A singer with a “perfect” performance and another who seemed born to be an idol made it to the Grand Finals of “Tawag ng Tanghalan” after a heated competition Saturday.
Delivering a performance so much on point that judge and veteran songster Ogie Alcasid could only say two words — “perfect” and “congratulations” — Carl Malone Montecido was the first to be called by the judges.
Blind balladeer Montecido sang a heart-tugging version of “Maghintay Ka Lamang,” an apt description of his efforts to get over hardships he had to face to get to where he is today.
"Hindi ko man nakikita ang ganda ng mundo, naririnig ko ito sa pamamagitan ng magandang musika," Montecido said.
Montecido, who is from Bacolod City, garnered a final average score for the week of 78.85%.
The second to be called by the judges was YouTube star Sam Mangubat from Batangas City, which might not have been a surprise for audience members after judge Yeng Constantino gushed, “Ikaw ang type ng performer na ‘idolin’. May ganoon kang dating, at I’m so proud of you, at para kaming naka-discover ng potential star.”
Constantino said she was very happy with Mangubat’s performance of “Jesus Take the Wheel,” which the young singer chose because of his faith and trust in God.
“Sobra akong kinilabutan, nangilo ang mga joints ko, para akong nilalamig. That's something na mape-please mo ang tenga at mape-please mo ang puso, at iyon ang nagawa mo sa akin ngayon,” she said of Mangubat's vocals.
Mangubat led the week’s final average scores with a whopping 95.35%.
Contestants were asked to perform songs they felt most described the stories of their lives. Montecido and Mangubat received a gold medal each, and each received P150,000 in prize money.