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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.

Feb 12, 2021



    born to be a star judges, sam concepcion, andrew e, georcelle sy, janine tenoso & katrina velardea

MATTEO GUIDICELLI will celebrate the first anniversary of his not so secret wedding anniversary with Sarah Geronimo on February 20. 

Sarah has not been seen in “ASAP” lately and the rumor is that Matteo is preventing her from joining it. 

We heard the original plan of Viva, who’s now managing the careers of both Matteo and Sarah, actually wanted them to be the hosts of Viva’s current talent search on Cignal TV and TV5, “Born to be a Star”, but Sarah is considered as a Kapamilya, so she begged off. Matteo’s co-host then became Kim Molina, who’s also a Viva talent.

 “Born to be a Star” officially started airing on January 30 with a new set of impressive talents and also new judges. It’s now doing well even without Sarah who seems to be deliberately making herself scarce these days, reportedly so she and Matteo can focus more on making a new addition for their family.

“Born to be a Star” is produced by VIVA Entertainment for Cignal TV and TV5 and it gives a break to aspiring and talented individuals from across the Philippines.  At stake is a P1 million cash prize and a recording and management contract under VIVA Entertainment. 

The singing reality show is hosted by breakthrough singer-actress Kim Molina and multi-talented actor Matteo Guidicelli, who both worked together  as judge detectives in the recently concluded program Masked Singer Pilipinas. 

The show also boasts of a star-studded panel of judges (“Star Judges”) who will be deliberating the contestant’s progress throughout the show: Philippine Rap Legend Andrew E, Asia’s Vocal Supreme Katrina Velarde, OST Princess and former Born To Be A Star finalist Janine Tenoso, G-Force founder and choreographer Teacher Georcelle Sy, and multi-talented singer Sam Concepcion.

The audition process of the talent search is so different from other amateur contests due to the current limitations caused by the pandemic. Auditionees are asked to submit videos through Tiktok. 

Out of the hundreds who submitted, only 40 applicants are shortlisted for the TV try-outs. 

Contestants then take center stage with their song and dance numbers to get three or more stars from the Star Judges so they can make it to the next round. The journey of each contestant to achieve their dream of becoming a star will certainly not be just a walk in the park. 

From 40 auditionees, only 21 of them will move on to the training camp where the program’s Star Mentors will be working with them to bring out their full star potential. 

The next two episodes  of the show are a must-see as the remaining contenders will undergo a boot camp training session with Thyro, Wency Cornejo, and Daryl Ong -- dynamic talents known for their expertise in singing, songwriting, and artistic performance. 

The mentors will be imparting their share of experiences and lessons learned to the finalists vying for the top title of being the next big thing in Philippine show business -- made even more desirable with the promise of new project opportunities and a cool P1M cash prize. 

Who’s going to shine brighter and stand out from the rest? 

Follow the aspiring stars of Born To Be A Star every Saturday, 7 PM on TV5 and a catch-up airing every Sunday, 8 PM on Viva Entertainment’s SARI-SARI Channel on Cignal TV CH. 03. 

Also available on SatLite CH. 30 and on Cignal Play on Android and iOS and cignalplay.com.