In a rare instance on “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on Tuesday, five performances were all given a standing ovation by the three judges, making for one of the singing competition’s closest results yet.
Daily contenders Zeunette Salandanan and Jo Pasaron both wowed the judges — Louie Ocampo, Nyoy Volante, and Ogie Alcasid — with their versions of Bishop Briggs’ “River.”
Instead of choosing a daily winner to challenge the defending champion, the judges instead declared a ties, leading to a three-way battle in the “Face-Off” round.
For the deciding round, Salandanan took on Maymay Entrata’s “Amakabogera,” while Pasaron sang Asin’s “Usok.” As in the first round, both renditions got a standing ovation.
The defending champion, Jezza Quioge — who already has a sure slot in the quarter-finals after five successive wins — opted for the OPM favorite “Till I Met You,” similarly rousing the judges to their feet.
The judges’ tough decision reflected in the final scores, which were all within one percentage-point of each other.
Quioge got 96%, Salandanan scored 96.3%, while Pasaron became the new defending champion with 97.3%, bringing him to tears.
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