Born to be a Star: Viva & TV5 Launches Nationwide Search for the Next Singing Sensation

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VIVA Communications, Inc., discoverer of world-class Filipino performers and home to some of the country's biggest names, like Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez, Rachelle Ann Go, Mark Bautista and Sarah Geronimo, launches a nationwide search for the next singing superstar via a new reality singing show on TV5. Billed "BORN TO BE A STAR" the weekly competition will air on Saturday primetime starting February 6.

A grand presscon was held last January 4 at the Music Hall, Metrowalk Ortigas. Opening the grand presscon is the very talented singer-actress Kim Molina who sung the theme song of Born to be a Star.

Check out Kim Molina's Performance here:


Multi-awarded singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid will host the hour-long show together with VIVA's young and promising singer-actress Yassi Pressman and Pop Heartthrob Mark Bautista.

On the other hand, four of the country's top-caliber performers namely, concert queen Pops Fernandez, rockstar Rico Blanco, acoustic sensation Aiza Seguerra and Pinoy rap icon Andrew E will act as judges.

Check out the Grand Presscon below:

Yassi Pressman to host Born to be a Star with Ogie Alcasid:

Star hopefuls will perform on stage each week until the Ultimate Star's name is called.

Prizes at stake:
The Ultimate Star will receive a total of P2 million in prizes, including PI million in cash, a Pl-million management contract from VIVA Artists Agency (VAA) and TV5 and a real estate property worth PI million.

Contestants will have to pass two pre-audition processes before they are able to sing in the show. Auditions are open to male and female applicants, aged 13-18. Audition venues and dates are: SM City Bicutan on Jan. 9 and 10; SM City Sta. Mesa on Jan. 16 and 17; SM City San Mateo on January 23 and 24; and SM City Novaliches on Jan. 30 and 31. Five major audition legs will also be held in key cities like Cebu, Davao, Batangas, Dagupan and Metro Manila starting March.

Four new contestants will be introduced in the show per week. Each episode will show the "making" of the stars and their back stories apart from the competition proper itself. Viewers can expect to see not just tough and competitive performances on stage but also touching, real-life drama unfold before their very eyes.

Contestants who will make it to the weekly round shall undergo a make-over session and mentoring from some of the country's highly regarded vocal coaches.

From the weekly set, lucky contestants will advance to the monthly round. The winner of the monthly round will proceed to the finals night.

A primer will be aired prior to the pilot episode.

So, who will be the country's next big thing? Will he/she follow in the footsteps of the Megastar, the Asia's Songbird, the Broadway Gems or the Popstar Royalty? Find out as "BORN TO BE A STAR" premieres on primetime television on Feb. 6 over the Kapatid Network, TV5.

TV5 may also be viewed at the following cable channels: Cignal Digital TV, Ch. 5; Destiny Cable, Ch. 6 (Analog) and Ch. 10 (Digital); and Sky Cable, Ch. 10.

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