After the grueling and controversial solo round of Search for the Idol Philippines, twelve finalists—six girls and six boys—will proceed to the live round of the competition starting June 29.
As in the past rounds, the selection of the Top 12 was met with contention by some viewers. Speaking with ABS-CBN News, judge Vice Ganda explained their basis for choosing who will advance to the next round. "Inatasan kami to look for a star," said the comedian. "Nag-seminar kami, 'yon ang talagang sinabi sa'min. He or she may not be the best technical singer pero siya ang may star potential."
Meanwhile, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid supported her fellow panelist's statement, saying "This is not just a singing contest, we're not just looking for a good singer. There's a particular criteria that we're following. Based ito sa bible ng Idol Philippines."
Catch Zephanie Dimaranan, Elle Ocampo, Fatima Louise, Trish Bonilla, Sheland Faelnar, Rachel Libres, Lance Busa, Renwick Benito, Matty Juniosa, Miguel Odron, Dan Ombao and Lucas Garcia on the first week of the live round as they perform the songs of National Artist for Music, Ryan Cayabyab.