Thousands of fans and spectators filled the Ynares Center in Antipolo City to witness Showtime’s All-Star Barangayan finals last Saturday, May 14. Twelve extremely talented groups from all over the country competed neck to neck to claim the ultimate title as the grand champion for Showtime Season 3.
Invited to judge were past "hurados" Zsa Zsa Padilla, Marissa Sanchez, Maribeth Bichara, Kay Brosas, Kiray, Queenie Padilla, Black Jack, Derek Hubalde, Borgy Monotoc, Ryan Bang, Mura, Aaron, Carl, Gie and Ogie Diaz.
Season 2 grand champion Laoag City Gymnastics group was not around to grace the occasion. The talented gymnastics group is currently competing at the Palarong Pambansa held in Dapitan City.
Apart from the twelve grand finalists’ competition, their respective barangays who serve as their cheering squads also competed with each other. At stake is a cash prize worth P100,000.
Kicking off the competition was a vibrant number from ANONYMOUS EDITION of Binangonan Rizal clad in eye-catching warrior-inspired outfits. The group displayed funky hip hop movements.
Gorgina Wilson remarked, "Sa music ninyo pa lang, panalo na kayo sa akin."
Basketball player Derek Hubalde shared his opinion by saying, "I was looking pa for konting energy. Okay ang costume ninyo parang 300 [the movie] .
On the other hand, Vice Ganda stated, "Magaling kayo kaya lang parang di pang Grand Finals...kulang sa preparation."
A score of "7" was given to the group.
COOL GUYZ from Majayjay, Laguna was next in line. Funky and hip hop steps comprised their dance routine. Borgy Monotoc was visibly impressed. He said, "That is the energy. This is the finals."
Gie noted, "From the concept na nagche-cheer, tahing-tahing sa performance ninyo."
Vice Ganda pointed out, "Napakahusay ng konsepto." The group is also dubbed as the mayamang magsasaka. They got a score of "8".
Strutting their stuff à la Korean pop was ASIAN PRIDE of Mandaluyong City. Garbed in "fashionista" attires, the group incorporated a singing segment in their dance number.
Zsa-Zsa Padilla expressed "I loved it at yan yung energy na hinahanap ko."
Vice Ganda pointed out: "Bonggang energy. Sana pinerfect ninyo yung kanta. Success is the preparation of hard work." The resident judge gave them a score of "8".
Every person inside the Ynares sports center surely had a clear vision of VISION 20. The group’s horrific act was an outstanding zombie showdown. The flying "bat" or "phantom" was an added plus to their routine which further impressed the judges and the madlang pipol. "Pinakasabay-sabay" was Ryan Bang’s observation.
Vice Ganda believed that the group is "sadyang napakatalented, buong-buo ang puso ninyo manalo." A perfect score of "10" was given to them by Vice Ganda.
Fifth in line was an extremely talented group based in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City called TRIBONG HUMANIKAS. Their ethnic-inspired "theater play" showcased death defying jumps and flips. Maribeth Bichara regarded the performance as "very ethnic/ theatrical" and Vice Ganda described the act by saying "maganda yung konsepto."
Another contender from Caloocan was BTLA KIDZ who happen to be the only "kiddie" participant. The group wowed the Showtime crowd and the judges with their charm and cute skit and dance antics. Ogie Diaz remarked "napakasimple ang inyong performance." Vice Ganda gave the kiddie group a "7". He said that he finds the group "mahusay pero cute kayo."
ARTIST YOUTH OF THE PHILIPPINES from Sta. Maria, Bulacan was the seventh grand finalist who dazzled one and all with their unique "club" concept, juggling act and funky hip hop moves.
Jimmy Bondoc observed, "Kitang-kita ko yung focus ng nagju-juggle." Comedienne K Brosas, on the other hand, casually stated, "Simple pero rock."
Before giving his score of "9," Vice Ganda commented, "gandang panoorin sa TV."
Representing General Santos City in the Mindanao area was TRUE COLORS who outstandingly revealed excellence in movement and showmanship. Wearing flaming red hair to further reinforce the tribal concept, True Colors’ tribesmen gave an earth shaking performance. Vice Ganda paid them a compliment by saying, "Gensan is Showtime." The group received a perfect score of "10" from the resident judge.
The ninth challenger in the race to win two million pesos is the Bacolod City-based group YURI CREW that performed with much fervor. The tribal-inspired dance routine was filled with flips and tumbles. Black Jack liked the performance a lot. He told the madlang pipol: "Ayos na ayos...tumbling nila, kakaiba." On the other hand, Queenie Padilla found the group with "sobrang lakas ng energy ninyo. Dance moves are superb." Vice Ganda praised them by saying, "Precision at its best" before giving the group a perfect score of "10".
Up next was NEGROS DANCE COLLECTIVE, another Bacolod City contender that is unique for its costume and dance act. Wearing metallic body suits, the group performed an extraordinary "jazzy-New Age" inspired number.
"Pwede ko bang makain ang talent ninyo?" was the comment of Kiray who highly admired the group. The Divine Diva, Zsa Zsa Padilla, was asked to comment on the group’s performance and she said, "Masyado akong impressed sa mga dance moves ninyo." Vice Ganda, impressed beyond words, stated "Tumbok na tumbok ninyo ang ibig sabihin ng mahusay. Wala kayong kamukha." As such, Vice gave a perfect score of "10".
Giving a one-of-a-kind performance with the use of jumping ropes is NEXT LEVEL OCTOMIX DANCERS from Baesa, Quezon City. The group did a "seasaw" routine that excited the crowd and judges alike. Aaron observed "Ang galing ninyong mag-jumping rope" while Marissa Sanchez says "You have so much potential." The group earned a perfect "10" from Vice Ganda who commented "Super aliw! Nakakatuwa...sarap panoorin."
The last grand finalist to perform is "wildcard" winner, STREET NOISE from Negros Oriental. Clad in sporty attire, the group’s bombastic intro was very noticeable apart from the cheer dance movement. Whistles were used at the beginning of their number. "Sabay-sabay kayo. Ang gagaling ninyo" expressed by Carl. "Ang galing ng sayaw ninyo. Ang gagaling ng stunts." were the comments of resident judge who gave the group a "9".
The cheering competition among the barangays was a sight to see, hear and behold. Vice Ganda announced the winner and Barangay Dihulngate from Negros Oriental was hailed the victor. They won a cash prize of P100,000.
After the intense competition, TRUE COLORS from General Santos City emerged as the winner of Showtime’s All-Star Barangayan finals. The group garnered an average score of 9.92. They won 2 million pesos: one million went to the group while the other million went to their Barangay.
Previous winners of Showtime are their kababayans XB Gensan of season one and the Laoag City Gymnastics Group of season two. ABS-CBN’s talent-variety program is hosted by Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Teddy Corpuz, Jugs Jugueta, and Kim Atienza.
Meanwhile, Showtime will enter its fourth season on Monday (May 16) with new gimmicks and surprises. There will be no minimum number of members required per group or contestant, which means more Filipinos will be able to join and be seen on television.
Watch out as the search for the next Showtime grand champion begins this Monday (May 16) on ABS-CBN.