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Gretchen Espina started to sparkle when she captured the hearts and minds of Filipinos who voted for her as the first Pinoy Idol in August of 2008.
The future singing superstar from Biliran went through rigorous auditions, performed live for weeks and never placed among the so-called “bottom group.” Coming from a musically-inclined family, she proved week after week her versatility with her impressive choice of songs coupled with her sweet-sounding voice. Having been a member of The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors also became an advantage. Gretchen recalls being with the singing group when it won first prize in the Inter-Collegiate Singing Contest held in Shantou University, Guangdong, China. Those experiences prepared her for the grueling months of competing in Idol.
“’Pinoy Idol’ opened a lot of doors for me,“ Gretchen said.