Netizens angered over Aila Santos loss during the Tawag ng Tanghalan semi-finals round.
The country’s biggest singing competition on TV right now, It’s Showtime Tawag ng Tanghalan, was hit of being ‘bias’ after judges chose her fellow contender, Ato Norman.
The band vocalist from Davao City lost to Norman, her fellow Mindanaoan, during the semi-finals round (dubbed as the Ultimate Resbak) of the show on Tuesday.
Santos belted out her own rendition of Chaka Khan’s classic “Through the Fire”, while Norman gave his take on Corey Hart’s “Never Surrender”.
Watch the Aila Santos vs Ato Norman TNT Ultimate Resbak replay video below:
Santos’ loss did not set well with netizens. Some expressed their dismay over the results on Twitter. Her name became a trending topic on Twitter for almost 24 hours (and still is as of this writing) after the show’s conclusion.
Some viewers think that she was robbed off of the opportunity to compete in the finals following her astonishing performance, while others appeal to the show to bring her back to the competition.
Such a waste of talent. Aila should be seating on one of those seats. #ShowtimeTodoResbak
— Evan (@camposevanderm) May 23, 2018
— Mitchy_SASF (@MitchySASF67) May 23, 2018
may isang talento na naman ang hindi napansin!!
aila santos,,i really love your voice,,songbird voice,,
nako nako nako,,
bakit kasi kailangan hindi pa ikaw ang pinili ehh,,
— ANGEL (@ANGELpuro27) May 23, 2018
Ate vice hindi ako maka move on kay aila kahapon galing kasi nya tagos sa puso… ibalik si Aila mgaling pa xa sa ibang mga grand finalists
— iamlinneth85 (@iamlinneth20) May 23, 2018
Sana ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon na kumanta ulit yung mga natanggal. Justice for all good singers out there especially kay Aila Santos. Mas magaling pa siya kesa sa mga Hurado. Pang World Class Talent yon eh. Tsk. #ShowtimeTodoResbak
— Michael Motas (@maykelmotas) May 23, 2018
Meanwhile, other netizens said that Roman also deserved the spot.
I think the hurados did well in choosing between aila and ato. Althoughbet ko si Aila pero Kuya Ato deserves it too… #ShowtimeTodoResbak
— ✨kitkatv (@kitkatviax) May 23, 2018
Heartbreaking Decision for the Judges
The judges said that the decision to pick from one from Santos and Roman is heartbreaking on their part because both sang very well. Jaya, one of the judges, said that her choice was based on how clean the delivery of the song was, and not by the accolades, nor by the number of votes, which judge Kyla has seconded.
‘Let me just say lahat kayo magaling. For me ang desisyon… ang nakita ko lang naman ay parehong inayos ang pagkanta kasi nga it could be the last day that this person would sing,” the Queen of Soul explained.
“Parehong kanta ito na alam na nila, alam na nila ito, pang malakasan na nila ito. But what matters to me today, sino ba yung malinis? Sino ba yung malinis ang pagkaka-deliver. That matters. Talent matters. Not the screams. Not the accolades, not the… sinong maraming votes but its who did well today. Ang yun ang nasa akin,” she added.
“Both of them gave a very impressive performance. Very well-conceived… but kailangan kong pumili between ng isang napakalinis na pagkakanta and almost walang error and the other one ay yung punung-puno ng spirit, energy, and emotions,” Kyla seconded.
“Kaya nga hati yung puso ko. But I have to choose. This person na pinili ko, hindi ko madi-deny, e, sa puso ko, it was a first-class act performance,” added the R&B singer.