After a total of six (6) semi-final performances by each of the five (5) semi-finalists, two (2) of them have now advanced to the grand finals after getting the Top 2 highest combined scores from the judges (50%) and the text voters (50%).
Personally, I was rooting for Maricel Callo from Pagadian City in Mindanao and Mary Gidget dela Llana from Calamba City, Laguna in Luzon to emerge as the Top 2 among the 5 semifinalists.
And the official results showed that it's indeed Maricel and Gidget who are moving to the grand finals.
Maricel Callo from Mindanao topped in the text voting, followed by Gidget dela Llana from Luzon and Daddy Dominador Alviola Jr from Mindanao. Meanwhile, it's Rachel Gabreza from Luzon who got the highest score from the judges. Closely next to her was Gidget, followed by Daddy D.
Final Ranking: 1. Maricel 2. Gidget 3. Dominador 4. Rachel 5. Jaime
Obviously, it's the voting public who ruled over the judges. The semifinalists' ranking in the text votes also turned out to be their final ranking, even after the judges' scores were added.
I just can't believe Maricel ranked the lowest among the judges. Good thing there's text voting. The viewers turned out to be the better judges.
The scoring of the judges though were so close, just a difference of 1.32 between the scores of the judges' top choice Rachel and their bottom choice Maricel. Meaning, all 5 were deserving to advance, and the judges left it to the voters to decide by scoring them that close.
Congrats Maricel and Gidget! See you in the grand finals. - Mykiru.ph