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Friday, December 22, 2006

GMA 7’s StarStruck, 38 finalists

As the process of selection and elimination in this year’s batch of GMA 7’s StarStruck The Next Level artista hopefuls continues, the number of aspirants is getting smaller.

The 80 aspirants selected from over 9,000 youngsters who auditioned in the reality artista search conducted nationwide underwent another round of eliminations that left only 40 good-looking and talented young men and women.

Although beauty and talent are vital in suviving the search, honesty and a sense of responbility are also plus factors. Two aspirants were disqualified after the screening committee conducted a background check on each contestant.

Randolf Stamatelaky was discovered to be overaged while Amira Bartell failed to submit one requirement come deadline time.

Their disqualification left 38 contestants who showed off their talents recently before the StarStruck council composed of Lorna Tolentino, Douglas Quijano and direk Louie Ignacio. It was the first live eliminations of the search that marked the end of the eight aspirants’ shot to showbiz fame.

As one of the council members, Douglas judges the contestants according to personality. He gives weight on looks as he believes everybody has a talent just waiting to be developed.

"If I will just base my judgment on talent alone it is better to look for someone from PETA. It’s more difficult to find those with the X-factor," he explains.

Among the remaining contestant survivors, Douglas noticed that there are many who have star potential.

Direk Louie, on the other hand, finds the contestants all good-looking but he cannot tell right now who will click with the audience. He will get to see on the coming days who among them will stand out.

"Like now, those who passed the screening gained more confidence. It only means they will try to improve some more to get the judges’ nod," he says.

Direk Louie knows whereof he speaks. As one of the StarStruck judges for the last three editions, he never judged wrongly. He and his fellow judges decided to give the likes of Mark Herras, Jennylyn Mercado and other winners of the search the chance to make it big in the biz.

But the decision does not come solely from the judges. It also comes from the management and televiewers’ text votes.

"It feels great when our (council members) bet wins which only means that we, the management and televiewers have seen a potential in him/her," Lorna says.

She, Douglas and direk Louie are one in saying that the remaining survivors are good-looking, but they have yet to see the extent of each contestant’s ability.

Since Monday, the survivors have been going through an acting challenge. Each tries his or her acting skill via a scene from Bakekang. The cast of the dramaserye like Sunshine Dizon, Yasmien Kurdi, Rainier Castillo, Manilyn Reynes, Jennifer Sevilla and Nadine Samonte act with the remaining contenders.

Through each survivor’s acting ability, the judges will determine who they will eliminate. Every night, two survivors will bid goodbye.

Who among them will make it until the finals night? Each survivor who dreams of being the next young star should believe in his ability to survive. Please visit this link.

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