Showcase or showdown?

Published July 28, 2018, 8:29 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

Regine Velasquez and Lani Misalucha have been in the industry for decades now so they certainly know a thing or two about doing production numbers on TV variety shows.


In an interview, the two were asked to share their thoughts on the subject and how their colleagues, especially the young ones, could balance the art of putting their best foot forward and being a team player.

The subject was brought up over a recent blind item pitting two young singers. But beyond that, local TV variety shows have always had segments based on showcase or showdown, depending on how the fans see it.

But first off, Lani said “eclipsing” a colleague while doing production numbers, albeit unintentionally, is sometimes inevitable. The key is to accept that in life, there will always be someone better than you in the same way that you are better than some people so it all balances out. That goes not just for singing but in terms of charisma and stage presence, and it’s all good, she added.

The most important thing, Lani stressed, is that you give your best in every performance and that in your heart, you intended to blend with one another.

Regine thinks the same way.

“It’s a normal tendency of someone who’s young and relatively new in the business (to show what they’ve got everytime) because they have something they want to prove (to themselves),” she said.

Why, even the songbird, herself, went through that stage.

“We all went through that. Eventually they’ll learn to be a team player,” she related.

Accepting changes
Would you believe that great singers that they are, Lani and Regine still “worry” about certain things on their craft.

Lani said that at her age, she’s beginning to feel some changes in her voice.

“I’m almost a middle-aged woman so it’s inevitable,” the singer said.

Regine echoed what Lani said. The former admitted it’s hard for her as she was never insecure before.

“’Cause when I was younger I was very aware that I’m not the best singer ’coz there would always be someone better than you. But I know I am capable and I practice my craft. But I was never insecure. I was fearless and I’d sing anything even if it’s not my genre, I’ll sing it anyway,” she shared.

So, how does she handle it. Well, Regine said she simply does, hopefully with grace.

“Because sometimes you become bitter and the tendency is you complain,” she related. “But it’s part of it when you get to this age.”

“If you have that insecurity and you don’t accept it, what happens is that you point your finger at others.”

Regine brightened up by remembering that you can prevent losing your singing voice by using it constantly. She cited 91-year-old American singer Tony Bennett as example.

“Even though he has to sing some of his songs in lower key than the original recording, it’s not an issue at all. Me, I’m very vocal with my admission of having a hard time singing sometimes because I don’t use it as often as before,” she said.

The divas agree some fans inadvertently contribute to the insecurity by openly comparing their idols to other contemporaries.

“The worst part is they compare you to all other singer. Then after ,they will compare you to yourself, to the younger you,” Regine said. “That this is how she sang at her age – then how she sang it when she was younger. They’d say she was better when she’s younger, and so the more you (Regine) feel insecure.”

Regine mulls critics should give her leeway and maybe even “lower their expectations,” too.

Whatever the fans do, though, Lani said they will always be grateful to them.

“We’re grateful that even young people are swelling our fan base,” she said.

Lani is a mentor on “The Clash” while Regine does hosting cores on the same show.

Regine said she always reminds the contestants to always practice as that is the key to mastery.

“I said that for them to master one song, for the song to become second nature to them, they have to sing it at least 50 times,” she said. “And you really need to sing it properly, ’till doing it becomes a matter of muscle memory.”

Although giving your best even during rehearsals might also mean giving your opponents the chance to study your strengths and weaknesses to their advantage, Regine said those who hold back during rehearsals will pay for it anyway.

“That’s why most of them make mistakes when they do their adlibs or vocal runs during the actual performance because they didn’t practice it beforehand,” Regine pointed out.
In terms of the voice cracking while singing, Regine said it happens sometimes and so they shouldn’t make a big deal out of it. What matters is for the performer to recover and to learn from the experience.
“That’s life. Nobody is perfect.”