IN PHOTOS: Elaine Duran, John Mark Saga put on a show for ‘Tawag’ fans

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2019 08:20 PM

She was rejected when she auditioned for the competition's first two seasons. He failed to reach the grand finals on his first time around. Both of them were looking to make this rare chance count.

In the end, it was down to Elaine Duran and John Mark Saga.

John Michael dela Cerna, the other finalist who made the top three, took a back seat to the two favorites, his Bon Jovi medley falling short.

Duran had explained that winning the contest was what she wants the most now --her fiery cover of Shanti Dope's "Nadarang," which mixed ballad and rap, representing the "fire" in her.

Saga said that "Tawag ng Tanghalan" had validated him and gave him the stage to express himself, and he did so wonderfully by performing a string of moving December Avenue covers.

But there can only be one winner.

It was revealed that the judges gave Saga the win (19.32% over 16.16%) but the public made themselves heard, favoring Duran (25.02% vs. 14.28%). It was that close.

Yes, there can only be one winner.

But that doesn't mean that people can't remember both of them as there's definitely this feeling that this was perhaps the closest finals of the "It's Showtime" era of the competition.

Duran and Saga, while coming from different circumstances, had very similar motivations. They wanted to make the best of what this opportunity and they definitely did make it count.

Check out some of the scenes from the grand finals below:

John Michael dela Cerna kicks off the grand finals on Saturday with a cover of "Hallelujah." Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Elaine Duran surprised everyone with her song choice: a rap hit by Shanti Dope. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Kim Nemenzo sings "Skyscraper" after opening up about the hardships she went through during her fight for a grand finals slot through the "resbaker" route. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Jonas Onate sings Rivermaya's "Awit ng Kabataan." He explained that it represents his story of going from a beggar on the streets to the "Tawag" stage. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Shaina Mae Allaga is the youngest contestant to ever reach the grand finals at 15. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

John Mark Saga stands out from the rest of the contestants with his outfit, but more so because of his cover of a Kitchie Nadal hit. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

John Michael dela Cerna reacts after being named part of the top three. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

The top three celebrate before performing on the "Tawag" stage for one last time this season. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

John Michael dela Cerna opts for a Bon Jovi medley for his turn. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Elaine Duran sings a medley of Basil Valdez hits. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

John Mark Saga highlights December Avenue in his performance. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

John Michael dela Cerna finishes in third place. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Elaine Duran and John Mark Saga wait for the announcement of the winner. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Elaine Duran reacts after being named as the newest winner of "Tawag ng Tanghalan." Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News