17th of June 2016
It has been ages since the last time I auditioned for TV. And, my family and friends know how much I dislike going through auditions like this because of the intensity of stress it gives me. My tears always well up every time I try to be on deja vu years ago when I auditioned for #TheVoice wherein we fell in line for almost 14 hours! We arrived an hour before the call time which was 8 am. And I only got to sing few lines at 11 am, 4 pm, and 9 pm. The pressure I felt while waiting the whole time was unexplainable, only to find out that there was a “special audition” that happened already. And I swear to God, I promised myself then on that I will never undergo such process again.
But I guess I love my mom so much. After just a few arguments and persistence, I am already auditioning for a different TV show which is “Tawag ng tanghalan sa Showtime.”
My mom is not in the country right now so my coaches and the receptionist at my voice lesson were the ones who accompanied me to Abs-Cbn. We arrived at the audience entrance at around 11 am, but I was already close to 130th auditionee. We fell in line for almost 2 hours and then the woman, seated at the table, just signaled “Next” and then I sang in front of her. Just imagine how difficult it was to sing in front of her because there is also a table beside her and another person is singing a different song. But of course I cannot let that distract me, so I sang there 2 songs: “Bukas nalang kita mamahalin” and “Set Fire to the Rain.” I didn’t finish the whole song because we were asked only to sing the part near the climax. After I had sung, she gathered the 5 of us, and she said that she’ll call the name of the person who’ll undergo to the next screening. And yep, my name was called!
We were given stickers containing our number (I’m on the 30th) that we had to stick on our chest, and then the marshal also gave out a paper for us to fill out about our basic information, songs, and some “If-I-Were this and that” questions. As we were filling out the paper, the marshal called us again because they’re (the one in charge of the audition) going to take pictures of us.
At around 4 pm, we already went our way to another studio which looked like the studio of Singing Bee before. We were asked to take a seat first and then afterward they stationed 2 women who will be in charge of another screening. They were just sitting on a monoblock, and then 1-24 will be falling in line for another woman, and then 25-50 will be falling in line on another. I just sang 1 song, it’s entitled “Bukas nalang kita mamahalin”. I just started on the part near the climax, and then after that, we went to the side and waited for the verdict. And yes! I passed again!
Those people who didn’t pass on that screening will be sent home already, while those who passed are going to sing in front of a camera with a minus one. The auditionee has to sing 1 Tagalog and 1 English song. In my case, I sang “Hanggang” with a minus one and “Set fire to the rain” in acapella. After that, they told us that we just have to wait for the call within 2 months. If they didn’t call within 2 months, then that means we didn’t pass. They also told us that after we sing in front of that camera, we can already go.
As much as I wanted to listen to other people’s audition pieces, my tummy can no longer wait. I am feeling ravenous for the last 8 hours of starving. So we went to the nearby McDo and grabbed dinner. Despite the fact that I have already stopped eating fast food, today I had no choice because my tummy can no longer wait and besides we are with someone else so it’s awkward if I will say that I don’t eat fast food. They might think that I am being sassy. (LOL)
So yes, I auditioned for Tawag ng Tanghalan, but I am not expecting that I will be called. I have undergone a lot of auditions, and I always get up to the VTR part but not on the live show. But all I know is that I tried my best, and I made friends (#kabasquad)– and that is what matters right now.