Following The Manila Times Entertainment report over the weekend that Star Magic talent Bailey May had been chosen by “American Idol” producer Simon Fuller to be part of upcoming global pop group Now United, the 15-year-old Filipino-British singer recalls the moment that changed his life forever.
At a boot camp in Los Angeles, which gathered young talents from all over the world vying for a slot in the project, May remembers, “My heart was racing, I was so nervous. I thought my life could change in a matter of minutes and [it did when]he [Fuller] said my name. A burst of happiness rushed through my body.”
Now officially part of an international music group, the former “Pinoy Big Brother 737” teen housemate, says he is ready to bring the Filipino talent to the global spotlight.
Although still managed by Star Magic, May will soon join the multi-race 14-member sing and dance group in a world tour come 2018. Now United’s project manager Yonta Taiwo confirmed that there is so much to be expected from the group.
“We’re currently in the process of selecting from the offers coming from different promoters internationally. So, we’re just assessing the best place to be the launchpad for Now United,” Taiwo’s official statement reads.
It was back in August that May left for Los Angeles, together with fellow Star Magic hopefuls Ylona Garcia, AC Bonifacio and Jane de Leon, to attend a week-long boot camp with Fuller and 50 other young talents from around the world. By the end of the intense performance workshops, the American Idol producer had chosen the best of the best from the pack to comprise Now United.
“He made his picks on that last day but everything was only made official when the Now United website finally released the teaser for the group last Friday,” explains May.
Comprised of boys and girls aged 14 to 19 years old, Fuller also picked Lamar from the United Kingdom, Josh from Canada, Shivani from India, Heyoon from South Korea, Any from Brazil, Hina from Japan, Noah from USA, Diarra from Senegal, Joalin from Finland, Sofya from Russia and Krystian of China.
Still overwhelmed by the thought of forging an international career, May assures fans he will always look back on his Filipino roots: “To be able to represent the Philippines where I was born and raised is just a dream come true.”
And as he counts the days until he leaves Manila for this new chapter in his life, Bailey May imparts, “Sobrang ma-miss ko kayo… Maraming salamat sa pagsuporta sa akin. Since day one, I’ve been blessed to have such supportive fans. Mahal ko kayo,” he ended.