Korean singer Johan Hwang impressed the judges of ABS-CBN’s ‘I Love OPM,’ the first ever non-Filipino singing competition, with his version of “Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak” by Gary Valenciano on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
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“Nagpatunay ka ngayong gabi kasi nage-expect kami na pakikiligan mo kami, ise-serenade mo kami pero iyong binigay mong performance sa amin, ramdam na ramdam ko ang bawat salitang binigkas mo. I feel you!” said judge Toni Gonzaga.
“Iyong performance mo kakaiba ngayon, nag-level up ka. At hindi lang iyon, may pinatunayan ka sa aming lahat. Hindi lang ka lang heartthrob, ikaw ay isang singing heartthrob,” Lani Misalucha added.
Meanwhile, Martin Nievera praised his performance and his improvement throughout the competition. “You proved to us tonight that Yohan loves OPM!” he said.
Hwang beat out Dio Smith from Pakistan, American singer Ryan Gallagher, and J-Morning also from Korea. He won P2 million, a recording contract with Star Music and other prizes.
Watch the video below.