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‘Pinoy Idol’ moves to new home, picks 12 finalists

By Marinel Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:19:00 06/08/2008

Filed Under: Television, Entertainment (general)

MANILA, Philippines - ?Pinoy Idol? will soon transfer to its new home.

From the Filmex Studio in Makati City, the show will move next week to CenterStage at the Mall of Asia, Pasay City, where the final 12 contenders will be picked.

Four contestants?Rye Estrada, 28, Sherwin Marquez, 26, Regene Ong, 20 and Vrenilyn Villaflor, 17?were eliminated last week, leaving only 18 to slug it out for a slot in the Top 12.

Estrada, who hails from Iloilo, is a band frontman and a Robbie Williams fan who became emotional after dedicating his solo piece to his mom Fanny during Hell Week.

Villaflor, a daughter of a retired police officer, is a Quezon City resident and alumna of the ?Batang Kampeon? and PLDT ?Tuklas Talino? tilts.

Ong impressed the judges by singing diverse tunes like those of Elvis Presley?s and Sarah McLachlan?s. She also stood out for her unconventional outfits, which she makes herself.

Marquez, Sherwin Bayangan in real life, is a son of a folk singer. He performs regularly at a friend?s bar in Tuguegarao, where he now lives with his parents.

Karylle, host of ?Pinoy Idol Extra,? was the first person the contestants spoke with after getting the boot. ?I was there right after they got off the stage. That?s the hardest part of being a host of this show,? she told Inquirer Entertainment on Tuesday. ?My job is to introduce them to the viewers. I?m also there when they need to respond to controversial issues.?

But Karylle also gets to spend fun time with the contestants. ?I went to a bar at The Fort with the Top 24. We all had a good time,? she said.

The job to host ?Pinoy Idol Extra? was first offered to Karylle in May. ?The producers said they saw how I work on SOP. They based their decision on my performance there and in every New Year?s Eve program I hosted for GMA 7,? she explained.

Karylle alternates with Rhian Ramos as host of the show. Unlike Karylle who was handpicked for the program, Rhian, had to pass a series of auditions.

Rhian also had to contend with detractors who say she only got the assignment because she is the niece of GMA Artist Center boss Ida Henares.

E-mail mcruz@inquirer.com.ph



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