By Kabayan Laliebeth Petancio

AT LEAST, 17 Filipino singers occupied the center staged, one after the other,at the Al Breem Videoke Challenge Season 2 grand finals, last Friday, December 21, at Al Nakheel Hotel and Apartments, Abu Dhabi, where four of the finalists were chosen as winners.

The finalists were judged in two different rounds in slow song and fast song renditions, based on the following criteria: Voice quality (30%); rhythm and tempo (25%), vocal expression (15%), entertainment value or audience impact (15%) and videoke score (15%).

Tyra Vinluan, who sang a unique rendition of the OPM hit “Till I Met You” and “Dancing Queen” garnered the highest average score of 93.88 percent and was proclaimed the champion of the Videoke Challenge. She received cash, Medicacom karaoke set, free hotel stay and gift vouchers.

The 1st runner-up was Marc Chris Canares (92.90%), who have gained the highest applaud in his rendition of “Totoy Bibo” for the fast song.

Gemma Tapong (90.88%) and Edfel Aureada (89.80%) were the 2nd and 3rd runners-up, respectively.

The other finalists who have made it to the finals and showed off their singing prowess were Armie Engrada, Arlene Letran, Arlene Gallosa, Miriam Laput, Richard Sanchez, EJ Jaro, Jeffy Lozarez, Elesio Viray, Ismael Babao, Geromil Belandres, Jeffrey Orbillo and Patrick Stephen Digo.

Judges of the final competition were Belle Crisolo, Edgar Santilan, Philip D. Esteves Jr. and this writer.