MANILA, Philippines – Filipino shadow play dance group El Gamma Penumbra won the first season of Southeast Asian pan-regional reality show Asia’s Got Talent. (READ: FULL RECAP: ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ grand finals)
El Gamma was in the top 3, along with Filipino classical singer Gerphil Flores, and Mongolian group Khusugtun. Gerphil was later eliminated.
The results leaked moments before the finale, which aired on the evening of Thursday, May 14. Social media users began tweeting the news.
Fans can still watch the group claim their victory at 8pm on AXN Asia.
The popular dance group beat out fellow Filipino contestants Gerphil Flores, Junior New System, and Gwyneth Dorado, as well as Thai rock group The Talento, Chinese acrobats Gao Lin and Liu Xin, tap dance group Dance Thrilogy, Mongolian musical ensemble Khusugtun, and Japanese dance troupe Triqstar.
In the previous episode aired May 6, they performed a tribute performance to Mother Nature to the song “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas. This performance not only brought the judges to their feet, but also made judge Anggun cry.
“I actually promised not to cry tonight. What really made me fall in love with your performance was the possibility of messages that you can put is endless,” said Anggun.
The winner of Asia’s Got Talent will receive a cash prize of US$100,000 and a chance to perform at the Marina Bay Sands.
The winner is determined by public vote, where audience members and viewers at home in Asia can vote for their favorites via SMS, Facebook, or on the show’s official app. The voting closed on Monday, May 11, at 11:59pm. – Rappler.com