by Myril Eloise Enolpe
Excited for another round after a successful comeback in April, TV5’s “Sing Galing” Sing Masters, Juke Bosses, and Singtestants answered questions from the media in an interview via Zoom last July 15, 2021.
Present were Rey Valera, Ronnie Liang, Jessa Zaragoza, K Brosas, and six Singtestants.
This videoke reality game show, as described by K, is not about biritan, unlike “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” which was a serious singing competition. With “Sing Galing,” showmanship is important.
Rey Valera remarked: “Ang singer parang picture…depende sa nakaka-appreciate.” He pointed out that a singer is judged subjectively based on the listeners’ preference.
“Napaka-light nung show…nag-bi-bring up ng spirit, hindi sya ‘yung tension,” said Rey when asked what he loves about being part of “Sing Galing.” He also mentioned the excellent work ethics of his co-workers and the crew.
What are their go-to karaoke songs?
Jessa said that she sings her own songs and specially mentioned “Til My Heartaches End.”
Ronnie’s answer was his own songs as well as Rey’s.
In contrast, Rey said, “Hindi ko na kinakanta mga kanta ko.” Instead he goes for relaxing songs like Ben&Ben’s version of “Make It with You.”
K’s starter songs are those of the Carpenters and “kung ano-ano na lang, depende sa mood.”
The singtestants mentioned Taylor Swift heartbreak songs, Ben&Ben songs, Carpenters, Adelle, and many others. They also gave “sample” performances.
Challenges encountered during “Sing Galing”
Jean, one of the singtestants, said: “How to kantahin yong songs na hindi ko alam…baka magkalat ako pero na-overcome ko naman.”
Regielyn, also a contestant, answered, “Umalis ako sa comfort zone ko kasi may kinanta po ako sa ‘Sing Galing’ na sobrang layo sa genre ko.”
She added that she wanted to explore other singing styles.
Zendee, host of the show’s segment called Digiverse, said among her struggles while doing “Sing Galing” was the time when she was infected with Covid-19 and nobody realized it. She said she was insistent on doing her job, especially that “Iyon yung way ko to connect sa mga nag-su-support sa akin.”
Meanwhile, Yuki said she felt pressured and overwhelmed that the world can see her on mainstream media with big artists, unlike when she was a social media influencer.
“Puyat at pagod, given na ‘yon ‘eh,” Jessa said of the challenges of their work.
Ronnie said maintaining their health and the energy while taping is the most difficult.
Rey’s struggle is getting the fit-to-work documents every time they go on taping.
“Before you go, sinisiguro na walang nag positive. Palagi kaming may mask, tinatanggal lang ‘pag take na,” he said, emphasizing the health standards being maintained inside the studio.
K, for her part, said she has to deal with her chronic anxiety triggers.
“Kailangan ko talaga ng gamot. So may dala-dala ako. After 30 to 45 minutes, okay na ko,” she added.
“Ang laking bagay ng ‘Sing Galing’ or meron kang kasamang masaya…Makaka-relate ka sa singtestants kasi magaganda ‘yong kwento nila,” K said.
“Hindi namin masyadong iniisip (‘yong pressure)…Ibang klase yong teamwork,” Jessa said on how they handle pressure.
As for Ronnie, they help each other out through prayers and going with the flow during taping.
“Lahat kami, hindi po namin alam…’Yon ‘yung fun part, mostly ang layo sa genre nila,” K said regarding their song randomizer.
Rey said he felt honored and privileged to stay in a fast-changing industry and so, he tries to keep up.
”I see to it na sa every generation, nagpapakilala ako through anything, like show,” he added.
K supported, “Sir Rey’s songs are still relatable.”
Kim encouraged other dreamers to never stop auditioning: “Mag audition ka lang…lahat tayo may time, mapapansin rin tayo lahat.”
Sing along with the comeback of the freshest concept of entertainment, “Sing Galing” on weekdays at 6:30 p.m. on TV5.