Rachell Laylo of Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines almost won “Tawag ng Tanghalan” Season 4. The finale of the singing competition, which is a segment of the ABS-CBN television show “It’s Showtime,” aired live on February 6, 2021.
Laylo finished in the second place. It was JM Yosures of Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines who was declared the grand champion.
The Lipa City native was originally eliminated from the competition after losing a spot in the semi-final round by just 0.1. She was invited back in one of the two wildcard rounds and earned a spot in the grand finals.
Featuring nine singers, the weeklong grand finals started on February 1, 2021 and three contestants namely Rica Mae Maer, Donna Gift Ricafrente and Mara Tumale were eliminated prior to the finale. In the finale, Laylo and Yosures competed against Emmar Cabilogan, Ayegee Paredes, Makki Lucino and Nikole Kyle Bernido.
To determine the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” Season 4 grand champion, the six grand finalists were reduced to the Top 3. Fifty percent of the final score was from the judges and the other 50 percent was from the text votes.
Rey Valera served as the the punong hurado (chairman of the board of judges) in the finale. He was joined by 11 other judges namely Mitoy Yonting, Nyoy Volante, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Kyla, Karylle, Jaya, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Randy Santiago, Louie Ocampo and Gary Valenciano.
In the first round, Laylo sang “This is My Life” by Shirley Bassey. She made it to the Top 3 along with Paredes and Yosures.
In the second and final round, Laylo sang an Aegis medley. The judges gave her the highest score of 48.7/50 followed by Paredes with 44.9/50 and Yosures with 39.0/50.
Yosures received the highest number of text votes giving him 50/50 followed by Laylo with 28.9/50 and Paredes with 28.29/50. In the end, he won with the highest total score of 89.0/100 followed by Laylo with 77.6/100 and Paredes with 73.19/100.
The previous grand winners namely Noven Belleza, Janine Berdin, Elaine Duran and Mark Michael Garcia appeared as special guests in the finale. Belleza, Berdin and Duran are the grand champions of the first three seasons while Garcia won the all-star grand resbak edition.