Good looks and experience make Anthony Rosaldo a formidable contender in The Clash, GMA-7’s ongoing reality-based singing competition.
Dubbed as “Matinik na Heartthrob ng Valenzuela,” Anthony did not deny that his good looks have helped him gain support from the public.
“It’s an advantage kasi you get to have fans and you inspire them right away when they see you.
"Happy naman ako to be good-looking, pero hindi naman sukatan sa competition ngayon.
"You have to be very good talaga," he said.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke with Anthony at the press conference of the Top 12 Clashers at the GMA Network Building in Quezon City, last August 29.
At the presscon, a reporter asked the contenders’ opinion about cosmetic surgery, especially for those who aspire to become actors.
As Anthony was open about his interest in joining showbiz, would he opt for cosmetic surgery?
“I’m open naman kasi sa era ngayon, it’s like if you can, why not? [What] will stop you from wanting to look good?
"And wanting to look good, galing sa sarili mo, hindi magdidikta ang iba. If it will benefit me, then why not?” he replied.
What would he change should he decide to enhance his looks?
“I think my eyes don’t look that nice. They look too chinky,” he replied.
During the interview, we reminded Anthony about the videos and photos of him from previous years in which he looked different.
“When I was younger, I wanted to look rugged.
"Kasi nasa band ka, you want to look mature along with your band mates, the way I dressed up," he explained.
In this short video on YouTube published June 2008, a very young Anthony is shown singing “The Impossible Dream” in an amateur singing contest.
ONE STEP CLOSER TO HIS DREAM
Anthony seemed dead set to get into showbiz, even when we warned him about opening himself up to public criticisms.
He said, “Ready ako kasi ito yung gusto ko, to start with. Kung magpapaapekto ka, you don’t live for them.
"So, ready ako, I don’t care. I always see to it my heart goes to those who support me, sila ang mas importante sa akin.”
Having joined countless of minor and major singing competitions helped build Anthony’s confidence as a singer.
He was a weekly contender in GMA 7’s Pinoy Pop Superstar in 2007, a grand finalist in Eat Bulaga’s "Spogify Singing Bae" in 2015, and joined "Tawag ng Tanghalan" of It’s Showtime last year.
He also honed his singing skill as a member of a band that performed abroad.
“Nag-band muna ako. I went abroad to perform with my band—Japan, Singapore, Malaysia."
Anthony added he is just grateful to be finally getting closer to his dream through The Clash.
“Napakasaya ng feeling kasi hindi lang ito yung singing competition na sinalihan ko and, finally, ito napansin na ako ng network.
“At the same time, ito yung gusto ng lahat ng aspiring singers, yung talagang makasali sa malaking competition, so masaya.”
The Clash is hosted by Regine Velasquez and airs every Saturday and Sunday on GMA-7.
The other members of the Top 12 Clashers are Mirriam Manalo (ang Fierce Diva ng Pampanga), Melbelline Caluag (ang Belter Babe ng Bulacan), Garrett Bolden (ang Tower of Power ng Olongapo), Kyryll Ugdiman (ang Millennial Chick ng Iloilo), Lyra Micolob (ang Soul Sistah ng Davao), Esterlina Olmedo (ang Mommy Tiger ng Cebu), Danielle Ozaraga (ang Sultry Biritera ng Cebu), Golden Cañedo (ang Golden Girl ng Cebu), Jong Madaliday (ang Trending R&B Star ng North Cotabato), Josh Adornado (ang Cute Crooner ng Cagayan de Oro), and Mika Gorospe (ang Singing Sweetheart ng USA).