Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It has to be the one that suits my voice, the one that would have a great impact on the audience, the one where I could have much drama on stage and best of all the one that would fit my style.
It took me more than a week to find the perfect song, often times spending most of my free time just searching on the net, asking people around and checking other resources for that PERFECT SONG.
But finally after much thinking and debating I have decided on something where I could dance to the song and something that suits my personality...
NOBODY by the Korean girl group WONDER GIRLS. :D
My plan is to try to reconstruct the song according to my voice and also reconstruct the mp3 to a different arrangement than the original.
Now, the next problem would be... the costume... :p
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
February 26, marked the first fight for the Pop Icon title. All of the contenders felt the tension amidst the laughter and chitchatting... it was time.
I arrived at the Philippine Embassy feeling refreshed. Before I went to the venue I worked out, vocalised, ate a hefty meal, drank herbal tea and took a short nap while listening to classical music. I made sure that all of the things I will be needing in the competition were ready and good to go. Everything were prepared and so was I.
All the contenders were still bonding and laughing backstage despite the uneasiness everybody were feeling. Finally, after four Fridays of rehearsals and workshops it was time for us to shine and show our stuff.
We started the show by performing "THE CLIMB" by Joe, the 2009 winner of X-Factor, then we hurried of backstage to dress-up for our performance.
I was contestant number 8, but somehow when we were called to the side of the stage I felt tense and thought to myself that I needed some more time to rehearse my high notes... so I prayed. And as if God heard me, the call for the Aisha prayer came and so the show had to stop in respect. That gave me ample time to prepare.
When my turn finally came, I answered the interview questions with much confidence... and then the performance.
The moment I walked to the center I didn't feel anything, everything went black and I felt like I was possessed by the music. It didn't matter how I looked or sounded, I just wanted to give everything I've got and perform well. I felt like a pop star! At the end of my performance I was surprised because I heard lots of people cheering for me when I didn't even brought so many people to root for me.
With dedication, passion and determination, I rose and became one of the victors. I was definitely a fighter that night.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
There are so many people to thank... so I'm gonna start with:
MY MOM, who stuck with me from the very beginning and has supported me in all my endeavors... She's my number one supporter in this POP ICON competition... My stage mom, thank YOU! I will be a much better daughter to my mama from now on! I LOVE YOU MA!
MY DAD, who patiently drove me to practices, Pop Icon rehearsals and costume fittings. :)
MY SIBLINGS, who are always there supporting me and cheering me on!
MARK BADONG, who graciously took some time off from his busy schedule to watch me sing every night and bring inspiration. Thank you for giving me my strength and passion back. This song is for you and you know it! :)
MICHAEL ARLOU DE DIOS, who listened to my woes every night and gave me time to think about what I should do to pull myself up again. Thanks for being such a wonderful and supportive friend! And for giving me HK! I will bring her tonight! ^^
MRS. KHOURY, for always believing in me and giving so much confidence! And for taking some valuable time each day to coach me for free in your class. I am sorry for those times that I felt I couldn't do it, but I am thankful that you have so much faith in what I could do! :)
CRISTINA PENALOSA, for being a very patient vocal coach! You've done so much in polishing my song and helping me get back on track after getting sick! I would still be singing sharps and flats if it weren't for you!
JEI-C, who gave me that very powerful message that woke me up from my desperation! I will never forget what you said, that my enemy is me and I am my only inspiration. That my song is about being a fighter so I should fight... and so I AM FIGHTING! :D
MS. LAURIE and MS. SITTI, two of the most wonderful co-workers in the world! Thank you for lifting me up each day and for allowing me to go to Ms. Khoury for my training even during work times hehehe. :)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Lately I have been down in the dumps, because I have been sick with a sore throat and cough for two weeks and that rendered me useless, because I am not allowed to practice my piece, to sing and to do cardio work-outs for my breathing. And so when I came back from being ill my voice was not in good condition.
“The struggles I’m facing, the chances I’m taking, Sometimes might knock me down but no I’m not breakin’… But I gotta be strong, Just keep pushing on! There’s always be gonna another mountain, I’m always gonna wanna make it move, Always gonna be an uphill battle, Sometimes I gonna have to lose, Ain’t about how fast I get there, Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side… IT’S THE CLIMB!”
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I have been sick since Feb. with a sore throat and that lasted for a week, which was then followed by a bad cough and I still have it today.
I guess this is a lesson for me not to overdo practicing especially during cold weather. Now I realized how important it is to take care of, not only my singing voice, but of my health as well, otherwise it will be useless if I can’t sing well because of my condition.
My vocal coach suggests to stop singing once I feel tension in my throat, and to only sing my piece twice a day to not strain my voice. I should’ve listened to her.
Now, I only have less than two weeks to prepare for the 1st elimination round and I’m still not in my best shape and I still haven’t been rehearsing.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
While waiting for our turn, I formed my "Boys Over Flowers" group, of course inspired by the popular Korean and Japanese series. The concept was very fun because we ended up looking like characters from a Korean teleseries.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I judged the singing contest from 7am in the morning until 3pm for all levels. It was tough and fun at the same time. Being able to watch singers from a musical judge's viewpoint allowed me to see how I should be in the Pop Icon competition. It was indeed a great learning experience.
First I was able to realize what I should do on stage to wow the judges, based on how I observed the contestants as a judge. Then I learned and picked up a lot from the contenders as well, like techniques, gestures and styles. I saw what I should and should not do on stage that the judges will see.
Hopefully, I will be able to apply the things I learned from the event so that I could have a better connection with the judges during the competition.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
When I finally came to sing my piece to her I was amazed at how many mistakes I made and how out of pitch I was. In my ear, I thought I was doing okay, but to a pro’s ear she was able to hear my mistakes. It really does makes a huge difference to have someone hear you sing other than yourself, in that way, they could judge you and find your mistakes that you haven’t noticed.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Meanwhile, in the library, Ms. Laurie Dukes and Ms. Siti were so enthusiastic and supportive that they are willing to help me during my preparations and watch me during the competition.
I feel soooo lucky right now to have very wonderful friends and co-workers that I can almost cry. :'D
For the meantime, I have been doing some breathing exercises, vocal trainings and facial exercises on my own. I have been working out like crazy. And right now, I am designing my costume and researching on the perfect look that would fit my song choice. I have alreasy chosen a song but I will not reveal it just yet. So you'll just have to watch out for the first elimination round. *wink*
Saturday, January 16, 2010
"It looks like there are so many big time competitors in this competition. And I am just a small time singer. But like they said, David once defeated Goliath. And I will that David slaying the giants!"
Anyway, the rules and regulations of the competition were announced as well as the schedule of the elimination rounds and our first project.
I'm not sure if I'm allowed to mention what the theme is for the first elimination round so I'm not gonna tell for the mean time.
Here are the schedules so far:
1st Project: Pictorial for posters, ads and website
JAN. 29, 2010
1st Elim. Round: Feb. 26
2nd Elim. Round: March 19
3rd Elim. Round: May 21
That's all for now... I'll keep you posted on what I'm doing so far. But for now I'm cooking creative ways to spice up my act. I'm also thinking of my hair, make-up and costume. Well, we'll see. :)
After signing the audition forms, I sat along with the other people auditioning and waited for more people to come in.
The auditions started about an hour later than the announced audition time. But it was just fine, it gave me enough time to internalize though I wasn't able to vocalize (I don't know how hehe).
As I walked in the room, I felt my whole body shaking. There were four judges and a cameraman, who was documenting the whole scene. It was like a scene in the American Idol auditions, me standing in front with the judges looking nice but serious. They made me introduce myself, asked a couple of questions about myself and then asked me to sing my piece. I sang I Turn to You by Christina Aguilera and Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. Actually, I was only prepared to sing I Turn to You but when I got to the venue I was informed that we were going to be asked to sing a fast song. And since Bad Romance kept playing in my head since the night before, that was the first thing that popped into my mind LOL.
Of course just like in the American Idol, they commented on my singing and stuff. They also said I was pretty and I looked like Christina Aguilera LOL. The good thing about auditioning for this competition is that the judges clap after each performance, which boosts up the confidence of the person auditioning.
Anyway, the results they said were going to be announced by 12:30 pm, but since there were a lot of people who came in to audition, the results came in a little bit late. At about 1pm, we were all asked to come in once again. While we were all inside, they called us one by one. I was the first of course, I went in the middle, and all the judges gave me... A SMILEY WITH AN OKAY SIGN which meant I WAS IN!!!
Mr. Rani shook my hand while handing a card, which was an official sign that I was really part of the competition:
I started planning and thinking of songs to sing for the audition once more.
After a few hours Jei-C called again bearing good news. The organizing committee decided to open another audition on Jan. 15 at 10 am.
I almost jumped from happiness! God has given me a second chance to audition in front of the judges, it must fate!
I don’t know how that email turned up into my inbox but I was thankful to the heavens that it was sent to me. I had been waiting since last year for a chance to join this competition, I just don’t know how or when the audition dates are… and there it was like a blessing:
I didn’t know what to expect, but I was determined that I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass me by. I am going to join this season… no matter what!