“Lucky and blessed” ang pakiramdam ng magkaibigang sina Marc Nelson at Rovilson Fernandez dahil sa pagkakapili sa kanila bilang hosts ng inaabangan na Asia’s Got Talent na magsisimula na on March 12 sa AXN Channel.
Sa naging panayam namin kina Marc at Rovilson last February 26 sa launch ng Asia’s Got Talent sa Hyve Bar at W. Global Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, sinabi nila na dumaan sila sa mahabang proseso bago sila napili bilang hosts ng tinaguriang biggest talent competition show in Asia.
“We really went through the long and overwhelming process.
“We weren’t even allowed to talk about it not until we were already taping for the first episode of Asia’s Got Talent.
“So we were very careful not to say anything over social media.
“Even if we were really excited to tell our families and friends, we really can’t because it was strictly confidential.
“When they gave us the go signal, we immediately went to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to share the good news,” kuwento ni Marc.
TOUGH AUDITION. Dagdag naman ni Rovilson na wala silang expectations dahil alam nilang maraming pinagpilian para maging hosts ng Asia’s Got Talent.
Aniya, “This wasn’t handed to us on a silver platter.
“If people think that we had it easy, they shouldn’t because it was tough for both me and Marc.
“We really had to work for it and perhaps the people there were really impressed by us and our rapport.
“They actually recognized us from The Amazing Race Asia Season 2 and from the show we hosted titled The Duke on AXN.
“We really hid this thing from the people close to us.
“But now we can be proud of saying that we’re the hosts of the most successful talent show franchise in the world.”
STARSTRUCK. Hindi itinago ng dalawa na sobra silang na-starstruck nang ipakilala na sa kanila ang mga uupong judges ng Asia’s Got Talent. Nangunguna rito ang 16-time Grammy-winning Canadian composer and songwriter David Foster; at kasama rin ang UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C.; Indonesian rock icon Anggun and Taiwanese-American pop idol/actor and F4 member Vanness Wu.
“It was a surreal moment for both me and Marc to meet the judges personally. I mean, we were really starstruck!
“I shook hands with the great David Foster. Can you believe that?
“And I met Melanie C! She’s Sporty Spice and she’s still very hot!” tawa pa ni Rovilson.
Matagal ngang hinangaan ni Marc ang talento nila Anggun at Vanness Wu at hindi siya makapaniwala na kasama niya ang dalawang ito sa show.
“Anggun will leave you breathless, especially when she talks to you. It’s like she’s singing every word coming out of her mouth.
“And Vanness Wu... I just can’t find a word to describe him because he’s like everything—a singer, dancer, actor, director—I became an instant fan!” pag-amin ni Marc.
ONGOING AUDITIONS. Libu-libo ang mga nag-audition mula sa 15 territories across Asia. Iba’t ibang klaseng talents ang nasaksihan nila Marc at Rovilson kaya alam nilang mahihirapan ang apat na judges na makapili kung sino ang karapat-dapat na manalo.
Pero ang dapat raw abangan ay ang mga contestants na mula sa Pilipinas dahil hindi nga raw nila madi-disappoint ang kanilang mga kababayan sa pinakitang husay nila.
“We cannot say anything about the contestants yet but they should all watch out for the contestants from the Philippines,” diin ni Rovilson.
“I know that we shouldn’t biased, but knowing the Pinoy talent, they can give the other Asian contestants a run for their money.
“They do not disappoint. They will wow everybody!”
Sang-ayon naman si Marc dahil hindi niya inaasahan na gano’n kagaling ang mga Pinoy na nag-audition para sa show.
“Every contestant gave their all but the Pinoys will take your breath away.
“They are that good and I guess the judges were really impressed.
“We all just have to wait for the show to begin and see it for yourself,” pagmamalaki niya.
Tatagal ng 10 weeks ang Asia’s Got Talent. Mapapanood ang auditions episodes kunsaan mapapanood ang ilang kuwento sa buhay ng mga contestants mula sa iba’t ibang bansa ng Asia.
Ang semi-finals at ang finale and results show ay gaganapin sa Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Ang mananalo sa Asia’s Got Talent ay mag-uuwi ng $100,000 cash prize at ang opportunity na mag-perform sa mga leading entertainment venues in Asia.