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Alodia Gosiengfiao to lead a J-Pop group

She rose to fame for donning different clothes and using make up to change her looks. But after being hailed as the country’s Cosplay Queen, 25-year old Alodia Gosiengfiao is now ready to embark on a new adventure as she leads a pop group in Japan.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Gosiengfiao shared that she was discovered in Singapore by a Japanese music producer who was judging a cosplay competition. Since then, Gosiengfiao has already recorded an album in Japan.

She said she had to learn how to speak Nihongo for her album, although she also recorded English versions of the songs.

“Actually, I sing in secret (laughs). I sing mostly Japanese songs, at home or sometimes in events but kasi mostly here in the Philippines, mostly birit. It’s hard to compete with that,” she said.

Gosiengfiao also showed ABS-CBN News the music video shoot of her J-pop girl group Super Dolls, which features two popular Japanese cosplayers.

“It’s a great honor but sobrang napre-pressure ako kasi syempre we have a lot of talented singers and talented artist here in the Philippines,” she said.

Aside from being a cosplayer, Gosiengfiao also hosts, acts and endorses products alongside popular celebrities in the Philippines. Recently, Gosiengfiao was named one of the ambassadors for the cable channel Animax Asia. She was also a co-host of the ABS-CBN show “Laugh Out Loud” and appeared in the Star Cinema movie “The Reunion.”

New Pinay to be the Next American Idol

“Are you Filipino?” Nicki Minaj asked the 17-year-old who had sauntered onto the “American Idol” stage during the Sudden Death elimination round in Last Vegas Wednesday, Feb. 21. “Yes, ma’am!” replied the teen, who was dressed in a flowy mullet skirt and sky-high heels.

Latonio, a high school student of Anchorage’s East High School, sang Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” and received a standing ovation from the judges. She was the last contestant called to occupy only 5 positions reserved that day for the female contingent of the competition. Five other female hopefuls were eliminated.

Latonio said she was “relieved” when she made it as finalist. Adriana Latonio sings Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way”.

Poised and ready. “I was like, yo! This girl’s a pro,” Randy Jackson said. Minaj was impressed by Latonio’s cool. “I did not see one ounce of fear in you. I think that you’re poised and ready. So congratulations little ladybug,” said Minaj. She called Latonio, who stands 5 feet, a “little tiny thing but commands the stage the second she walks out.”

Small town girl. In the clip that preceded her performance, Latonio was seen showing off the Anchorage landscape. “In Alaska, people think we have igloos, ride sled dogs,” she said, as the camera followed her walking up a snow-less road. “It’s a really beautiful state.”

On joining “American Idol,” she said, “I just wanna show the world that even a small town girl like me can go somewhere in their life.” Another clip showed her teachers, among them her vocal coach, calling her a very talented girl.

Can relate to Jessica Sanchez. Latonio follows in previous Fil-Am hopefuls who shone on the Idol stage, most notably last season’s runner-up Jessica Sanchez. ”I feel just I can relate to her,” Latonio said of Sanchez on another occasion. “We’re of the same age and I know she’s been working to be a popular singer for a while and her parents have also sacrificed a lot.”

Like Sanchez, Latonio showed her chops early in life. “Ever since I was 2-years-old, you couldn’t get the mic out of my hand,” she confessed. Five more girls and five more guys will be chosen as finalists on Wednesday, Feb 27. (Thursday, Feb 28, Manila time).

DREAM KPOP FANTASY CONCERT 2013

JANUARY 19, 2013 will probably be the best day ever for KPOP fanatics as six Korean Pop groups are coming to Manila for a one night only concert at the Concert Grounds of Mall of Asia.

The concert event entitled “DREAM KPOP Fantasy Concert” will feature Girls Generation, Infinite, EXO M/K, U KISS, TASTY and TAHITI.

Ticket prices:

SUPER VIP (Pit Section Standing) – P11,000

VIP DIAMOND (Elevated Platform Seating) – P11,000

VIP Platinum (Outer Pit Section Standing) – P9,000

GOLD (Outer Pit Section Standing) – P6,000

SILVER (Outer Pit Section Standing) – P3,000

BRONZE (Outer Pit Section Standing) – P1,000

Tickets are available at all Ticketnet, SM Tickets and Ticketworld outlets.

Jessica Sanchez And Phillip Phillips Face Off On American Idol Finale

The face-off between Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips happened in the finale of American Idol Season 11.

A lot of Filipino citizens were excited and is interested to know what would be the result. In addition, they’re hoping that Jessica would win the battle this is because Jessica possesses a Filipino blood.

The mother of Jessica, Ms. Editha is a Filipino who was raised in Samal, Bataan. While her father, Gilbert, is a Mexican.

Jessica and her family lives in Chula Vista, California.

The finale was held in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California and the two finalists, Jessica and Phillip, underwent 3 rounds.

Initially, they sang the song that Simon Fuller, idol creator of American Idol, picked. Next were their own personal favorites since the season started. And lastly, there first single hit if they would be able to win in the face-off.

Simon chose “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston for Jessica.

While, “Stand By Me” of Ben E. King for Phillip.

In the first wound, it was Jessica who got the heart of the judges namely Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson.

In the favorite performance part of the 2 finalists, Jessica for the 2nd time sang “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli and celine Dion. Jessica sang it because it was the song that she performed in Las Vegas that make her enter the Top 24.

On the other hand, Phillip chose “Movin’ Out” by Billy Joel in which he already sang during the selection of Top 10.

In this round, Jessica was the chosen finalist by Steven, Phillip for Jennifer Lopez and for Randy it was a tie performance.

In the last round or known as the individual original songs, “Changes Nothing” is the title that Jessica sang and “Home” for Phillip.

The composition by Jessica did not delight the judges but they say that Jessica executed the song very well.

A standing ovation from the 3 judges was received by Phillip after his last performance.

Although the judges already gave comments regarding the performances of Jessica and Phillip, still, the decision of who will win the face-off depends on the viewers.

Votes from the public majority will determine whether Jessica or Phillip will be the one proclaim as American Idol.

If we were be talking of voice, of whoever excels when it comes to singing, no hesitation it would be Jessica.

In the last 4 seasons of American Idol it was seen that all are white guy people who knows how to play the guitar are being proclaimed as American Idol winner – David Cook (Season 7), Kris Allen (Season 8), Lee DeWyze (Season 9), at Scotty McCreery (Season 10).

Aside from this observation, according to demographics, Phillip has a wide array of supporters coming from the teenagers and women that merely composes the American idol viewers.

If this would be non-stop, or no change would occur, then with that Phillip would be the 5th white guy with guitar that would be winning in American Idol.

The last woman contestant that was proclaimed as American Idol winner was Jordin Sparks last Season 6.

If there would be any competitive advantage that Jessica has over Phillip, aside from her voice, it would be the number of supports that she is getting from the Filipino people not only in America but also in the Philippines.

Surely, the votes coming from the Philippines would be a big help, especially many Filipinos are campaigning for the win of Jessica as the 1st half-Pinay of American Idol.

Jessica Sanchez Goes To Finals Of ‘American Idol’

Finally, Jessica Sanchez is going to be one of the official contestants of American Idol for the Finals round.

She is the first Filipino citizen who makes it up to the finale of one of the popular reality television singing competition.

The results were revealed last Thursday night (Friday in Manila), a day after the nationwide vote following performance night where Sanchez sang Mariah Carey’s “My All”, Aerosmith’s “I Dont Want To Miss A Thing”, and The Jackson 5′s “I’ll Be There.”

Jessica earned the bows of the judges for almost all the songs except for “Idol” judge Randy Jackson’s review that Sanchez’s third performance lacked the “moment-moment.”

She is a 16-year old American of Filipino and Mexican descent who competed against Joshua Ledet and Philip Philips for the Final Top Two round.

The show’s finale will be held on May 23 where the new “American Idol” will be crowned.

Angeline Quinto Releases Sophomore Album, Fall in Love Again

Angeline Quinto, dubbed as the Queen of Teleserye Themesongs, releases her sophomore album under Star Records entitled “Fall in Love Again.” Angeline’s newest album caught the number one spot of Astroplus’ top-selling OPM albums after it was release last March 25.

Her newest single “Bakit Nga Ba Minamahal Kita” from her album is presently splurging heavy airplay in different radio stations nationwide.

“Fall in Love Again” album features 15 romantic songs including Angeline’s duet songs “Lipad ng Pangarap” with Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez and the “Unofficially Yours” official soundtrack “If You Asked Me To” with Erik Santos. It also comprises her teleserye themesongs such as “Saan Darating ang Umaga” from the primetime drama series Budoy; “Hanggang” from Walang Hanggan; “Kung Ako’y Iiwan mo” from ABS-CBN’s newest drama series with the same title; and “I Just fall in Love Again,” which will be the theme song of her upcoming movie with Coco Martin.

Upon completing Angeline’s hottest album are the songs “Nag-iisang Bituin,” “Maghihintay Sa’yo,” “Hulog ng Langit,” “Ngayon,” “You’re My Home,” “You Light Up My Life;” and the two bonus tracks “Tanging Ikaw” and the acoustic version of “Bakit Minamahal Kita.”

Angeline would be visiting her fans all over the country with a series of upcoming mall shows like Astroplus in SM Megamall and SM The Block on Wednesday, April 18 and SM cacoor on April 21.

Angeline Quinto’s Fall in Love Again under Star Records is now available in record bars nationwide.

Nora Aunor Lost Her Singing Voice

Superstar Nora Aunor hoping that she’ll be able to sing again someday. She had a cosmetic surgery years ago that allegedly damaged her vocal cords. After a series of medical check-up and treatment for her vocal cords in the U.S. she returned in Philippines last February.

She did a couple of acting projects, she said every time she sees other people sing it makes her cry since she misses performing so much.

Nora said when she had an interview at the 9th Enpress Golden Screen Awards last March 24 in Teatrino Greenhills,“Umiiyak pa rin ako kapag nakakapanood ng mga kumakanta.  Sa totoo lang,”.

The Superstar received the Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement award. She learned to accept the fact that a lot of harm has been done even though she regrets the damage to her vocal cords. Nora said, “Masakit talaga. Nagsisi ako kung bakit ko ginawa (ang cosmetic surgery), pero andoon na iyon, eh.  Wala na tayong magagawa.”

Superstar Nora Aunor admits that she always listen to her songs even it hurts her. But despite of this she’s happy because of the Noranians continue believe her. “Iyon na lang ang nagbibigay-buhay din sa akin talaga. Maliban sa pamilya at sa lahat ng mga nagmamahal sa akin,” she said.

Nora gave an update on her medical treatment in the US.  “Na-check-up na ako ng doktor.  Kaya kailangang bumalik ako para sa operation. Totoo iyon (na malaki ang magiging expenses). Kaya pinag-iipunan ko pa ‘yong ibang dapat gastusin”, she said.

She has a new project at her home network TV5 but she will first make a movie with multi-awarded director Brillante Mendoza this April.

Anne Curtis: “Hindi naman talaga ako singer.”

Anne Curtis confirmed that there is no problem between her and Lea Salonga. There’s an issue that Lea Salonga insulted the way Anne sings. But Lea Salonga immediately said that she didn’t say any specific name about the person who cannot really sings.

The columnist of news website of TV5 who is responsible for writing the wrong issue regarding Lea Salonga and Anne immediately gave an apology.

When Anne had her press conference yesterday March 16 for her new product endorsement which is Cherry Mobile at 55 Events Place, Scout Rallos, Quezon City., she tells that Lea and her talk already about this issue.

Anne said, “Nag-message siya [Lea] sa akin noong birthday ko [Pebrero 17]. She greeted me. Sabi niya, ‘First, Happy Birthday. Second, I’m so sorry.  I would never say anything that would offend [you]. She just said sorry for the whole hassle. But hindi naman siya nagso-sorry kasi wala naman siyang sinabing mali.”

When Anne heard the news she didn’t feel offended. “Hindi naman talaga ako singer at sinabi naman talaga ni Ms. Lea ‘yon. Performer ako, di ba? Kaya hindi talaga ako na-offend kasi hindi naman talaga ko singer.” she said.

Anne added, “Sabi ko, I know naman, Ate, no worries. I know it was irresponsible journalism. Irresponsible journalism… kasi they admitted naman. They admitted naman [it's] their fault, which is the good thing about it. Hindi nila pinaglaban hanggang dulo na sila ang tama. They admitted their fault naman. You know, it’s a good thing they admitted their fault.”

The media asked Anne if she wants to be with Lea in a singing performance. Anne said that it’s favorable for the show “It’s Showtime”. “Reflection!” is the song that Anne wants to sing if ever they had their duet performance.

The “Reflection” song is a theme song for the Disney movie “Mulan” who sang by Lea.

Anne said, “Hindi ko alam. Nakakatawa. Even if I’m not a singer, it’s always been my dream to sing with singers. Kahit nga noong lumabas si Sir Martin [Nievera] noong birthday ko, ‘Oh my god!” Pinakanta pa ako ng “You Are My Song” na pagkataas-taas. Hindi ako prepared! Sabi ko, ‘But thank you for giving me a chance.’ Alam mo ‘yon, that’s why I’m so happy kasi these singers, knowing that I’m not a singer, are game to sing with me. Kaya nagiging inspirational para sa lahat ng mga hindi singers, na okay lang.”

In the other hand, after her successful concert (Annebisyosa: No Other Concert) in Araneta last January, Anne will be in Cebu and Middle East for a concert tour. She was happy because there are some people who want to see her singing.

“Although hindi ko alam kung kaya ko,” Hindi talaga. Alam mo sinasabi ko talaga, “Boss Vic, after ha, ayaw ko na. Masaya na ako na nangyari siya once. ‘Yong sa Araneta, that was the pinakabongga for me. Ngayon, may Cebu and everything. Although I want to do it kasi may mga hindi nakarating. May ibang taga-probinsya na nagtu-tweet, ‘Pumunta naman po kayo dito. So natutuwa ako na ang daming mga [nagre-request]. May Davao, may Bacolod. Kaya sabi ko, ‘Ang taray naman. Pasok!’ I wanna do it for them also”, she said.

Charice Pempengco New Look

Charice change her look into a blonde short hairdo and had a tattoo in her left forearm that says “Love Eternally”, between the two words is a symbol of Infinity.

She said that she did these changes because she wants to be more like Rihanna or Avril Lavigne.

A press conference held last March 8 (Thursday), at the Marriott Hotel, Charice said, “I know some people are more used to the old Charice, sa ballad singer with the pigtails. For me, in my heart, I’ve always wanted to be more edgy, rock, more [on the] dark side. I’m really happy and this is a big deal for me ‘coz finally, nararating ko ang mga gusto ko. I know some people think that this is very rebellious but it’s not. It’s just me evolving. It’s me transforming into another person that is totally me.”

She is also aware that she is considered a role model for young people. She says, “I know may mga tao na nagsasabing ako ang inspirasyon nila. Ang gusto ko lang sabihin, magbago man ang looks ko, yung attitude is still the same.”

There are two differing opinions being considered for her image. She said, “Yung ibang people sa management, gusto nila yung look ko parang Selena Gomez. The other one, they want me to be more like Avril Lavigne, which is what I like. Or more like Rihanna. That’s what I like. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Jose and Wally Major Concert-“A Party for Juan and All”

The concert of Jose and Wally was held at Smart-Araneta Coliseum last March 2    2012. After the concert they called “Certified concert artists” because of many    people attend the concert, the tickets are sold out, the Big Dome was full of people  from Patron until Bleachers sections.

The concert was full of joy because of the dynamic comic duo (Jose and Wally).

The concert was started by Jose and Wally with the song “Ang Tipo kong Lalake”, “I’m Sexy And I Know It”, and “I’m Too Sexy”.

The next performance was with Solenn Heussaff, they performed a fast number, “Time of My Life”/”Tayo’y Magsayawan”/”Party Rock Anthem” medley.

The two comedians also show their talent in dancing. Wally and Ciara Sotto had  their showdown in pole dancing, while Jose show his Michael Jackson dance moves.

Except for dancing and singing, of course they performed a number of being a comedian where it is really their line. Many audiences were happy when they perform their own version of “Anak” by Freddie Aguilar. While Jose sings the lyrics one by one Wally interprets it.

After Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid sang one song, Jose and Wally joined her and the two sings as Ogie Alcasid and Janno Gibbs in a song “Magkasuyo” and “Hanggang Ngayon.”

Many audiences was happy when they saw Dennis Trillo and Aljur Abrenica, they performed as the younger versions of Jose and Wally.