Bilang miyembro ng StarStruck Council, ang grupo ng mga hurado ng bagong lunsad na StarStruck Season 7, kahit paano ay nakaka-relate ang award-winning actress na si Cherie Gil sa mga contestants ng naturang reality artista search ng GMA-7.
Nasubukan na rin daw kasi ni Cherie na mag-audition noon para sa isang project pero hindi siya ang napili.
“Yes, nasubukan ko na rin ang mag-audition.
“I was fourteen years old when I remember auditioning for this musical titled Sinta.
“Sinamahan pa ako ng mommy ko [Rosemarie Gil] when I auditioned sa Sampaguita Studios.
“I didn't get it kasi I was too young daw for the role.
“Siyempre, medyo disappointed ako when I didn't get picked.
“Sabi ni Mommy sa akin, gano'n talaga.
“Hindi porke't anak ako ng artista, ako ang pipiliin,” kuwento ni Cherie sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertaiment Portal) sa media launch ng StarStruck sa studio 7 ng GMA Network Studios kamakailan.
Kinuwento rin ni Cherie na noong five years old naman siya, sumali siya sa Little Miss Shellane contest.
Kaya raw siya sumali sa contest na iyon dahil gusto raw niyang lumipad tulad ng fairy sa Shellane TV commercial.
Unfortunately, hindi raw siya ang nanalo.
Ang winner ay si Jackie Castillejo na isa sa best friends niya ngayon,
Pinost pa ni Cherie sa Instagram noong October 2018 ang photo niya noong sumali siya sa Little Miss Shellane.
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In the 60’s, I loved the then famous commercial of SHELLANE ( a cooking gas company of which I’m not sure still exists ) because there was a tiny cute cartoon fairy that would be flying around like tinkerbelle; With big round eyes and a sort of Mohawk hairdo that twirled at the top . So when the company announced they were holding a national contest to scout for the real life Ms. Shellane I excitedly told my parents I wanted to join ! I remember this being a real big event with finals held at the Rizal Theater hosted by THE late Great Pepe Pimentel. As it was my turn for the Q&A , . I was asked why I joined the contest and all (chubby) 5 year old me answered proudly “because I want to fly!” Though I only made 1st runner up to now Bff @jackiecastillejo , I recall being so thrilled and confident to go on with wherever life took me from then on. I flew and spread my wings as wide as I possibly could ! I’ve had my bad landings, not to mention missed turns and glass window splats spiraling head first to the ground, sometimes even bloody, but healed those chipped wings nonetheless and slowly made my way up to flight once again no matter. Because of this amazing experience, I have learned that there is no other way to go on in life and so I prod my daughter @bianca.rogoff to do just that ! Fly fly fly my beloved and share with the world your light and love #happyinternationalgirlsday
Kaya payo ni Cherie sa mga contestants ng StarStruck, huwag mawalan ng pag-asa kung sakaling hindi sila magtagumpay sa simula.
“Nakaka-relate ako sa mga batang ito kasi pinagdaanan ko rin ang mag-audition at yung ma-reject ka at matalo.
“But I want to tell them na if ever they don't win, it's not the end-all and be-all of their life.
“God may have other plans for you, di ba?
“Just keep on going, believing in your dreams and it will someday take you where you are supposed to be,” diin niya.
Hindi ito ang unang beses na mag-judge si Cherie ng isang reality artista search.
Noong 2012 ay isa siya sa umupong judge sa Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break kunsaan nanalo sina Thea Tolentino at Jeric Gonzales.
Hindi raw malilimutan ni Cherie ang contestant pa noon na si Ruru Madrid.
Wala raw siyang nakitang star quality dito noon.
“Oh, my gosh! Si Ruru, I remember him very well.
“Ang payat-payat niya and he can't even dance. Pero gusto siya ng maraming tao.
“Dun ka magtataka, e.
"Bakit siya gusto? E, wala akong makita sa kanya noon na he can be a big star.
“But that's what you call a diamond in the rough.
“Ang diamond naman hindi siya maganda sa umpisa, but you have to clean it out, shape it to make it beautiful.
“Yun ang nangyari kay Ruru.
“Now he's so handsome, well-built and he's very popular.
“That's a good example of somebody who didn't win, pero mas sikat pa siya kesa dun sa nanalo,” lahad ni Cherie.