StarStruck V Princes Enzo Pineda and Rocco Nacino appeared live on Showbiz Central yesterday, March 7, to talk about the controversies surrounding the recent result of the reality-based artista search, which hailed Steven Silva as the winner.
Host John "Sweet" Lapus sounded both pleasant and upfront when he asked, "Totoo ba na naging bitter daw kayo sa pagkapanalo ni Steven sa StarStruck bilang Ultimate Male Survivor?"
"Para sa akin, hindi po," Enzo answered. "Lahat kami winners—me, Rocco, and Steven. Iba-iba ang personality. Kung ano ang direction sa showbiz, so parehas kaming mga ibang directions."
How about Rocco?
Rocco just laughed and said, "Hindi naman. Fair naman ang laban and that week, back to zero naman ang votes, so it was a fair fight naman. Ok lang po."
Before the results were revealed during the final night of StarStruck, some spectators noticed that Enzo and Rocco both appeared confident; a few said they underestimated Steven. But Enzo was quick to say, "Hindi!"
The First Prince added, "Sa mga mall tour namin before, e, maraming fans talaga si Steven at may mga times na malakas talaga hiyawan kay Steven."
TEXT VOTING ISSUE. Another incessant intrigue thrown at Enzo's way has something to do with the text votes, which became his alleged strategy since his well-off family can afford to support his text campaign.
But again, Enzo shook his head, and said, "Sa simula pa lang ng StarStruck, e, nagkaroon na ng issue na dad ko business manager ni Manny Pacquiao..."
He stressed, "Hindi ko po ginagamit pera namin, at halos lahat ng Survivors po, e, kumportable. Ako lang po ang napag-initan."
LEARNING THE BASICS. But it became a friendly competition after all, and the two guys even took the time to teach American-born Steven how to speak Filipino.
"Ay, oo totoo po iyon!" Enzo said. "Sa headquarters namin, kinakausap namin siya ng Tagalog. 'Steven, walang English. Tagalog lang tayo.'"
Rocco added, "Nahihirapan kami, pero para din sa kanya."
STARSTRUCK TO LOVESTRUCK? Setting aside the issues, do they plan to woo the StarStruck V girls linked to them?
Sweet asked, "Ikaw, Enzo, tutuloy mo na ba panliligaw mo kay Sarah [Lahbati] or career muna?"
"Of course, career muna," Enzo smiled. "Pero at the same time, naniniwala ako na ang tunay na pagmamahal naman ay it comes na magugulat ka na lang."
Rocco answered the same, saying that career should be priority. "Trabaho muna," he said. "May oras din para diyan."