Kanta Pilipinas

Kanta Pilipinas (English: Sing Philippines) is a reality singing competition that airs on TV5. It is hosted by Rico Blanco, Rivermaya's former lead vocalist. With the tagline "Kanta Mo, Kwento Mo, Kapatid" (Your Song, Your Story, Sibling), the show premiered on February 9, 2013.[3] The show airs every Saturday at 9:00 PM (PST).[4]

Kanta Pilipinas
Kanta Pilipinas logo.jpg
Created byFuturetainment Inc.
Developed byFuturetainment Inc.
Directed byGB Sampedro[1]
Creative directorJimmy Antiporda[1]
Presented byRico Blanco
JudgesRyan Cayabyab
Lani Misalucha
Rico Blanco
Voices ofLea Salonga (Theme Song)[2]
Opening theme"Kanta Pilipinas"
Ending theme"Kanta Pilipinas (Reprise)"
Country of originPhilippines
Original languagesEnglish, Filipino
No. of episodes8
Running time1 hour
Production companyFuturetainment Inc.
Original networkTV5
Original releaseFebruary 9 (2013-02-09) –
March 24, 2013 (2013-03-24)
Related showsTalentadong Pinoy
External links
Kanta Pilipinas

Unlike any other reality singing competitions, the winner of Kanta Pilipinas will only be determined by the judges. Also, the show was already completely filmed before it was aired.

After airing 8 episodes, on March 24, 2013, the 18-year-old Chadleen Lacdo-o of Cebu was proclaimed as the winner of the competition. She won 1 million peso cash prize, a recording and a management contract under TV5.[5][6]


The show is produced by TV5 and Futurentertainment Inc., owned by Marvin Agustin.[7]


Kanta Pilipinas is a reality singing competition. It was open to Filipino males and females, whether solo, duo, trio or hatdog of singers with a maximum of five members. From the initial number of auditionees who passed the regional auditions, 24 of them will proceed to the final auditions round. From the top 24 auditionees, 12 are then selected to become the top 12 finalists whom will then compete for the vetted position of the first ever winner of Kanta Pilipinas, and of the grand prize of 1 million pesos, a recording and management contract from TV5.[1][8]

Judges and hostsEdit

Lea Salonga and Sharon Cuneta were rumored to host Kanta Pilipinas. Cuneta formerly hosted Star Power, a singing competition aired on ABS-CBN.[9] However, TV5 and people behind the show failed to comment on the rumors. Salonga was eventually selected to sing the theme song of the show.

In January 2013, it was announced that Rico Blanco will host the show.[10] It was also revealed in January 2013 that Ryan Cayabyab, Lani Misalucha and Rico Blanco, the show's host, will serve as the judging panel.[11]

Selection processEdit


Cities where the auditions were held.

Auditions took place in the following locations:[12]

Date Venue City
February 24, 2012 SM City Cagayan de Oro Cagayan de Oro
March 2, 2012 SM City Cebu Cebu
March 10, 2012 SM City Davao Davao City
March 16, 2012 SM City Baguio Baguio
March 23, 2012 SM City Iloilo Iloilo
March 30, 2012 SM City North EDSA Quezon City
April 20, 2012 SM City Batangas Batangas City

Online auditionsEdit

Online auditions also took place from February to June 2012.

Top 24 auditioneesEdit

Before the show aired on February 9, 2013, the top 24 auditionees were already announced. In the final auditions, each auditionee must present themselves and sing their final audition songs. From the top 24 auditionees, 12 finalists will advance for the semifinals and compete for the grand prize.

The following are the top 24 auditionees:[13][14]

The Top 24 auditionees of Kanta Pilipinas[15][16]
  • Daniel and JB (composed by Daniel Grospe and JB Landrito)
  • Carlo and Nicole (composed by Carlo and Nicole David)
  • 5az1 (composed by Bryann Foronda, Ghielan Rex Flores, Herbert Kho, Jr., John Maynard Aisa, and Mick Pronteras)

Final auditionsEdit

The top 24 auditionees were divided into 4 batches. 1 batch composed of 6 hopefuls will perform in front of the judges and the audience per episode.

The series of results of the final auditions is divided into two parts. The first results were aired on February 16, 2013 after 12 of the top 24 auditionees had already performed; the second results will be aired on March 2, 2013, wherein half of the remaining auditionees will be eliminated and the other half, whom will complete the top 12, will advanced for the semifinal rounds.

Vehnee Saturno served as a guest judge for the whole duration of the final auditions.[17]

Episode Order Name Age, Hometown Song (Original artist)[17] Result
February 9, 2012[18]
(Batch 1)
1.1 Timmy Pavino 23, Parañaque "Go the Distance" (Michael Bolton) Advanced
1.2 Thara Therese Jordana 22, Metro Manila "The Only Exception" (Paramore) Advanced
1.3 Janeth Gomez 17, Quezon City "On My Own" (Nikka Costa) Eliminated
1.4 5az1 20 – 26, Metro Manila "More than This" (One Direction) Advanced
1.5 Giancarlo Baldonido 26, Sampaloc, Manila "I'll Never Say Goodbye" (Melissa Manchester) Eliminated
1.6 Carlo & Nicole 24 & 26, Quezon City "Always" (Atlantic Starr) Advanced
February 16, 2012[18]
(Batch 2)
2.1 Dea Formilleza 18, Compostela Valley "Don't Know Why" (Norah Jones) Advanced
2.2 Adrian Tabaldo 26, California, United States "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys) Eliminated
2.3 Haizel Fernando 20, Makati "California King Bed" (Rihanna) Eliminated
2.4 Zari Bilon 18, Bacoor, Cavite "You and I" (Lady Gaga) Eliminated
2.5 Isaiah Antonio 22, Manila "She Will Be Loved" (Maroon 5) Eliminated
2.6 Allan Gonzales 26, Quezon City "Ikaw Lamang" (Ogie Alcasid) Advanced
February 23, 2012[19]
(Batch 3)
3.1 Chadleen Lacdo-o 17, Cebu City "Beautiful" (Christina Aguilera) Advanced
3.2 Daniel and JB 22 & 24, Las Piñas "Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson) Advanced
3.3 Pia Diamante 19, Naga, Camarines Sur "I'm with You" (Avril Lavigne) Advanced
3.4 Esther Martinez 17, Surigao City "Lipad Ng Pangarap" (Dessa) Eliminated
3.5 Raz Mendoza 21, Valenzuela City "Get Here" (Oleta Adams) Eliminated
3.6 Jacob Gayanelo 20, Parañaque "Broken Vow" (Lara Fabian) Eliminated
March 2, 2012[19]
(Batch 4)
4.1 Jeniffer Maravilla 19, San Pedro, Laguna "Habang May Buhay" (AfterImage) Advanced
4.2 Ricky Deloviar 23, Iloilo City "Goodbye" (Air Supply) Advanced
4.3 Gregory Llamoso 25, Lucena City, Quezon "Saving All My Love for You" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
4.4 Allison Gonzales 20, Quezon City "Only Hope" (Switchfoot) Eliminated
4.5 Roshelle Soledad 23, Marilao, Bulacan "I Need You" (LeAnn Rimes) Eliminated
4.6 Ferns Tosco 26, Boracay Island, Aklan "Island Called Boracay" (Ferns Tosco) Advanced


Males Timmy Pavino Allan Gonzales Ricky Deloviar
Females Thara Therese Jordana Dea Formilleza Pia Diamante
Chadleen Lacdo-o Jennifer Maravilla Ferns Tosco
Duos and groups 5az1 Carlo and Nicole JB and Daniel

Results summaryEdit

Color keys
Weekly results per contestant
Contestants Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4: Finals
Round 1 Round 2
Chadleen Lacdo-o Safe Bottom seven Safe Safe Winner
Jeniffer Maravilla Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-up
Ricky Deloviar Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated (Week 4)
Thara Jordana Safe Bottom seven Safe Eliminated
Carlo and Nicole Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated (Week 3)
Ferns Tosco Bottom four Bottom four Eliminated
Pia Diamante Safe Safe Eliminated
Timmy Pavino Safe Bottom seven Eliminated
5az1 Safe Bottom four Eliminated (Week 2)
Daniel and JB Bottom four Bottom four
Allan Gonzales Bottom four Bottom four
Dea Formilleza Bottom four Eliminated (Week 1)

Weekly performancesEdit

Week 1 (March 9)Edit

  • Challenge: Group performances
  • Guest mentor & judge: Noel Cabangon
Group Order Contestant Song (Original artist) Result
Group 1 1 Daniel & JB "Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko" (Sharon Cuneta)
"Kasama Kang Tumanda" (Toni Gonzaga)
Bottom four
Dea Formilleza Bottom four
Allan Gonzales Bottom four
Ferns Tosco Bottom four
Group 2 2 5az1 "Bulong" (Kitchie Nadal)
"Pagsubok" (Orient Pearl)
Ricky Deloviar Safe
Pia Diamante Safe
Thara Therese Jordana Safe
Group 3 3 Carlo & Nicole "Hanggang" (Wency Cornejo)
"Ngayon" (Basil Valdez)
Chadleen Lacdo-o Safe
Jeniffer Maravilla Safe
Timmy Pavino Safe
Sagip round (Final performance)
Group 1 1 Ferns Tosco "Tao" (Sampaguita) Safe
2 Allan Gonzales "Imagine" (John Lennon) Safe
3 Daniel & JB "This Love" (Maroon 5) Safe
4 Dea Formilleza "Huwag na Huwag Mong Sasabihin" (Kitchie Nadal) Eliminated

Week 2 (March 16)Edit

  • Challenge: Group performances
  • Guest mentor: Jaime Rivera
Group Order Contestant Song (Original artist) Result
Aegis group 1 Carlo & Nicole "Halik" & "Sinta" (Aegis) Safe
Pia Diamante Safe
Ricky Deloviar Safe
Jeniffer Maravilla Safe
Willie Revillame group 2 Chadleen Lacdo-o "Ikaw Na Nga" & "I Love You" (Willie Revillame) Bottom seven
Allan Gonzales Bottom four
Timmy Pavino Bottom seven
5az1 Bottom four
Gloc-9 group 3 Daniel & JB "Hari Ng Tondo" & "Sirena" (Gloc-9) Bottom four
Thara Therese Jordana Bottom seven
Ferns Tosco Bottom four
Sagip round (Final performance)
Gloc-9 group 1 Daniel & JB "Ipagpatawad Mo" (Janno Gibbs) Eliminated
Willie Revillame group 2 5az1 "All Out of Love" (Air Supply) Eliminated
Gloc-9 group 3 Ferns Tosco "Dito pa rin Ako" (Ferns Tosco) Safe
Willie Revillame group 4 Allan Gonzales "Just the Way You Are" (Bruno Mars) Eliminated

The Aegis group was announced Safe, while the Willie Revillame and Gloc-9 groups became the two bottom groups. From the two bottom groups, the four least performing contestants (2 from each groups) performed in the Sagip round.

Week 3 (March 23)Edit

  • Challenge: Sing-off performances
Contestant Order Song (Original artist) Result
Pia Diamante 1 "Survivor" (Destiny's Child) Eliminated
Thara Therese Jordana Safe
Chadleen Lacdo-o 2 "'Di Bale Na Lang" (Gary Valenciano) Safe
Carlo & Nicole Eliminated
Timmy Pavino 3 "Whenever You Call" (Mariah Carey) Eliminated
Jeniffer Maravilla Safe
Ferns Tosco 4 "Nosi Ba Lasi" (Sampaguita) Eliminated
Ricky Deloviar Safe

Note that, during this week, the contestants were group in pairs. The designated pair of contestants battled in a sing-off wherein the weakest contestant in each of the pairs will be automatically be eliminated. There is no Sagip round held this week.

Finals (March 24)Edit

  • Challenge: Duet and solo performances
  • Celebrity performers: Lea Salonga performed "Kanta Pilipinas theme song" together with the top 12 finalists[20]
  • Group performance: "Kanta Pilipinas theme song" with Lea Salonga along with the other eliminated top 8 finalists[20]
  • Debut performances: Thara Therese Jordana performed "The Only Exception"; Chadleen Lacdo-o performed "Beautiful"; Jeniffer Maravilla performed "Habang May Buhay"; Ricky Deloviar performed "Goodbye"[20]
Contestant Order Duet round[20] Order Solo round[20] Results
First song (Original artist) Duet with Second song (Original artist)
Chadleen Lacdo-o 1 "Ewan" (APO Hiking Society) Aia De Leon 1 "Himala" (Rivermaya) Winner
Jeniffer Maravilla 2 "Foolish Heart" (Steve Perry) Nina 2 "Someone Who Believes in You" (Russell Hitchcock) Runner-up
Thara Therese Jordana 3 "Upuan" (Gloc-9) Gloc-9 3 "Skyscraper" (Demi Lovato) Eliminated
Ricky Deloviar 4 "Luha" (Aegis) Aegis 4 "Maghintay Ka Lamang" (Ted Ito) Eliminated

Contestants who appeared in other talent showsEdit


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