The second season of Talentadong Pinoy's battle of the champions reaches fever pitch as eight equally talented Hall of Famers and one wild card finalist are poised to set the stage ablaze with a spectacular showdown.
Talentadong Pinoy's Battle of the Champions will air live from the Ynares Center, Antipolo City on March 12 and 13, on TV5.
Hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, Talentadong Pinoy registered a high rating of 48.3% audience share during its finale last March 2010.
Ryan reveals that for its next season, there are plans to search for talented acts in other Asian countries.
He revealed in a previous PEP article, "Yes, we're going international na. Ang alam ko pa lang, sa Asia. Magkakaroon kami ng audition sa Hong Kong. Kasi meron tayong mga kapatid sa abroad na gustong sumali. Magkakaroon din tayo sa Singapore, Malaysia, at sa iba pang bansa.
"Initial plans pa lang naman. What will happen is we'll hold auditions there, at kung sino ang makapasa sa auditions doon dadalhin namin dito to compete. Hopefully, if the Asian auditions will be successful, baka makapag-Amerika or Europe din kami. Medyo magastos kaya pinagpaplanuhan naming mabuti."
On March 12-13, viewers will get to see the performances of the eight Hall of Famers namely: Joseph the Artist, Beat box Gor, The Believers, New Born Divas, Sfashiva, Zion Show, Fire Attraction and RR Friends.
A deserving Wild Card contestant selected from a series of wild card episodes will be announced on March 6 and will be of equal footing with the Hall of Famers.
Up for grabs is the coveted title of the Philippines' Ultimate Talentado 2011, P1 million cash prize, and the lone victor will be one of the country's representatives to the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in the United States.
MEET THE CHAMPIONS. Two Hall of Famers, specifically Fire Attraction and Beat box Gor did not attend the press conference held at the Sky Dome, SM North EDSA (were the show is usually taped). Each Hall of Famer got the opportunity to wow the entertainment and lifestyle writers and editors present during the event.
Anna Marie Garbo, also known as Sfashiva, displayed her talent in pole dancing. According to her, "Ever since I was in high school, I have been dancing and dancing has always been my passion. My parents were not supportive to what I am doing so ang ginawa ko, di muna ako nag-aral and nagsayaw muna, kasama ang grupo ko. Sa kanila ko rin na-discover ang pag-po-pole dancing."
"Pole dancing is not easy," says Garbo. "Puwede kang masugatan at magkapasaduring practice. But, I really want to learn it, to be good at it, so I endured the pain."
Anna Marie displayed the strength and the stamina to do her pole- dancing routine. She climbs the pole and slides on it with ease. However, it seems that hanging on the pole is cumbersome for her.
The acrobatic couple of Isaac and Jocelyn comprise the Zion Show. The two first met when Isaac's family and Jocelyn's group partnered in a circus act. When the contract of Jocelyn's group ended and had to return the Philippines, Isaac admits, "Jocelyn and I have become good friends that time and I believe that she is really talented so I requested my tatay to make her part of our group. Nakumbinse ko naman and since then, the two of us have become inseparable. From being friends, siempre na-develop and eventually, we got married and raised our own children."
"We learned about the show through the Internet," reveals Jocelyn. "We wear already planning to return to Manila and send our kids to school here. We first appeared in P.O.5 and someone from the show told us na subukang mag-audition sa Talentado. So, ganun nga ang ginawa namin. May swerte rin siguro kami kaya umabot kami sa grand finals."
The 90-minute routine of Zion Show that includes a lot balancing, lifting and precise moves. (CLICK HERE to view a video of their performance)
Joseph Erwin Valerio, popularly known as Joseph the Artist, shares, "Bata pa ako mahilig na akong mag-drawing. Ang tatay ko karpintero so pahirapan talaga ang pagpapa-aral sa akin. I really wanted to take Fine Arts in college pero sabi ni tatay, mas practical kung vocational course ang kunin ko. So ganun nga ang nangyari, noong nag-aaral ako, impressed ang mga teachers ko sa mga ginagawa kong plates and drawings."
His discovery of sand art was by accident, "Biktima rin ang pamilya ko ni Ondoy. Pagkatapos ng baha, pulos kalat at buhangin lang ang nakikita ko. Ayun, sinubukan kong gamitin ang buhangin na medium, pumwede naman."
He adds, "Noong nakapasok po ako bilang isa sa mga Hall of Famer, tuwang-tuwa po ako kasi una, I do something that I really love which is to draw, and pangalawa, naramdaman ko na po yung pag hanga at acceptance ng mga tao."
There are two sets of singing sweethearts in this year's Hall of Famers. The first, a duo billed as The Believers, Grace Valenzona and Francheska Macalino, are incoming high school students. The two girls have the same passion for singing that is why it was easy for them to be friends. Belonging to different church choirs, they sang together for the first time when they joined a contest sponsored by a shopping mall.
The repertoire of the girls consists mostly of Broadway show stoppers and operatic duos. How did they manage to do it?
"Nag-re-research po kami sa YouTube," answers Grace. "We study all the lyrics, acts and notes of the Broadway songs na kinakanta namin. Siempre po, nagpapaturo rin kami sa mga mama namin para sa tamang pagkanta."
The second sets of female singers are the New Born Divas. Kat, Alyssa and Jhen comprise the trio. It was through a contest in a television show that gave the three the idea of performing together. With encouragement from their peers, they started to compete in singing contests.
Kat divulges, "Our group always manage to reach the grand finals pero lagi lang kaming first or second place. So, noong time na pinauwi kami noong defending champion sa Talentadong Pinoy, na-depress talaga kami and sabi namin last performance na namin as a group."
"Weeks later, Talentadong Pinoy called and gave us another chance," she carries on. "So, when we got the chance again, tinodo na namin ang aming powers kaya eto, we are here in the grand finals."
During the press conference, the New Born Divas did their version of Christina Aguilera's "Candy Man."
The last performing tandem is RR Friends, Renee Alexis Aguilar and Randel Ross Robles. Hailing from Naic, Cavite, the two were members of rival dance groups.
Ren-Ren relates, "May isang dance contest noon na magkalaban ang mga grupo namin, lumapit talaga ako kay Randel kasi forte niya ang isolation dancing. I asked him to train me. Cool naman siya sa idea. In time, they group absorbed me. Then, during the training, we discovered that we could move similarly and perfect yung synchronization namin. Swak na swak talaga ang movements kaya ayun, simula noon, kami na ang dance partner."
The two-day Battle of the Champions will air live on the Talentadong Pinoy timeslot (after L.O.L. on Saturday, March 12, and after Magic Gimik on Sunday, March 13).