MANILA — After a performance that left judges wanting on Tuesday, Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist Violeta Bayawa returned to the stage Wednesday with a heartfelt number that once again moved the judges to tears.
Bayawa is one of the seven contenders competing in the week-long Quarter 4 semifinals, which will send two aspirants to the grand finals.
Bayawa this time sung “Kailangan Kita,” and earned a standing ovation from all five judges, including Ogie Alcasid, who was seen welling up during her number.
“Si Ogie Alcasid na isang mahusay na manunulat ng awitin, e napaiyak mo,” host Vice Ganda told Bayawa after her performance.
The 70-year-old singer has made no secret of her heartbreak over her failed marriages, which led to her being a single mother to her two children.
Her melancholic performance of “Unchained Melody” last Monday was dedicated to her former husband who had left her for another woman.
Bayawa’s latest number, similarly about yearning for a loved one, was for “Ga,” a former flame whom she admitted she still loves until today. Ga, she recently learned through their relatives, has been following her Tawag ng Tanghalan stint.
Aside from Bayawa, Shantal Cuizon, Alliyah Cadelina, Jermaine Apil, Dior Bronia, Mariane Osabel, and Julius Cawaling are in the running for two grand finals slot.