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We’re having technical problems so the photos will be posted later. Here’s the trailer.
Last month when the Gareth Holgate media blitz was being organized we informed Gareth Holgate of the planned guest appearance on Party Pilipinas, the Sunday variety show on GMA-7.
“Can you sing with Solenn Heussaff and Lovi Poe?” we asked.
“No way I’m going to sing on TV,” Gaz said.
“Can you dance with Solenn and Lovi?”
“No way I’m going to dance on TV.”
“Can you play guitar while Solenn and Lovi sing?”
“I’m not good enough to play guitar on TV.”
“What are you going to do, stand there while Solenn and Lovi sing at you?”
“I can do that!”
And that’s what he did today.
The wonderful choreographers of Party Pilipinas devised some very basic steps for him which he could execute easily enough in rehearsal, but he did not feel comfortable doing anything that might be construed as dancing on national TV. As we do not wish our friends to hurl on-camera, all hip-centric movements were removed, leaving a literal walk-on. Solenn, Lovi, the Party Pilipinas dancers, fire and smoke did all the work; Gaz’s assignment was to stand there in a tank top and jeans and smile.
And that is how Gaz Holgate was introduced to the general Filipino public.
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We’ve acquired a new respect for our homegrown performers after seeing Party Pilipinas live in the studio. Clearly the days when you could plonk a random good-looking mestizo/mestiza in front of a camera and make them move their lips to a recorded track while shuffling left and right are gone.
These guys can dance. Not all of them have great voices, but when they have to sing they do it with verve and conviction. Hard work overcomes all deficiencies. They’re professionals. (Fortunately Gaz is not going to do this for a living. He already has a career.)
So showbiz is no longer the quick and easy way for the pretty and white to make big bucks. You’d better have something extraordinary. You’d better be compelling. You have to sing and dance better than the average Pinoy on the street, and you know Pinoys rule at this. We are the people who watch American Idol and X-Factor and say, “Ha? Yan lang? Mas magaling pa yung tindero ng kwek-kwek diyan sa kanto.”
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Conversation of the day
Them: I would never do anything like that (i.e. Appear in a production number on a variety show with the two hottest women in showbiz).
Us: Yeah, who asked you?
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The We’ll Make This About Ourself Department: Any day that requires us to crawl out of bed 3 hours early after a day of hurling our guts out (food poisoning) in order to assuage people’s fear and doubt while missing two quarterfinal matches of the Rugby World Cup is a hellish day. This is why we work alone, as we keep reminding people and they keep not listening. We would have imploded without the help of Bubbles Magpayo, Leo Dominguez and his staff, JJ Henson, Jon Morales, Noel Flowers, and our super-cool BFF. Thanks.