For the first time, Regine Velasquez will be sitting as a judge for GMA-7's popular artista reality search Starstruck.
In an interview during the show's press conference, Asia's Songbird admitted, “Hindi pa naman ako [nakapag-judge]. Kasi, normally, 'yong mga singing contest, I'm usually hosting it, but never a judge so, it's very exciting for me.”
Regine says she does not have any idea how she will be giving her comments to contestants.
Admittedly an inexperienced judge, Regine assures she will not a "terror" to StarStruck VI hopefuls.
“It's not naman in my personality to be mean,” she said.
“I think pwede naman akong mag-critique in such a way na they won't feel bad. I think I'd be able to do that naman.
“Importante rin 'yon kasi how would they know kung saan sila bagay o saan sila nagkakamali o kung alin sila kailangan mag-improve if none of the judges will say it, di ba?”
Meanwhile, during the press con proper, a reporter suggested that judges should focus on looks rather than the talents of StarStruck contestants.
Does Regine agree with this?
The singer-actress replied, “I think it's a combination, not just the looks. Kasi, if you notice, hindi naman lahat poging-pogi, hindi naman lahat magandang-maganda.
“I think what he's trying to say is 'yong acting can be taught. Singing not so much. Kaya nga kung artista ka, artista ka. Kaya nga 'yong acting, naituturo 'yon, nate-train mo sila to be an actor.
“I think sinasabi lang niya ay may dating—not necessarily maganda o gwapo pero may dating. Kasi, mayroong magaganda pero wala namang dating. I think personality 'yon, e.”
Right now, Regine says she's excited to find out who among the contestants have the potential to be the next Kapuso artist.
“I'm also looking forward to see the kids, the hopefuls.
“I saw some of them noong nag-pictorial ako. They're all very pretty. I'm also hoping na matatapatan din ng mga ganda nila ang kanilang mga talento.”
Aside from Regine, the other judges are Eat Bulaga! host Joey de Leon and StarStruck first female winner Jennylyn Mercado.
The new season is hosted by Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Miss World 2013 and StarStruck Season 2 Avenger Megan Young.
Daily updates about the hopefuls’ series of artista challenges will be delivered by StarStruck alumni: Season 1 Ultimate Male Survivor Mark Herras, Season 5 Second Prince Rocco Nacino, StarStruck Kids First Prince Miguel Tanfelix.
StarStruck Season 4 Ultimate Female Survivor Kris Bernal will be the show's social media correspondent.
(To view photos of the male contestants, click: Meet the male contestants of StarStruck 6)