'PGT' announces first batch of finalists

Posted at 05/19/2013 10:07 PM | Updated as of 05/19/2013 11:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The TV reality search “Pilipinas Got Talent” announced the first batch of finalists on Sunday with the acoustic trio, MP3 Band, leading the pack.

In Sunday’s live results show, MP3 Band of Davao garnered 25.69% of the total text votes.

Comprised of lead singer and guitarist Aries Sales, lead guitarist Lj Manzano and beatboxer Mckoy, MP3 Band performed a mash-up of the children’s song “Bahay Kubo” and Gary Valenciano’s “Di Bale Na Lang” on Saturday’s first semifinals performance night.

While the Davao band automatically advanced to the next round by topping the voting, YouTube sensation Roel Manlangit, flairtender Chaeremon Basa and black light dancers Zilent Overload battled it out for the judges’ votes to enter the finals.

Although Basa earned a standing ovation on Saturday for his juggling skills and pyrotechnic display, he lost out to Manlangit and Zilent Overload on Sunday.

To get the judges’ vote, Manlangit belted out Wency Cornejo’s “Habang May Buhay,” while Zilent Overload performed a dance number with intricate formations.

“Among the thee of you, may isa kaming pinili na unanimous ang decision namin. …Congratulations, Zilent Overload,” judge Kris Aquino announced.

“Kagaya ng sinabi ko, para kay Chaeremon at Roel, hati ang boto,” Aquino said, as the judges were asked who they picked for the final slot.

“Roel, alam mo napakagaling mong singer. Si Chaeremon naman napaka-unique. Ngayon lang ako nakakita ng solid at amazing na talent. Ang boto ko ay para kay Chaeremon,” Ai Ai delas Alas said.

“Taliwas sa boto ni Friendship, namili ako,” said Aquino. “Pinili ko ang extraordinary ang performance tonight -- Roel.”

With the tie, the fate of the two acts was up to former ABS-CBN executive Freddie Garcia. “I will judge your performance only for tonight. So tonight’s judging, coming from Chaeremon’s flairtending and also the song of Roel, which were shortened to one hour and 30 seconds, I go along with Roel,” he said.

“Oh my God, I’m so shocked. Ginulat mo ako ngayon,” Aquino exclaimed as Manlangit moved on to the finals.

Failing to get enough text votes to move them to the next round were quick mask artist Tito Cris Castro and twin dance group Symmetry.

Next week’s performance night will see the six other semifinalists Bughaw Folkloric Dance Troupe, drift drivers Lateral Drift Productions, transgender trio The Mis Tres, 23-year-old band vocalist Eumee Lyn Capile, the breakdancing group D’ Intensity Breakers and ring dancer Frankendal Fabroa battle it out for the three remaining slots for this season’s finals.