Whether you believe it or not, but the oft-quoted expression “third time’s the charm” sometimes works its magic, just like what happened to Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 3 Quarter 4 grand finalist Julius Cawaling.
Before getting to where he is at the present, it took him three attempts, in which the first two were both failed. His debut on the It’s Showtime’s was on June 27, 2017, wherein he tried to snatch the golden microphone from then defending champion-turned-grand finalist of Season 2 Alfred Relatado.
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In his second attempt last April 2019, he was able to finally get his hands on the much-coveted golden microphone but for only three days after his sickness get the best of him and made him bow down to the daily winner of that day.
As he once again tried his luck for the third time, armed with the inspiration brought by his family and by the underprivileged youth to whom he shares his blessings as a philanthropist. His fighting spirit, unmistakable singing prowess, and kind heart have paved the way for him towards the grand finals.
On his first day in the competition, the “Bandista-cular” contender from Bacoor, Cavite immediately astounded us by showcasing his wide vocal range in singing Radiohead’s “Creep”.
Being able to impress the judges, Julius moved on to the next round and came face-to-face with then-defending champion Edward Paul Mapula. It was indeed a tough fight between them as everyone loved both of their performances – the former’s upbeat cover of Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One” made them bob their heads all throughout while the latter’s take on Eric Benet’s “The Last Time” truly captivated them as well.
It took a long time before the winner was determined as the hurados even had to huddle as they need to break the tie. In the end, Julius still got the higher score of 94.8 versus Eduard’s 94.2 and was declared as the new defending champion.
On his second day at the top, he sternly showed not letting his shining moment to be simply ended by challenger Glazel de Pedro of Sultan Kadarat as he stirred us with his rendition of the well-loved official movie soundtrack of The Greatest Showman – “Never Enough”.
Although daily winner Mary Anne Palma of Bohol had “a vision and a fire” in her to make her dream of being the champ come true, which she conveyed by choosing Celine Dion’s “Immortality” as her piece, Julius was still able to defeat her by fluttering our hearts with Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are”.
No one would surely dare walk away from him once you hear him belt out Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”, especially on the part in which he made the hurados clap with utter amazement because of his impeccable falsetto. This bestowed him his fourth consecutive win after beating actor-comedian and Metro Manila representative Eric Nicolas, who sang Air Supply’s “Having You Near Me”.
As he reached the most crucial portion of his journey in Tawag ng Tanghalan, which was his fifth day on the run that would determine whether he’s moving on to the next round or not, he apparently lifted up his make-or-break performance to God as he altered several lyrics of the Whitney Houston hit “Run To You”.
And God seemed to hear his prayers after garnering the higher average of 94.2 versus the 88.2 of daily winner Nenita Dominado who chose Ella Mae Saison’s “Walang Hanggan” as her piece on their showdown.
Since that was his fifth victory, he would automatically head on to the semifinals round and was given the option of whether stop or continue his fight up to the 10th round.
“Dahil po maraming beses akong nadapa sa Tawag Ng Tanghalan kaya itutuloy ko po ang laban,” he told host Vhong Navarro as he threw a punch in the air to signify his glorious triumph and burning fighting spirit.
The day after being proclaimed as one of the semifinalists of the Quarter 4, Julius attempted to sway everyone anew with his take on Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed”.
But the hurados obviously found daily winner Jan Carlos Libanan’s rendition of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” more riveting, thus giving him the higher score 94.6 that defeated Julius’ 93.0 and proclaiming him as the new holder of the golden microphone.
On his stint in the Quarter 4 semifinals, the pride of Cavite relentlessly astonished us with his powerful performance each day in the week-long showdown, making him among the top contenders to the highly-aspired slots to the grand finals.
In the end, tears of joy and surprise filled him after he was announced as one of the grand finalists for earning the second highest percentage of combined text votes and hurados’ scores of 61.61%. Dominating the tally was the fan-favorite 70-year-old singer Violeta Bayawa of Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, who got 88.82%.
Now that Julius is on his way towards achieving his ambition of being the third Grand Winner of Tawag ng Tanghalan, will his winning streak continue until the end? Let’s find out by not missing the next exciting rounds of the competition only on It’s Showtime!