It's an early win for Jovan Aquino, a Filipino abroad who just became "The One."
"The One" is a month-long singing reality competition in the United Arab Emirates and it is the biggest of its kind. Among the judges are Indian singer Shibani Kashyap, and Jeewan Gurung of the Nepal-based rock band The Edge.
"I’m still speechless and I still couldn’t believe it. What a way to close 2018’s door and what a great start for me this 2019!" Joven shared on his Instagram account.
I’m still speechless and I still couldn’t believe it. ???? What a way to close 2018’s door and what a great start for me this 2019! 5 minutes before the countdown begins, I was announced the grand winner of UAE’s largest singing reality show, The ONE UAE Season 1! Lord God, you have paved my way here since the very beginning. To my family, relatives, and friends who never stopped believing in me, THANK YOU! It was a month-long competition which I just enjoyed... not thinking that eventually, I’ll be the one. ???? Again, thank you so much for everything, Lord! I LOVE YOU! ♥????????????????????????????? HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! ???????? #GoingGo!!!!!
The finals was held at the IMG Worlds in Dubai, where Joven competed against fellow Filipino, Ivy Grace Paredes, who was a contestant in X Factor UK 2016.
Joven received a check worth AED 12,500 (around P179,000) as prize.
His winning song was "Feeling Good, which has been famously performed by the likes of Nina Simone and by Michael Buble.
Joven works for Aldrich International, a marketing consultancy company and he occasionally hosts events. — Aya Tantiangco/LA, GMA News