'Tawag' hopefuls shine in do or die moment

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2017 07:06 PM

MANILA - It was a do or die moment for four contestants of "Tawag ng Tanghalan." 

With one last chance to prove themselves deserving of a grand finals spot, they shone with performances that showcased their individual strengths. 

This Friday brought together losing semifinalists Jex de Castro, Dominador Aviola Jr., Froilan Canlas, and Rachel Gabreza to compete to stay in the singing contest. 

Only two places in the grand finals were up for grabs, meaning half of them will go home after this weekend. 

De Castro was up first and he brought to the stage his suave rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing." Albeit his voice sounding tired, he had enough in him for judge K Brosas to fawn over. 

"Jex, huwag mong tanungin kung sinong crush ko at baka madulas ako, ikaw ang masabi ko," Brosas told De Castro. 

Aviola Jr. came up next and unleashed a highly entertaining performance of "Puppy Love," which had him at one point bombastically removing his scarf while belting out the classic. 

"Sobra iyong showmanship, which is sometimes missing sa mga performers. So keep that up, napapaligaya mo kaming mga hurado, napapaligaya mo ang mga madlang people," Jaya told him. 

Third up was Canlas, who slowed things down with his powerful cover of "Sa Ugoy ng Duyan." 

It moved judge Billy Crawford, who commented: "Sa akin, iyong experience ko sa mommy ko, malayo ako sa mommy ko pero pinapaalala mo iyong all the good memories me and mother had."

"Wala talaga akong masabi as a performer, you have everything," he added before giving the music teacher a salute and a standing ovation. 

Gabreza capped things off with her version of "Love Will Lead You Back." Known for her ability to effortlessly hit high notes, the sales lady from Makati did not disappoint. 

"Habang pinapanood kita kanina ang napansin ko sa iyo ay tama iyong emotional attitude mo," said Kyla, who herself released her own cover of the romantic hit. 

"Iyong approach mo dito sa kumpetisyon, nanggagagaling siya doon sa emosyon mo of enjoyment. Kitang-kita iyon na very confident ka, lumalabas sa body movement mo." 

Voting began after each of the performances. The results will be announced on Saturday's episode of "It's Showtime."