Controversial ‘TNT’ Grand Finalist quits; her reason elicits various reactions

Controversial ‘TNT’ Grand Finalist quits; her reason elicits various reactions

- Mariko Ledesma backed out of the Grand Finals of “Tawag ng Tanghalan”

- She revealed the reason behind her controversial decision

- A lot of netizens also commented upon knowing why she withdrew

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Mariko Ledesma, a grand finalist in the third season of “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” has decided to withdraw from the final showdown, which is scheduled to happen next week.

KAMI learned that the said finalist became controversial after her opponent during the wild card round received a really low score from the judges.

She was able to receive 50 percent score from the “hurados” led by Louie Ocampo, while her fellow contestant only got 16.5 percent.

A lot of people were claiming that Mariko was not deserving of the slot, and that the judges “obviously favored” her over Marianne Osabel, who had higher public votes.

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Through a lengthy Facebook post, the Grand Finalist from Luzon revealed that she is suffering from depression due to the heavy backlash that she received online.

She admitted that she got really affected because there were social media users who sent her hurtful words through personal and direct messages.

The amateur singer also called on people to stop bashing her already because she just joined a competition where it is normal for a contestant to experience triumph or defeat.

“Opo, depression po… After po ng laban ko kay Mariane, samu’t-saring pambabatikos po ang inabot ko at masyadong personal po ang pangba-bash na inabot ko…” she quipped.

“Sana po itigil nyo na po ang pang na bash kc tao po kami nasasaktan at hindi nyo po alam kung anong epekto nito... Naway maging malawak po sana ang isip nating lahat na sa isang kompetisyon, may mananalo at may matatalo…” she added.

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Because of her statement, a lot of netizens aired their unsolicited opinions on the comment section of her much-talked-about post.

Here are some of their reactions:

“Idol dapat hindi ka nag quit… Napanood ko laban nyo ni Marian, mas maganda boses mo. Saka ano naman paki nila kung di nanalo si Marian e mas bet ka ng mga tao at hurado.”
“Laban lang! Dedma ka lang sa mga basher kasi di cguro nila tanggap ang pagkatalo ng idol nila. Dapat nga mas lalo ka pa lumaban.”
“Sayang po yung nasimulan mo na. Pero God has a plan po. Ang importante, maging ok kana po at hindi ka na ma-depress.”
“Oh my! Kaya pala kanina wala ka. Nakakalungkot naman. Pero naway maging maayos ka sa nararamdaman mo ngayon.”
“Good decision pa din, Miss Mariko. Nag perform ka lang, binigay mo ang best mo, nag share ng talent.”

In a previous article by , K Brosas slammed netizens for criticizing the “TNT” judges because of the low score that was given to Marianne.

“Tawag Ng Tanghalan” is a prominent singing competition in the Philippines. For three years already, it has been one of the most favorite segments on “It’s Showtime.”

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