Reiven Umali of Carmona, Cavite was hailed the latest grand champion of the longest-running singing competition in the country “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on “It’s Showtime” on Saturday (September 18).
The 18-year-old singer and kumu streamer earned a total average score of 93% from the combined hurado scores from judges Louie Ocampo, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Karylle, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Nyoy Volante, and Klarisse de Guzman and the public votes. He beat Adrian Manibale with 55.7% and Anthony Castillo with 52%.
As the fifth “Tawag ng Tanghalan” grand champion, Reiven won P1 million, 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 Toym Imao. Meanwhile, Adrian got P200,000 and Anthony won P100,000.
In the first round of the 'Huling Tapatan,' 'Go for Gold,' Reiven received a standing ovation from the judges after he sang a heartfelt rendition of Radio Head's "The Creep."
Psalm Manalo, Gem Christian, Froilan Cedilla, Lorraine Galvez, and Aixia Mallary were eliminated after their pangmalakasang performances’s combined scores did not make the cut.
The newest "TNT" grand champion eventually won the hearts of madlang pipol and judges by performing a medley of Moira Dela Torre songs that included "Paubaya," "Malaya," and "Tagpuan."
Many Filipinos watched “TNT” award its newest grand champion, as the grand finals’ official hashtag #TNT5AngHulingTapatan topped the list of trending topics on Twitter worldwide. Also making it to the list of trending topics related to the event were BGYOxTNT5GrandFinals, BGYO THEBADDEST ON SHOWTIME, Mapa, HULING TAPATAN WITH VICEION, QUEEN VICE GANDA, TNT5 WITH HURADOKARYLLE, Reiven, Anthony Castillo, Adrian, TOP 3, at Tanghalan.
As the fifth season of “Tawag ng Tanghalan” came to an end, “It’s Showtime” also teased its viewers about watching out for the sixth season of "TNT" soon.
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