'Tawag' judges to release statement over low score they gave a 'resbaker'

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Posted at Sep 12 2019 06:50 PM

The judges of 'Tawag ng Tanghalan' will release a statement to explain their score for wild card Mariane Osabel (pictured), according to its host Vice Ganda. 

MANILA -- Vice Ganda has revealed that the judges of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" will release a statement, a day after they gave a "resbaker" a bafflingly low score that resulted in her exiting the contest.

Fans of the show have been left waiting for the judges' reasoning over wild card Mariane Osabel's 16.50% score, demanding it under the Twitter trending hashtag #JusticeForMariane. 

Many felt that Osabel's performance -- a cover of Whitney Houston's "Run to You" -- did not merit such a low score. 

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The score proved crucial as it led to Osabel's elimination despite winning the voters' poll (50% vs. 33.74%) over her opponent, trans woman Mariko Ledesma. 

That advantage was negated by the perfect 50% score Ledesma received from the judges, which pulled her overall average above Osabel's. She sang "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." 

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On Twitter Thursday, Vice Ganda wrote: "I talked to the staff and told them that the viewers' sentiments have to be acknowledged." 

The host added that he had asked for Louie Ocampo's thoughts specifically since he was the head judge for the episode. 

Vice Ganda also said: "They're aware na madaming disappointed. I myself was shocked. And I would love to hear and respect what they would have to say. So let's just wait. Love u guys!"

Osabel, in reacting to her losing her chance to sneak in the grand finals of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" via the "Ultimate Resbaker" route, said: "I know a lot of you are confused and frustrated, so am I."

"But don't worry kasi hindi ako magpapaapekto and that won't stop reaching for my goal! Kung hindi para sa akin, kahit ano pang gawin ko, tumambling man o lumuhod, 'di talaga 'yan akin." 

"But anyways, I CAN NEVER SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH. Maraming salamat po sa inyong walang sawang supporta, mahal na mahal ko po kayong lahat ...I will never stop." 

The "Ultimate Resbaker" part of the "Tawag ng Tanghalan" allows previously eliminated contestants a second chance to perform and perhaps enter the show's grand finals.