Sunday, September 14, 2008

Top Six Scholars face their Grand Dream Night

September 14, 2008 12:01 AM

The night that Bugoy, Cris, Laarni, Liezel, Miguel and Van have been waiting for has finally arrived— the Grand Dream Night. Again, they were asked to face the jurors, composed of Louie Ocampo, Girlie Rodis and their very own Dream Mentors, in order to gain commendations and be hailed deserving of the newest Grand Star Dreamer title. To open the act, the reality show’s infamous hosts—Nikki Gil, Billy Crawford, and Toni Gonzaga—shared their part with an interesting opening number, followed by the performance of the expelled Scholars.

Live from the Cuneta Astrodome, Headmaster Ryan Cayabyab initiated the graduation rites as he called the Scholars one at a time to grant them his blessing. After the commencement exercise, the Scholars began with their show as they welcomed their guests with their rendition of Awit ng Pangarap. After the said welcome performance, the Top Six proceeded with their corresponding production numbers. Bugoy, Miguel and Van went in to wow the crowd first with their production number consisting of Ne-yo’s greatest hits—Closer, Addiction and Because of You. The girls, on the other hand, heated up the dome with their sexy performance of Pussycat Dolls’ When I Grow Up, Buttons and Don’t Cha.

The performances above were plainly teasers—the real show was their individual presentations. First to show to the whole world what he got was Miguel. With his songs Love is on the Way and Man in the Mirror, juror Girlie couldn’t deny how great the Romantic Crooner had improved.

Laarni went next with her rendition of Manalig Ka and Boogie Wonderland. By the end of her act, she got a little off note, which Headmaster Ryan immediately noticed. But despite her mistake, Mr. C couldn’t deny how well the Independent Woman pulled of the said number.

Teacher Monet couldn’t be happier for the next performer, Cris, who finally found her focus. Aside from simply being naturally sexy and pretty, the in-house teacher also commended Cris for her remarkable artistry and ability to cope up with their lessons. Her great musical improvement was clearly displayed tonight through her rendition of Out Here on my Own and Candyman.

Van immediately wowed the crowd the very moment he took over the stage to sing Hard Habit to Break and Probinsyana. As Direk Joey said it, the young man from Cebu is indeed oozing with star quality. The media performance teacher claimed that though he didn’t have the best voice quality among the bunch, his charms will surely bring him to different heights.

Speaking of star quality, juror Louie also found it in Liezel as she ruled the stage tonight with her version of I am Changing and Respect. The said juror couldn’t be happier for the lass, because at long last, she came out of her shell. He even added that if she continues this development, she won’t be far from becoming a great star in the near future.

Aside from Liezel, Bugoy too has come a very long way. After his presentation of Ligaya and Climb Every Mountain, Teacher Kitchy couldn’t help but recall the lad’s audition piece, Guy Sebastian’s Angels Brought Me Here. According to the over-all voice teacher, given his great voice quality, he was indeed brought by angels to where he is now.

To end the night, Season 1 Grand Star Dreamer Yeng Constantino joined the Top Six Scholars in singing her famous hits, such as Hawak Kamay, Salamat and Habang Buhay. By tomorrow night, another Scholar will be announced Yeng’s successor. Who among the remaining six Scholars deserve to be called the Grand Star Dreamer?

You still have until 2PM tomorrow to save your bet! Grab your mobile phones now and key in PDA (name of your favorite Scholar) and send it to 2331 for Globe, Touch Mobile, and Sun Cellular subscribers, or 231 for Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Addict Mobile subscribers. For online and international voting instructions, visit

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