From ‘Amazing Race’ to ‘Asia’s Got Talent’

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Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez shares their experiences as hosts of ‘Asia’s Got Talent’, premiering on March 12 at AXN

Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez shares their experiences as hosts of ‘Asia’s Got Talent’, premiering on March 12 at AXN

Buddies Marc and Rovilson now host biggest talent search in the region
Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez’s friendship has gone a long way since they joined the second season of The Amazing Race Asia in 2007. They have become the ambassadors of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines. And they have been given TV shows together in both local and cable channels.

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But the biggest milestone in their partnership—that involves hosting, sports and traveling—happens this year. They now host Asia’s Got Talent set to premiere first on AXN on March 12 at 8:05 p.m.

The series is the biggest talent competition in the world featuring some of the region’s performing artists as they compete to take home the coveted winning title.

On February 26, Marc and Rovilson launched the upcoming TV show at a press conference held at Hyve in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

“We’ve been very blessed. AXN has given us these wonderful opportunities. We believe our brand is beyond the Philippines and it’s just so cool to have friends and fans from all over the world. We love our Pinoy friends but we feel it’s also right to be pushing our brand to other countries. And we are also representing the Philippines in our own way,” Rovilson proudly shared.

It can be remembered that after AXN’s The Amazing Race Asia, the duo also co-host the The Duke, a talk show focusing on Asian men also by the TV company.

The competition’s judges: Taiwanese-American pop idol and actor Van Ness Wu, former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and 16-time Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster

The competition’s judges: Taiwanese-American pop idol and actor Van Ness Wu, former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and 16-time Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster

For Marc, what he was proud of was the fact that they actually earned the roles to host Asia’s Got Talent. He explained, “It’s been a really tough journey. Just to get to where we are now, in front of you. It wasn’t handed to us in a silver platter. We had to go through the toughest audition. We’ve sort of been spoiled to be given work consistently but this one, we went through the ringer. We flew back and forth for auditions here and there. I like the fact that we earned it. We absolutely earned it.”

The hosts also talked about the show’s esteemed judges, 16-time Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C., Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and Taiwanese-American pop idol and actor Van Ness Wu.

According to Marc, David Foster is both “dream crusher and dream maker.” He explained, “He is a legitimate. He will tell you exactly how you are. If you are not made for the world stage, he will tell you straight up. But if you’re good and if he tells you you’re good or you’re great then you know that you are one of the best in the world.”

As for Van Ness, who Filipinos could still remember in his role at hit Asianovela Meteor Garden, the duo proved that he is a very nice guy contrary to their notion of boyband members.

“We were wrong. For being the rock star that he is, Van Ness is the most down to earth, the most kind-hearted judge,” Rovilson shared.

Definitely amazed by the guy, he added, “He speaks six languages, he is a producer, director, and when most boyband guys’ career had already fizzled out, his career is still skyrocketing. He is a smart guy because it takes a smart guy to prolong your career. More power to him.”

The male hosts also described the two female judges who have different personalities. Melanie C of Spice Girls, dubbed by Marc as a “workout machine,” appreciates theater voice dynamics. Anggun, on the other hand, can be a “stickler despite being a sweetheart” to auditioners.

Finally, Marc and Rovilson raved about the Filipino hopefuls who had joined the talent search.

“We are so impressed by how the Philippines has been represented. It’s really hard to be objective but we are Pinoys and we root for them. They are really great acts,” Marc ended.

From thousands of applicants from 15 territories across Asia, the four judges must select the most mind-blowing and breath-taking performances. Those who advance to the semi-finals will face an even tougher judge, the AXN audience at home who will decide the winner of the first season of Asia’s Got Talent.

Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and finale will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Prizes worth up to $100,000 are at stake, along with the opportunity for the winner to return and perform at Asia’s leading entertainment destination.

Asia’s Got Talent” is the 63rd adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia.

For more information, visit www.AXNAsia.com/AsiasGotTalent.

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