Reiven Umali of Cavite is the fifth grand winner of Tawag ng Tanghalan on It’s Showtime. This is after besting 8 other finalists in an almost 4-hour finale that topped the worldwide trending list on Saturday.
The singer received the highest combined score from the judges and public votes. He performed Creep and a medley of Moira Dela Torre’s hit songs in the grand showdown. This occupied the top spots on Twitter’s trending list.
He defeated Adrian Manibale, who performed Ben&Ben tunes. On the other hand, there was Anthony Castillo, who sang a Whitney Houston medley in the final showdown.
Manibale took second place, while Castillo settled for third.
Umali topped both the Hurados’ scores (42.78%) and text votes (50%). He had a total of 92.78. Meanwhile, Manibale was the second-best for the judges despite placing third in the audience votes.
Castillo received 21.07% from the Hurados and 31% from text votes.
The grand winner will be taking home Php 1 million cash prize, a brand-new house and lot from Camella worth P2.3 million, a recording contract with ABS-CBN Music, a management contract under Star Magic’s Polaris, and a trophy designed by artist Toym Imao.
Umali now joins the elite group of Tawag ng Tanghalan champions under the competition’s It’s Showtime era. He followed Noven Belleza (2017), Janine Berdin (2018), Elaine Duran (2019), and JM Yosures (2020).
Tawag ng Tanghalan, an iconic talent search that first premiered in 1954. It produced the likes of superstar Nora Aunor. It had its third revival in 2016 as a popular segment on It’s Showtime.
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