Ever since she was a child, Tawag ng Tanghalan contender Janine Berdin already knew that show business is the path she really wanted to take.
Her ticket to the industry was joining the Star Circle Quest: Search for the Next Kiddie Superstars 4 where she finished as the 4th semi-finalist and Clarence Delgado and Brenna Peñaflor emerged as the Grand Questors.
The loss didn’t hinder her to pursue acting as she became a Star Magic talent and appeared in several episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya as the younger versions of the female leads, in Mutya as the titular role’s school bully, and in two tales of Wansapanataym as the younger sister of Toni Gonzaga and the bestfriend of Xyriel Manabat’s character.
However, the promising child star needed to step out of the limelight to go back to their hometown in Cebu for her to focus on her studies.
She once again tried her luck by joining The Voice Kids PH and Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 1 but failed.
Instead of getting disheartened, these failures fueled Janine to keep on going and attempting until she succeeds. Now, she’s one of the grand finalists vying for the TNT Season 2 championship trophy because of her gut-wrenching and powerful semis entries that have gone viral.
Before we witness how she’ll fare in the grand showdown, let’s reminisce the journey of the “Cadets My Girl ng Cebu”.
From the first time we heard her peculiar rendition of the popular Eraserheads hit “Magasin”, we immediately got the hint that the 15-year-old singer was going to dominate the game that day. And we were right!
She was able to snatch the golden microphone from defending champion Aileen Udtog through her soulful performance of Radiohead’s “Creep”.
Apparently, her dark mezzo-soprano voice works well with melancholic and “bitter” lovesongs for she could effectively evoke emotions that can strike us straight to the heart. So, she used this as her strength to block the daily contenders attempting to dethrone her with Cotabato City’s pride Wella Gaspar as her first “victim”.
Even Dan Kristoffer Ferrer’s ala-boyband member charm and voice failed to match her heartbreaking version of Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” that received standing ovation from the hurados.
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” may induce bitterness, but the brilliant arrangement of the TNT band and her distinguishable performance got everyone swaying and enjoyed every word she dropped. Thus, Jeffrey Basilio wasn’t able to kick her off the game.
With her heartstrings-tugging and tear-jerking rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You”, Janine successfully kept Zephanie Dimaranan dreaming to move on to the next rounds.
This fifth consecutive victory made her an official semifinalist!
As mentioned, singing heartbreaking and despising songs is obviously her forte and mark. So it was indeed refreshing when she went for Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, which depicts the state of being in love. However, that seemed to be a wrong move because Chrisel Joy Dela Cruz’s fantastic twist on the upbeat classic “Billy Jean” ousted her from being the defending champion.
The Cebuana songstress might fell short in the daily rounds, but she redeemed the spotlight in the semifinals tilt in which her performances everyday always creates a buzz among flabbergasted netizens who shower her with compliments.
And this particular performance in the semifinals was undeniably unforgettable and touching, as it even left hurado Ogie Alcasid to tears—a heartbreaking, yet fresh take on Kamikazee’s “Narda.”
After her incredible semifinal stint, there’s really no question that she’d march to the Grand Finals. And she made it by even getting the highest score of 97.98%.
We are really so excited to see how Janine will fare in the Grand Finals, and of course what song she will again interpret that will dazzle and captivate us.