marcelo, Gian Magdangal, Jan Nieto, and Miguel Mendoza—and a few weeks to go until the finals night at the Araneta Center on December 10. The question still remains: who will be the first Philippine Idol?