Tsuperstar 2020 is an edition of Eat Bulaga!'s talent contest for male and female drivers of commercial vehicles such as trucks, jeepneys, tricycles, buses, and ride-sharing services. The segment premiered on 9 March 2020 and concluded on 14 March 2020.

The week-long competition was one of the 15 Tatak Eat Bulaga! segments revived as part of the noontime show's 40th anniversary celebration.[1] The short-lived and rapid-fire revival of the segments aimed to give the new generation of Filipinos an opportunity to experience the show's several iconic and original contests. Winners were scheduled to face off in the Tatak Eat Bulaga! Grand Showdown in mid-2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the final competition indefinitely.

Christian Samson, a JoyRide motorcycle taxi driver from Navotas City, emerged victorious as the grand winner at the end of the competition. He impressed the judges with magic tricks and mentalism as his talent.

Overview

Auditions

The contest was open to both men and women between 21 and 40 years old who are, by profession, drivers of jeepneys, tricycles, buses, and trucks. Because of new modes of commercial transportation brought about by the digital age, the contest also accepted drivers of food delivery and ride-hailing services like Angkas, JoyRide, and Grab. Auditions were held at APT Studios.

Daily rounds

The daily rounds occurred from 9 to 12 March 2020.

Each round featured two new contestants who were briefly interviewed by the hosts about their personal lives and occupation before showing off their skills and abilities in the talent portion. Winners received a cash prize of ₱20,000 and advanced to the grand finals of the competition.

In the pilot episode, the segment featured a question-and-answer portion in which different public transit commuters provided a question to each of the contestants. However, the portion was immediately scrapped the next day.

Grand finals

The grand finals took place on Saturday, 14 March 2020. It was hosted by Paolo Ballesteros, Maine Mendoza, Pauleen Luna, Allan K, and Wally Bayola. Four grand finalists competed against one another, showcasing their level-up performances in the final round of the competition.

The panel of judges included Unang Hirit traffic reporter Love Añover, dancer Rochelle Pangilinan, and Eat Bulaga! host Jose Manalo. The criteria for judging were as follows:

  • 60% – Tsuper talent (mastery of talent)
  • 40% – Tsuper overall (talent presentation and overall performance)

Tsuperstar 2020 grand finalists

Christian Samson, a JoyRide motorycle taxi driver from Navotas City, was hailed as the grand winner of the competition. He took home ₱100,000 as the grand prize as well as other gift packs from the segment's sponsors. After the competition, he was slated to compete against the winners of other revived segments in the Tatak Eat Bulaga! Grand Showdown. However, the final competition was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Christopher Flores, a tricycle driver from Pandi, Bulacan, emerged as the first runner-up and received ₱20,000.

Hosts

The following hosts were involved in the presentation of the segment at some point in its week-long run.


Contestants

A total of eight contestants competed in the 2020 edition of Tsuperstar. The following table sorts them alphabetically based on their last names.

List of Contestants
Contestant Origin Profession
John Christopher Flores Pandi, Bulacan tricycle
Joey Galvez Santa Ana, Manila Grab/ride-hailing service
John-Lee Martillana Binangonan, Rizal tricycle
Juaner Martinez Labo, Camarines Norte Angkas/motorcycle taxi
Kevin Paul Patricio Lipa, Batangas tour van
Christian Samson Navotas City JoyRide/motorcycle taxi
John Ryan Sobrepeña Cainta, Rizal tricycle
Ryan Viray Malate, Manila Grab food/motorcycle food delivery


Results

Daily rounds

The daily rounds occurred from 9 to 12 March 2020. Each round featured two new contestants who were briefly interviewed by the hosts about their personal lives and occupation before showing off their talent. Winners advanced to the grand finals.

Date Contestant Origin Profession Result
Monday
9 March 2020
John Ryan Sobrepeña Cainta, Rizal tricycle Advanced
Juaner Martinez Labo, Camarines Norte motorcycle taxi Eliminated
Tuesday
10 March 2020
Ryan Viray Malate, Manila food delivery Advanced
John-Lee Martillana Binangonan, Rizal tricycle Eliminated
Wednesday
11 March 2020
Joey Torres Galvez Santa Ana, Manila ride-hailing service Eliminated
Christian Samson Navotas City motorcycle taxi Advanced
Thursday
12 March 2020
John Christopher Flores Pandi, Bulacan tricycle Advanced
Kevin Paul Patricio Lipa, Batangas tour van Eliminated



Grand finals

The grand finals occurred on Saturday, 14 March 2020. Four grand finalists competed against one another, showcasing their level-up performances in the final round. In the end, Christian Samson of Navotas City was hailed as the grand winner.

Grand Finalists
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John Christopher Flores
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Christian Samson
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John Ryan Sobrepeña
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Ryan Viray


Order of Performances
Contestant Origin Profession
John Ryan Sobrepeña Cainta, Rizal tricycle
Ryan Viray Malate, Manila food delivery service
Christian Samson Navotas City motorcycle taxi
John Christopher Flores Pandi, Bulacan tricycle


Final Results
Contestant Origin Profession Result
Youtu.be-GycbEgweASI (7).jpg Christian Samson Navotas City motorcycle taxi Grand
winner
Youtu.be-GycbEgweASI (9).jpg John Christopher Flores Pandi, Bulacan tricycle First
runner-up


References

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