Happy Halloween! Well, that was last night. But still we’re on a subject that’s apt for the All Saints and All Souls season – fear.
Today we debunk one of the unspoken fears swirling around TV land and the Internet space – has ABS-CBN found its own star that can eventually – gasp – dethrone the pop star princess?
It all started when news about Sarah Geronimo’s possible transfer to growing media giant TV5 began circulating. “Oh no!” said the Popsters – her legion of loyal fans. “Viva, don’t let her suffer the same fate as Rachel Anne!” they lamented. “Oh, yes!” said the others. With a new home and lesser competition, they think a TV5 transfer is necessary to make Sarah’s career skyrocket again after seemingly reaching its peak as a multimedia, cash-raking hot property.
And then an Angeline Quinto appeared. Angeline, if you followed Sarah G.’s history, is just someone Sarah effortlessly beat in one of their earlier matches in the early 2000s. But then she won the Megastar-hosted Kapamilya talent search called Star Power, and some Sarah fans’ knees began to shake.
What is happening? It looks like ABS-CBN is out to prove to the Viva bosses that they are not anyone’s to mess with by pulling out and/or attempting to pull out their talents. It looks like ABS-CBN is trying to say that, being the international multimedia juggernaut that it is, it can very well manufacture its own Sarah Geronimo any given day.
From then on, Angeline began getting gigs and projects that were usually auto-routed to Sarah. From her own MMK episode, to prime spots on ASAP – this new girl sure has ABS-CBN’s full backing and support (which the likes of Frenchie Dy, Raki Vega and Jerome Sala never got. Remember them? Exactly.) Suddenly, this new girl is the voice of teleserye theme songs, station IDs and what have yous (is the network punishing Sarah for the big 1Dol flop?)
But Popsters, calm down. Angeline without a doubt is a talented singer. She is lovely and the camera loves her. Her birit range can sing any throat busting song that majority of the Filipinos here and TFC lands all over the world love to hear. But here are reasons why Angeline Quinto, Star Power winner, is no threat to your beloved princess.
- Sarah is the greater popstar, in the truest sense of the word – More than just a biritera, Sarah Geronimo is a pop performer. Give her any song and she can sing it like it’s her own (see: Sarah Geronimo Super Bass Live). Her musical appeal transcends generations. She can perform Top 40 hits to please the Taylor Swift/Selena Gomez/kPop dance-y crowd one moment and then go sing a duet of a sappy kundiman ballad with Martin Nievera the next to please to the more mature, let-s-sit-down-and-watch audience.
- She’s neither too class or too bakya – Whether you’re up there on top of the social status pyramid, or you’re just one of us below, it is ok to like Sarah Geronimo. It is not embarrassing to admit liking her. She’s just a sweet, charming young lady who can put on a show for the altas. But then, she’s also just a regular girl who looks like someone you would meet in an MRT train, but when she gets on stage, she’s a star.
- She’s a success story people knew from the beginning – This is important for talent search contestants to succeed – people must root for you. More importantly, they must root for you not just during the competition, but moreso, after the voting and the announcement of winners. Sarah G. won as a child whom everybody wanted to succeed. People saw her grow as a good little girl, and it’s like the whole country raised her to be like that. She was ever polite, always saying her pos and opos, and she was never perceived as a kontrabida.
- She successfully transformed – but then being the perennial good little girl has its bad side. A transition is important, and this is a make or break phase in every young artist’s career. Good thing Sarah took notice and stopped herself from being the child stars who never grew older. Donning sexy outfits, and taking on suggestive pop songs, Sarah is now being more courageous in her wardrobe and song choices. Good for her. If there’s something good that Sarah got out of her much publicized bizarre love affair, this could be it – her transition to maturity.
- She’s the first. Everything anybody is doing now, she’s already done it. Enough said.
A word of caution though. These do not make Sarah Geronimo eternally popular. A couple of wrong moves and she can very well be declared laos. What’s strange with Sarah’s career now is that she’s got a great public image and an excellent performer persona (she shines most when performing live) – but this contemporary, young popstar personality does not translate into her records. In her CDs, she tends to become just one OPM songstress singing safe songs about falling in love and heartbreak.
We’re still waiting for that one great Sarah G. record, one that can showcase the level of her talents and one that give justice to her being a multi-faceted music superstar of this generation.