“Tawag ng Tanghalan” crowd favorite Elaine Duran made history on the singing competition Monday as she extended her winning streak to a ninth day — the most a defending champion has held on to the “golden mikropono.”
The previous record, according to host Vice Ganda, was eight. It was held by Rachel Gabreza and Jennie Gabriel, a grand finalist and semi-finalist of the first season, respectively.
Duran, who hails from Butuan City, won over the judges with a soaring rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” successfully fending off challenger Joel Alcaraz.
Having secured her semifinals spot on her fifth day, Duran is approaching another milestone — of being the first to enter the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” Hall of Fame — should she clinch her 10th win overall Tuesday.
Duran’s nine-day journey so far on the show has been filled with loud applause and standing ovations. Aside from her high notes and complex runs, her emotion-filled renditions have also been a hit to viewers online. Official videos of her “Tawag ng Tanghalan” performances have totaled over 5 million views on YouTube alone.
In particular, her performance of “Someday,” about realizing one’s own worth after being left behind by a loved one, pulled at the heartstrings of netizens on Twitter, where the video has gone viral with some 50,000 likes and nearly 20,000 retweets.
“Inaano ka ba? Ang sakit-sakit ah,” one fan quipped, echoing a comment of Vice Ganda on “It’s Showtime,” in reference to Duran’s earlier heartfelt renditions.