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Music Hero: The Vocal Battle is the second edition of Eat Bulaga!'s music competition in search of a lead vocalist for the newly-formed band composed of the grand finalists of the segment Music Hero. The segment premiered on 3 June 2017 and concluded on 10 February 2018.

Manly Ocampo, the 19-year-old "Pop-Ballad Stud" of Calamba, Laguna, was proclaimed as the ultimate champion of the competition. He became the frontman of Eat Bulaga!'s homegrown pop band named Music Hero.  

On 23 June 2018, Music Hero released its debut single titled "Walang Papalit". Soon, the song topped Spotify Philippines’ Viral playlist and also earned spots on the music-streaming site’s local Top 200 Pop and All Genre tracts.  

One notable contestant is Elaine Duran of Butuan City who later joined and won the third season of Tawag ng Tanghalan on ABS-CBN's noontime program It's Showtime in 2019.  

Overview

Registration and audition

The talent competition was open to male and female teens between 13 and 19 years old who can lend their voice to a live band. Auditions were held at the Broadway Centrum.

Weekly rounds

The weekly rounds occurred on Fridays or Saturdays from 3 June to 10 November 2017.

There were a total of nine weekly rounds. Each weekly round featured two new contestants who must perform the song of their choice. All song choices were performed by the show's resident band Music Hero.

The regular panel of judges included record producer and Music Hero mentor Jimmy Antiporda, Music Hero grand winner Blaster Silonga, and a guest celebrity judge. The criteria for judging were as follows:

  • 50% – Vocal quality
  • 30% – Singing technique
  • 20% – Stage presence and overall performance

The winners of the weekly rounds received a cash prize and advanced to the semifinals of the competition.

Clash of Heroes

On Friday, 17 November 2017, the twenty-five weekly finalists were divided into three different clusters: A, B, and C. Clusters A and B each had eight contestants, while Cluster C had nine contestants.

On Friday and Saturdays in the following weeks, the contestants within each cluster competed against one another in the semifinal rounds. On a competition day, two randomly selected semifinalists must battle against each other with the songs of their choice. Whoever had the better voice emerged victorious. Within each cluster, only four contestants remained at the end of the semifinal rounds.

The four remaining contestants within each cluster must then battle against each other in their own cluster grand finals. Only two contestants won for each cluster. The two grand finalists of a cluster then competed against the other grand finalists of the other clusters.

Cluster A

Semifinals

ManlyOCampoSemifinals

Manly Ocampo is one of the Cluster A winners.

The Cluster A semifinals occurred on 24–25 November and 1–2 December 2017. On a competition day, the name of a contestant was randomly selected from inside a fishbowl container. The first contestant must then choose an opponent within their cluster to battle against. Whoever had the better voice emerged victorious. Within each cluster, only four or five contestants remained at the end of the semifinal rounds. The four semifinalists who emerged victorious were Elaine Duran, Sharmaine Absalon, Manly Ocampo, and Rangel Fernandez.

Grand finals

The Cluster A grand finals occurred on Saturday, 9 December 2017. The panel of judges included musician Paolo Santos, former band lead vocalist Luke Mejares, recording artist Nicole Asensio, songwriter Top Suzara, and Music Hero mentor Jimmy Antiporda.

Rangel Fernandez and Manly Ocampo were the champions of the Cluster A grand finals. Each of them took home ₱50,000 and advanced to the final round of the competition. Elaine Duran won the Online Favorite special award, taking home ₱10,000.

Cluster B

Semifinals

Edmark Borja

Fan-favorite Edmark Borja is a Cluster B grand winner.

The Cluster B semifinals occurred in a single week on 3–6 January 2018. Unlike previously, the contestants were not forced to select their opponents; the pairing was done randomly instead. The four semifinalists who emerged victorious were Cahil Manila, Crystal Paras, Edmark Borja, and Sheland Faelnar.

Grand finals

The Cluster B grand finals was held on Saturday, 13 January 2018. The panel of judges included Music Hero mentor Jimmy Antiporda as well as Nathan Azarcon, Ryan Peralta, and Mark Escueta of the rock band Rivermaya.

Crystal Paras and Edmark Borja were the champions of the Cluster B grand finals. Each of them took home ₱50,000 and advanced to the final round of the competition. Edmark Borja also won the Online Favorite special award, taking home an additional ₱10,000.

Cluster C

Semifinals

Kheem Redillas

Kheem Redillas wins the Cluster C grand finals.

The Cluster C semifinals occurred in a single week on 17–20 January 2018. The pairing for each vocal battle was done randomly. The four semifinalists who emerged victorious were Aimee Sarcilla, Twain Tuazon, Alliyah Cadeliña, and Kheem Redillas.

Grand finals

The Cluster C grand finals was held on Saturday, 27 January 2018. The panel of judges included Music Hero mentor Jimmy Antiporda, former lead band vocalist Aia de Leon, and singer Christian Bautista.

Alliyah Cadeliña and Kheem Redillas were the champions of the Cluster C grand finals. Each of them took home ₱50,000. Both advanced to the final round of the competition.

Steal the Spot

The Steal the Spot rounds were held from 31 January to 1 February 2018. Eliminated semifinalists from different clusters were once again given the opportunity to challenge any one of the six grand winners. Both the challenger and the finalist performed the same song. The criteria for judging were slightly modified to include the element of band rapport, which proved to be important throughout the competition:

  • 50% – Voice quality
  • 30% – Band rapport and stage presence
  • 20% – Overall performance

In the end, none of the challengers successfully stole the six finalists' spots for the championship round.

The Ultimate Vocal Battle

The Ultimate Vocal Battle was a two-part round that determined the ultimate grand winner of Music Hero: The Vocal Battle. It was the last part of the competition.

Part 1

The first part was held on Saturday, 3 February 2018. The six finalists battled against each other with the songs of their choice. The panel of judges included Sandwich lead singer Raimund Marasigan, Pulp Magazine editor-in-chief Vernon Go, former MYX video jockey JC Teves, music producer Shinji Tanaka, The Dawn vocalist Francis Reyes, and Music Hero mentor Jimmy Antiporda. The six contestants were narrowed down into three, which advanced to the second part of The Ultimate Vocal Battle.

The three contestants who advanced to the second part were Rangel Fernandez, Manly Ocampo, and Alliyah Cadeliña.

Part 2

Grandfinalists of Music Hero

Alliyah, Rangel and Manly were the final three contenders in The Ultimate Voice Battle

The second part was held on Saturday, 10 February 2018. The three remaining contestants competed against each other in the final one-song challenge round. The contestants must perform their own rendition of the Justin Bieber remix version of the 2017 chart-topper "Despacito" by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring rapper Daddy Yankee. The panel of judges included guitarist Barbie Almalbis, musician Nick Lazaro, The Dawn vocalist Jeff Pangan, Music Hero mentor Jimmy Antiporda, Eat Bulaga! hosts Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, and the members of the band Music Hero.

Manly Ocampo, the 19-year-old "Pop-Ballad Stud" of Calamba, Laguna, was proclaimed as the ultimate Vocal Hero of the competition. He took home ₱500,000 as a cash prize and became the frontman of Eat Bulaga!'s homegrown pop band named Music Hero.

Results

Weekly rounds

The weekly rounds were held on Fridays or Saturdays from 3 June to 10 November 2017. Each weekly round featured two new contestants who must perform the song of their choice. The winners received a cash prize and advanced to the semifinals of the competition.

June 2017

Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Saturday
3 June 2017
Edmark Borja 18 Dasmariñas, Cavite "Night Changes" Winner (tied)
Twain Tuazon 17 San Pascual, Batangas "Almost Is Never Enough" Winner (tied)
Friday
9 June 2017
April Valde 15 Muntinlupa City "All I Ask" Eliminated
Kathrina Batac 19 San Juan City "Wings" Winner
Friday
16 June 2017
Raffy Roque 17 Sta. Mesa, Manila "Ain't It Fun" Winner
Dom Rodriguez 18 Las Piñas City "Everglow" Eliminated
Friday
23 June 2017
Carl Guerzon 16 Marikina City "Pillowtalk" Eliminated
Kyle Mallari 14 Quezon City "Say You Won't Let Go" Winner
Friday
30 June 2017
Sophia de Vera 15 Parañaque City "Dangerous Woman" Eliminated
Sharmaine Absalon 19 Antipolo, Rizal "Habits (Stay High)" Winner



July 2017

Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Friday
7 July 2017
Manly Ocampo, Jr. 19 Calamba, Laguna "Lay Me Down" Winner (tied)
Alliyah Cadeliña 17 Quezon City "Chandelier" Winner (tied)
Friday
14 July 2017
Crystal Paras 19 Quezon City "I Knew You Were Trouble" Winner
Fritz Santos 15 Tondo, Manila "Love Me Like You Do" Eliminated
Friday
21 July 2017
Denize Castillo 19 Naic, Cavite "Still Into You" Eliminated
Kheene Salas 17 Quezon City "Jealous" Winner
Friday
28 July 2017
Ghayle Jocson 14 Las Piñas City "Stone Cold" Eliminated
Sheland Faelnar 15 Quezon City "Bang Bang" Winner



August 2017

Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Saturday
5 August 2017
Neil Mauricio 19 Caloocan City "Over and Over Again" Eliminated
Elaine Duran 19 Butuan City "Versace on the Floor" Winner
Saturday
12 August 2017
Tess Panaligan* 19 Toronto, Canada "Roar" Winner
Jazz Raz 18 Bocaue, Bulacan "Fight Song" Eliminated
Friday
18 August 2017
Kheem Redillas 14 San Juan City "Brave" Winner (tied)
Cahil Manila 13 Makati City "Who You Are" Winner (tied)
Friday
25 August 2017
Jason Recla 17 Estancia, Iloilo "Kilometro" Winner (tied)
Rangel Fernandez 16 Quezon City "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" Winner (tied)
*did not compete in future rounds



September 2017

Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Friday
1 September 2017
Miah Pangapalan 19 Biñan, Laguna "Ako Na Lang" Eliminated
Renzo Nicolau 19 Malolos, Bulacan "Perfect" Winner
Friday
8 September 2017
Donn Luis Carsula 17 Valenzuela City "Life of the Party" Eliminated
Isha Valdez 17 Pasig City "Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako" Winner
Friday
15 September 2017
Chelsea Duran 18 Quezon City "Confident" Eliminated
Aimee Sarcilla 18 Quezon City "Dark Horse" Winner
Friday
22 September 2017
Alyssa Mabasa 16 Las Piñas City "Take Me to Church" Eliminated
Janah Zaplan 15 Mandaluyong City "Scared to Be Lonely" Winner



October 2017

Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Friday
6 October 2017
David Galang 16 Porac, Pampanga "Jealous" Winner
Nove Escobar 17 San Pedro, Laguna "Earned It" Eliminated
Friday
13 October 2017
Jean Pelagio 19 Quezon City "Don't Let Me Down" Winner
Pauline Cueto 17 Pasay City "Sorry Not Sorry" Eliminated
Friday
27 October 2017
Louis Eduardo 18 Sta. Ana, Manila "Ikaw" Eliminated
Margarette Jimenez 17 Lingayen, Pangasinan "Side to Side" Winner



November 2017

Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Friday
3 November 2017
Regine Reyno 19 Quezon City "Masterpiece" Eliminated
Miguel Salamat 19 Taytay, Rizal "Too Good at Goodbyes" Winner
Friday
10 November 2017
Daphny Mandin 13 Quezon City "I'm in Love with a Monster" Winner
Ann Jelli Calumba 15 Quezon City "Malaya" Eliminated



Clash of Heroes

On Friday, 17 November 2017, the twenty-five weekly finalists were divided into three different clusters: A, B, and C. Clusters A and B each had eight contestants, while Cluster C had nine contestants. The contestants earned nicknames based on their singing styles and other notable qualities.

Cluster A

The contestants within Cluster A competed against one another in the semifinal rounds. The winners advanced to the grand finals. The grand finals occurred on Saturday, 9 December 2017. Rangel Fernandez and Manly Ocampo were the champions of the Cluster A grand finals.

Cluster A Finalists
RangelFernandezzzz
Rangel Fernandez
"Angelic Songstress"
ElaineDuran
Elaine Duran
"The Versatile Voice"
SharmaineAbsalon
Sharmaine Absalon
"Power Jazzer"
JanahZaplan
Janah Zaplan
"Concert Darling"
MargaretteJimenez
Margarette Jimenez
"Classy Vocal Chic"
ManlyOcampo
Manly Ocampo
"Pop-Ballad Stud"
Jason Recla
Jason Recla
"Prime Vocalist"
MiguelSalamat
Miguel Salamat
"Mr. Crooner"
Cluster A Semifinals
Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Friday
24 November 2017
Rangel Fernadez 16 Quezon City "Decode" Winner
Janah Zaplan 14 Mandaluyong City "Time In" Eliminated
Saturday
25 November 2017
Manly Ocampo 19 Calamba, Laguna "Ikaw Nga" Winner
Miguel Salamat 19 Taytay, Rizal "Ordinary People" Eliminated
Friday
1 December 2017
Margarette Jimenez 17 Lingayen, Pangasinan "One Day" Eliminated
Sharmaine Absalon 19 Antipolo, Rizal "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" Winner
Saturday
2 December 2017
Jason Recla 17 Estancia, Iloilo "Himala" Eliminated
Elaine Duran 19 Butuan City "Through the Fire" Winner
Cluster A Grand Finals
Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Saturday
9 December 2017
Elaine Duran 19 Butuan City "Alone" Eliminated
Sharmaine Absalon 19 Antipolo, Rizal "Grenade" Eliminated
Manly Ocampo 19 Calamba, Laguna "Feeling Good" Winner
Rangel Fernandez 16 Quezon City "Wrecking Ball" Winner



Cluster B

The Cluster B semifinals occurred in a single week on 3–6 January 2018. The contestants competed against one another with the winners advancing to the grand finals. The Cluster B grand finals was held on Saturday, 13 January 2018. Crystal Paras and Edmark Borja were the champions of the Cluster B grand finals.

Cluster B Finalists
CahilManila
Cahil Manila
"Vocal Wonder"
ShelandMHVB
Sheland Faelnar
"Stage Empress"
IshaValdez
Isha Valdez
"Lady Balladeer"
CrystalParas
Crystal Paras
"Swag Jewel"
RaffyRoque
Raffy Roque
"Rock Sweetheart"
Kheene Salas
Kheene Salas
"Soul Master"
RenzoNicolau
Renzo Nicolau
"Pop-Country Steward"
BorjaD
Edmark Borja
"Viral Teen Heartthrob"
Cluster B Semifinals
Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Wednesday
3 January 2018
Raffy Roque 17 Sta. Mesa, Manila "Bulong" Eliminated
Cahil Manila 13 Makati City "Narda" Winner
Thursday
4 January 2018
Kheene Salas 17 Quezon City "Without You" Eliminated
Crystal Paras 19 Quezon City "I'm With You" Winner
Friday
5 January 2018
Renzo Nicolau 19 Malolos, Bulacan "Pagsubok" Eliminated
Edmark Borja 18 Dasmariñas, Cavite "Hanggang Kailan" Winner
Saturday
6 January 2018
Isha Valdez 17 Pasig City "Better Days" Eliminated
Sheland Faelnar 15 Quezon City "Respect" Winner
Cluster B Grand Finals
Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Saturday
13 January 2018
Sheland Faelnar 15 Quezon City "Bohemian Rhapsody" Eliminated
Edmark Borja 18 Dasmariñas, Cavite "Panalangin" Winner
Crystal Paras 19 Quezon City "Sweet Child o' Mine" Winner
Cahil Manila 13 Makati City "Against All Odds" Eliminated



Cluster C

The Cluster C semifinals occurred in a single week on 17–20 January 2018. The contestants competed against one another with the winners advancing to the grand finals. The Cluster C grand finals was held on Saturday, 27 January 2018. Alliyah Cadeliña and Kheem Redillas were the champions of the Cluster C grand finals.

Cluster C Finalists
KathyBatac
Kathrina Batac
"Dance-Pop Stunner"
AimeeSarcilla
Aimee Sarcilla
"Sassy Voice"
DaphnyMandin
Daphny Mandin
"Little Vocal Supreme"
AlliyahCad
Alliyah Cadeliña
"Ace Belter"
JeanPelagio
Jean Pelagio
"Big Voice Countess"
TwainTuazon
Twain Tuazon
"Pop Siren"
KheemRedillas
Kheem Redillas
"Funk Music Heiress"
KyleMallari
Kyle Mallari
"R&B Charmer"
LuisGalang
David Galang
"Hardcourt Vocalist"
Cluster C Semifinals
Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Wednesday
17 January 2018
Kathrina Batac 19 San Juan City "End of Time" Eliminated
Aimee Sarcilla 18 Quezon City "Toxic" Winner
Thursday
18 January 2018
David Galang 16 Porac, Pampanga "If I Ain't Got You" Eliminated
Kheem Redillas 14 San Juan City "Runaway Baby" Winner
Friday
19 January 2018
Jean Pelagio 19 Quezon City "Fighter" Eliminated
Alliyah Cadeliña 18 Marilao, Bulacan "I Am Changing" Winner
Daphny Mandin 13 Quezon City "Ain't No Other Man" Eliminated
Saturday
20 January 2018
Kyle Mallari 14 Quezon City "Overjoyed" Eliminated
Twain Tuazon 18 San Pascual, Batangas "Lady Marmalade" Winner
Cluster C Grand Finals
Date Contestant Age Origin Song Result
Saturday
27 January 2018
Twain Tuazon 18 San Pascual, Batangas "Survivor" Eliminated
Alliyah Cadeliña 18 Marilao, Bulacan "What About Love" Winner
Kheem Redillas 14 San Juan City "Uptown Funk Winner
Aimee Sarcilla 18 Quezon City "Where Have You Been" Eliminated



Steal the Spot

The Steal the Spot rounds were held on 31 January–1 February 2018. Two eliminated semifinalists from different clusters were given the opportunity to challenge any one of the six grand winners. In the end, none of the challengers successfully stole the six finalists' spots for the championship round.

Date Contestant Status Song Result
Wednesday
31 January 2018
Sheland Faelnar challenger "What About Love" Eliminated
Alliyah Cadeliña defender Winner
Thursday
1 February 2018
Twain Tuazon challenger "Uptown Funk Eliminated
Kheem Redillas defender Winner



The Ultimate Vocal Battle

The first part was held on Saturday, 3 February 2018. The six finalists battled against each other with the songs of their choice. The contestants were narrowed down into three, which advanced to the second part of The Ultimate Vocal Battle. The second part was held on Saturday, 10 February 2018. The three remaining contestants competed against each other in the final one-song challenge round. Manly Ocampo was proclaimed as the ultimate Vocal Hero.

Round 1
Contestant Also known as Age Origin Song Result
Kheem Redillas Funk Music Heiress 18 San Juan City "A-Yo" Eliminated
Alliyah Cadeliña Ace Belter 18 Marilao, Bulacan "Flashlight Advanced
Rangel Fernandez Angelic Songstress 17 Quezon City "Kilometro" Advanced
Edmark Borja Viral Teen Heartthrob 18 Dasmariñas, Cavite "ILYSB" Eliminated
Crystal Paras Swag Jewel 19 Quezon City "7 Years" Eliminated
Manly Ocampo Pop-Ballad Stud 19 Calamba, Laguna "Hello" Advanced


Round 2
Contestant Age Origin Song Result
AlliyahFinals
Alliyah Cadeliña 18 Marilao, Bulacan "Despacito" Finalist
ManlyFinals
Manly Ocampo 19 Calamba, Laguna Grand winner
RangelFinals
Rangel Fernandez 17 Quezon City Finalist

List of Contestants

A total of 44 contestants competed in Music Hero: The Vocal Battle. The contestants are listed in alphabetical order based on their last names. Also listed are the ages of the contestants during their first appearance in the competition.

Full List of Contestants
Contestant Age Origin
Sharmaine Absalon 19 Antipolo, Rizal
Kathrina Batac 19 San Juan City
Edmark Borja 18 Dasmariñas, Cavite
Alliyah Cadeliña 17 Quezon City
Ann Jelli Calumba 15 Quezon City
Donn Luis Carsula 17 Valenzuela City
Denize Castillo 19 Naic, Cavite
Pauline Cueto 17 Pasay City
Sophia de Vera 15 Parañaque City
Chelsea Duran 18 Quezon City
Elaine Duran 19 Butuan City
Louis Eduardo 18 Sta. Ana, Manila
Nove Escobar 17 San Pedro, Laguna
Sheland Faelnar 15 Quezon City
Rangel Fernandez 16 Quezon City
David Galang 16 Porac, Pampanga
Carl Guerzon 16 Marikina City
Margarette Jimenez 17 Lingayen, Pangasinan
Ghayle Jocson 14 Las Piñas City 
Alyssa Mabasa 16 Las Piñas City 
Kyle Mallari 14 Quezon City
Daphny Mandin 13 Quezon City
Cahil Manila 13 Makati City
Neil Mauricio 19 Caloocan City
Renzo Nicolau 19 Malolos, Bulacan
Manly Gonzales Ocampo, Jr. 19 Calamba, Laguna
Tess Panaligan 19 Toronto, Canada
Miah Pangapalan 19 Biñan, Laguna
Crystal Baranda Paras 19 Quezon City
Jean Pelagio 19 Quezon City
Jazz Raz 18 Bocaue, Bulacan
Jason Recla 17 Estancia, Iloilo
Kheem Redillas 14 San Juan City
Dominic "Dom" Rodriguez 18 Las Piñas City
Regine Reyno 19 Quezon City
Raffy Roque 17 Sta. Mesa, Manila
Miguel Salamat 19 Taytay, Rizal
Kheene Salas 17 Quezon City
Fritz Santos 15 Tondo, Manila
Aimee Sarcilla 18 Quezon City
Twain Tuazon 17 San Pascual, Batangas
April Valde 15 Muntinlupa City
Isha Valdez 17 Pasig City
Janah Zaplan 15 Mandaluyong City

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