JULIE Anne San Jose knows she has a tough job filling in the shoes of Regine Velasquez as host of “The Clash”. Regine left GMA-7 after “Clash, Season 1” and is now a Kapamilya.
“I know mahirap ang trabaho ko but I’m excited about it,” she says. “I’d like to thank GMA sa pagtitiwala nila sa’kin. First time ko to host a musical competition and I promise to do my best para hindi ako mapahiya sa mga nagtiwala sa kakayahan ko. I’m just happy na kasama ko rin dito sina Rayver Cruz as co-host, and Ken Chan and Rita Daniela as journey hosts. Rita and I can relate sa pagdaraanan ng contestants kasi pareho kaming galing din sa isang singing contest, ‘Popstar Kids’.”
What can she say that her ex-BF Benjamin Alves has already found a replacement for her, model Chelsea Roberto?
“Kung happy siya, kung happy sila, then okay lang po ako roon. Hindi naman ito contest ng kung sino ang mauunang magka-boyfriend or girlfriend. As of now, ang focus ko, ang career ko lang, lalo na nga’t dumating itong hosting job ko sa ‘The Clash’. I don’t wanna be distracted dito, so hindi ako naghahanap ng lovelife.”
As a host, how does she intend to be of help to the contestants in “The Clash”?
“I will try to help boost their confidence and self esteem,” she says. “Whenever I get the chance to talk to them, I tell them to just enjoy what they’re doing and don’t compare themselves with the other contestants. It really takes a lot of courage to fulfill their full potential so I want to push them para hindi sila magpatalo sa kaba. I want to encourage and help them conquer their nervousness, feel more comfortable and ma-realize nilang they’re all special.”
“The Clash” is seen on Saturday and Sunday nights on GMA-7. It starts with a total of 62 contestants called Clahsers who are paired in two. Whoever wins will then stay and become a semi-finalist for the second round. The semi-finalists then compete among themselves until 12 finalists remain. The winner of The Clash gets an exclusive management contract from GMA Network, a brand new car, P1 million cash, and a house and lot from Bria Homes. The rest of the top 5 and special awardee brings home 100,000 pesos each. The top 12 finalists will also be part of the newest music variety show Studio 7.