Fans divided over Vice Ganda’s shade thrown at Zephanie

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Vice Ganda’s comment about former “Idol Philippines” winner, Zephanie Dimaranan, gained online buzz. (Photos: Idol Philippines/Twitter; Zephanie/Instagram)
Vice Ganda’s comment about former “Idol Philippines” winner, Zephanie Dimaranan, gained online buzz. (Photos: Idol Philippines/Twitter; Zephanie/Instagram)

Kapamilya comedian-TV host Vice Ganda just threw shade at “Idol Philippines” season 1 winner Zephanie Dimaranan during the talent search’s season 2 grand finals on Sunday (Sept 18).

Shortly after performing his rendition of the popular song “Pearly Shells,” Vice was asked by the show’s host Robi Domingo about his advice for the winner of “Idol Philippines” season 2.

Sa bagong hihiranging grand ‘Idol’ winner, sana maraming magbukas na opportunities sa 'yo (To the next grand ‘Idol’ winner, I hope a lot of opportunities will open for you),” Vice said.

Then the box office superstar paused and jokingly added, “Sana mag-stay ka muna dito sa network na ‘to” (I hope you stay in this [ABS-CBN] network),” which earned a hilarious reaction from the live audience and the show’s judges Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, and Moira dela Torre.

However, Vice quickly backpedaled and said, “Hindi, sa mga mananalo at pati sa lahat ng mga sumali na nagsimula naman na ng kanilang singing career, tapangan ninyo (No, to all the winners and to those who already began their singing career, be tough).”

Vice said that life in show business doesn’t come easy: “Ang dami mong isasakripisyo dito at lahat ‘yon kailangan may kasamang tapang, kaya tapangan ninyo (You will sacrifice a lot here, and all of that requires you to be tough, so stay strong.)".

The comedian made an appearance in the show’s grand finale to promote his returning game show “Everybody, Sing!” which will take over the timeslot of “Idol Philippines.”

Vice also served as a judge of the singing competition in its first season.

Reactions on both sides

Zephanie’s supporters were quick to defend the artist, who was declared as the champion of the reality-based singing search in 2019.

The singer signed a contract with GMA Network in March 2022, two years after the non-renewal of the Kapamilya network’s broadcasting franchise.

“Do [you] guys really think na ganon lang kadali umalis sa network na pinanggalingan mo? THERE MUST BE A REASON. So don’t bash and attack Zephanie when [you] don’t even know those reasons. She is an artist who needs work, she is an idol who deserves opportunities,” a fan said.

“Zephanie doesn’t deserve the hate! How dare you make fun of a striving kid who just wants the best to support her family! And what good could you get from shading her on national tv and making her a laughing matter? Gosh! Toxicity at its finest!” another supporter commented.

Vice’s fans also came to the comedian’s defense.

“If there’ll be a next season, I hope Idol PH brings back Vice Ganda. He may not be the best singer, but he has keen eyes for idols. Just like how he fought for Zephanie,” a fan tweeted, saying that they understood what Vice said, knowing how the former “Idol” judge rooted for Zephanie in the talent show’s first season.

“Vice didn’t directly aim that message for Zeph. It’s subject towards the next winner. Anong masama dun sa sinabi nya na sana mag stay sa home network yung mananalo? (What’s wrong with what Vice said that hopefully the winner will stay in the home network?). Like duh, it’s rational. No hate for Zeph, but di maiiwasan isipin na iniwan pa rin [niya ang] network (it’s unavoidable to think that she still abandoned the network),” another supporter remarked.

New ‘Idol’ winner

Meanwhile, 22-year-old singer Khimo Gumatay was hailed as the champion of the talent competition’s second season.

Garnering a total of 89% from the judges’ scores and public votes, Gumatay outshined fellow finalists Ryssi Avila and Kice So.

The Makati-based artist performed his own take on Jem Macatuno’s “Bagong Simula.” He also belted out his first single “My Time,” composed by Jeremy Glinoga.

Gumatay’s prizes as the grand winner include P1 million in cash, an ABS-CBN Music recording contract, a business franchise package worth P3 million, and a house and lot worth P2.5 million.

Lé Baltar is a Manila-based freelance writer, poet, and film critic. They are secretary of the Society of Filipino Film Reviewers (SFFR). They are currently studying journalism at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Follow them on Twitter @baltarle for latest news and updates. For more of their work, visit their portfolio. The views expressed are their own.

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