Yes folks, the show was Star Search hosted by Arsenio Hall, the same competition where our very own Josephine “Banig” Roberto beat Christina Aguilera in 1988.
5 years ago, David (then 12 years old), winner of the Junior Singers Competition on Star Search, competed with 10-year-old Mark Mejia of San Diego during the Battle of the Champions. The young Fil-Am bested David and 10-year-old Tiffany Evans, another champion, in the winners’ circle showdown.
Here’s Mark Mejia on the Star Search performance show:
According to reports, Mark (now 15 years old), son of Emmanuel and Gilda Mejia, is gearing up for next yearâ€™s American Idol when he turns 16, the minimum age requirement for AI contestants.
Who knows, he may surpass Jasmine Trias’ 3rd place finish in season 3 to be the first pinoy to conquer American Idol and be the first Asian-American Idol for that matter.
Check out Mark’s videos on Youtube.