"Pinoy Idol" finalist Warren Antig offered to give up his post to Penelope

"Hindi naman kasipuwede yun, there is a strict bible ang Fremantle na sinusunod. It has neverhappened in any Idol show na parang voluntary exit. It's not just done, atleast in the Idol franchise," says Raymond Gutierrez about Warren Antig's (right) request to give up his post to Penelope (left), who got eliminated last night.



Warren Antig almostgave up his slot to Penelope who was booted out at last Sunday's elimination inPinoy Idol.

Big irony na nasa bottomlist si Warren together with Penelope and Kid Camaya last Sunday, July 27, to think naband songs ang performance night ng Pinoy Idol last Saturday, July 26. Bandsinger si Warren ngunit siya ang nakatanggap ng mga pinakamatitinding komentosa tatlong judges na sina Jolina Magdangal, Wyngard Tracy, and Ogie Alcasid afterhis lackluster version of South Border's "Kahit Kailan" kaya nga hindikataka-takang ma-bottom list siya for the second time.

Dalawa silang natirani Penelope when host Raymond Gutierrez declared Kid as safe.

Sa Center Stage sa SMMall of Asia where Pinoy Idol is being pre-taped, malakas na ang sigawan na siPenelope ang mase-save kung kaya't natahimik ang buong venue when it wasPenelope who got booted out.

Mabilis na bumulong siWarren kay Raymond na ikinabigla ng host. Nang natapos ang show, instead of theusual na pinapa-interview ang mga remaining Idol hopefuls, they were all herdedbackstage bago pa sila makausap ng invited press.

Raymond immediatelydisclosed Warren's statement—he is willing to give up his post to Penelope.

"Nagulat ako doon,"kuwento ni Raymond sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal). "I could notanswer him immediately dahil on cam pa kami, but I told him it was not in mypower to just announce that he's giving up his slot for Penelope.

"Hindi naman kasipuwede yun, there is a strict bible ang Fremantle na sinusunod. It has neverhappened in any Idol show na parang voluntary exit. It's not just done, atleast in the Idol franchise."

Si Wyngard naman angkinausap ng PEP tungkol dito at medyo na-off din siya sa biglaang decision niWarren.

"Sobra namang falsehumility ‘yan, and you can quote me on that," say ng feistiest Idol judge. "Magpapakahirapkang makapasok sa Idol audition, aabot ka hanggang sa Top 12 ‘tapos bigla ka nalang magde-decide na mag-backout kasi feeling mo ikaw dapat ang natanggal?"

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After a while,pinalabas na ang limang hopefuls na sina Kid, Gretchen Espina, Jayann Bautista,Daryl Celis, and Ram Chaves, minus Warren.

Hindi pa rin nila alamkung ano ang mangyayari. Pero according to them, nagbago na yata ulit angdecision ni Warren not give up his slot.

Nang lumabas na siWarren, he confirmed this and apologized for his abrupt decision.

"Naisip ko lang kasi,ako dapat ang natanggal. Ang galing ng performance ni Penelope kahapon kayanakakagulat na siya pa ang natanggal," paliwanag ni Warren.

Nagsisimula pa langang Idol Top 24 four, si Penelope na ang personal bet ni Warren na maging firstPinoy Idol.


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