Noven Belleza delivered a medley of Air Supply repertoire and emerged as the first champion of ABS-CBN’s singing competition that noontime show “It’s Showtime” revived last year.
Belleza, a farmer who used to sing alone while plowing the fields of Negros Occidental, stood effortlessly performed Air Supply’s medley of songs. He earned a standing ovation from both the judges and the audience, which gave him a combined score of 99.96 percent, almost 50 percent more than the second placer, Sam Mangubat, who got 49.09 percent, while Froilan Canlas, the third runner-up, got 45.78 percent. Head judge Rey Valera said Noven’s humble beginnings plus the talent that effortlessly comes out when he does open his lips, are his aces for winning the competition. Judge Rico J. Puno said Noven looked like OPM icon Ogie Alcasid who is also a judge in the competition.
Alcasid said Noven had the greatest impact on him due to his unique singing talent. Another judge, Nyoy Volante, commented that Noven satisfied all criteria that the judges are looking for.