Sa TV ad ng Sunsilk featuring Marian Rivera, Maja Salvador,and Nikki Gil as image models, nahaluan agad ng intriga ang pagkawala niHeart Evangelista sa nasabing commercial gayong isa siya sa naunang endorsersnito along with Marian and Maja.
Lumabas ang balita na inalis daw ng Sunsilk siHeart as their product endorser at agad ay pinalitan ni Nikki. ‘Di tuloymaiwasang magkaroon ng mga tanong kung ano raw ba ang totoong nangyari atbiglang nawala na lang sa eksena si Heart.
NO ISSUE. When PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal)got the chance to interview Nikki last Sunday in ASAP '08, nilinaw niyaagad sa amin na walang palitan na nangyari, gaya ng iniisip ng iba.
"First of all I don't think there's an issue. Hindi sainalis si Heart, she was launched. She's on the billboards and, I believe, astheir [Sunsilk] endorser. I'm an addition, I guess."
Ayon kay Nikki, may katanggap-tanggap na rason naman dawang Unilever (maker of Sunsilk) kung bakit nga ba hindi lumabas sa nasabingTV commercial si Heart.
"As far as I'm concerned, ‘di lumitaw yung word napinalitan. What was explained to me was, she wasn't available. She wasout-of-town or out-of-the country yata. To be honest, ‘di ko alam angbuong kuwento, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm very thankful. Happy ako namapabilang sa mga endorser of a product na as good as Sunsilk. Parang ayoko nang mahaluan pa yun ng negative. Kumbaga,let's leave it at that."
TWO CAMPAIGNS. Dagdag na ipinaliwang din sa amin niNikki na dalawang magkahiwalay na campaign ang ginawa nila pareho ni Heart.
"We're talking about two different campaigns here. The firstone is with her and the second one is with me. It's a matter of getting myturn, but I did not replace her. Walang palitang nangyari."
Sa nangyari ay ‘di maiiwasang mabahiran talaga ito ngintriga, ng pagkukumpara, kung saan maaaring pagsabungin ang ibang tao. Theworst scenario ay maaaring masamain ito ng mga tagahanga ni Heart.
"I won't blame them but they should understand that I didnot replace their idol. For me to even compare myself to her, ang kapal na ngmukha ko kung gagawin ko yun. Marami pa akong kakaining bigas paramarating yung narating ng isang Heart Evangelista. Marami pa akong dapat ma-experience for me to getthere."
"Sa mga taong maaaring pagsabungin kami ni Heart, thank you.I'm very honored na pinagsasabong ninyo kami because kung tutuusin ay ‘di kamimagka-level. She's more senior than I am in terms of experience.
"Ako naman, I'm just counting my blessings. I feel veryblessed to be in that commercial. I believe that this is a gift from God and Iwaited for this. I'm just gonna enjoy every moment of it."