Despite being discovered by Kapuso network first, the newly-signed Kapamilya artist Shanaia Gomez needed to experience what it’s like to enter ABS-CBN’s reality singing competition, Idol Philippines.
According to Gomez, she always wanted to enter the competition because she felt that it will pave the way for her to become a better artist, a better performer.
“I always wanted to give it a try, ‘yung Idol Philippines. Kahit naman feeling ko na hindi ako ‘yung grand winner or anything. Sobrang grateful ako sa experience.
“The things that I’ve learned there, things I would never learn otherwise. I’m just really grateful for everything. I know na it wasn’t an easy journey naman din. Pero I’m just happy that I joined Idol Philippines. It really is for experience, for exposure, and for my growth as an artist,” shared Gomez in an exclusive interview with LionhearTV.
She joined ABS-CBN’s Idol Philippines back in 2019 and captivated the audience with her beautiful voice.
She signed with RISE Artists Studio in March 2021 along with Zach Castañeda, Karina Bautista, Aljon Mendoza, and Bianca De Vera.
But even before she went on to join Idol Philippines, she always loved performing. Back in Canada, she even had a girl group named Charms.
“Before I joined Idol Philippines, in Canada, I would always perform. Meron akong girl group sa Canada and we always perform,” she recalled. “They were five of us.”
The young artist also had a knack for beauty pageants. Before becoming an artist, she used to enter beauty pageants when she was younger. It helped her confidence and quick thinking. But for now, since she is already in show business, she will be focusing more on her craft.
“Di ko sure talaga. Pero maybe not. Kasi I really enjoy the pageant days. For me it helped me build confidence at quick thinking… Pero I guess for now we can’t tell the future. I will focus more on my acting and performing.”
However, she has nothing against those who join pageants. She has utter respect to those who aspire to be beauty queens.
“Pero sa totoo lang, sobrang stressful talaga ang pageants. And di ko alam kung kaya ko pa yung pressure na ganun. Kaya I really have such a respect for people who join pageants kasi sobrang mahirap talaga siya.”
Shanaia Gomez is part of the 40 newly-signed artists of ABS-CBN during its Star Magic’s Black Pen Day on June 19. She is with RISE Artists Studio, who inked their new contracts along with Gigi De Lana, Zach Castañeda, Karina Bautista, Aljon Mendoza, Jayda, and Hello, Stranger breakout star JC Alcantara.