Paolo Onesa has joined the Tawag ng Tanghalan singing contest of It’s Showtime. This came as a surprise to many as he was one of the breakout talents of “The Voice of the Philippines” in 2013.
He was part of Team Bamboo and managed to be part of the finalists. Despite losing in the contest, Paolo became a popular graduate of “The Voice.”
The singing heartthrob from Zamboanga eventually signed a contract with Star Magic, and became a regular on “ASAP” as well as “The Singing Bee.” He also released an album, “Pop Goes Standards.”
Talking to the viewers, Paolo narrated the days when he was still famous.
“Nakilala na ako noon. Naramdaman ko ‘yung fame, ‘yung fortune, ‘yung lahat ng mga tao gusto kang makasama, at a young age, 19 years old. Overwhelming ‘yung experience,” he said.
He then revealed how he lost his interest in his music career back then.
“Alam ko, naalala ko, nawalan ako ng focus. Sumama sa mga kaibigan, sa mga gimik. Doon ako nalungkot. Nawala ako sa focus. Nawala ang interes sa akin,” he explained.
When he was informed by his manager that he was no longer part of Star Magic, Paolo said he felt sadness and regret.
“Ang nangyari talaga, tumulo ‘yung luha ko. Ito na ‘yung gusto ko gawin sa buhay: music. Nakakalungkot. Nandiyan na sa ‘yo lahat. Huwag mo sayangin,” he said.
Paolo then shared his insights in life. When he was beaten down by his failures, Paolo said he found strength through his family and friends.
“If there’s anyone starting out, remember what got you here in the first place. Ako, ‘yung music ko is what got me here in the first place, kaya doon ka magkuha ng lakas. Family, friends, ‘yung mga totoong kaibigan mo na nandiyan talaga para sa ‘yo.
“One moment, ikaw ‘yung pinakasikat, kilala ka ng tao, gusto lahat ng time mo. Pero there will be a moment na you will feel those failures. Sino sasandalan mo? Babalik ka pa rin sa family and ‘yung true friends ko, and ‘yung partner ko.”
Paolo’s attempt to give his music career a second chance became fruitful as he won in the daily round of the contest which gave him a slot in the weekly finals.