On Idol Philippines, we have seen immense talent and idol-like persona emerge—yet one shone the brightest: the 16-year-old grand winner Zephanie Dimaranan.
As described by many, resilient is indeed a fitting word for Zephanie. She had lost in her previous attempts in televised talent contests. First was when she was 12, competing in The Voice Kids Season 2 in 2015, and then two years later on It’s Showtime’s Tawag Ng Tanghalan Season 2.
READ: How the young, delicate Zephanie Dimaranan’s past rejections turn her into a fierce contender on Idol Philippines
Despite those heartbreaks, Zephanie persisted and, finally, got her winning moment in becoming the Idol Philippines 2019. What’s even more astonishing is that she notched a perfect 100% rating from the combined viewers and judges’ votes, which clearly makes a statement that Zephanie is a truly remarkable singer. After her victory, many consider Zephanie as the next Sarah Geronimo.
WATCH: Zephanie’s interview after being hailed as first Idol Philippines
Since her journey on The Voice Kids Season 2, Zephanie has been very vocal about how exceedingly she admires Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo. Coached by Sarah in the said contest, Zephanie admits that Sarah has been one of her greatest influence in singing up to now. Her rendition of two among Sarah’s many hit singles, namely “Forever’s Not Enough” and “Isa Pang Araw” during her journey in Idol Philippines made the audience and even the judges see her as the Sarah G of her generation.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News after she was hailed as grand champion of Idol Philippines, Zephanie expressed how pleased she is to follow the footsteps of her idol saying:
"Masaya po ako kasi si Ms. Sarah [Geronimo] po ay isa po sa mga idol ko and influence ko po noong bata pa lang ako. Kaya natutuwa po ako na nakikita po nila 'yung naging influence ko po, nakikita po nila sa akin
Recently, in her guesting on Gandang Gabi Vice, Zephanie stated once more that she truly idolizes Sarah as an artist. If given the chance, she shared that she wants to sing a duet with Sarah.
WATCH: Zephanie, gustong maging versatile artist katulad ni Sarah Geronimo
Proving that she got what it takes to become the next pop star, Zephanie left everyone astonished as she took Vice’s challenge of singing different versions of the Popstar Royalty’s hit single titled “Kilometro”, imitating various singers including Moira Dela Torre, KZ Tandingan and Aegis.
WATCH: Vice Ganda, nabilib sa iba't ibang versions ni Zephanie ng kantang “Kilometro”
Zephanie is surely on the rise, and Sarah is definitely happy for her protégé. See Zephanie’s sweet moments with her ultimate idol in these photos.