Thanks to YouTube, I can watch clips of Philippine Idol online. Unfortunately, I cannot vote. I am aggressively campaigning for Jan and hope that the people I’ve written to vote for him. I read that Mr. C (Ryan Cayabyab) was critical of his performance when he sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” — so I’m keeping my fingers crossed he performs better this coming weekend.
While the audience chooses who gets to stay and indirectly, who gets eliminated, our experience here with American Idol is that the audiences actually pay attention to what the judges say, even if Simon Cowell keeps getting booed when he starts bearing down on the contestants. I know Mr. C is no Simon Cowell, but I’m hoping, too, that Jan will be like Fantasia Barino who had her bad days but who ended up winning over the favorite, Latoya London. Personally, I thought Latoya was a much better singer by leaps and bounds, but Fantasia had the personality to go with the voice.
As I told Lani in response to her comment below on my original post about My Philippine Idol: Jan Kurt Nieto, all of them are already stars in their own right. To have bested the thousands who auditioned for this competition and landed where they are speaks of real talent.
While we sit and judge the contestants performing in front of a live audience and knowing the rest of the country is tuned in ready to cast theri votes, these individuals are actually performing in the worst of circumstances — so if they actually don’t hit their notes and sound flat, if they lose their bearings and you hear them go off-key, then put yourself in their shoes and you might become more forgiving.
As I said, they’re getting there.. a song at a time. Good luck, Jan!