The 16-year-old Zephanie Dimaranan from Laguna was named first ever “Idol Philippines” on finals night Sunday, besting Lucas Garcia and Lance Busa, who came in second and third, respectively.
Zephanie came out strong with 100 percent, 50 percent of which came from judges Regine Velasquez, Vice Ganda, James Reid, and Moira dela Torre. She has consistently managed to be one of the top contenders during the weekly shows.
Lucas earned 70.2 percent combined votes from the judges and audiences, while Lance got 41.89 percent combined votes.
The three finalists performed two songs during the final showdown, with one song originally written by the top songwriters in the country. Zephanie first performed “Maghintay Ka Lamang,” followed by “Pangarap Kong Pangarap Mo,” composed by Jonathan Manalo.
“I can’t say anything anymore but congratulations. I’m excited for you and you still have a long journey ahead of you,” judge Regine Velasquez said.
Lance sang “Kapit Lang” by Jimmy Antiporda, while Lucas performed “Because You Believed” by Trina Belarmide.
Zephanie never gave up her dreams. Her journey to becoming the champion has been inspiring as she previously joined singing competitions “The Voice Kids” and “Tawag ng Tanghalan” before finally making it on “Idol Phlippines.”
As champion, Zephanie won a recording contract from Star Music, house and lot, an all-expense paid trip, and P2 million.
The remaining finalists were Miguel Odron, Dan Ombao, Elle Ocampo, Matty Juniosa, Rachel Libres, Trish Bonilla, Renwick Benito, Fatima Louise, and Sheland Faelnar.
“American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez performed during the finals hosted by Billy Crawford.