Judge Tessa Prieto-Valdes's tip to "Celebrity Duets" contenders: "Vote-buying!"

Celebrity Duets judges: (from left) Freddie Santos, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, and Danny Tan.



Bukod sa exciting set of celebrity contenders sa secondseason ng Celebrity Duets, na magsisimula na sa August 23 (Saturday), magdadagdag din ngkulay ang tatlong judges na may kanya-kanya ring character: veteran concert andtheater director Freddie Santos, renowned composer and arranger Danny Tan, andCelebrity Duets first grand winner Tessa Prieto-Valdes.

Sa press launch ng Celebrity Duets kagabi, August 20, sa 17thfloor ng GMA Network ay ipinakilala rin sa entertainment press ang tatlongjudges. Si Ogie Alcasid, na co-host ng Celebrity Duets kasama si RegineVelasquez, ang nagpakilala sa kanila.

Una na rito si Freddie, na nagsalita sa kanyang verydistinguished deep voice na parang nananakot. Aniya, "I don't judge; I assess,I analyze, I criticize, I internalize, and then I materialize. And I'd havebeen very serious about this craft for about 30 years. Ten thousand hairfollicles were lost when I was training Lea Salonga, another 15,000 follicleswere lost when I was training Regine Velasquez. But you can see from the way theyturned out, it was worth every strand of hair.

"And now, we have to deal with you [celebrity contenders]...geisha, socca, the singa... You know nung tumawag angCelebrity Duets... Kasi, I work with GMA-7 naman, e. I'm their training expert, Itrain their contestants, I don't judge. But when they called and said CelebrityDuets and I remembered the adventure of this woman [Tessa Prieto-Valdes who wasjust beside him], whom her entire high-school class texted me every Saturdayevening, without fail! To the point of collapse of cell phone! Paano komatatanggihan ‘to?

"And then when I saw the list [of contenders], anak ngkwek-kwek, ‘Sino ba ang mga taong ‘to? May hinihingi ako kay Mr. [Bayani]Fernando for my orphanage. I'm hoping Melanie [Marquez] will do another one of myshow. And then I'm planning to talk to Joey [Marquez] about the hospital...Puwede nating pag-usapan ‘to.' More than happy to be a judge, thank you!"

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Sundot ni Ogie, "Parang nakakatakot, ‘no? Kung contestantako, afraid. I really have to unleash the geisha in me!" na hinalaw niya salinya ng isa pang contender na si JC Buendia.

Ayon naman kay Danny Tan, "Hindi ko po dream ito! Ang dreamko mag-judge ng singers. Veteran ako ng mga singing competitions—Finland,Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong. So, magiging challenge ito sa akin kung paanoko kayo [celebrity contenders] idya-judge. Tatawagin ko lahat ng mga kaalamanko kung paano ko kayo idya-judge. Rest assured, I will try my very best to bevery nice and to be very understanding."

Pinakakuwela siyempre sa lahat si Tessa Prieto-Valdes, nakasing-makulay ng kanyang extravagant gowns.

"Since I'm the judge, walang kuwentang judge ako... I'm herefor the costume!" bulalas ni Tessa. "My category, not the voice—it'spresentation, it's audience impact...lahat, di ba? At believe me, vote-buying!"hiyawan ang lahat sa sinabi niya.

"It's all for charity, di ba?" hirit niya. "Like I said, Ihave absolutely no talent in singing, but I won. So as a judge, I'm not gonnajudge you in your singing, I'm not going to judge your partner. My tip to youis get a duet, a person that sings. And just pretend, open your mouth, theyhave back-up singers and if you're kind to them, they'll arrange you, you'lljust have to sing one line. Talaga!

"In the end, alam mo, after I won, the week after, lahatnagsabi malungkot na sila kasi wala nang manood, di ba? This is showbiz, thisis entertainment. In the end, if you're not having fun, makikita ng mga tao.But I'm telling you also, it's just a fun-fun thing... Oh my God, we had so much fun,lalo na when we were... No, I'm just kidding."

Nambuking din si Tessa sa mga kaganapan sa loob ng studio kung saan ginawa ang unang Celebrity Duets.

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"There's more fun backstage. You can actually make palakaswith their...they're called ‘scenario,' okay? Sila yung in-charge ng mgaplacement ng mga fans ninyo. Yeah, hello! I was always kawawa. My fans or myfamily was always there in a corner! Can I complain? We were only put in themiddle nung wala na si ano...but anyway..." bitin na pambubuking niya.

Pero kinantiyawan siya ng entertainment press na sabihinkung sino ang tinutukoy niya.

Palusot naman ni Tessa, "Alam n'yo na! Kung hindi ninyoalam, hindi kayo nanood!"

Dugtong niya, "I'd like to thank GMA because they gave methe one-million tax free ‘cause I gave it away to charity."

Pagkatapos nito ay in-encourage ulit ni Tessa ang mga celebritycontenders na bumili ng cell cards para gamitin nila sa pagboto sa kanilang mgasarili. "So, vote buy!" ulit niya.

Inamin din ni Tessa kung gaano kasama ang boses niya. "Ifyou see YouTube, oh my God! If you're really malungkot and sad, please go toCelebrity Duets/Tessa, you'll super be happy after. Grabe, ang sama ng bosesko! All in all, it was really bad. From bad to bad to worse.

"Ballad, forget it. Don't do ballads. If you can't sing,please, no ballads. Just dance, dance, dance!" advice niya sa celebrity contenders.

Ikinuwento ni Tessa na last year ay nagpunta rin siya samanghuhula at sinabi niyang sasali nga siya sa Celebrity Duets. Nang tanungindaw ng manghuhula kung sino ang mga kalaban niya, binanggit ni Tessa angpangalan ni Chairman Fernando. Last year kasi ay kasali na raw dapat siChairman Fernando, pero nag-backout ito dahil sa kanyang schedule.

Sinabi ng manghuhula kay Tessa na si Chairman Fernando angmananalo. So, nalungkot daw si Tessa nang marinig niya ‘yon.

"So if he joined last year, he could've won. But this year,I don't know... He really can sing! So since he cancelled, I asked him [themanghuhula] again, ‘Will I win?' He didn't say anything," nakakatuwang kuwentoni Tessa.

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