Hello worldwide viewers! On Saturday September 5, the PNT Singing Idol Grand Finals took place in Glad Tidings Church in Fraser St., Vancouver, BC. Even though it was raining outside & the lines went on forever, it was no stopping Filipinos from watching one of the most popular hobbies of all time. These are the finalists for each category:
Kids Category: Ethel Amistad, Christina Silva, Kathleen Zaragoza, Yanalyn Valdez, Katrina del Rosario, Alyssa Gutierrez :), Nicole Lontayao & Irene Lumayag.
Teens Category: Vanessa Hillman, Simple May Natura, Jason Pinto, Amber Bayani, Camille Reyes, Eliross Sabas & Denise Raymundo.
Adult Category: Emee Escaro, Ruby Ann Plata, Wel Medina, Jenny Cleofe, Membo Siago, Susan Santa Catalina, Iris del Castillo & Winni Betsayda.
The contest went on for about 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm. There were two emcees: Miss Joisa Alpuerto & Jessica Zraly(PNT Grand Champion 2008- Teens). There were four production numbers; Dito Lang Sa PNT(a remake of Huwag Ka Lang Magpapaboogie), Bonga Ka Day, We Are the World & Nobody But You. When it was the actual singing competition, the adults went first, then the teens & finally the kids. I sang my winning song from the June monthly contest: The Climb. All I prayed about when I was about to go on was to not make any mistakes (one mistake & yuor not going to go to any of the three places; 3rd, 2nd or 1st) since it was going to be on camera & people will never forget if you spilled a wrong note. Anyway when it was awarding time, people started holding hands. I was so nervous, I needed to go to the bathroom badly. For the adults Mrs. Susan Sta. Catalina placed 2nd runner up (3rd place), Mr. Membo Siago won 1st runner up & Miss Emee Escaro is titled PNT Idol Adult Grand Champion. For teens category, Amber Bayani took home 3rd, Vanessa Hillman 2nd & Simple May Natura- Grand Champion. She swelled up from tears of joy. And lastly, the most difficult part of the awarding ceremony; awarding the kids. I thought about the three people who’s going to take home prizes: Irene, Nicole & Ethel. When they called Nicole for the 3rd place winner, I knew the 2nd place was going to Irene but to my surprise Ethel Amistad placed 2nd. From that I knew Irene was going to win. Who did you think won? ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I never expected myself to win. When I was called, I couldn’t help my emotions so I bawled like a baby in camera…. with my mascara running off through my face. Mr. Alan Yong, one of the judges & the president of Times Telecom said he gave me 100% when my percentage was actually 93.7%. And that’s not all! Michael Hektoen, Elise Estrada’s producer wants me to sign a recording contract because he saw me at Gawad Kalinga (see previous issue for more details) & would like me to record with Elise Estrada herself. I couldn’t stop myself from crying! My prizes were a trophy, one airfare ticket to Los Angeles & two entrance tickets to DisneyLand & $1000!!! Although I have won PNT Idol, there are still more contests to join. Keep reading THE BUZZ for my rise to fame journey! : )