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Wishcovery finals set

Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00 Published in Life Style

According to the five finalists of the new Wishcovery (Your Road To Stardom Starts Here!), Wish 107.5’s online singing competition launched in September 2017, the surprises they have gotten along the way have made the journey the most unique by far in their singing lives.
At their introduction as the Wishful 5, Carmela Ariola, Hacel Bartolome, Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala and Princess Sevillena were ecstatic to find out that they already had Star Music contracts. They said they had no idea this would happen so soon. After all, the competition is still uppermost in their minds.
Tagged as the newest of its kind, this competition aims to discover aspiring musical talents from across the country with exceptional voices and star-like charisma.
It enlists renowned hitmaker Jungee Marcelo, The Company’s Annie Quintos and the country’s King of R&B Jay R as resident reactors, with R&B Prince Kris Lawrence as host.
New episodes air every Saturday at 9 p.m. PHT on the Wish 107.5 YouTube channel, which currently has 2.2 million-strong subscribers.
The first-ever Wishcovery grand winner will win P2 million worth of cash and contract, a house and lot, a brand new car, a makeover package and a round-trip ticket to New York (where we are told a Wish Bus will also be located) plus a two-week extensive musical training.

Weekly Wish Bus Battles
From the original 20 singing hopefuls, collectively known as the Wishful 20, Wishcovery showcased weekly vocal battles on board the Wish 107.5 Bus. Scores were determined through a week-long powerviewing component (15 percent) and through the resident reactors’ cumulative scores (85 percent).
The original 20 were trimmed down to the four contenders, who will battle it out in the grand finals on March 27 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Meanwhile, the eliminated Wishfuls were given the chance to return for the competition’s wild card round. The winning contender has earned the fifth and final spot in the grand finals.

Hometown show
Before the finale, the Wishful 5 — the moniker for Wishcovery’s grand finalists — had the opportunity to hold mini-concerts in their respective hometowns. The show featured up-and-coming artists in their area, as well as established acts like Jireh Lim, Shamrock’s Marc Tupaz and Jayson Fernandez. Kris Lawrence served as the hometown show’s host.
The event was broadcasted via Facebook Live on Wish 107.5’s official Facebook page.
Apart from the mini-concert, the Wishful 5 were also given the opportunity to grant the wishes of their chosen beneficiaries.

Wishcovery Live Chat
To let the Wishers and their respective fans get closer to the Wishful 5, Wishcovery held a Live Chat via Wish 107.5’s Facebook page every Sunday at 6 PM PHT in February.
Hosted by Kris Lawrence, the Live Chat served as a fun and interactive platform wherein the online audience were able to throw questions, ask for song wishes, and request for shout-outs from their favorite grand finalists.

Wishcovery’s Wishful 5
Carmela Ariola. Fondly called as “Carmi” by her loved ones, Carmela Ariola is an Israel-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
The 21-year-old artist, now based in Batangas, grew up listening to the music of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. Her parents first discovered her singing ability when she was only three. But according to her, it was when she turned eight that she felt the passion to pursue music.
Though she is into pop, ballad and soul, she is still exploring other genres that she can perform. She believes that an artist must continuously grow, especially with the unceasing coming in of new and aspiring talents.
It has been her childhood dream to become a well-known artist, not only to share music but also to serve as an inspiration to people. She is a firm believer that her ultimate and true purpose as a musician is to “touch hearts and souls.”
Hacel Bartolome. Hacel Bartolome is a band vocalist from Cavite City. According to her, she is the only one who is musically inclined in their family.
She recalls that as early as the age of five, she is already singing 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” while playing a guitar toy. The pivotal moment that further motivated her to perform was when her Grade 3 teacher heard her sing “This I Promise You” and told her that she has a great voice that needs to be shared with others.
The 27-year-old singer-guitar player is a fan of ballad, slow rock, and pop music. Her musical influences are Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Bruno Mars.
She aspires to perform a duet with Aiza “Ice” Seguerra, have her own album, and stage a solo concert in iconic venues such as the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and the Mall of Asia Arena. However, her ultimate wish as a musical artist is “to gain respect in spite of her sexual orientation and receive undying support not only from the LGBT community but from all the listeners who believe in her God-given talent.”
Kimberly Baluzo. Nineteen-year-old Kimberly Baluzo is currently a senior high school student based in Daet, Camarines Norte.
She was only three years old when her parents discovered she could sing. But apart from showing off her musical chops through her favorite genres — pop-rock and R&B — she also dabbles into songwriting and playing musical instruments such as guitar, ukulele and flute.
Her musical heroes and dream future collaborators are British pop star Jessie J, and world-class OPM acts Sarah Geronimo, KZ Tandingan, and Julie Anne San Jose.
Asked about her ultimate goal as a singer, she wishes to have a solo concert, release an album, serve as an inspiration to others, and be of help to the less fortunate especially the abandoned children.
Louie Anne Culala. Louie Anne Culala hails from San Ildefonso, Bulacan, a province north of Manila. She is a graduating college student taking up a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management.
Encouraged by her family and friends to sing, she first discovered her gift of music during her grade school years.
Her roster of musical influences includes her father, and OPM stars such as Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Dulce, Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and Morissette. When it comes to the international music scene, she looks up to Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Tori Kelly — whom she wishes to do a collaboration with.
She also lists guitar- and piano-playing as part of her musical skills.
The 20-year-old songstress ultimately dreams to make it to the global music arena, and release self-penned albums.

Princess Sevillena. Princess Sevillena, 24, has been singing since the age of three. A supply chain coordinator based in the bustling city of Makati, she is also into songwriting, guitar-playing, and beatboxing.
According to her, it was her family and her best friend who first told her to pursue a career in music. Her favorite genres include pop, ballad, R&B and gospel music.
She regards the Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, as her ultimate musical hero. It is her dream to do a collaboration with her, as well as with one of the most versatile acts in the Philippines — Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano.
She also looks forward to level up her skills not only in singing but also in playing instruments.
As an artist, she is driven by her goal to become a living testament to the mantra that “waiting patiently and praying fervently will lead you to the best that you can be.”

Kids’ Choice Awards nominations

Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00 Published in Life Style

Nickelodeon announced the superstar nominees and a one-of-a-kind performance for the highly-anticipated 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards.
Celebrating kids’ favorites across movies, television, music and digital, this year’s nominees include Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Beyoncé, Kevin Hart, Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, Luis Fonsi, Shawn Mendes, Zendaya, Chris Pratt, Khalid, Cardi B, Selena Gomez, Millie Bobby Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Chris Hemsworth, Ed Sheeran, Coco, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Wonder Woman, among others.
WWE Superstar John Cena returns as host of Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California, and the show will air in Asia on March 26 at 5 p.m. with a same-day encore at 8 p.m.
Nickelodeon star and social media sensation JoJo Siwa will perform a medley of hits, including her triple-platinum smash “Boomerang,” with has garnered over 500 million views on YouTube.
Said Siwa, “I am so excited about this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards. Not only will I be performing for the first time at the KCA’s, but I am also super excited about my nomination for Favorite Musical YouTube Creator. Bring on the slime, I am soooooo ready!!”
Nickelodeon will roll out a brand-new, four-week voting wave, where new categories will be revealed each week leading up to the show.
This year, four Pinoy celebrities — Gabbi Garcia, Inigo Pascual, Joshua Garcia, Loisa Andalio — vie for the coveted orange blimp under the Favorite Pinoy Newbie category. Fans can cast their votes on Nickelodeon’s digital platforms including and the Nickelodeon Play app (Singapore only) on iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. They can also vote through Twitter using #KCA and the hashtag of their favorite nominee.
Fans can go to, the official destination for everything Kids’ Choice Awards, for hilarious videos, trivia, polls, word scrambles, and photos, and to get the latest KCA news on this year’s show, nominees and attendees.
The presenting international sponsor for the 2018 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards is Heelys.
Stay up to date on Kids’ Choice Awards news by liking Nickelodeon Asia on Facebook.
The nominees and categories for Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards are:
Favorite Pinoy Star: Gabbi Garcia (#KCA #FavPinoyNewbieGabbi); Inigo Pascual (#KCA #FavPinoyNewbieInigo); Joshua Garcia (#KCA #FavPinoyNewbieJoshua); and Loisa Andalio (#KCA #FavPinoyNewbieLoisa)

Global nominees
Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; Pitch Perfect 3; Spider-Man: Homecoming; Star Wars: The Last Jedi; The Greatest Showman; and Wonder Woman
Favorite Movie Actor: Ben Affleck (Batman, Justice League); Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Thor: Ragnarok); Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2); Dwayne Johnson (Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle); Kevin Hart (Moose Finbar, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle); and Will Ferrell (Brad, Daddy’s Home 2)
Favorite Movie Actress: Anna Kendrick (Beca, Pitch Perfect 3); Daisy Ridley (Rey, Star Wars: The Last Jedi); Emma Watson (Belle, Beauty and the Beast); Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman and Justice League); Zendaya (Anne Wheeler, The Greatest Showman and Michelle, Spider-Man: Homecoming); and Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2)
Favorite Animated Movie: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie; Cars 3; Coco; Despicable Me 3; Ferdinand; Smurfs: The Lost Village; The Emoji Movie; and The Lego Batman Movie

Favorite Music Group: Coldplay; Fifth Harmony; Imagine Dragons; Maroon 5; The Chainsmokers; and Twenty One Pilots
Favorite Male Artist: Bruno Mars; DJ Khaled; Ed Sheeran; Luis Fonsi; Kendrick Lamar; and Shawn Mendes
Favorite Female Artist: Beyoncé; Demi Lovato; Katy Perry; P!nk; Selena Gomez; and Taylor Swift
Favorite Song: “Despacito (Remix),” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar; “I’m The One,” DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayn; “It Ain’t Me ,”Selena Gomez and Kygo; “Look What You Made Me Do,” Taylor Swift; “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran; “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars; and “Thunder,” Imagine Dragons
Favorite Breakout Artist: Alessia Cara; Camila Cabello; Cardi B; Harry Styles; Khalid; and Noah Cyrus
Favorite Global Music Star: Black Coffee (Africa); BTS (Asia); Lorde (Australia/New Zealand); Maluma (South America); Taylor Swift (North America); The Vamps (UK); and Zara Larsson (Europe)

Favorite TV Show: Fuller House; Henry Danger; K.C. Undercover; Saban’s Power Rangers Ninja Steel; Stranger Things; The Big Bang Theory; The Flash; and The Thundermans
Favorite Cartoon: ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks; SpongeBob SquarePants; Teen Titans Go!; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; The Loud House; and The Simpsons
Favorite TV Actor: Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead); Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash, The Flash); Jace Norman (Henry Hart, Henry Danger); Jack Griffo (Max Thunderman, The Thundermans); Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory); and William Shewfelt (Brody Romero/Red Ninja Steel Ranger)
Favorite TV Actress: Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House); Kaley Cuoco (Penny, The Big Bang Theory); Kira Kosarin (Phoebe Thunderman, The Thundermans); Lizzy Greene (Dawn Harper, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn); Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things); and Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)

Other categories
Favorite Video Game: Just Dance 2018; Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2; Mario Kart 8 Deluxe; Minecraft: Java Edition; Star Wars Battlefront II; and Super Mario Odyssey
Favorite Funny YouTube Creator: Alex Wassabi; DanTDM; Dude Perfect; Liza Koshy; Markiplier; and Miranda Sings
Favorite Musical YouTube Creator: Ayo & Teo; Jack & Jack; Jacob Sartorius; Johnny Orlando; JoJo Siwa; and Why Don’t We

Six of the best shows to stream now

Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00 Published in Life Style

We've all got our moods when it comes to what we want to watch, especially at the end of a long day. After a long day at work or school, nothing beats unwinding withyour favorite rom-com, an action-packed medieval drama, or a sidesplitting comedy. Whatever you fancy, iflix has what you want to watch, when you want to watch it, whatever your mood.
The Good Place. The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to some kind of error, is sent to theGood Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. With the help of Michael (Ted Danson), the wise architect of the Good Place (who doesn't know he's made a mistake), she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or, at least, the pretty good) person within. Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 of The Good Place to follow Eleanor's journey as she navigates the afterlife, only on iflix.
The Lego Movie. The first-ever, full-length theatrical Lego adventurefollows Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell), a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
The Notebook. When a rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) falls desperately in love with mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling), Allie's family and World War II tears them apart. But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie's marriage to another man, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over. The Notebook is a true tearjerker that makes you believe in the power of love. Pass the tissues, please.
The Magicians. Based on the bestselling novels from Lev Grossman, The Magicians follows Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his friends as they discover their magical abilities at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret grad university specializing in magic. While there, they come to realize that the fantasy world they read about as children is all too real, and poses a grave danger to humanity. Heading into Season 3, Quentin and his friends go on a quest to restore magic after last season's shutdown. New episodes hit iflix just hours after the U.S. telecast, but you can also binge-watch the first two seasons of The Magicians.
Britannia. Britannia tells the story of the determined, but terrified Roman invaders and the occupied Celts and Druids, whose lives are changed forever by the arrival of a new world order. Britannia begins in 43 AD as the Roman Army, determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the mysterious forces of the Underworld. Arch Celtic rivals Kerra (Kelly Reilly) and Antedia (Zoë Wanamaker) must face the Roman invasion led by the towering figure of Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey) as it cuts a swathe through the Celtic Resistance. New episodes are available weekly, within hours after the UK telecast.
Channel Zero: Butcher's Block. Channel Zero is a spine-chilling horror anthology series. In the horror franchise's third installment Channel Zero:Butcher's Block, sisters Alice and Zoe are taken in by a mysterious family. They are promised a good life ahead - but will the cost be more than they bargained for? Catch the first two installments of Channel Zero on iflix.
Now available to over one billion consumers across 25 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflixhas established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming. Offering consumers a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets.


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