Are You The Next Big Star finalists have gimmicks to gather support

The Top 6 of Are You The Next Big Star?are (clockwise from upper left ) Frencheska Farr, Jay Perillo, CamilleCortez, Geoff Taylor, Zyrene Parsad, and Alex Santos. This GMA-7 reality talent search will end on August 23, 2009.

With only two Saturdays left before the finale, Are You The Next Big Star? finalistsare now busy campaigning for people's text votes, which will be added to thejudges' scoring next Sunday, August 23.

During the pocket interview prepared for the remaining sixcontenders—Jay Perillo, Geoff Taylor, Alex Santos, Frencheska Farr, CamilleCortez, and Zyrene Parsad—three of them gave each member of the press a small photo card thathad instructions on how to vote for them through text messages.

Aside from photo card, Camilleof Antipolo also did her own "school tour" to introduce herself to her"kababayans."

"Marami po akong efforts [to get votes] like nag-school tourpo ako. Nagpunta po ako sa munisipyo, saDepEd, lahat pinuntahan ko. Nag-campaignpo talaga ako, Fatima College and World City College sa Antipolo, San Isidropublic school and Holy Spirit Antipolo. Sa area ko po talaga ang tinarget ko," said Camille.

Like Camille, female finalist Zyrene also visited her alma mater, AssumptionCollege in Makati. She said, "Sa mga madre po, talagang very supportive sila sa akin. Ganun na lang po 'yong suporta nila sapagkanta ko because sa kanila po ako nagsimula, e."


Zyrene also noted that the nuns in her previous schoolacknowledged her improvement in singing. "[Sabi nila], ‘Zy, you've been developing youself maturely and you'vebeen performing good.' Siguro angnatatanggap ko na big comment is that I'm so poised and very elegant. Siguro kaya ako nasasabihan na very poisedand elegant because I came from that kind of school na talagang I'm so close tothe nuns. Kaya I make it a point na Isleep in the convent once a week, talagang very prim and proper."

Councilor Alex ofBulacan, on the other hand, was glad that he was saved by text votes in thelast elimination round. He believed thatmost of the people who voted for him were his constituents in Marilao, Bulacan.

He added, "Doon ko ponasubukan na hindi man po ako mayaman, mayaman naman po ako sa kaibigan. Siguro dahil councilor nga po ako sa Bulacan,siguro 'yong pinakisama ko, ngayon inaani ko. 'Yong mga taong natulungan ko, mga taong sinuportahan ko, siguro ngayonko lang naani lahat ng mga support nila."


Meanwhile, Jay ofTondo, related that his followers from Starin a Million, the contest that he joined in 2005, were still united to give him thesupport he needed for Are You The NextBig Star?

Then, he related that although he could not personallyencourage everyone around the country to vote for him, he believes that Pinoysare wise audience.

"Alam ko naman po 'yong mga viewers, alam nila kung ano angginagawa ko, efforts ko, and 'yong dedication ko nakikita naman po nila. So, it's up to them kung feeling nilakarapat-dapat ako to become the ‘Next Big Star.'

Geoff of Cagayan Valley shared the same opinion withJay. He admitted that he was fortunateto have the support of the viewers onthe night when he was almost eliminated.

"Before worried po ako noon na-bottom ako," he said. "Pero ready naman na po ako sa lahat before,e. If ever na mabo-bottom man ako, readyna ako kasi alam ko ang ganitong klase ng competition at hinanda ko na po angsarili ko. Buti nga po at nagkaroon ngganitong twist 'yong competition namin, so na-save pa po kami. Ngayon po siguro aasa na lang po ako sa mgaIlocanos at mga kaibigan."


Lastly, despite having positive comment from the judges mostof the time, Frencheska honestlysaid that she's still nervous about the upcoming finale.

She said, "Pressured po ako every time na kakanta po talagaako kasi from the start po, sinabi na po nila sa akin na nagiging consistent poako. So, dapat tuluy-tuloy lang po,hindi po pwedeng lumagpak ang performance ko."

At 16, the "next big star" aspirant from Las Piñas hopesthat she could give inspiration to the Pinoy televiewers. "Nakakapag-inspire ng ibang tao. Gusto ko bawat tao po na nakikinig sa akin,gusto kong maging inspirasyon na tuparin ang mga pangarap nila," she said whenasked what it takes to be a "star."

To vote for your favorite contender, text NBSNAMEOF CONTENDER and send to 2344 for Globe, Touch Mobile, and Sun or 367 for Smartand Talk ‘n' Txt. Voting is up until August 23, noon.

Watch the final performances of this top six contestants asthey face-off in a three-way showdown—Alex vs. Geoff vs. Jay and Camille vs.Frencheska vs. Zyrene—on August 15 and August 22, respectively. And find out who will emerge as the "next bigstar" next Sunday, August 23.






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