Sam Mangubat, half of the Youtube cover duo Sam and Jun, defeated one-time defending champion Emmalou Cruz on It’s Showtime’s singing competition “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” on Tuesday, August 16.
The young singer from Laguna impressed the judges and audience and won the daily rounds of the show after performing his version of One Republic’s hit “Secret.”
During the final rounds, Cruz belted out her own cover of “Luha” by Aegis while Mangubat performed “Flying Without Wings” by Irish boy band Westlife.
After their performance, the judges decided to give the title to Mangubat. He received a total average score of 95.6 percent while Cruz with 92.4 percent.
Mangubat will return on Tawag Ng Tanghalan stage on Wednesday to defend his title.