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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.

Sep 10, 2012

Mentors And Their Wards Were Reshuffled In 'Protege' Last Sunday Night

THERE WAS NO elimination in “Protege: The Battle for the Big Artista Break” last Sunday night. What happened was the mentors complied with the order that they let go of one of their remaining protégés each. Ricky Davao apologize for walking out the previous Sunday with the other mentors, saying they were just then taken by surprise. What happened was that they just exchange protégés.

So in the new arrangements, Ricky now has Shelly Hipolito and then chose the muscular Bryan Benedict who he says he wants to mold as an action star. Gina Alajar has Thea Tolentino and, as her new ward, chose Zandra Summer, as recommended by judge Cherie Gil to teach her acting.

Roderick Paulate has Elle Ramirez and chose Japs de Luna, who’s a very good dancer. Annette Gozon said Japs is not the Prince Charming but the bad boy type.

Jolina Magdangal has Mikoy Morales then chose Jeric Gonzales from Laguna, who sings well and looks so much better in person than on screen. Phillip has Ruru Madrid and then got Arny Ross, who Director Bert de Leon said has much sex appeal but lacks acting, so she has to be taught acting well for her to “be one of our better character actresses.”

Personally, we think the girls have much better potential to make it big than the boys, particularly Thea, Elle, Arny and Zandra. It’s the boys who mostly lack lead star quality and qualify more as character actors.