Tawag ng Tanghalan’s first-ever record holder Elaine Duran’s journey towards attaining her dream attests the idiom “third’s a charm” and a clear testimony to God’s perfect timing.
In her recent guesting in Magandang Buhay, she divulged that it’s actually her third attempt in joining the prestigious live singing competition. She wasn’t able to pass the auditions on her first try, but the second time she failed, according to her, was God’s will for her since she was not ready to give up her studies just in case she’ll make it until the end.
“Pinagpray ko po kasi ‘yon kay Lord. Una ko po talagang priority is ‘yong pag-aaral ko. So parang siguro si Lord, naisip Niya na hindi Niya muna ibibigay sa akin kasi may pangamba po ako…Kasi feeling ko po, uunahin ko muna ‘yong pag-aaral ko before ko i-chase ‘yong dreams ko as a singer,” she related.
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However, not all of us knew that even before the aspiring diva from Butuan City became famous because of her arousing performances and winning stint on TNT, she already made a few television appearances since she was a kid.
The first-ever singing contest she participated in was Little Big Star in 2005 in which she got the opportunity to be one of its monthly finalists.
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After almost a decade, she once again exhibited her vocal prowess, but that time through a recorded video of her and her Ate Elaijane belting out the songs “Chandelier”, “All About That Bass”, and “Bang Bang”, which went viral on social media in 2014.
In her college days, Elaine took on the stage of New Era University as one of the promising talents of the school’s theater organization and impressed her mates with her portrayals in their incarnations of famous plays, such as Kim in “Miss Saigon,” Annie in “Little Orphan Annie,” and Eponine in “Les Miserables.”
Now that she’s a graduate, Elaine has more time to focus on achieving her ambition of becoming a renowned singer through her impressive run in Tawag ng Tanghalan. Go through the gallery above to take a peek on how her life was before she touched our hearts with her enthralling performances on the It’s Showtime stage.