20-year-old Gretchen Espina from Biliran bested 21-year-old Jayann Bautista from Pampanga in the final two to win the first ever Pinoy Idol. Rocker Ram Chaves ended up third.
It’s interesting to note that Gretchen Espina is the bet of the local version of “Vote for the Worst”, a site dedicated in campaigning for the worst contestant to win the show. The judges’ favorites like Robby Navarro, Penelope, Daryl Celis and Kid Camaya were eliminated earlier in the season.
The Final results night were held at the SMX of the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, City. The Top 24 finalists were grouped in fours and performed with Hajji Alejandro, Jett Pangan, Vernie Varga, and Duncan Ramos. Rock bands Pupil, Calla Lily, and Rivermaya also rendered special performances.
The final two, Jayann Bautista and Gretchen Espina sang the Ogie Alcasid composition “To You” as the coronation song with Gretchen reprising it after being proclaimed as the first Pinoy Idol.
Gretchen won 1 million in cash from SM Supermall, a recording contract from Sony BMG, a management contract from GMA Atist Center, a brand new car courtesy of Mitsubishi, and a condo unit in New Manila courtesy of Avida Towers.
The Final Three:
Gretchen Espina – To You:
(Video courtesy of Kapuso Overload)