MANILA, Philippines — A familiar face is again the champion of "Tawag ng Taghalan."
Sam Mangubat sang Adele's "When We Were Young" on Saturday to defeat two-day defending champion Yvette Celoso.
The Batangas native, who considers himself a cover singer, fell one win short of a spot in the semifinals of the singing contest back when he first joined in August.
Following Mangubat's performance, some of the judges pumped their fists in approval.
Celoso sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."
The contestants' average scores from the judges were not revealed.
Mangubat will return to "It's Showtime" on Monday hoping to secure four more wins for an automatic place in the semifinals.