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"The Singing Bee" Season 1 produced three millionaires
ABS-CBN's music lyrics game show that tests contestants' knowledge of songs than their singing prowess has churned three millionaires in one season alone since it was launched in April. The Singing Bee, hosted by Cesar Montano, was recently cited for being the second top-rating show in the primetime block for the month of June. In the Nationwide Urban TV Audience Measurement report of AGB Nielsen, Cesar's show received 32.9 percent, making it second only to GMA-7's fantaserye Dyesebel (which garnered 33.6 percent).
So far, Aiza Seguerra is the biggest winner of The Singing Bee. The child star-turned-acoustic singer won a whopping P2.08 million cash prize in the game show's first ever back-to-back win.
Aiza was on her sixth song in the Final Countdown when she hit the P1 million jackpot. Her winning streak continued in the next game when she successfully defended her championship status and won another P1 million.
She decided to forfeit her chance to defend her title anew in order to give chance to others. "Promise ko rin sa sarili ko yun na kapag nakuha ko yung milyon, tama na. Hindi madali ang The Singing Bee. Good thing na mahilig ako kumanta kaya nataon lang na nanalo ako," said Aiza, who took home P2.08 million.
A week earlier, Rachel Alejandro, won P1.2 million on her sixth time as The Singing Bee champion. Unlike Aiza, Rachel was on a make or break situation when she correctly answered the last song in the show's final round.
"I just feel so blessed. It's not just about the money din kasi. This has a personal impact to me. With all the things going wrong in my life, I now have a reason to believe na di ako malas," said Rachel.
Among the regular players, it is only Steno Padilla who took home the million on his second day as defending champion. The 21-year old journalism fresh graduate said that singing on videoke bars and watching music channel MYX served as his edge in winning the show.
The Singing Bee airs weekdays, after TV Patrol World. The current season has been extended until August 5 on ABS-CBN.