Reel and real-life sweethearts Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo are kicking off 2020 with CoLove Live, their very first concert together. It will take place at the New Frontier Theater on February 15, 2020.
It all started with their YouTube collaboration called "CoLove" where they sing '80s and '90s love songs. The songs uploaded on Jennylyn's YouTube channel drew hundreds of kilig comments from netizens who idolize the two Kapuso stars.
Netizens love the couple's rendition of Barbara Streisand's "Finally Found Someone." In the video, Dennis could barely take his eyes off Jennylyn throughout their performance.
In one of their vlogs, Jennylyn and Dennis took on the challenge of going undercover and performing live at the crowded LRT station in Roosevelt, Quezon City.
Jennylyn pretended to be a blind person with a belly bulge, while Dennis got himself a fake beard and wig that gave him a look "ala Direk Carlo J. Caparas."
"Ang hirap magpanggap! Kasi siyempre hindi ka naman agad nandun sa taas ng station," said Jennylyn. The two GMA-7 stars had an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertaiment Portal) recently.
"Tatawid ka ng kalsada, aakyat ka ng hagdan, di ba? Kunyari bulag-bulagan kami.
"Tapos si Kuya Jan ko, siya ang nasa harap, siya ang nagga-guide."
All the logistics and pre-arrangement of their band set at the LRT station were prepared by Jan Enriquez who is in charge of the couple's YouTube vlogs.
"In-arrange na ni Jan kung saan yung yung entrance, yung exit points.
"Pag-akyat namin dun, ako nakataklob pa kasi mas mabilis ako makikilala kung naka-shades lang.
"So ginawa ko, inikot ko na lang sa buong mukha ko yung black cloth. Si Dennis naman may balbas."
Dennis, for his part, was equally excited about doing an undercover challenge as per the request of one of their YouTube followers.
"Matagal na namin yun gusto gawin kasi mahilig kami manood ng TV shows ni Jimmy Fallon," said Dennis, referring to the TV host of the American late-night talk show The Tonight Show.
He continued: "Tapos nakikita namin yung ginagawa niya sa subway sa New York.
"Sabi namin, 'Puwede nating gawin ito pero lagyan natin ng Pinoy na twist.'
"Kasi sa Pilipinas lang yung may mga bulag na kumakanta."
Jennylyn and Dennis treated commuters to OPM hits such as Aegis's "Sinta," Renz Verano's "Remember Me," and Donna Cruz's "Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso."
Then Jennylyn eventually removed the black shawl covering her head, while Dennis took off his fake beard and wig.
This made commuters stop and take videos of the couple singing Peter Cetera's '80s song "After All."
Jennylyn and Dennis have continuously been receiving positive feedback for their CoLove vlogs. This prompted their YouTube manager Jan to joke about taking CoLove Live to a bigger venue.
"Plano lang talaga yun. Actually si Jan nakaisip nun. 'Bessy, pagka ano, concert na ito.' Ting! Concert! Ayun na."
Jennylyn made a phone call to Katrina Aguila, her co-manager who happens to be the daughter of talent manager, Becky Aguila.
"Tapos sila, 'Oo nga!' Agad-agad, meron na kaming plano, meron na kaming director."
Dennis interjected, smiling, "May venue na. Nag-down payment agad. Na-excite lahat."
Jennylyn added, "Si Kat ang punong abala. Hindi natutulog. Paggising ko 52 messages. Hahaha!"
For CoLove Live, Jennylyn and Dennis said they picked love songs with sentimental feels from the '80s and '90s.
Jennylyn elaborated, "Kasi, di ba, lahat ng gumagawa ng covers, puro mga bagong kanta, kung ano yung uso?
"Naisip namin ayaw naming sumabay, kasi hindi rin naming kayang sumabay! Hahaha!
"Tsaka kapag narinig mo yung '80s and '90s music, mapapaisip ka, 'Aww...Na-miss ko yung kanta na 'yan. Tapos ngayon ko lang ulit narinig.'"
Dennis added, "Oo, pinipili namin yung kanta na alam naming magugustuhan ng iba, at the same time, mae-enjoy namin siyang kantahin dahil gusto rin namin ang kanta, gusto namin i-perform."
Jennylyn knew that staging a Valentine concert is quite a challenge since veteran singers also hold their own concerts on that month.
"Hindi kami sasabay sa February 14 kasi hindi kami makakalaban. So sa February 15 kami.
"Aminin natin, andaming concert ng February 14. Ginawa naming 15 para mahiwalay kami sa Valentine's Day.
"Hindi naman lahat pare-pareho ng genre, e. Para lang maiba. 'Hi, guys! Baka gusto niyo ng iba.' Hahaha!"
CoLove Live's special guests include Alden Richards, Carlo Aquino, Janno Gibbs, Nyoy Volante, JK Labajo, Kim Molina, Jerald Napoles, Jay Durias, Nar Cabico, Nico Antonio, and Juan Miguel Severo.