‘Tawag’ contestant stopped by gong returns with the same song and becomes champion

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  • It was in August 2017 when Lalaine Araña, a semifinalist of “Tawag ng Tanghalan” sang Waray Waray, but she was stopped by gong and had to exit the competition
  • Five months later, she came back, performed the same song and emerged as the defending champion

Lalaine Araña, a Cotabato singer, earned a standing ovation in her triumphant return on Thursday to It’s Showtime’s  “Tawag ng Tanghalan”, five months after the gong signaled her exit.

Araña said in a taped interview shown before her live performance on Thursday that her ‘unease’ became increasingly apparent as she skipped the lyrics during her August performance. It then prompted Louie Ocampo to signal the gong to be striked.

Fast forward to January 2018 and she found herself saying the words: “Dito po ako nadapa, dito po ako babangon ulit.”

Araña returned with the same song that made her lose, but this time, it became her weapon.

She confidently embodied some parts of the song “Waray Waray” like “hindi tatakas,” which means not backing out from a challenge that made all five judges applause while standing.

Araña later in the day dethroned the defending champion Mara Santos with the song “Narito Ako”.

She came back on Friday, victorious, she did it again Saturday, and will come back again next week to defend her title.

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