MANILA - A singer from Davao del Sur has been proclaimed as the first ever daily winner of the comeback of the hit 60s talent search --"Tawag ng Tanghalan," also known as the first ever singing contest in the history of Philippine television.
On an episode of "It's Showtime" on Saturday, Michelle Jean Arcain wowed the judges of the competition, which included industry veterans such as Rey Valera, Nyoy Volante, and Rico J. Puno, with her cover of Whitney Houston's "Run To You."
The 27-year-old Arcain beat out three other contestants, namely Albay's Timothy Roman, Quezon City's Julian Sean Pura, and Cebu's Dave Alcano.
"Ang galing mo. Sobrang galing mo," Volante told Arcain after her performance. "May mga nakita kaming mga maliliit na bagay pero pinalampas ko iyon dahil ang galing mo."
He added: "Kanina bago kami nagsimula nag-usap usap kami ng mga hurado, napagkasunduan namin na itataas namin ang standard namin sa pagju-judge. Having said that, ang galing mo."
"Tawad ng Tanghalan" is the newest segment of "It's Showtime," which promises to showcase singing talents across the country.
Volante, in describing the competition, said: "Ang kaibahan nitong 'Tawag ng Tanghalan,' parang old-school na klase ng singing contest ito. Talagang naka-sentro lang sa boses."
The segment is hosted by Vice Ganda, Mariel Rodriguez, and Amy Perez. The noontime program will field at least two contestants per day, and each will be judged based on tone quality, voice projection, stage impact, and intonation.
The daily winner will return the following day to face another round of competitors. Each win earns a contestant P25,000.