Alden takes a breather from drama

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    Alden Richards
    Alden Richards

    ALDEN Richards takes a break from dramatic roles to host GMA’s newest musical competition “Centerstage.”

    The actor will take the audience through the contestants’ tough yet fun journey in finding out who’s got both the charm and the vocal prowess to take home the title and the amazing prizes at stake.

    Since it’s his first time to host a competition like this, Alden shared how thrilled he is to get up close and personal with the aspirants, “It’s something new for me, it’s going to be different, ‘yun po ang challenge sa akin dito, how to deal with kids, kung paano sila mag-isip, paano ko gagawing magaan ‘yung naging desisyon ng judges at ng mga tao.”

    Co-hosted by Betong Sumaya, “Centerstage” will gather young aspiring performers aged 7-12 from different places in the Philippines to compete against each other through songs and by outracing opponents in a series of vocal performances until only one remains.

    “Sobrang excited ako, hindi naman araw-araw makakakita ako ng ganito kagagaling na mga bata kaya I’m so thankful for this opportunity. To be able to watch these contestants showcase what they’ve got, amazing talaga,” Betong shared.

    The search will be led by equally outstanding personalities in the entertainment industry here and abroad: diva and international singer-artist Aicelle Santos, renowned musical director Mel Villena, and Concert Queen Pops Fernandez.

    For Aicelle, she’s ready to rise up to the challenge of guiding these aspiring artists, “Lahat ng tumatayo diyan sa stage, nangangarap na makilala bilang isang mang-aawit, and for me, I’m very particular in choosing my words because you don’t want to discourage them.”

    Mel expects judging to be fun yet tricky, “Kasama doon sa fun ay ‘yung some kind of technical sa pag-awit. Ako’y musical director, hinahanap ko talaga ‘yung talent ng bata at ‘yun ay dapat solid.”

    Pops, in turn, expressed her eagerness to discover each contestant’s talent, “Hindi tayo nagpapahuling mga Pilipino when it comes to talent, I’m excited to see the kids, I’m curious to see how good the turn out will be.”

    Under the helm of Louie Ignacio, “Centerstage” starts airing on Feb. 16, 7:40 p.m., on GMA.