Monday, September 1, 2008

Van completes the Academy’s Final Six

August 31, 2008 12:44 AM

The public has spoken; Van will be occupying the final spot in the Academy’s official list of Final Six. After collecting 54.58 percent of the total text votes, the Heartthrob from Cebu has proven himself worthy of taking a shot at this season’s Grand Star Dreamer title.

During the 11th Gala Night, the lad from Cebu impressed the jurors with his rendition of Casting Crown’s Who I am. Juror Girlie Rodis couldn’t help but commend on how he has improved since she first saw him on stage. The judge was pretty much aware of how heavy the lad’s chest is due to accumulated hitches and she proudly stated that it didn’t show in his performance tonight.

Actually, everyone did a good job last night. Since they were given the chance to freely choose their songs, they didn’t have a hard time relaying their messages to the audience. All of them were able to give out heartfelt performances.

With Laarni’s version of I am Blessed, juror Louie Ocampo couldn’t help but agree more with the song’s message. He said that Laarni was indeed blessed with a great voice and predicted that she was definitely going to be part of the contest’s Top 3. The same comment went to last week’s Star Scholar Bugoy, who sang Can’t Stop a River.

Liezel, who was a consistent Star Scholar in the first few gala nights, finally found a new way to present her self. Louie Ocampo admitted that she was oozing with x-factor tonight with her presentation of Celine Dion’s Goodbye’s (the Saddest Word). On the other hand, Miguel’s interpretation of Sandra amazed Girlie Rodis, but she claimed that it could have been better if he improved on the storytelling part.

To make the night more exciting, the Scholars performed in an opening production number to the tune of Hairspray soundtrack entitled You can’t Stop the Beat. Aside from that, they also held the official launching of their very first album—Scholars Sing Cayabyab. Proceeds from the said album and upcoming mall shows will be donated to the Scholars’ chosen charitable institutions.

Who among Bugoy, Liezel, Laarni, Miguel, Cris and Van deserve to get a hold of the Grand Star Dreamer title? The decision lies in your hands. To vote, just type PDA (name of Scholar) and send it to 2331 for Globe, Touch Mobile, and Sun Cellular subscribers or 231 for Smart and Talk ‘n Text subscribers.

Catch the latest happenings inside the Academy by staying tuned to Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 weeknights on Primetime Bida, right after My Girl!

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