Joseph the Artist wins Talentadong Pinoy; will represent the Philippines in WCOPA

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Joseph Erwin Valerio, more popularly known as Joseph the Artist, won the second season of Talentadong Pinoy. He also bagged the cash prize of P1 million, a brand new car, and a four-year college scholarship.


Out of the thousands of hopefuls who auditioned nationwide, nine solo and group acts made it to the Talentadong Pinoy Battle of the Champions that aired for two nights in a row on TV5. The Hall of Famers performed for the talent scouts and the viewing public on Saturday night (March 12). On Sunday night (March 13), the results were finally announced.

Joseph the Artist was hailed as the Ultimate Talentado during the results night that took place at the Ynares Center, Antipolo.

The sand art artist, whose real name is Joseph Erwin Valerio, bagged the title of 2011 Ultimate Talentadong Pinoy as well as the chance to represent the Philippines in the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood. He also got to take home a brand new car, and P1 million cash prize.

Joseph is a tricycle driver who hails from BiƱan, Laguna. In an interview right after the results night, he told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that he plans to reserve the P1 million cash prize for his four children.

The Ultimate Talentado was chosen using the following criteria: 50 percent from text votes and 50 percent from the talent scouts. Viewers were given the go-signal to vote at around 12:45 AM, March 13, 2011 until 8:30 PM, same day.

Joseph the Artist was able to beat the following Hall of Famers: Beatbox Gor, singing duo The Believers, the all-female singing trio New Born Divas, pole dancer Sfazhiva, acrobatic couple Zion Show, male poi dancers Fire Attraction, dancers RR Friends, and ballroom dancers Belinda Adora's Stepkids (wildcard finalist).

It was also announced on Sunday night that all of the finalists will be given a four-year college scholarship.

CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN. During the March 13 results night, celebrities were paired with 2010 Talentadong Pinoy Hall of Famers for the chance to win a cash prize of P100,000.

The four celebrities who competed were Rosanna Roces (played the drums as Leah Patricio sang a song number), Valeen Montenegro (who tried fire poi spinning with the Tribal Dancers), Regine Tolentino (did a spoof/comedy skit with Makata Tawanan), and Ciara Sotto (who did pole dancing with the Far East Acrobats).

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Ciara, who impressed the judges by pole dancing and giving a powerful rendition of "Bring Me to Life," was declared the winner.


BATTLE OF THE CHAMPIONS. During the beginning of the program, Talentadong Pinoy host Ryan Agoncillo appeared on stage via a hydraulic set-up.

The host proudly declared that the March 12 episode earned a 56.5 percent audience share according to data from AGB Nielsen Philippines.

Ryan also announced that Talentadong Pinoy will go international starting this April.

The 10 talent scouts who gave their opinions on the performances of the Hall of Famers were actor Richard Gomez, Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, head of Talent 5 Audie Gemora, WCOPA national director Kitchie Benedicto, talent manager Annabelle Rama, host/actress Ruffa Gutierrez, Queen of the Strip (Las Vegas) Lani Misalucha, comedienne Tuesday Vargas, actress Alice Dixon, and comedian/host Joey de Leon.

Since Talentadong Pinoy started airing on TV5 in August 2008, over 1,000 talentado hopefuls have joined the competition and the show has given out more than P12 million in cash prizes.


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