“The Voice” Philippines Intensifies

"The Voice" Philippines Premiere Telecast

“The Voice” Philippines Premiere Telecast

ABS-CBN launches the highly anticipated Philippine franchise of the “The Voice” via a primer aired last Sunday and its premiere telecast aired today, June 15.  As expected, almost all of the Philippines tuned in to tonight’s episode with netizens bombarding micro-blogging site Twitter with various reactions.

The singing competition hosted by Toni Gonzaga with sister Alex and ex PBB Teens housemate, Robi Domingo managed to keep viewers on their seat.  The biggest draw for the show however, will be coming from the show’s judges/coaches/mentors: Pop Princess, Sarah Geronimo, Tony Award Winner, Leah Salonga, Black-Eyes Peas member Apl de Ap, and rock icon, Bamboo.

The four judges started screening the first batch for the Blind Auditions.  The highlight of tonight’s show was when Thor Dulay’s rendition of the Whitney Houston classic “I Have Nothing” convinced all four judges to turn their chairs his way.  In the end, the 32-year old backup singer chose Apl de Ap.

So what can you say about the show’s premiere telecast? Hit the comment box and tell me what you guys think about it.


Jessica Sanchez Returns to Idol Stage

Jessica Sanchez returns to Idol

Jessica Sanchez returns to Idol

American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez is set to perform her debut single “Tonight” on American Idol this Thursday (Manila Time). The Fil-Mexican will also show her debut cover of MEGA Magazine to the world

MEGA proudly featured Jessica Sanchez on the cover of their January 2013 issue.  The cover was Jessica’s first. The Season 11 runner up is coming back to American Idol and this time as a full-fledged artist, performing alongside Ne-Yo for her upcoming single and at the same time showing her debut cover of MEGA Magazine to the whole world. Jessica’s new album, “Me, You and The Music,” is out in May and according to her she was pretty much involved in the creation of the project. She claims that this is where she will be able to show her new and improved self – Jessica Sanchez 2013.

Be sure to catch her on American Idol on March 21, 2013, 6PM only on ETC.

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Jessica Sanchez: Me, You, and the Music Debut Album

Jessica Sanchez looking Fierce!

Jessica Sanchez looking Fierce!

American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez revealed the official cover art of her debut album called “Me, You and The Music: Jessica Sanchez”.

The producers of Jessica’s debut album are Toby Gad, Harvey Mason, Jr., Ne-Yo, and Rykeyz under Interscope Records and 19 Entertainment. Jessica will also feature Ne-Yo in her promotional single titled “Tonight.”

As what the Fil-Mexican tweeted on Tuesday, pre-order for “Me, You and The Music: Jessica Sanchez” begins on March 21 while official release is set on May 7, 2013.

Jessica is also set to premiere her debut single on American Idol and she’s also slated to appear on the Fox hit TV series “Glee” later this year.

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Scam City: Phantom of the Opera Cast Member Loses Prada Bag

Salisi gang victimizes Australian cast member of Phantom of the Opera

Salisi Gang members have victimized an Australian cast member of The Phantom of the Opera.

Jordan Simon Pollard, the understudy for the role of Raoul in the musical, said his bag was stolen last September 30 but he reported the incident to the police just last Thursday, October 11.

The 22-year-old theater actor is part of The Phantom of the Opera, which is being staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines until October 14.

A report published by ABS-CBN News indicated that Jordan was at the Army Navy restaurant at the Harbor Square, CCP complex when the incident happened.

According to the Australian thespian, it was around 6:15 p.m. when four thieves took his Prada bag, which he said was placed under the table.

Typical of the Salisi Gang modus operandi, some members distracted Jordan while the other gang members stole Jordan’s bag.

Security footage from the restaurant shows that two women and two men were involved in the crime.

The report mentioned that Jordan’s Prada bag contained an iPad, a bottle of hair straightener, a bottle of moisturizer and other items.

American Idol retains Randy Jackson as judge

Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey

Randy Jackson will remain as a judge on American Idol.

Although it was thought that the music producer—who has been on the panel of the show since it began—would take on the role of a “mentor” behind the scenes for the upcoming season, he has agreed a deal with Fox to stay on as a judge after negotiations with Enrique Iglesias fell though, according to Deadline.

Appearing to confirm the news, his former co-star Simon Cowell tweeted: “Just heard Randy is back on Idol. Right decision.”

Randy will join Mariah Carey on the four person panel which is also expected to feature Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj.

Mariah is not thought to be a fan of Nicki’s, although producers are delighted at the prospect of conflict between them both.

Instead, the “Fantasy” hitmaker is said to be keen for Lenny Kravitz to sign up to the show.

A source said recently: “Mariah would love to have her dear friend Lenny Kravitz sit next to her on the American Idol judge panel. She thinks he would be the perfect choice because he is extremely talented and knows music inside and out.”

Sandara Park Trends on Twitter Worldwide

Sandara Park joins Twitter

Former Philippine celebrity and now part of the world famous K-Pop girlband “2NE1,” Sandara Park is warmly welcomed by worldwide netizens on Twitter.

Sandara Park, also known as “Dara” from the K-Pop sensation 2NE1, has joined Twitter and in less than 24 hours, she already garnered 79,183 followers.

Dara’s Twitter handle is @krungy21 and she describes herself as “Pambansang Krungkrung ng Pilipinas,” the title given to her by her Filipino fans when she was still working as an actress in the country.

The term “Dara” also made its way to the worldwide trending box of the micro-blogging site with her fans in the Philippines, which she calls “krungers,” and other countries wishing her a warm welcome.

Her last tweets, so far, were “how are you” messages for Pokwang and Luis Manzano.


Jessica Sanchez: ‘Fairytale’

Jessica Sanchez: Fairytale

“American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez debuted one of her songs which she said will be included in her upcoming album.

During the American Idol iHeartRadio show in New York City on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila), Sanchez revealed that she has been working on her album with Interscope Records since the hit American reality show ended last May.

“I just want to announce and say that after the show I got signed with Interscope Records. I’ve been working on my album,” she said.

While she had said in the past that her album will contain songs with an urban vibe and some R&B, her newest song titled “Fairytale” was not close to what a lot expected since it was more of pop.

Sanchez, however, said she is hoping the people would still love it.

Sanchez said her debut album will be released sometime in October.