MANILA -- Elaine Duran was at a loss on the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” stage Tuesday as she was made to choose among three big options, after becoming the first “record holder” of the singing competition.
The Butuan singer clinched the title, and the privilege of picking a “treasure box,” with her 10th straight win as a defending champion. She successfully held on to the “golden mikropono” with the Adele hit “When We Were Young,” fending off challenger Jam Mariz Juane.
After being declared winner, a tearful Duran revealed that she auditioned but was unable to make it to the first two seasons of “Tawag ng Tanghalan.”
“Pero hindi po ako tumigil na sumali… Tapos hindi ko in-expect na aabot ako dito, kasi ang gusto ko lang makatuntong sa ‘TNT,’ kasi iba ang ‘Tawag ng Tanghalan,” she said.
Her elation from the triumph soon switched to confusion, as host Vice Ganda introduced the “treasure boxes” reserved for record holders, or 10-time winners, such as Duran.
The first box contained P50,000 — an additional cash prize to the amount of P260,000 she earned over historic run. The second box had inside a TNT Records logo, signifying a chance to record a single under the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” label. The third box, meanwhile, held another “golden mikropono,” which gives Duran the power to pick a song for her semifinals opponent, should she opt for it.
Visibly unsure of her decision, Duran took time to give an answer. The studio audience erupted in cheers to share their preference, while the five judges, on their feet, also signaled to Duran their advice.
Duran also looked at the side of the stage, apparently to ask for the go-signal of a family member or friend, before she finally told Vice Ganda her decision: to go with the first treasure box, bringing her total prize money to P310,000.
“Gusto ko po kasi ‘yung by process talaga,” Duran said, explaining her choice. “Kung mananalo po ako, magkakaroon po ako ng recording. Hindi ko rin po pinili ‘yung golden mikropono, dahil gusto ko po na maging fair ‘yung laban.”
With Duran’s “record holder” title, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” will field on Wednesday a fresh set of contenders from which a new defending champion will be chosen.