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Emmie Joaquin    Proud to be Pinoy and a Canuck, too

Pinoy Pop Star 2010 is now reaching its climax. Yes, on March 23rd we will know who among the 14 finalists will win the title of Pinoy Pop Star Grand Champion and the $2000 cash prize.

In the recently held semi-finals, 52 singers from our community courageously took to the stage and showed their artistry to the sold-out audience at the Jaguars Dance Club. They are amateur singers – with some more amateur than the others. I said “courageously” because for some of the contestants, it was probably their first time ever to sing on stage in front of a board of judges and a live audience. Some took to the stage seriously like pros while a few visibly froze.

Originally, we wanted 12 finalists but the scores were so very, very close that the judges had to deliberate longer than expected during the tabulation. In the end, they decided, there would be 14 instead of 12.