She almost made it to the Top 12 finalists of the Pinoy Idol in 2008. Unfortunately, then 17 year-old Carol Leus was eliminated, along with fellow aspirant JJ Jr., just before the announcement was made. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
The former Pinoy Idol contestant admitted that this incident somehow affected her life. But, she had to move on and find other avenues to fulfill her dream of becoming a well-known singer. She then decided to come up with her own music album.
"Na-discourage po ako talaga," said Carol during the press launch of her self-titled debut album last February 18 at the R Bistro Bar in Victoria Towers, Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
She continued, "Noong una po talagang nakaka-disappoint po lalo na noong natanggal ako saktong magta-Top 12 na. Pero noong tumatagal na po, natatanggap ko naman kasi halos lahat kami naman ganun ang nangyari."
Aside from Pinoy Idol, Carol previously joined other singing contests in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she spent her high school days with her parents. Among these were Starquest 2003, where she placed second; and TFC Popstar Dubai 2004, where she was included among the 60 contestants.
CREATING HER DEBUT ALBUM. After joining Pinoy Idol, Carol went back to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, where she’s currently taking up AB Music Production. But even though she conitnued with her studies, she never lost her passion for music.
"Kasi po gusto ko talaga [kumanta] ever since," explained Carol. "’Tapos parang nape-pressure ako kasi ’yong time nasasayang. So, inalam namin ang mga options. Hangga’t kaya naman po, sinusubukan po namin."
The 12-track album was made possible through the help of her father, Arman Leus, who was the executive producer of the album. They also sought the help of her uncle, album producer Boy Christopher, who provided most of the songs included in her all-original album.
While most newbie singers do cover songs, Carol took a risk by introducing new songs to Pinoy listeners.
"Siyempre po, pinag-iisipan namin kung ite-take namin ang risk na talagang pagkakagastusan. Parang sayang po kasi ’yong opportunity nga po. Talagang hangga’t maaari, naghahanap kami ng pwedeng mapasukan pa para lang hindi sayang ’yong time kasi 18 na rin po ako. Lalo na noong nag-Pinoy Idol ako, na-realize kong importante talaga ang edad kung mag-i-start ka."
She added, "Nagtiwala na lang po ako kay Tito Boy. Kumbaga, mas marunong siya sa industry, so sinusunod ko lang po kung ano ang sina-suggest niya."
Carol also believes that her educational background in music will give her an edge compared to other newcomers.
"Kasi marami po akong natutunan like sa chords, ganyan. ’Yon ang pinaka-edge ko na kumbaga, mas marami akong alam na technical side ng music. Sa skills, siyempre, tight talaga ang competition," she reasoned out.
When asked how she plans to introduce her debut album to the public, Carol answered, "Sabi po nila, promote lang nang promote. Sa radio, talagang susubukan kung magki-click sa tao. Pero hangga’t pwede pong mag-show na pwede akong kumanta, [gagawin ko]."
Carol Leus is released by Sunrays Music and will be distributed by Aquarius Records and Tapes. Its carrier single is titled "Timang."
2. Magkaibigang Nagkaibigan
3. Just To Make You Stay
4. Hindi Ako Laruan (revival)
5. Kung Magbabalik Ka
7. Ngayon Lang
8. Our Love Will Always Stay
9. Tunay Na Pag-Ibig
10. Malilimutan Din Kita
11. Paalam at Goodluck (Graduation Song)
12. Kung Magbabalik Ka (Radio Edit)