Fueled by the inspiration his family, especially his parents, has been giving him ever since, Davao City’s pride John Michael Dela Cerna found his way back on track after losing his self-esteem in joining amateur singing contests and the motivation to pursue his studies because of the consecutive rejections he received in every auditions he had gone through.
Upon realizing that his parents aren’t getting any younger anymore and he has not accomplished anything yet, he currently perseveres as a third year Entrepreneurship student and is more inspired than ever to finish his education. While waiting for his much-awaited diploma, he fulfilled his other ambitions of helping his family and participating in a huge singing competition by joining It’s Showtime’s Tawag ng Tanghalan.
Although his stint as a defending champion only lasted for six days, the aspiring young balladeer made it to the grand finals alongside another fellow contender, and here are his stirring previous performances to show that he really deserves his spot:
His eyes indeed didn’t hide how enthusiastic he was to be on the stage of the grandest singing contest on television as he serenaded us with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Lately”.
He was declared as the daily winner and fought against then-defending champ Uriel Javier by belting out Journey’s “After All This Years”…
…and successfully snatched the golden microphone from her after garnering 93.6% from the hurados.
Since it was days before Christmas, he opted for the yuletide hymn “O Holy Night” that truly warmed the hearts of the spectators and defeated daily contender Owlan Alvar who sang John Legend’s “Ordinary People”.
Even though Metro Manila representative Sheena Evangelista impressed us with her distinct rocker voice when she sang Tiffany’s “Could’ve Been, it was still no match to the Boy Balladeer of Davao’s heart-rending take on Martin Nievera’s “Ikaw Ang Pangarap” that made the judges stand up from their seats.
On his fourth day on the throne, John Michael opted for a rock song when he performed Kenny Loggin’s “Forever” and didn’t let daily winner Angelica Arguel of Laguna to kick him out through her powerful rendition of Adele’s “One and Only”.
Proud Cebuana Jhanewin Melo also attempted to oust him from his spot by belting out Shirley Bassey’s “This Is My Life” to no avail. His swooning version of Gary Valenciano’s “Kailangan Kita” still won the hearts of the jurors.
A day after being declared as the newest addition to the growing list of semi-finalist, John Mark chose not to step down yet from being the defending champion and proceeded to his sixth day on top by showcasing his own take on South Border’s “Kahit Kailan”. Unfortunately, he was dethroned by daily winner Sarrah Mae Paner of Laguna who astounded everyone with her powerful rendition of the classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” sang by Aretha Franklin.
It was indeed a close fight since there was only a 0.2 difference between their scores – Sarrah got 91.6% while he got 91.4%. His journey might be halted, but he didn’t go home a loser for he had a huge chance to make it to the grand finals and had earned a hefty amount of cash which would already be a great help for his family.
Good job, John Michael!