The GMA singing search’s finalists (from left): Jeremiah Tiangco, Thea Astley, Nef Medina, Antonette Tismo, Aljon Gutierrez and Jennifer Maravilla are prepared to showcase their vocal talent in the last two final rounds of the competition on Dec. 14 and 15.
The Clash Top 6 ready for final showdown
Bot Glorioso (The Philippine Star) - December 13, 2019 - 12:00am

Three ladies and three gentlemen make up the Final 6 of The Clash Season 2. All of them are ready for the last two rounds of the GMA 7 singing competition happening Dec. 14 and 15.

The six contestants vying for the grand champion title and P4M worth of prizes are Antonette Tismo, dubbed as Ang Viral Princess ng Parañaque; Jennifer Maravilla, Ang Birit Beauty ng Malabon; Thea Astley, Ang R&B Sweetheart ng Qatar; Aljon Gutierrez, Ang Pambatong Mangyan ng Mindoro; Jeremiah Tiangco, Ang Pop Heartthrob ng Imus; and Nef Medina, Ang Comeback Kid ng Cavite.

In an interview with The STAR, they expressed their determination to win and not let their “second chances” to pass. Antonette, who replaced Janina Gonzales in the Clashback round, said she has become more conscious with her singing after having received a callback.

“I was given another chance so I told myself not to commit any mistake again. Even if I am the youngest in this batch, I don’t feel any insecurities at all because at this point — almost two months of being together, we have become closer to one another,” said the 16-year-old finalist. “Pero s’yempre po lahat kami ay naghahanda para sa aming pangarap.”

Recall that prior to The Clash, Antonette became an online sensation after a video of her impressive rendition of the Aegis hit Sayang na Sayang while selling rice cakes went viral. Her life story was once featured in Wish Ko Lang.

Equally thankful for being part of the Top 6 is Jennifer who didn’t expect to return to the show through the Wildcard round.

“This is truly life-changing,” she began. “The Clash (brought out the believer in me) kasi po wildcard po ako. Sa Top 64 supposedly, ‘di na talaga ako kasama so I felt that God did find a way for me to be here. If not for this chance, I don’t think there would be a way for me to discover that I can arrange songs; na kaya kong bigyan ng ibang flavor ‘yung mga kanta. That’s why, I have so much to thank for being part of this competition. Sobrang laki ng growth ko.”

Thea, on the other hand, didn’t lose heart and still went on to the auditions even though she knew that she’s not a biritera. “At first, I really thought I wouldn’t make it because it’s a skill that I don’t have, and I would love to have. Still, I tried out and thankfully, I am here now. The show gives me the confidence to showcase different types of music. I hope other people who want to join in the future will be inspired at maisip nila na pwede rin mangyari sa kanila ang narating ko ngayon.”

Nef agreed and shared how he is now able to perform on stage with confidence, thanks to judges Ai-Ai delas Alas, Lani Misalucha and Christian Bautista who didn’t mince words in pointing out some lapses in his singing. “I take their every advice constructively and that made a lot of improvement on me.” 

Jeremiah, whom Aljon considered as his toughest competition, said the show has tested his patience. You see, he was rejected during the first season. “Even while my mom was initially hesitant for me to try again, I still endured standing for long hours of waiting for my turn. Napakahaba po ng pila at talagang naging pasensyoso ako sa paghihintay.” Among the finalists, it is Jeremiah who is gifted with a vocal tone akin to that of international male singers.

Like Jeremiah, Aljon is determined to make his family and the Mangyans proud. His main intention of joining is to help the Mangyan children. He shared, “We are all here to win but for me, I will share my prize with the children in our place. Dati kasi tinuturuan ko na silang kumanta sa isang maliit na pwesto kaya balak ko na lakihan yun para mas maraming bata ang pwede kong maturuan. Of course, I will also set aside for my parents’ healthcare. They are not getting any younger and helping (provide) for their needs is nothing compared to what they have done for us.”

(Under the helm of Louie Ignacio, The Clash is hosted by Julie Anne San Jose, Rayver Cruz, Rita Daniela and Ken Chan with Lani Misalucha, Ai-Ai delas Alas and Christian Bautista in the jury panel.)

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