‘PGT’ semis: Tricycle driver brings the house down with parody of golden-buzzer acts


Posted at Apr 14 2018 11:04 PM


He was one of the most anticipated acts of the night, though it's not because he's leagues above his competitors when it came to talent: many were just honestly baffled over what he's going do to. 

Joven Olvido, a tricycle driver from Laguna, made the "Pilipinas Got Talent" semifinals relying only on his wit, charming the judges, particularly Vice Ganda, with his funny comebacks. 

This begged the question: What was he bringing to the stage this time around other than his clever tongue, which some might argue isn't worth the P2-million prize the show was offering?

Instead of folding under pressure, the show's surprise star reveled in his unpredictability, bringing the house down with a parody mix of all the routines of the audition round's golden-buzzer acts. 

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"Ang advantage mo is walang sinumang matinong tao na makakaisip kung ano ang susunod mong gagawin," Angel Locsin told him, before urging fans to vote him into the grand finals. 

Vice Ganda was similarly gushing with praise, saying that he would like to mentor him in the future. The comedian added that he sees himself in Olvido, bringing the contestant to tears. 

"Iyong tatas ng bunganga mo, nakikita ko ang sarili ko sa iyo. I want to mentor you para kung saka-sakali mang kailangan ko nang magpahinga, mayroon pang magpapatawa," he said. 

He also launched into a tirade against those who criticized their decision to include Olvido in their list of semifinalists, arguing that the ability to make people laugh is difficult to find. 

Olvido was one of the semifinalists who performed on Saturday, alongside dance groups Aloha Philippines and Dauntless Republic, and magician Karl Matrix. 


Aloha Philippines, from Baguio City, was the first onstage and delivered a flashy, colorful poi dance routine. 

"Kasing kinang ng mga suot ninyo ang inyong kinabukasan dito," Locsin pointed out. "At tingin ko kayo iyong may pinakamalaking in-improve at pinamagaling mag-handle ng props." 

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Dauntless Republic was next and gave a unique performance with the group's signature fierce style, according to Vice Ganda, who thought it was less stellar due to some members lacking intensity, even though he did commend them for not losing their "identity" as a dance group. 

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Karl Matrix came third and shocked many when he brought along his girlfriend for his magic act, which they punctuated with a kiss. 

Robin Padilla said that his performance made him feel in love, while Vice Ganda noted that he was lacking in awe-inspiring tricks.

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