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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.

Aug 19, 2012

The Bottom Three Of Artista Academy: Brent, Benjo And Chris

WE WERE invited to the first live exams of “Artista Academy” at Broadway Centrum last Saturday night. The performances were divided into three categories: singing, acting and dancing. The critics were Lorna Tolentino, Gelli de Belen, Direk Mac Alejandro and Wilma Galvante.

Assigned to sing were Brent Manzano, Jon Orlando, Stephanie Rowe, Marvelous Alejo and Malak Shdifat. Jon and Marvs got the highest scores while Brent got the lowest. Those who acted were Vin Abrenica, Benjo Leoncio, Sophie Albert, Nicole Estrada and Albert Bruno. Sophie and Albert were the topnotchers and Benjo was the lowest. The dancers were Mark Neumann, Chris Leonardo, Aki Blanco, Shaira Mae, Chanel Morales and Julia Quisumbing. Mark and Chanel were the topnotchers while Chris was the lowest.

Brent, Chris and Benjo were the Bottom 3. One of them will be kicked out in the first elimination night on Monday. You can still vote to save them. At the dinner that followed, Brent, Chris and Benjo all expressed surprise that they were the Bottom 3 since Brent was introduced to the press as the best singer, Chris the best dancer and Benjo said acting is his edge over the others.

“I think nakanta ko naman ng maayos,” says Brent. “But they said may shield daw na nakaharang sa’kin and I didn’t feel the song. My movements daw are too big. Okay lang. I hope ma-save ako and I’ll do better next time.”

“I really can’t understand why I scored so low but I respect their decision,” says Chris. “I did my own choreography and it was just polished by G Force Dancers. Basta I know I did my best.”

Chris is the guy from Laguna raised by his grandparents. His mom is now married to a Japanese and lives in Japan where he has a 9-year old stepsister. He doesn’t know the nationality of his dad. “Alam ko lang, his surname is Petrou.”

“I swear I really prepared for my acting monologue,” says Benjo. “I memorized it over and over again. But while delivering it, the sides of my mouth froze at lumabas ang pagka-Bisaya ko. I know I wasn’t able to give my best in the live exams. It now motivates me to do better.”