MANILA, Philippines – It was an incredible evening for Pinoy shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra, who emerged the winners of the first season of Asia's Got Talent Thursday night, May 14. (READ: PH dance troupe El Gamma Penumbra wins 'Asia's Got Talent')
Take a look back at the explosive Asia's Got Talent finale:
The evening opened with a large-scale number from all the grand finalists, who brought their A-game to the show. Judges Anggun, Van Ness Wu, Melanie C, and Anggun were then introduced. (READ: PH dance troupe El Gamma Penumbra's journey on 'Asia's Got Talent')
A look back at the audition process followed, and then a special performance from Charice Pempengco, accompanied by David Foster.
What did you think of that #allstar @officialdfoster and @OfficialCharice collab? #AsiasGotTalent pic.twitter.com/wmGOHa1gI3 — Asia's Got Talent (@asiasgottalent) May 14, 2015
The first round of eliminations followed, with hosts Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez announcing names of the acts moving on in the competition.
Filipino classical singer Gerphil Flores was the first one announced to be staying on the show, followed by Thai group Talento. Eventual winners El Gamma Penumbra followed, as did Japanese dance troupe Triqstar and Mongolian musical ensemble Khusugtun. Junior New System was the last through.
Chinese acrobats Gao Lin and Liu Xin, tap dance group Dance Thrilogy, and young Pinoy singer Gwyneth Dorado were eliminated.
A big congratulations to our young diva #GwynethDorado! Our country is so proud of you! @gwyndorado #AsiasGotTalent pic.twitter.com/aETdJ7jvmE — AXNPH (@AXNPH) May 14, 2015
We're sad to see #GwyenthDorado, #DanceThrilogy, and #GaoandLiu go…thank you for the memories! #AsiasGotTalent pic.twitter.com/9U5oLEVxx8 — Asia's Got Talent (@asiasgottalent) May 14, 2015
"This is the beginning for you guys," said Melanie C, who said that all the acts were the pride of Asia.
Anggun then performed her mega hit "Snow On The Sahara." This was followed by a look back at some of the show's more memorable auditions.
From the ONE and ONLY @Anggun_Cipta, performing her hit song "Snow on the Sahara"! pic.twitter.com/8UGM30RIwj — AXN Asia (@axnasia) May 14, 2015
The final 4 were then revealed in no particular order: Talento, Gerphil Flores, Khusugtun, El Gamma Penumbra. Triqstar and Junior New System were eliminated.
To our talented boys, #JuniorNewSystem, you've done us proud. Big things will come. @JNSOfficial #AsiasGotTalent pic.twitter.com/JFmTYuiBJH — AXNPH (@AXNPH) May 14, 2015
Farewell to two of the most talented dance troupes we've ever seen: #Triqstar and #JuniorNewSystem! #AsiasGotTalent pic.twitter.com/afsRsERG2u — Asia's Got Talent (@asiasgottalent) May 14, 2015
"You guys have to hold your head up high...keep working at your craft, your passion will take you there. Never give up," said Van Ness Wu.
All 4 judges then took to the stage in a rare musical collaboration. Proceeds from downloads for the performance will go to those affected by the recent Nepal earthquake.
The top 3 were then named: El Gamma Penumbra, Gerphil Flores, and Khusugtun. Talento was eliminated.
"Talento, boys, you know what, I loved you since the beginning, I love the way you rock onstage. I know you must be very disappointed right now, but you know what, more than a hundred million people have watched your performance...once again, I adamantly believe that it doesn't stop here. You will continue on and on and on," said Anggun.
A performance from illusionist Cosentino was next. After his performance, he encouraged contestants to continue on, not to give up, and embrace the moment onstage.
The top 2 were finally revealed. El Gamma Penumbra and Khusugtun were through, while Gerphil was eliminated.
#GerphilFlores you are still THE Golden Girl. The world is ready for you! Shine on! @geraldinef88 #AsiasGotTalent pic.twitter.com/g2IliNyl2T — AXNPH (@AXNPH) May 14, 2015
Gerphil was immediately enveloped in a warm embrace by her fellow Filipinos from El Gamma, then later flanked by Filipino hosts Marc and Rovilson.
"May I say it in private?" said David Foster, when asked about his message to Gerphil.
"I thank God for the experience that he has given me, for all the blessings, and I thank all my supporters, my family, my loved ones for all the support they've given me. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them," said Gerphil.
"She was my Golden Buzzer, she's still my Golden Buzzer," said David.
The final two performed one last time for the crowd.
"Our inspirations come from our everyday lives and our community. We support a charity. We like the elderly because they inspire us everyday. Our talent is important because we realize we have an impact on people. That's why we continue to develop it," they said on the show. "All our hardships have paid off. Until now we can't believe that we've reached this far. We're on Cloud 9, really happy...it would be an honor to win Asia's Got Talent."
Second time but still goosebumps! @elgammaofficial truly has the power to move audiences with their performance. pic.twitter.com/kXvbdMHgaF — AXN Asia (@axnasia) May 14, 2015
"Until now, we can't believe that we are here in this moment, that we are in the finals performing in front of you. We are just happy that we came this far," they said.
Khusugtun spoke about helping to preserve Mongolian culture in a fast-moving world. "If we win Asia's Got Talent, we will dedicate it to our families and we will make Monglian people very happy," they said.
To a generation dominated by technology, #Khusugtun has given us their heart and culture through music. We're all ears! #AsiasGotTalent — AXNPH (@AXNPH) May 14, 2015
After their performance, they said that the first thing they wanted to do was perform for those who voted for them.
Another breathtaking trip to Mongolia c/o of #Khugsugtun. Will they win it all?!! #AsiasGotTalent pic.twitter.com/HEyL1CATBr — Asia's Got Talent (@asiasgottalent) May 14, 2015
Without further ado, El Gamma Penumbra was announced the winner, and promptly congratulated by the first runners-up. "To all our supporters in all parts of the world in Asia, especially to all Filipinos, maraming salamat, thank you so much!" said the winners.
Asia, your first ever #GrandFinals winner is... #ElGammaPenumbra! SHOW THEM SOME LOVE FANS!! #AsiasGotTalent pic.twitter.com/ndXPZSYphO — Asia's Got Talent (@asiasgottalent) May 14, 2015
As the winners, El Gamma will receive a cash prize of US$100,000 and a chance to perform at the Marina Bay Sands.
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