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TEN down, two TFC’s official representatives got the slots. Steven Paysu (U.S.A.) and Makoto Inoue (Japan) bagged the two global slots and are now TFC’s official representatives to the Huling Tapatan after an intense semifinal round Saturday in Kapamilya network’s high-rating noon time show It’s Showtime.
Paysu and Inoue will continue competing to battle it out for vocal supremacy against Jovany Satera and Alfred Relatado of Quarter 1 and Anton Antenorcruz and Remy Luntayao of Quarter 2 in the Grand Finals.
It was a surprise win for Paysu, a laboratory technician from California, USA since day one. He was a wild card contestant so to speak at theRegion Finals conducted by TFC in North America, who managed to make it because another contestant could not make it. Taking this in as a challenge turned into an opportunity to showcase his talent. Paysu, shared: “If you would have known my journey, you would not have thought I would come this far. We semifinalists have gone through a lot and where we are is a result of our journey”.
During the final round, destiny continued to play out as Paysu thought his performance had flaws but still managed to emerge as a winner as votes for the quinquagenarian came pouring in. Paysu shared: “I knew that my performance had inconsistencies. Backstage I was crying. But when I saw the people’s comments, I was so touched. I had mixed emotions. The people I guess could relate with my mistakes – that I was only a human who made mistakes. From the bottom of my heart, thank you”.
Inoue, was equally surprised at his win. During the early voting, the father of two was not the highest in terms of fan votes. But during theRegion Finals, he impressed the judges and was able to please the audiences. Finally, on competition week, Inoue was able to charm both the judges and fans from all over and made the cut.
Inoue could still remember the first time his name was called on stage: “I wasn’t able to react at first. I doubted if it was my name being called. I went down on my knees and all of my strength left me. It was all for happiness”.
Paysu garnered the highest combined scores from the “It’s Showtime” viewers dubbed madlang people text and online votes and judges’ scores. Both won P150,000 each and the title of the first two global representatives.
Head judge Rey Valera shared: “Global Tawag ng Tanghalan for me is a big deal. I have seen and heard of the show since I was a kid. Now, it’s thrilling to see that it has gone global. To the TFC teams who helped our fellowmen – thank you. To the staff who put all these together – thank you. You would think doing all these – putting the video together etc. – are easy but they are not. Thank you. I am proud to be part of this thing (Tawag ng Tanghalan).
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