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Friday, March 31, 2006

Pop contenders out of race

By EUNICE del ROSARIO

HALF the original 20 contenders of the 2006 TFC Pop Star Search have been voted out by judges, after seven Fridays of intense competition.

The contest, to discover the next shining star of the Philippines amongst Filipinos in the Middle East, is organised by The Filipino Channel (TFC).

Contests are being held all over the GCC, with the Bahrain search being held in collaboration with Guirgisco Events Marketing.

This year's judges are from the Royal Board of Music in London, UK and the Classic Music Institution of Bahrain.

The elimination phases continue tonight and on April 7 at the Sampaguita Club and Restaurant, at the Moon Plaza Hotel, Umm Al Hassam.

Doors open at 8.30pm.

During each phase, the remaining 10 contestants will be performing two fast songs and two slow songs.

"On reviewing the past seven weeks of performances, barometers indicated that the mighty circle of five is composed of Levie Nacional, Siegred Plaza, Hazel Lopes, Ariel Forbes and Maristela Watson," said Guirgisco Group of Companies general manager Ahbet Quinto.

"While the remaining five contenders still in the running are Mervin Flores, Jonathan Zumarraga, Marietta Miranda, Miguelito Gamba and Venelyn Billiones."

Ms Watson was adjudged by Bahrain Travellers Magazine as the Press Choice during the last elimination phase and received a $100 (BD37.8) prize.

Tonight and next Friday, the judges are to select the best eight of the remaining 10 contestants, who will then compete in the TFC Pop Star Bahrain Final on May 5 at Al Ahli Stadium in Zinj.

The finals will also feature the winners of Star In A Million (a popular TV contest in the Philippines similar to the UK's Pop Idol) Jerome Sala and Tata Villaruel.

The champion of the Bahrain National Finals will receive $1,500 (BD567) in cash, plus a trophy.

The first runner up will receive $1,000 (BD378) and a trophy and second runner up $500 (BD189), a trophy and gift voucher.

The champion and first runner-up will represent Bahrain in the Middle East Grand Showdown to be held on June 2, in Dubai.

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