MANILA - Haydee Manosca was named the first-ever grand winner of "Stars on 45" after leaving judges speechless with her rendition of Beyonce's hit "Listen" during the segment's grand finals on Saturday.
The 45-year-old woman, who hails from Taguig City, bested 11 other grand finalists of the noontime show's segment for singers aged 45 and up, taking home P300,000.
"Maraming maraming salamat po. Napakasaya ko po at maraming salamat sa Panginoon at mga hurado. Mabuhay po ang 'It's Showtime'!" she said.
For her final performance, Manosca opened with a heartfelt speech thanking the noontime program for making her dreams come true, of lending them the spotlight.
"Pinangarap ko po na makatungtong ng ganitong entablado at sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon pong ito, dito po ako natuntong sa 'It's Showtime.' Kaya maraming maraming salamat po sa binigay niyo sa amin," she said.
Manosca then belted out a medley of Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" and Beyonce's "Listen," which drew strong cheers from the studio audience and left guest judge and dance and music icon Gary Valenciano speechless.
"Honestly, I'm floored, speechless, higit pa sa impressed," he said. "Ang ginawa mo ngayon, hindi mo ginaya 'yung original singer. Although contest ito, hindi ka nag-perform, nag-express ka lang ng sarili mo, kung anong nanggaling sa puso mo."
"I'm so happy for you. You're so blessed," he added.
Finishing first runner-up in the first edition of "Stars on 45" was Carmelita Abrenica, who took home P200,000. Charlie Fry was named second runner-up, winning P100,000.