MANILA, Philippines - Jovit Baldivino is the first grand winner of ABS-CBN's nationwide talent show "Pilipinas Got Talent" (PGT).
Baldivino got 48.81% or almost half of the total votes, besting 11 other finalists. He now gets to take home a whopping P2 million.
"Una nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng Batangueno po na sumuporta sa akin. Sa mga kamag-anak ko po at pamilya, lalong lalo na sa Jovitnatics fans club. Sa TFC subscribers, maraming maraming salamat po," the 16-year-old singer said.
Kris Aquino, one of PGT's judges, said Baldivino can now be part of any ABS-CBN show he wants -- a teleserye (soap opera) alongside Sarah Geronimo, musical variety show "ASAP XV," or noontime variety show "Wowowee."
"Saan mo gusto maging parte?" Aquino said. Baldivino replied: "Lahat po."
The results of the voting were announced on Sunday night at the Araneta Coliseum, and was aired live on ABS-CBN Channel 2.
The star-studded results night was hosted by Luis Manzano and Iya Villania.
The Velasco brothers and Baguio Metamorphosis, meanwhile, were the 2 others who made it in the PGT top 3. They each got P100,000.
Other finalists in PGT's first season include ventriloquist Ruther Urquia, magician Allan "Alakim" De Paz, Fil-Norwegian crooner Markki Stroem, guitarist Keith Delleva, Ezra Band, balladeer Sherwin Baguion, family singers Luntayao, musician Jeline Oliva, and Broadway siren Ingrid Payaket.
They went home with P50,000 each.
Below is the ranking of the 12 grand finalists based on percentage of votes.
1. Jovit – 48.81%
2-3. Velasco Brothers/Baguio Metamorphosis (15.39%, 7.27%)
4. Ingrid – 5.87%
5. Ezra Band – 5.46%
6. Ruther – 4.45%
7. Alakim – 2.94%
8. Keith – 2.32%
9. Sherwin – 2.15%
10. Luntayao – 2.07%
11. Jeline – 2.07%
12. Markki Stroem – 1.20%
PGT a hit
PGT was the most talked-about topic on Twitter during the start of the show's final results night on Sunday.
The hashtag "Pilipinas Got Talent" was first on Twitter trending topics as of 8:41 p.m., even way ahead of the much-anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Since its launch, PGT has been topping the weekend primetime national TV ratings, according to the data by TNS Media Research. This season, the show hit a high of 43.1% just on its second week of airing.