CEBU CITY — The 12 finalists for the Sinulog Idol are set to compete with each other comes January 6, 2012, the start of the nightly elimination round that will run until January 12.
Sinulog Idol is a singing competition and a joint project of the Cebu City Government, Sinulog Foundation Inc., Center for Pop Music Philippines and Soundtraxx Productions Studio.
Jay Unchuan, vocal coach and branch manager of the Center for Pop-Cebu, said the finalists — six girls and six boys — were picked from dozens of aspiring singers who auditioned for the third edition of the Sinulog Idol.
The screening, said Unchuan, was tough because there were almost a hundred of people who auditioned for the contest, and unlike the previous screenings where jurors can say “maybe [he or she can make it to the final audition]” to a participant, the jurors were only told to give a “Yes” or “No” this time.
“Those who joined have to get three yeses, or else they will be eliminated,” said Unchuan.
He said Apple Abarquez, one of the Pinoy Dream Academy scholars, was also one of the resident jurors. She also helps in the coaching of the 12 finalists.
The coaching, held at the Center for Pop along Mango Avenue in Cebu City, started in November 30 and is being held twice a week, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during weekdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
“We also have to adjust with the schedule since some of the finalists are students,” said Unchuan.
He added the coaching is very important since the finalists not only get the chance to learn how to sing or to interpret a song, but are also taught “how to accept defeat gracefully.”
“We teach them how to become a total performer…It’s a nice lesson for everybody to know that although it’s a competition, there should be no rivalry… They should learn how to win gracefully, and how to accept defeat,” he said.
Unchuan said he is very optimistic about the 12 finalists for the 2012 Sinulog Idol, and he is hoping that they will follow the footsteps of those who made it to the finals in the previous competitions.
The finalists were told to perform their best, with Unchuan saying it is like “survival of the fittest” comes January.
“Every day is a competition, and one will be eliminated every day,” the vocal coach said.
With this, Unchuan said he is very strict with the training.
“No cell phones are allowed. The phones should be in the bags…I also told them [finalists] to dress comfortably,” he said.
Gloria Villarojo, Sinulog Idol project manager, reminded the finalists about the use of social media, saying they are now public figures and that their fans will be following them.
“You will be having fans, so be careful with what you post on Facebook…That’s a public site and you are already public figures,” Villarojo told the finalists.
She also reminded the finalists to find their voice in choosing their songs.
“Don’t keep on changing songs, especially a night before your performance. It is better that if you have your minus ones ready, stick to your songs. If you believe that this song will make your shine, go for it,” she told the finalists.
The finalists are expected to perform different genres of music.
On the first elimination night, January 6, all 12 finalists will sing their own choice of music. The next day will be a sing and dance performance, to be followed by their renditions of Cebuano or Visayan song, rock song, live performance with a keyboardist, and Broadway or movie theme song for the following elimination rounds.
One will be eliminated every night. In the grand finals, which will be on January 12, six finalists will perform songs that each of them finds special. Three will be eliminated after the performances and the remaining top three will compete for the final category, dubbed “Time of My Life,” which highlights songs that gave the finalists inspiration, with positive and meaningful lyrics.
Judges will be Unchuan, Abarquez and Mark Ryan Borinaga, a Cebu journalist. There will also be guest commentators, said Villarojo.
The competition will run for seven consecutive nights. It will be held at the Fuente Osmena Circle in Cebu City. (Jean Mondoñedo/Sunnex)