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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.

Mar 9, 2015

Ogie Alcasid Hosts A Revolutionary New Reality Singing Search, 'Rising Stars Philippines'

OGIE ALCASID is excited with his two new shows on TV5, “Rising Stars Philippines”, a new kind of reality singing search, and “No Harm No Foul”, a comedy with basketball stars, that will start airing soon. What’s the difference of “Rising Stars Philippines” with other amateur singing contests?

“It’s a game changer of a talent show with unprecedented audience participation,” says Singapore-based Rising Stars Asia executive named Andras, who’s coordinating with TV5 in conducting the show in the Philippines. “The format offers audience involvement through the Rising Stars mobile application and online platforms that aim to capture the Selfie Generation. We reach out to people by eliminating long lines because they can apply directly to us by mobile phone or computer. They just record themselves singing then upload it and send it to us as their entry. There are also Rising Stars recording booths in various malls in more than 20 cities nationwide where they can record themselves singing. Our target group is all classes, from A&B to C,D and E, aged 13 and above. They will be selected in a series of 12 regional contests and this has started even before the televised show itself starts on March 14. Through social media, friends and fans can vote and comment online.”

Ogie has started taping the show and his co-host is beauty queen Venus Raj. “Okay si Venus,” says Ogie. “Nagkasundo kami agad. She’s really good and funny! Masaya sa taping, kasi nga, nakakasabay talaga si Venus. Yes, may chemistry kami kaagad, kaya lalo akong ginanahan sa taping ng Rising Stars. Roving reporter naman namin si Mico Aytona and kasama sa judges sina Papa Jack and Jimmy Bondoc.”

For more info, visit the Rising Stars website, risingstars.ph. You can also follow them on FB & Twitter. “Rising Stars” will be aired starting this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 9 PM. Meanwhile, Ogie’s first taping day for the sitcom “No Harm, No Foul” is on March 23. He has already done the pictorial with cagers Gary David, Beau Belga, Willie Miller and Kiefer Ravena.