At four years old, Star Factor finalist Ritz Alzul wore high heels and walked like a beauty queen.
"Noong bata po ako, nanonood na kami ng Ms. Universe pageant. Tapos, kuwento po sa akin ng nanay ko, ’pag nanonood kami, magsusuot daw ako ng heels, tapos gagayahin ko po sila mag-pose," Ritz told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview last September 18.
This is when her mother realized that Ritz may just grow up to be a beauty queen. For this reason, Ritz started joining pageants at an early age.
"Kaya sabi ng nanay ko, kasi nung merong pageant dun sa school namin, ’di po namin expect na ako yung sasama. ’Di lang po kami makatanggi po, kaya tinuloy-tuloy na po namin," Ritz said.
Now, the 16-year-old stunner is one of the 18 hopefuls who are competing to be the winner of Star Factor, TV5’s artista search. Ritz said she joined the contest because she feels she’s made to be an artista.
"Kasi nakikita ko po kasi na dito po talaga yung path ko sa showbiz," she said. "Kasi nung una po, parang iniisip ko kasi sa commercials na lang ako, pero parang mas lumalapit yung opportunities dito."
Ritz said she had just shot her first commercial before she auditioned for Star Factor.
"Tingin ko po, ano, parang, destiny nga po ba matatawag dun? Ang iniisip ko po kasi dati, commercials lang, pageants. Tapos dumarating yung opportunities dito sa showbiz. E, minsan lang dumating yung opportunities, ’di po ba? Kaya gina-grab ko na po yung chance," she said.
For now, Ritz is focused on improving her craft.
"Tulad po ng mga workshops ngayon. Ina-absorb ko po lahat ng tinuturo nila, para siyempre ma-develop yung talent. Lalo na sa singing, kasi mahina po ako sa singing. Kaya, absorb lang ng absorb," she said.
Good thing her family helps her out. "Sabi ng family ko, ’Ayan, Go Ritz, itaas mo ang bandila ng Villafuerte at Alzul.’ Sana nga po magawa ko ’to."
The winner will get the P1 million cash, a contract with TV5 worth P1 million, and a 3-bedroom house and lot worth P3.7 million.
Hosted by Ruffa Gutierrez, Star Factor’s panel of judges is composed of veteran stage actor Audie Gemora, writer-director Joey Reyes, fashion photographer Raymund Isaac, composer and musical genius Ryan Cayabyab, and talent manager Annabelle Rama.
Reality artista search Star Factor airs every Sunday at 5:30 p.m., after Aksyon Weekend on TV5.