He might have fallen short in his first bid to be a Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist more than a year ago, but Rafaello Cañedo unmistakably came back stronger to the competition as he once again set his foot on the It’s Showtime stage to prove himself worthy of the coveted grand winner title.
In his Tawag ng Tanghalan debut on August 24, 2018, the “Archi-nabibilibang Tinig ng Davao City” immediately captivated us with her charm and voice as he sang Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon”.
Amazed by that performance, the hurados voted for him to be the Daily Winner who would be pitted against then-defending champion Windimie Yntong. Both of them tried to impress everyone with their powerful and exceptional renditions of the respective pieces they chose – but it was Rafaello’s take on Radiohead’s “Creep” that more stood out in the end than Windimie’s sultry version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”.
Garnering 93.6%, he was able to steal the golden microphone from her who only received 91.8%.
Whoever Valerie is, it was certainly better if she came over and not missed his performance of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” that truly got us all bopping and didn’t let challenger Ronniel Mendoza, who sang Nonoy Zuniga’s “Mahawi Man Ang Ulap”, take away from him the defending champion title.
As he continued his bid to the semifinals, Rafaello rend our hearts with his rendition of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” that quashed the aspiration of daily winner Jam Labitigan, who performed Sugarfree’s “Makita Kang Muli”, to dethrone him and move on to the next stage of the competition.
On his third day as the defending champion, he failed to win the favor of the hurados with Whitney Houston’s “I Believe in You and Me” for they were apparently more engrossed with his challenger Lea Jessica Alarcon’s performance of Basil Valdez’s “Tuwing Umuulan”.
And Jessica proved to be one of his greatest nightmares as she successfully clinched the defending champion seat and golden microphone from him after earning 93.8% versus his 90.6%. Just when he thought that his journey in Tawag ng Tanghalan simply concluded there, judge Erik Santos gave him a second chance by using his “Instant Resbak” power.
As he marked his comeback in the competition during the Instant Resbakbakan week, the leaner and fresher young crooner from Davao City expressed the bliss, gratitude, and excitement he felt through singing Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good”. It didn’t only delighted his mentor Erik Santos, but astounded the hurados as well.
Being one of the two highest scorers for that day, he headed on to an intense voice-to-voice battle with fellow resbaker Gerlyn Abaño, wherein he performed Jed Madela’s “Di Matitinag” while she belted out her version of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun”.
In the end, it was still Rafaello who dominated their showdown after getting 93.5%, versus her 81.19%, and advanced to the final round of the resbaker’s “Huling Tapatan”.
Confidently showcasing his wide-ranging vocals through his performance of Sampaguita’s “Nosi Balasi”, he’s able to prove that he indeed deserved the second opportunity bestowed to him and to be wherever he is right now.
He garnered the second highest score of 66.72%, which was from the the combined text and online votes of the madlang people and the hurados’ grades, hailing him as one of the grand finalists alongside fellow resbaker and Mindanao bet Shaina Mae Allaga and the other eight grand finalists from the four quarters of the singing contest.
Aside from the chance of heading on to the much-awaited “Huling Tapatan”, he also took home 150,000 pesos cash prize and a golden medallion.
Will Rafaello be the grand winner of Tawag ng Tanghalan Year 3? Let’s all find out soon on It’s Showtime.