Saturday, June 03, 2006

Luzon Main Audition, A Success!

We have been receiving reports that today's audition at PICC was a rousing success. Thousands of aspirants have showed up at the audition venue (some camped out as early as 3:00 a.m.).

Staffers are working double-time as they coordinate the screenings, interview some of the auditioneers, and photographing the whole event. The atmosphere was indeed festive with sponsor booths and even a karaoke booth for the aspirants to practice their singing.

Also working hard was host Ryan Agoncillo as he cheer up those who passed and console those who failed their screenings. Apparently, ABC is still looking for his co-host (who is speculated to be male).

Those who passed the day's two screenings will get to meet the Ryan Cayabyab, Pilita Corrales, and Francis Magalona, on June 10. Both Corrales and Magalona were at the venue to observe the auditions.

But not all stories in the PICC Auditions were happy. According to reports, the screenings were so stringent, even aspirants with great singing voices were met with "you're not what we're looking for" from the judges.

The event ended with heavy rain, could it be heaven's blessing or that their bets did not make it?

Congratulations to ABC 5, Manila Broadcasting Company, and the rest of the Philippine Idol crew, for this immense success!

Speaking of auditions, ABS-CBN launched its second season of "Search For A Star In A Million" and started the audition last week. However, according to an article in Manila Bulletin Online, sources said that their mall audition only came up with 14 auditioneers, all of them are of low caliber. And what shocked the ABS-CBN staff who were at the event was that all of those who wanted to become singing superstars made a beeline at the Philippine Idol Fast Track Audition nearby.

This is proof of the astounding reception Philippine Idol has gathered. Who wouldn't want P2 million pesos, a management contract with 19 TV Entertainment (the same agency handling the careers of American Idols), and a chance for international superstardom?

Even before Philippine Idol airs on late July 2006, this show has become the signature of ABC, as compared to GMA's StarStruck and ABS-CBN's Pinoy Big Brother. It could even become ABC's bid to become a major competitor in the TV race once again.