By Carissa Alcantara
After weeks of challenging Dream Chasers to become world-class performers, the country's first idol survival competition, "Dream Maker," is now entering its final weekend to trim the Top 16 down to the "Dream 7" who will fly to Korea and become the next global pop group.
The Top 16 Dream Chasers will have their last chance to make their K-Pop idol dreams come true at the series finale happening live at the Caloocan City Sports Complex.
Their final mission showcasing group performances featuring original compositions of Korean mentors Seo Won Jin and Bullseye also need to impress viewers, as the "Dream 7" will be determined purely through public voting.
In the last ranking and elimination, Vinci Malizon finally claimed the top spot after placing 2nd in the previous two rankings. Completing the Top 7 are Marcus Cabais, Kyler Chua, Reyster Yton, Jeromy Batac, Winston Pineda, and Wilson Budoy.
Becoming part of the top 16, some of the boys shared the most memorable advice they have received from their mentors and co-dream chasers.
"For me, the most memorable advice I've received during the competition is to focus on the facial expression when you perform, which really helped me on my first performance and first mission and to all my performances, it really made a big difference for me," said Dream Chaser Wilson.
On the other hand, Dream Chasers Kim Ng, Drei Amahan, Jom Aceron, Thad Sune, Jay-r Albino, Josh Labing-isa, Matt Cruz, Macky Tuason, and Prince Encelanstill have the chance to steal their current spots in their final mission.
Will they be able to keep their place after facing their biggest mission at "The Dream Finale"? Or will other Dream Chasers stand out and capture the public's hearts?
Marking the end of their journey, Korean mentor Bae Wan Hee also mentioned that it was hard for him to eliminate the other dream chasers.
"I think it's always a hard part for me because we don't know who will we go on the next stage, and then as I trained and mentored them, they are always a part of my journey, so as it's always a part for me, and I'm quite sorry and worried for them," Bae Wan Hee shared.
ABS-CBN, in partnership with Korea's MLD Entertainment, and Kamp Korea Inc., will continue to train the chosen "Dream 7" with various industry icons and mentors, and then debut the group to spotlight Filipino talent on the global stage.
Since it premiered, the international collaboration project "Dream Maker" has been trending nationwide for its top-notch production, set design, and camera work, plus its impressive lineup of Korean and Pinoy mentors, and the Dream Chasers.
Their YouTube channel even garnered more than 100,000 subscribers as of this writing.
Witness the "Dream Maker" finale on Saturday (Feb. 11) and Sunday (Feb. 12),8:30 PM on Dream Maker YouTube channel, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV, and Pie Channel.
Viewers can also catch the delayed telecast on TV5. You can also vote for your favorite Dream Chasers on join now.ph/DreamMaker or dreammaker.ph.