After the controversial tweet conversation between Rhap Salazar and Aria Clemente, which raised eyebrows especially for the fans of James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine) – musicians and performers alike came to the rescue to defend Salazar’s side.
First to come forward is Guji Lorenzana, former beau of Kaye Abad, who tried his luck in singing – but ended up getting paired with Kaye in an afternoon series. Because of his passion in singing, he tried out for The Voice Philippines joining his sister – but they failed to make it past the Battle rounds. Now, Guji is still seeking a venue for him to continue his passion for music. With Salazar’s sentiments out in the open, it seems that the crooner can relate.
But not only Guji shares the same sentiment. Even Gab Valenciano, known dancer and Youtube sensation, stated his views on how the showbiz world works in the Philippines. Gab finally decided to settle down after trying his luck in Philippine showbiz.
His father, Mr. Pure Energy quickly backed up his statement. In his recent interview, Gary V said: “If you see kung ano ang pinagdadaanan ng mga singers, it’s nakakaawa rin kasi marunong kumanta pero hindi napapansin dahil nabibigyan talaga ng priority ‘yung the more visually [appealing], yung mga nakikita,”
He also said Rhap’s statement may be misconstrued: “I think what Rhap was mentioning was… I don’t think he was pointing to anyone in particular… But siguro napansin lang niya na maraming ganoon. The comment kasi ay hindi lang nanggagaling online, kung hindi nanggagaling din sa ibang… ‘yun nga, hindi talaga marunong kumanta. Pati sila, ‘Bakit kami ang pinili? Bakit ganoon?’ Pati sila. So siguro narinig niya a number of times.”
Asked if Salazar has the gall to say those words, Mr. Pure Energy was firm with his opinion: “I think he has the authority to say it. Si Rhap hindi naman one day, andoon na siya. He had to work, he had to go to the contests and he had an incredible voice. Hindi nga lang nakikita ng mga tao. Maaaring sabihin ng tao na hindi naman ‘yon magaling kumanta, but he really, really has an incredible voice. ‘Di lang masyadong naririnig.”
Salazar became a hit in 2009 when he won the top prize in WCOPA held at Los Angeles, California. He was then invited to The Ellen de Generes show the same year.
Rhap also cleared up he’s not pertaining to Jadine when he lashed his comments last Sunday on Twitter.