PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA-7:
"The battle for the next singing superstar begins with an overwhelming number of aspirants as the nationwide hunt for GMA Network’s, Protégé, kicks off its first leg of auditions in Bicol and Cebu.
"Potential contenders flocked the Event Center of SM Naga last July 15 to take their chance in the auditions for the country’s much-awaited talent search. Legendary Jukebox Queen Imelda Papin traveled to the province to find the best music acts in the Bicol Region.
"Kids, teenagers, adults, and family singers queued and took moments on the center stage to showcase their talents. Hopefuls came all the way from Albay, Legazpi, Sorsogon, and Camarines Norte to find out if they can fit the mould of a protégé.
"Imelda, who is also a native of the province, went around the area in search of the hottest singing acts in the peninsula. The Bicolana Mentor admitted that she really had a hard time choosing her three potential protégés.
"Meanwhile, Kapuso Network’s Singing Diva Rachelle Ann Go scoured the island of Cebu to find the best Cebuano music acts last July 17. She cried, laughed and was fascinated with the talents who performed in front of her. Hundreds of protégé Cebuano hopefuls gathered in SM City Cebu and showed that the Queen City of the South has a lot of priceless treasures to boot.
"After the audition, Rachelle tweeted "magaling mga nag-audition kanina para sa protege dito sa Cebu ! nahirapan ako pumili ng 3. Kung pede lang magpasok ng madami gagawin ko!"
"Both Mentors now have three potential protégés who will be moving on to the next round of auditions in Manila. Eight more mentors are set to look for their prospective protégés as the second leg of auditions continues in Batangas with Claire Dela Fuente on July 24.
"The nationwide auditions continue on the following dates and venues: NE Pacific Mall Cabanatuan (July 29); SM Pampanga (July 31); SM Davao (August 5); CSI Mall Dagupan (August 7); SM Cagayan de Oro (August 10); and SM Mall of Asia Music Hall (August 13). Auditions will be from 10am- 6pm."
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