Apple Chiu out of Philippine Idol; innovation revealed

Mr. C marked her as the strongest performer during the dance-themed show, but that did not keep Apple Chiu from receiving the boot last November 6 on ABC-5's Philippine Idol.

"I'm down because I think we're gonna lose a good singer," lamented Ryan "Mr. C" Cayabyab before the announcement of the bottom three Monday night. "Last night, the weakest [performer] was Miguel, next was Pow. But I think neither is gonna be taken out tonight," continued the maestro.

Last Monday, during the live results show in SM Megamall Cinema 3, the first to be named into the bottom three was Apple Chiu. This sultry idol sang Cristina Aguilera's "Lady Marmalade" during the performance night and earned rave reviews from the judges, except for Regine Tolentino who noted that Apple was pulling her pants up while performing. It was distracting, the lady guest judge pointed out.

Second to be announced "unsafe" was Pow Chavez who sang "Got to be Real" and was told by Mr. C to start showing the audience a different performance style. It is Pow's third time to be included in the bottom rung.

Ken Dingle, who has been proving his detractors wrong by upping his game for the past two weeks, completed last Monday's bottom three. On Sunday, Ken sang Stevie Wonder's "Signed Sealed Delivered, I'm Yours" and stood out with a purple furry boa hanging around his neck. Though Regine thought it was also distracting, Mr. C said that Ken's performance made him feel good.

Before Ryan Agoncillo announced the eliminated contestant, the bottom three performers were asked to sing their singles in the first Philippine Idol album. Apple belted out "Ngayon," Pow crooned "Nakapagtataka," and Ken sang "'Di na Natuto"—all of which were their song-choices during the OPM-themed performance night last September 30.

When the moment of truth arrived, Pow and Ken were declared safe from elimination, making Apple the sixth person to bid the competition goodbye. She joins previously eliminated candidates Steph Lazaro, Drae Ybañez, Reymond Sajor, Jeli Mateo and Arms Cruz. The competition now has reached its halfway mark with six remaining contenders namely: Pow Chavez, Mau Marcelo, Miguel Mendoza, Jan Nieto, Ken Dingle and Gian Magdangal, in the running to become the first Philippine Idol.

After the results show late last Monday, when the audience had vacated the theatre, the final six idols were informed of the innovation for the next performance show on November 12. Philippine Idol media partners Love Radio, Yes FM, iFM and Dream FM gave a list of songs for each idol. The twist is that the contestants must choose the song for one of their opponents. In this arrangement, Jan and Gian will choose for each other; Miguel will choose for Mau; while Pow and Ken will choose for each other.

It now comes down to a choice between strategy and friendship as the six idols battle it out to make it to the next round.






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