The Final 14 hopefuls of StarStruck season 7 are on their way to becoming full-fledged artistas.
This Saturday, June 29, the viewers will see how the Final 14 will hurdle their first artista test with GMA-7 esteemed director Mark Reyes.
Reyes is the director of GMA-7's iconic projects TGIS (1995-1999) and Encantadia (2005-2006, 2016-2017).
In a solo interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the June 25 press conference for the Final 14, GMA-7 Senior Program Manager Enri Calaycay gave a few details about the first artista test.
Calaycay said, "Sumalang na agad sila kay Direk Mark Reyes. Binigyan agad sila ng script.
"Kung sa audition videos nila noong first two weeks, more on monologue yun, di ba?
"Ito, they will do an acting-reacting scene. Sila na yung magkaka-eksena 'tapos si Direk Mark ang humawak sa kanila."
From then on, the succeeding episodes will show the Final 14 going through the different tests and workshops that will reveal who among them will likely be the next Kapuso stars.
According to Calaycay, "This time, ito na yung kapag gusto mong mag-artista, ito na yung pagdadaanan mo. So if you're not serious with what you're doing, makakatikim ka.
"'Tapos an addition, kung before performance lang, ngayon, may coverage kami ng behind the scenes so makikita rin yun ng council.
"So makikita kung yung isang contestant ay pasaway o siya ba ay late. The council will know kasi kasama yun sa pagiging artista, yung discipline."
The StarStruck council for this season is composed of Heart Evangelista, Jose Manalo, and Cherie Gil.
The first elimination round will also happen this Sunday, June 30, a week after StarStruck opened their lines for the audience votes.
Calaycay elaborated, "Meron kasi may botohan na, we opened the voting na.
"This weekend, bibigyan na sila ng score ng judges, 'tapos iko-combine na with the audience votes, e, 50-50 iyan, di ba? Fifty percent, audience votes, fifty percent, judges score.
"Malalaman nila kung sino ang may least number of votes and score after makita ng judges yung performance nila.
"As early as Saturday, we will announce agad kung ano yung votes ng audience.
"So magkaka-idea sila, the council, na, 'Siya pala yung ano.'
"Although sila rin naman, yung council, ang score naman nila ay based pa rin sa performance."
In the upcoming live show, only one hopeful is expected to get eliminated.
But in the succeeding elimination rounds, Calaycay said, "Let's see kasi this is still a reality show.
"So puwedeng may twist in the middle na biglang, 'Oops, dalawa na ang matatanggal.'"
Calaycay also said that viewers must watch the episode because the first major twist of the season will be announced in the Sunday episode.
After the nationwide screening process, the council chose the StarStruck final 14 hopefuls, who are set to dream, believe, and survive during the final auditions.
At the end of the search, one boy and one girl will be proclaimed the Ultimate Male and Female Survivor of the season.
At the press conference, the entertainment press got to know more about the Final 14 hopefuls.
They were all asked: "Why do you deserve to be the Ultimate Female or Male Survivor of Starstruck 7?"
Here is a little background of each of the 14 finalists of StarStruck 7:
PAMELA PRINSTER, 18, Cavite
Showbiz experience: In 2016, Pamela was part of the 2016 Kapuso series That's My Amboy, starring Barbie Forteza and Andre Paras.
"Kontrabida po ako doon, and then I went back home sa States para makapag-graduate ako ng high school and then I went back here."
On why she deserves to be the Ultimate Female Survivor: "Para po sa akin, all of us have the same dream, have wanted this for a long time. Ako bata pa lang ako, I love watching GMA Pinoy TV abroad, watching MariMar, Mulawin, lahat ng iyon just thinking one day, I'll be up there. So yun lang po, talagang childhood dream, fantasy."
DANI PORTER, 17, Quezon City
Showbiz experience: "First time ko po ngayon, medyo naiilang pa po ako na tinitignan ng mga tao. Parang first time ko na maraming camerang nakaharap sa akin!"
On why she deserves to be the Ultimate Female Survivor: "Lahat naman po kami, gustong manalo dito. Kung palarin man at maging ako, siyempre po sobrang blessed po ako, sobrang nakakatuwa na, 'Whoa!'"
ANGELIC GUZMAN, 18, Laguna
Showbiz experience: "First time ko din po kaya sobrang thankful din po ako na mapalad po ako."
On why she deserves to be the Ultimate Female Survivor: "Deserving po ako kasi po I will do whatever it takes to get what I want."
ELLA CRISTOFANI, 18, Pateros
Showbiz experience: "Ako po, hindi ko po first time mag-audition po, pero ngayon lang po akong sinuwerteng nakatsamba po."
On why she deserves to be the Ultimate Female Survivor: "Feeling ko po kaya dapat akong maging Ultimate Survivor dahil alam ko po sa sarili ko na kayang-kaya ko po kahit ano pong ibigay niyo sa akin. I'll do it with a whole heart po and with a smile."
RERE MADRID, 18, Marikina
Showbiz experience: "First time ko po ma-launch talaga sa TV pero may nagawa na rin po akong mga TVC and nagra-ramp model po ako."
On why she deserves to be the Ultimate Female Survivor: More than being the the younger sister of GMA-7 actor Ruru Madrid, Rere wants to make a name for herself.
"I'm willing po na ipakita sa inyo yung kaya kong gawin, hindi lang po dahil kapatid ko si Ruru Madrid. Makilala niyo po ako na Rere Madrid lang kasi gusto ko po makilala niyo ako na si Rere Madrid na kayang makipagsabayan sa ibang artista."
SHAYNE SAVA, 17, Rizal
Showbiz experience: "First time ko lang din po kaya super blessed po ako na nandito po ako ngayon."
On why she deserves to be the Ultimate Female Survivor: "Determined po talaga akong tao. Hindi po ako takot na mag-try ng something new, willing po akong mag-improve at tanggapin lahat ng challenges sa akin na walang takot."
LEXI GONZALES, 19, Sampaloc
Showbiz experience: Lexi used to be a talent of Star Magic from 2016 to 2019, but she also tried to audition for StarStruck's sixth season. "2014 po, nag-try po ako mag-audition sa StarStruck pero hindi po ako napayagan kasi underage pa po ako noon."
On why she deserves to be the Ultimate Female Survivor: "Sa tingin ko po kaya ako po yung dapat kasi lagi ko po ibinibigay yung best ko, yung makakaya ko, at saka tinatanggap ko po lahat ng feedback to make myself better at alam ko po na mas may ibubuga pa po ako."
ALLEN ANSAY, 16, Camarines Sur
Showbiz experience: StarStruck is Allen's first time to audition for a nationwide search.
On why he deserves to be the Ultimate Male Survivor: "Bilang isang baguhan po, marami po akong natututunan pakonti-konti at yun po yung magdadala sa akin sa pagiging grand winner ko po."
KIM DE LEON, 19, Batangas
Showbiz experience: Kim is best known for his commercial about a facial wash with Joshua Garcia. "Nakapag-casting na po ako sa commercials pero first time ko po mag-audition sa StarStruck."
On why he deserves to be the Ultimate Male Survivor: "Gagawin ko po yung best ko. Cliché po pero totoo. Gusto ko rin pong ipakita sa mga tao kung sino yung tunay na Kim and sure po ako na mahal na mahal ko po yung ginagawa ko ngayon."
KARL AQUINO, 18, Cavite
Showbiz experience: StarStruck is Karl's first audition for a reality-based artista search, but he is a member of the boy group called Clique 5.
On why he deserves to be the Ultimate Male Survivor: "Kung ako naman po yung papalarin, karapat-dapat ako kasi nasa akin yung lakas ng loob. Kasi once na may pangarap ka, kahit ano pa yung humahadlang sa iyo, kasi pangarap mo yun, handa kang harapin lahat ng pagsubok sa buhay mo para lang makamit yung pangarap mo. Gusto ko ring maging inspirasyon sa kabataan na kung ano yung gusto mong tahakin sa buhay mo, go lang, kasi yun yung gusto mo, e."
JEREMY SABIDO, 21, Laguna
Showbiz experience: Jeremy was discovered in Willie Revillame's GMA-7 game show, Wowowin. His life story was later featured in Magpakailanman in 2017. But it was his first time to audition for a reality show.
On why he deserves to be the Ultimate Male Survivor: "Madami po akong matutulungan na tao and gusto ko pong ma-inspire yung ibang tao na kahit gaano kahirap ang buhay, patuloy pa rin at magiging mas malakas ka sa susunod na kinabukasan."
GELO ALAGBAN, 17, Iloilo
Showbiz experience: Like Karl, Gelo is also a member of Clique 5, but it was his first time to audition for StarStruck.
On why he deserves to be the Ultimate Male Survivor: "Kung ako yung magiging Ultimate Male Survivor, yun po ay dahilan ng pagiging adventurous at pagiging malakas kong tao na handang harapin yung lahat ng challenges upang makamit yung main goal niya."
ABDUL RAMAN, 16, Marikina
Showbiz experience: "I've done a couple of commercials and ramping, modelling pero a show this scale, this big, first time."
On why he deserves to be the Ultimate Male Survivor: "I think I can use my smile that I can sway the hearts of many and I think all of my rejections and my failures, it's only more than enough fuel to the fire of my passion na manalo talaga."
JERICK DOLORMENTE, 20, Camarines Sur
Showbiz experience: "First time ko po sa StarStruck pero nakapag-extra na po ako dito sa GMA."
He appeared as a bit player in Bubble Gang, D' Originals. Jerick also appeared on Unang Hirit as a model.
On why he deserves to be the Ultimate Male Survivor: "Gagawin ko po lahat ng makakaya ko at ipapakita ko po sa lahat na karapat-dapat po talaga ako."
The Ultimate Male and Female Survivors will each receive a PhP1-million cash prize plus a house and lot.
StarStruck is hosted by Jennylyn Mercado and Dingdong Dantes. It airs on Saturdays at 7:55 p.m. and Sundays at 7:40 p.m.