Step right up boys and girls, children and not so children anymore of all ages as we witness the finals of WISHCOVERY 20178 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. On this day we'll be seeing these 5 wishfuls battle it out to see who becomes the winner for this one of a kind contest by WISH 107.5. Hopefuls Carmela Ariola who hails from Batangas, Hacel Bartolome (my personal bet) from Cavite, Kimberly Baluzo from Camarines Norte, Louie Anne Culala who hails from San Idelfonso Bulacan and Princess Sevillena from Makati will be on the biggest stage to perform one last time for the glory or God, for themselves and their own family.
We just got off back stage and now have this awesome seat where we can update as soon as the come out. The fans, viewers are being ushered in too.
Opening act performs Dying Inside by Timmy Thomas, plus a couple Eraserheads hits, people are quite excited already!
Ka Daniel Razon just passed us. He's going to watch the whole show and talk a little bit later I guess.
A video was shown with Ka Daniel Razon indicating there will be Php 100,000 given to their chosen charities as part of the Wishcovery Finals Night.
Performing now on stage are the 20 Wishcovery hopefuls. Showing how good they are even after some of them have been cut out of the competition.
The 5 WISHCOVERY finalists also were included. Ahh if you can only hear what they are singing.
Host and RNB Prince Kris Lawrence came out and explained the first few rounds of power viewing, live performance, collaboration, solo performances.
Hacel Bartolome is performing a medley of OPM songs, love songs of perhaps of those she grew up with. It matches her voice but will this be a little hard to understand by some of the foreign judges? I hope not. I am rooting for her. Ritchie Rich rated her a 17/20.
Carmela Ariola also sang an OPM Medley. Her attack was pretty much tamed, relaxed but can really raise the hairs behind your neck. She's like a younger Jamie Rivera that can belt a lot. She got a perfect 20/20 from Ritchie and 18/20 from Cicero.
She sang a medley of OPM songs including Pangarap na Bituin, Nais Ko, where she showcased how powerful her pipes are. Pretty good for a wildcard entry, she's really going to run after their prizes. Prince Sevillena from Makati, you've done quite well. She was scored 19/20 by both foreign reactors.
Kimberly Baluzo from Camarines Norte sang another medley of OPM songs with Bakit Ba Ganyan, Basang Basa sa Ulan, Baliw, and yes she's good, she's got range, she worked the stage. She's got presence. She was scored 20/20 and 19/20 by the reactors.
San Ildefonso Bulacan's lass Louie Anne Culala has always been winning contests, this is her biggest yet. She sang OPM songs too like Roselle Nava's Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita, Ikot ikot lang by Sarah G. Blowing us all away! The reactors said she is comparable to Cristina Aguilera, she's all fabulous according to them. They scored her 18/20 and 19/20.
There are two more rounds before the actual winner is announced.
The best part was when the Wishful 5 were able to give Php 100,000 cash donations to their chosen charities. It was so touching to see that!
For the 5th and Final round, they gave it all!
Carmela sang Himala, her own rendition had several powerful runs. I don't know about the song choice, but she performed it well.
The jurors in this case will be Jungee Marcelo, the Company's Annie Quintos and King of RnB Jay R.
Kimberly did "Habang May Buhay" which was a little on the slow side. Yes there were some pitchy parts, but the runs were good. I'm sure the judges are going to have a hard time picking the winner.
Louie on the other had sang "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin" which surely will put her on top. She's got a very powerful voice and that probably sealed the deal. She might win.
Hacel Bartolome held her comforting guitar for her final performance. It felt a little loungy, I think it wasn't the best song choice. But who knows, she finished it clean.
Princess went with her favorite, Sharon Cuneta. Her song rendition of "Sana'y Maghintay Ang Walang Hanggan" was technically clean and very emotional.
Ka Daniel Razon spoke on stage and thanked everyone, prayed for everyone who was part of the success of this competition. He also mentioned how Church of God International has been instrumental in making this all possible plus their sponsors. The grand champion will win 2 Million pesos, a contract with Star Music, a management contract with BMPI, a brand new house and lot and a brand new car! Oh and also a trip to New York for training and styling in the US.
Jay R, Ms Annie, Kris Lawrence and Jungee also performed at the last part of the program, that was FUN especially the rap part of Sir Jungee haha!
In the end they announced the winners (although they all are already), 4th Runner Up is Hacel Bartolome (100,000 pesos richer), 3rd Runner Up is Carmela Ariola (100,000 pesos richer too!), 2nd Runner Up is Louie Anne Culala (300,000 pesos and a recording contract with Star Music), 1st Runner Up is Kimberly Baluzo who wins Php 500,000, and Grand Champion is PRINCESS SEVILLANA who wins all of that I mentioned earlier! They have just changed the fate of somebody's life here!
Congratulations to the winners! Can't wait to see you in show business!
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