Ogie Alcasid has decided to speak up on the ongoing criticism being thrown at the judging panel of Tawag ng Tanghalan, a singing competition segment aired on noontime show It’s Showtime, after their “low” scores led to the elimination of audience favorite Mariane Osabel of Mindanao on September 11.
Mariane, who was beaten by fellow contestant Mariko Ledesma from Luzon in the singing contest, earned a combined score of 66.5% based on text votes and the judges’ scores while Mariko earned 83.74%. When the breakdown of both scores was displayed, fans were shocked to find out that Mariane only received a score of 16.5% from the judges while Mariko was given 50%.
“Kagaya ng ibang contest, ang ‘Tawag ng Tanghalan’ ay hindi naiiba in the sense na hindi lahat magiging masaya sa resulta lagi. And that is a truth that we have to accept. Kahit Miss Universe pa ‘yan, there will always be disappointment,” said Ogie in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
[“Just like with other contests, not everyone will be happy about the results of ‘Tawag ng Tanghalan’. And that is a truth that we have to accept. Even if it’s the Miss Universe pageant, there will always be disappointment.”]
As one of the head judges of the competition, he understands the frustration that comes when a fan favorite earns low scores from the judging panel.
“First of all, napakahirap maging hurado to balance all of that. Sila rin mismo, kami rin may mga manok rin, but it is a daily performance-based judging that we have to do,” he shared.
“It is not a matter of us favoring someone else or clinging kung ano ang gusto ng masa. But really, it’s when we get to the finals, dumarating na tayo sa resbakan. Kung sino ‘yung nagpakita ng kasindak-sindak na performance ay siyang mananaig,” he added.
[“First of all, it’s very challenging to be a judge and to balance all of that. Even we have contestants we love, but it is a daily performance-based judgment that we have to do.”
“It is not a matter of us favoring someone else or clinging onto whoever the public is rooting for. But really, it’s when we get to the finals that each contestant has the chance to fight back. Whoever impresses us the most with their spectacular performance prevails.”]
Ogie also appealed to the public to empathize with the judges and be more understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in the show.
“Let’s try to broaden our minds and see what went on. It’s really a matter of judges feeling that, on that day, someone is better. ‘Yun lang naman ‘yun,” he said.
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