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The Voice of the Philippines set looks CHEAP

June 15, 2013 11 comments

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I know it’s all about the voice but just look at that set. There is no production value whatsoever… It’s simply atrocious! My eyes were bleeding while watching the show. It even came to a point where I don’t even want to look at the TV Screen anymore. I just wanted to listen to the performer and the judges’ comments while reading tweets about the show.

Come on ABS-CBN this is supposed to be a franchise of The Voice! Please try to at least be at par with the versions of other countries in Asia. Your audience is changing! We demand quality and better production value especially with a show as big as this!

Still don’t get what I mean?  Look at these videos.

Vietnam

Indonesia

Thailand

The saving grace of the show are the judges especially Ms. Lea Salonga. She was so funny and so energetic fighting for her favorite artists. Apl.de.Ap was also a delight to watch with his Pinoy / Amboy way of getting his favorites to choose him. Surprisingly Sarah G was very careful in choosing who she wants to bring in to her team. I think it’s wise since it’s just the first set of contestants. Bamboo, who I had the chance to meet in person for a shoot for a magazine cover, made a risk by getting Deb (which I don’t personally like) but I believe in you Mr. Bamboo.

I don’t know if I like Toni Gonzaga as the host. I just feel that her hosting style is very similar to how she hosts Pinoy Big Brother. I like Toni but I wish it was someone else who’s not yet associated with any other big show in the past.  Dunno if it’s just me but when Toni interviews a contestant after his / her  performance, it feels like she’s talking to someone who just got evicted from the Big Brother House.   As for the two other hosts (Alex Gonzaga and Robi Domingo); I don’t feel they are connecting with the show. They look awkward especially that part where they were reporting outside the studio.

The Voice Chair US

Overall, the pilot episode of The Voice of the Philippines was a success but I do have some suggestions:

  1. Please add more lights! This is the voice not S.O.C.O.
  2. Improve on the camera shots please. Have the production team watch the US or the UK versions and learn from them.
  3. The walk to the holding area looks cheap with the faded grey paint and the door to the viewing area for the family looks terrible.
  4. The stage is too small and too dark
  5. The chairs are just plain ugly! A far cry from the original and makes the show look cheap. To those who keep on defending the show saying it’s about the voice and not the set, I have news for you. The show aside from the talent is known for those iconic chairs! Look at the photo above.
  6. Lessen the number of commercial gaps. It’s irritating to watch one contestant and go straight to a commercial
  7. Why is there no sound when the chair turns?  Turn up the volume guys!  Where is the “I WANT YOU” on the chairs?
  8. What’s up with the paper and pen on the judges’ tables?
  9. Lastly, please don’t make the show into a Soap Opera we already have a lot of those.
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Miss World Philippines and Beat-Boxing?

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Queenierich Rehman can sure drop a beat!  During the talent segment of the Miss World 2012 competition, Miss Philippines came out on stage in a sexy evening dress and began singing Far East Movement‘s Rocketeer – but to the pleasant surprise of the audience she began beat-boxing ’80s style, while singing and air-record scratching for good measure.

Before the Talent Segment

Before the Talent Segment

Rehman then mixed in an ode to Usher’s “Yeah” and Cali Swag’s “Teach Me How to Dougie” to a stunned audience.

The show’s emcee even asked her how hard the talent was and she responded that “anybody can do it,” which prompted the host to bring her into the crowd to teach her skills to the show’s music director.

Ms. Philippine’s performance got the attention of Time Magazine, Huffington Post, and Daily Mail among others.  Good Job Ms. Rehman.  Some might say that there’s nothing new with beat-boxing but the fact that nobody has ever done it in an international beauty pageant got people talking about it.

Ordos, China is hosting Miss World 2012 and will crown a winner on Aug. 18.

After the Talent Competition Ms. Panama Ms. Norway and Ms. Philippines

After the Talent Competition Ms. Panama Ms. Norway and Ms. Philippines

If you haven’t seen her performance yet… watch the video below 🙂

 

Innovation White a huge success!

June 25, 2012 1 comment

The Artists

Dj / Producers – Remix & Mashup Favorite Duo – Myon & Shane 54, Electronic Dance Music legendary duo – Cosmic Gate, and Electronic Dance Music’s leading lady – Emma Hewitt. Too bad Bobina from Russia was already playing

 

I was fortunate enough to be able to get an exclusive invite to probably one of the hottest party this year in Manila.  Thanks to my good friend Jason Tomas.  The weather last Saturday night cooperated and the traffic wasn’t bad.  It usually takes me an hour and a half to get there by car; so I was surprised that it only took me 45 minutes to get to World Trade Centerfrom Valenzuela.  Definitely last Saturday was the best night to party.

 

Innovation White

Innovation White

 

Emma Hewitt with Ayan Deato

Emma Hewitt with Visual Ally Country Manager – Ayan Deato

I also had the opportunity to meet the artists Cosmic GateMyon & Shane 54, Bobina, and the ever beautiful “Lady of Trance” Emma Hewitt.  I even got a chance to have a picture taken with her.

The press conference went on very well.  There were a huge number of bloggers who attended the event eager to ask their questions… some personal but mostly about how they perceive the Philippines in terms of its maturity when it comes to Trance.

Being the Country Manager of Visual Ally, a Social Media Agency based here in the Philippines and the US, I had to ask how Social Media helped the artists promote their music.  Cosmic Gate said that they are very much into Social Media now because unlike before they would have to really spend so much time, effort, and energy, just to get noticed but now it’s easier for them to reach out to their fans and to share a sample of their music as well as themselves to their loyal followers.

 

Innovation White

Innovation White

 

Bigfish never fails to bring the best talent from all over the world.  No wonder people keep on flocking to their events.  Saw a number of familiar faces here and there as well as friends who I haven’t seen for a very long time.  The event was definitely packed with the hot people of the metro… definitely a feast for the eyes 🙂

Kudos to the Bigfish Team for bringing these wonderful talents and helping promote the Philippines as a première dance destination in Asia.  Special mention to Jason Tomas and Miss Samantha Encabo – PR Manager of Bigfish for being accommodating to everyone who came to the press conference.

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