As someone who loves singing, I also love watching singing contests. Back in the time of Tanghalan Ng Kampeon when I was just a kid, (which really produced a lot of great talents and artists who are still visible nowadays), Metropop Star, and the most recent ones like Star For A Night, Star In A Million, Pinoy Pop Superstar , Philippine Idol, to name a few. Singing contests have evolved in the process. Back then, the ones who are really good in singing will be the obvious winner. But now, it’s not just about the singing. A total package, so to speak, is needed. The looks, the appeal, the text votes haha, and a touching life story would also greatly help. It had become a reality show, where contestants need to, in a way, dig deep into their lives and let the public know that one is either from a very poor family, an abandoned child, part of a broken family, one that is searching for his lost mom or dad, and the most recent trend these days, a child of a foreigner who left them years ago. Which actually made it more interesting to watch, that somehow behind their singing talent, you’ll get to know a part of their life story and can somehow touch yours.
– VS –
And now, two of the most prestigious talent search in the country are battling head to head. Pinoy Dream Academy of ABS-CBN which is now on its second season, and Pinoy Idol of GMA7 which already had a first version from ABC5 two years ago. Of the two, PDA is much more exciting. I don’t mean to compare, but that’s the truth. It seems that ABS had prepared for it, I am not saying that GMA didn’t but I don’t know, Pinoy Idol is a bit boring for me. I started watching it on the auditions, and Wyngard Tracy right away gotten into my nerves! He’s trying hard to be Simon Cowell, you can tell. After that, I failed to watch the succeeding episodes. The last time I watched was the top 14 show, and mind you, Jolina began to annoy me too. Her comments were honest ok, but annoyingly honest. It’s the way she says it. Both Jolina and Wyngard kept on saying “medyo boring yung performance mo, walang bago..”, but look who’s got boring comments and got nothing new to say? It’s them! The contestants were just ok, no one can make you say whoa! I don’t even know who the top 12 was. I honestly think the first version of ABC 5 (Philippine Idol) a couple of years ago is much better than this one. I mean, who can argue with Ryan Cayabyab, Pilita Corales and Francis Magalona being the judges. Also the contestants, the grand winner Mau Marcelo, Gian Magdangal, Arms Cruz, Reymond Sajor, who are all like pro when performing. This time, no one had made a mark yet in both performing and touching one’s life.
Pinoy Dream Academy, however, is the exact opposite. Everything here is just great. The mentors (Ryan Cayabyab, Joey Reyes and vocal coaches Kitchy Molina & Monet Silvestre), the hosts (Toni Gonzaga, Nikki Gil and the show’s newest addition Billy Crawford), the contestants and their stories. The show’s approach is true in its extent of reaching someone’s dreams. It carefully addresses the public each of the contestant’s lives, struggles and triumphs. Which, I think, will make them more of someone people can relate to and be proud of rather than just a singing artist. Yeah, it’s just like Pinoy Big Brother when you watch it (because they’re using the same house) but with a different twist of course. My early favorites were Jay “Bugoy” Bogayon, the farmer’s son; Apple Abarquez, the one with 7 fairy gaymothers; Van Pojas, Cristina Pastor and Chivas Malunda. This is what you get from a credible dream team: unforgettable contestants and an unboring show!
Pardon for those Pinoy Idol fans out there. I am not bashing the show itself, but the way they let the show become. Probably I just so love American Idol that’s why I can’t help but compare the two. Sayang kasi, it seemed na hindi nila pinag handaan. Anyway, I like some of their contestants and I hope it would still be a hit. And in the end, prove me wrong. But for now, my votes goes to Pinoy Dream Academy! 😉