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Lipa City’s Lucas Garcia is ‘Idol Philippines 2019’ first runner-up

Hailing from Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines, Lucas Garcia, 20, almost won first edition of “Idol Philippines” on ABS-CBN. He was declared as the first runner-up of the television singing competition on July 28, 2019.

Regine Velasquez, 49, James Reid, 26, Moira Dela Torre, 25, and Jose Marie “Vice Ganda” Viceral, 43, were the judges. Combining the judges’ scores and public votes, Garcia received a score of 70.2 percent.

It was a good score but it was not enough to defeat grand winner Zephanie Dimaranan, 16, who received 100 percent. She is from Biñan City, Laguna, Philippines,

In third place with was Lance Busa, 24. Hailing from Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines, his score was 41.89 percent.

Dan Ombao, 23, and Miguel Odron, 24, made it to the Top 5. They were eliminated on July 27, 2019.

On July 25, 2019, “American Idol” Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez arrived in the Philippines. She was one of the guest performers at the “Idol Philippines 2019” grand finals, which took place at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

During the grand finals, Dimaranan, Garcia and Busa sang two songs. In the first round, they sang their respective journey songs, which are “Maghintay Ka Lamang,” “Hanggang” and “Akin Ka Na Lang.”

In the second round, the top three “Idol Philippines 2019” finalists sang original songs written for them by Filipino songwriters. Garcia performed “Because You Believed” by Trina Belamide while Dimaranan and Busa sang “Pangarap Kong Pangarap Mo” by Jonathan Manalo,  and “Kapit Lang” by Jimmy Antiporda and Athena Antiporda, respectively.

In “Idol Philippines 2019,” Garcia was known as the proud representative of the LGBTQIA+ community along with Elle Ocampo, who finished sixth. In 2019, he joined “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on “It’s Showtime” but failed to make it to the finals.

When Garcia auditioned for “Idol Philippines,” he sang “Lay Me Down.” Released in 2013, the song was the lead single of “In the Lonely Hour,” the debut studio album of openly gay singer Sam Smith.

Hosted by Billy Crawford, 37, “Idol Philippines 2019” marked the first time Velasquez served as a judge in a TV singing competition. Here is Garcia singing “Because You Believed” at the grand finals:

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