The internet rejoiced as OPM gained another gem in Khimo Gumatay, who nabbed the coveted Idol Philippines title after a two-part finale showdown over the weekend, September 17 and 18.
In the last two months, we have witnessed Khimo's journey in Idol Philippines Season 2 from auditions to final showdown, where he emerged as the champion. The moment he stepped into the studio to sing Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely,” the 22-year-old artist had already proven his talent, charming the judges with his lively gimmicks and vocal quality.
He moved forward in the competition showcasing more of his brilliance as a performer. Although he was often in the danger zone during the series of Live Gala Nights, Khimo served strong grit and artistry in the fourth live show with his show-stopping performance of “End of The Road,” enough to earn a standing ovation from all four judges and a spot in the Final Showdown.
Throughout his arduous fight for his dreams, he showcased himself as a total package whose greatest strengths are vocal versatility and charismatic flair for showmanship.
Add to that, he has an inspiring story of perseverance and dreams to tell. Khimo acknowledges that he wouldn’t have done it without his family, especially his beloved parents, and his supporters. They were his inspiration for choosing “You’re Still The One” for his first finale song on Saturday, September 17.
In his pre-performance video last night, September 18, the Idol PH champion says he is ready to embark on a new chapter in his life, this time as a person shaped by experiences and certain about his path. “Bagong Simula” was therefore a fitting journey song in the second round. His song choices, if anything, sounded like manifestations of a new beginning to unfold.
In the make-or-break round wherein the Final 3 hopefuls would sing their first original singles composed by celebrated songwriters in the country, he performed “My Time” written by Jeremy Glinoga. It is inspired by Khimo’s moving story as a singing contest veteran who fights faithfully and waits patiently for his season.
As though another omen of Khimo’s victory, judge Moira Dela Torre quoted a bible verse about God making things happen in His perfect time as message to the Final 3 hopefuls. Judges Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, and Chito Miranda imparted inspiring words to the contenders as well. After the performances, host Robi Domingo opened the voting lines. Viewers and the judges then made the verdict.
Khimo received 89% of the combined judges’ scores and public votes cast on UpLive; besting Ryssi Avila, who placed second with 49.38% total score; and Kice, who garnered 45.77% overall final score.
Netizens are convinced that Khimo is a much-deserving winner. Here are some comments from social media:
Congratulations, Khimo! It is truly your time!