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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 8, 2010


SO FAR, six contestants have been eliminated from TV5’s “Star Factor”, shown Sundays at 5:30 PM. The last ones to go were Mav (son of GMA Films exec Elaine Lozano who Annabelle Rama says is too fat), Gabo (a cargador from Cebu and the reason why Annabelle Rama walked out) and Gail (who we thought is quite a charmer). Out of the original 18, there are now only 12 remaining Shining Stars: Christian Samson, Christine Serrano, Eula Caballero, Jazz Ocampo, John Uy, Kevin Francisco, Krissha Viaje, Miguel Estenzo, Morisette Amon, Nikita McElroy, Rico Dela Paz, and Ritz Azul. Personally, we think the girls are better looking than the boys.

Star Factor is continuously gaining a huge following for its good-looking and talented contestants. With Star Host Ruffa Gutierrez expertly chronicling their journey every week, it has become a Sunday afternoon habit for many viewers who are now caught up in the drama, triumphs and exciting interactions among the star hopefuls. The Star Makers or judges (Audie Gemora, Ryan Cayabyab, Joey Reyes, Raymund Isaac and Annabelle) are also catching the interest of viewers because their strong personalities make the deliberation process very colorful. Viewers also get a chance to win loads of cash by texting their favorite Star Factor hopeful every week. To register, they can text SFREGNAMEAGECOMPLETE ADDRESS to 2948. Registration is free. Promo is open to Smart, Globe and Sun Cellular subscribers.