From stars to star-makers
They are five of Original Pilipino Music’s most respected stars—and they’re raring to find a new star to join the fold.
Ogie Alcasid, Pops Fernandez, Rico Blanco, Andrew E. and Aiza Seguerra have been chosen by Viva Communications Inc. to take on Philippine television’s latest singing talent search, Born to Be a Star. The show will air as a weekly competition on prime time beginning February 6 on TV5.
For Ogie, Born to Be a Star is poised to become a very credible nationwide search for OPM’s next big superstar what with its history of discovering some of the country’s biggest names like Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez, Rachelle Ann Go, Mark Bautista, and Sarah Geronimo.
“Boss Vic [del Rosario of Viva]has always been one of the biggest star-makers of the industry so who best to do this but him,” said the multi-awarded singer-songwriter who will host the long show together with Viva’s young and promising singer-actress Yassi Pressman and Pop Heartthrob Mark Bautista.
On the other hand, Concert Queen Pops Fernandez, rockstar Rico Blanco, Acoustic Sensation Aiza Seguerra, and Pinoy Rap icon Andrew E will serve as judges.
Pops is excited to take on her first nationwide search as judge, eager to pass on valuable lessons she has learned in the industry to help ensure the worthy contender’s rise to stardom.
“If it’s just a matter of being a star, it’s easier to be one now because of the Internet. Nung araw, during our time, wala pong social media and we really paved our way to make a name for ourselves. And it’s not as easy as just getting so many ‘likes.’ I guess what I want to impart to the contestants is that it takes more than just being accepted by your followers to stay a star. You really have to work hard to become one,” she explained.
In addition, Aiza, said, “It’s very important that you love what you do, even if you were born to be a star. That makes all the difference.”
As for the contest mechanics, the panel of judges explained at the show’s launch on January 4 that “Star” hopefuls will perform on stage each week until the Ultimate Star is named. He or she will receive a total of P3 million in prizes, including P1 million in cash, P1-million management contract from Viva Artists Agency and TV5, and a real estate property worth P1 million.
Four new contestants will be introduced in the show every week, and each episode will show the “making” of the stars and their back stories besides the competition proper. From the weekly set, winners will proceed to the monthly round and ultimately the finals night.
Moreover, contestants who will make it to the weekly round will undergo a make-over session and mentoring from some of the country’s highly regarded vocal coaches.
“Like Pops said, we are looking for that next person that will not only be ‘liked’ by social media but someone who really deserves to be a star dahil naniniwala siya na dapat niya i-share ang talento niya sa lahat,” Ogie explained. “Sabi nga sa Wikipedia tungkol sa stars and constellations, ‘ . . . and the brightest stars get proper names. Kaya bihira yung nabibigyan o lumilikha ng sarili mong pangalan. In other words, few live up to being called a star. We hope we find the next big one here.”
Auditions to Born to Be A Star are open to male and female applicants, aged 13 to 18, at the following dates and venues: SM City Bicutan on January 10, SM City Sta. Mesa on January 16 and 17, SM City San Mateo on January 23 and 24, and SM City Novaliches on January 30 and 31. Major audition legs will also be held in key cities like Cebu, Davao, Batangas, Dagupan and Metro Manila beginning March.