Hailing from Binangonan, Rizal, Eris Aragoza, 23, almost won “BidaMan: The Big Break,” a segment of the variety show “It’s Showtime,” which airs Mondays to Fridays on ABS-CBN. He was the second placer of the talent competition.
The finale of the weeklong “BidaMan: The Big Break” grand finals was held at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on August 10, 2019. Including Aragoza, 12 finalists competed in the finale.
In the first round of the finale, the 12 finalists showcased their talents. Aragoza sang “It’s My Life” by Jon Bon Jovi, 57.
From 12, the grand finalists were trimmed down to six. The Top 6 finalists were Aragoza, Jin Macapagal, 24, of Cebu City, Ron Macapagal, 21, of Malate, Manila, Dan Delgado, 22, of Mandaluyong City, Yuki Sakamoto, 28, of Taguig City, and Jiro Custodio, 22, of Gapan, Nueva Ecija.
In the second round, the six finalists performed in an acting challenge with a professional actor as a partner in 2 minutes. Aragoza did a well-applauded performance with Yassi Pressman, 24, who plays Alyana Arevalo-Dalisay in “Ang Probinsiyano.”
Among the six finalists, three were chosen for the third and final round. Each of the Top 3 finalists namely Aragoza, Custodio and Jin did a monologue.
Aragoza delivered a monologue about a man confessing his secret love for someone he was very close to as a friend. Apparently, the Binangonan native was not able to complete it within the given time limit.
There were seven members of the panel of judges in the finale. They were directors Bobet Vidanes, 53, and Ruel S. Bayani and actors Joshua Garcia, 21, Angel Locsin, 34, Nadine Lustre, 25, Edu Manzano, 63, and Ian Veneracion, 44.
The judges gave Aragoza’s monologue a final score of 8.6/10. It was good but not enough to beat Jin, who scored 8.9/10 and earned the grand prize.
In third place was Custodio, who received a final score of 8.3/10. As “BidaMan: The Big Break” runners-up, Aragoza and Custodio each received a cash prize worth 100,000 pesos.
Here is Aragoza reenacting an “Ang Probinsiyano” scene with Star Magic contract artist Ping Medina, 36: