Yohan Hwang from South Korea is hailed the first Grand Touristar of the weekly singing competition for foreigners in the country, I Love OPM
Combining the votes of judges Martin Nievera, Toni Gonzaga and Lani Misalucha and the public, he garnered a total score of 32.82 percent. Yohan, who performed “‘Wag Ka Nang Umiyak,” the theme song of the primetime teleserye FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, won a one-year recording contract with Star Music, a summer vacation package in Cebu and P2 million.
The 4 grand finalists, addressed as the “Touristars,” rendered their grand final performances live at the Resorts World Manila on Saturday night, April 23.
First to perform was American Ryan Gallager who sang Gary Valenciano’s “Narito.” He garnered 23.27 percent of combined votes.
Also hailing from South Korea, musical group J Morning sang “Bulag, Pipi at Bingi” and got 23.42 percent of the votes.
Lastly, Dio Smith from Pakistan, who brought the house down with Salamat by The Dawn, received 20.50 percent of combined votes from the judges and the public.
Half-Filipino, half-Australian actor-singer James Reid also came on the show and performed his song, “Randomantic.”
Watch Yohan’s winning performance: