With an emotional rendition of a U2 hit, Jason Fernandez on Thursday reclaimed a spot in the grand finals of Tawag ng Tanghalan after being eliminated early this week.
The former Rivermaya frontman was one of four celebrity “Resbakers” who performed, for another shot as a finalist in the noontime singing competition.
Fernandez’s soaring rendition of “With or Without You” had hosts Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis singing along, with Amy Perez admittedly moved by the performance.
Interviewing Fernandez afterwards, Perez said: “Pinipigilan ko ‘yung sarili ko, kasi para kang maiiyak. Nakakaiyak pag nakikita mong ang tatay o lalaki ang umiiyak.”
Judge Ogie Alcasid agreed, saying Fernandez’s “storytelling was excellent.”
“The sound that comes out of your mouth, your voice, it’s magical. It’s just so amazing. Solid. Powerful. Sobrang astig. [I’m a] fan... The world should hear you. You’re great,” he said.
Garnering the highest combined scores from the judges and public votes, Fernandez won the day’s “Resbak” edition, securing him a slot in the celebrity finale.
Also among the first batch of “Resbakers” with Fernandez were DJ Onse, RJ dela Fuente, and Jimmy Marquez.