Tears as 'I Love OPM' cuts first contestant from top 12

MANILA - The elimination of Daniel Harrington meant that American singer Ryan Gallagher and Korea's Yohan Hwang will both be moving on to the next round of "I Love OPM."

On Saturday's episode of the singing contest dedicated to foreigners who love local music, all three contestants had to perform their handpicked songs in a bid to win over the studio audience and the judges.

Hwang sang Ronnie Liang's "Gusto Kita." It earned him the most number of votes from the studio audience, giving him an automatic place in the next round.

Gallagher opted for a more classic song, performing Basil Valdez' "Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan." Judges Martin Nievera and Lani Misalucha picked him over Harrington to remain in the competition.

Harrington, who sang Sam Concepcion's "Mahal na Mahal," was in tears as he bid farewell.

He credited the Philippines for playing a huge part in his love story with his wife, Natalie, who works for a local non-profit organization focused on helping street children.

"When I saw what she was doing, I fell in love with her. I fell in love with the mission, I fell in love with the kids, I fell in love with the people, with the culture, and with music. Thank you all so much for everything," he shared.

Harrington is the first eliminated contestant from the competition's top 12. On Sunday, Korean pop group J-Morning, Japan's UchuSentai:Noiz, and music trio DBD will be battling for a spot in the next round.

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Hosted by Anne Curtis and Eric Nicolas, "I Love OPM" airs Saturday after "Maalaala Mo Kaya" and Sundays after "Rated K."

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