Pilita's last bet Joan Da out of 'X Factor'


Posted at Sep 09 2012 11:45 PM | Updated as of Sep 10 2012 11:19 AM

Joan Da
MANILA, Philippines -- Judge-mentor Pilita Corrales lost her final ward on "The X Factor Philippines" on Sunday after Joan Da, the last of the Over-25 contestants, was eliminated.

Da found herself at the bottom two for the third time and faced off with the youngest contestant Allen Sta. Maria. Da chose Auburn's "All About Him," while Sta. Maria sang Willow Smith's "I Am Me."

But judges Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano and Charice all voted to keep Sta. Maria in the competition, with only Corrales on Da's side.

Nievera and Valenciano both felt that Sta. Maria gave the better survival performance, with Nievera saying Sta. Maria "sang for her life," while Da "sang a song."

Both girls stood on the stage crying as the judges gave their verdict. Corrales went up the stage to hug her contestant, as Da thanked her family for supporting.

"I think God has better plans for me," Da said as tears rolled down her face.

With Da out of the competition, all of Corrales' Over-25 contestants have been eliminated from "X Factor," with Mark Mabasa exiting the show during the Final 11, then followed by Modesto Taran.

Valenciano has one more contestant -- the quartet Daddy's Home -- while Charice still has two: Sta. Maria and early favorite KZ Tandingan.

Only Nievera still has an intact lineup: Jeric Medina, Gabriel Maturan and Kedebon Colim.

Both "Joan" and "Allen" made the top 10 trending topics on Twitter in the Philippines with fans dismayed about the bottom two results.

As expected many netizens took their ire on Colim.

"Allen and Joan don't deserve to be on the bottom 2. Kedebon, makunsensya ka. Because of you, those who really got the talent, natatanggal," said Katerina Montenegro.

"So sad to see how Joan Da and Allen Sta.Maria needs to battle it out to be saved while Kedebon is still safe with his trashy performances," said Andie Yves.

"Seeing Kedebon still on that stage when all the other far better contestants were already gone is simply ridiculous... IT SUCKS!" said Ma. Ysabel.

"Kedebon should've gone home. It's just so sad that some shows change the real definition of a talent show," said Kevin del Prado.

But others praised Colim's resilience.

"Umagang Kay Ganda" host Andrei Felix said, "Metapohorically, if Kedebon was a boxer, he would be a very very difficult opponent to knock out. This kid just won't back down."