VIRAL: Netizen slams 'Pinoy Boyband Superstar' for pressing good looks over talent

MANILA, Philippines – A netizen’s post recently went viral on social media after calling on ABS-CBN’s newest reality TV show “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” criticizing the program for pressing a unconscious message that “good looking people are worthy of opportunities.”

Business Economics student “Feronie Anne Avila” posted on Facebook on Sunday, September 25, her ‘two-cents’ on the said TV show. “Pinoy Boyband Superstar is one of the most pathetic and useless TV shows to ever exist in the Philippines.” she wrote.

Netizen criticizes "Pinoy Boyband Superstar”

Avila cleared first that she has nothing against the show’s prime objective wherein to gather good looking teens who is also talented in singing and form a boy band. Sarcastically adding that boybands have always been present in the country but in the long run fails to make it. She mentioned “Chicser” and “Sugar High” as examples.

But what troubles Avila is the procedure wherein the good looking contestant enters the stage to be initially judge by the audience for his good looks before being able to meet the judges and actually sing.

“The issue for me is the method of grouping these "pretty boys." They walk into an estrogen infested room filled with petty, screaming teenagers and get voted either a yes or a no based on how they look. If they're handsome, then they go to the next round where they're given the chance to actually sing for the judges,” She wrote.

Avila pointed out out that’s “where the problem starts.” For Avila, the TV show is implying that first you have to pass the ‘standards’ of the society or “standards of a bunch of sad teenagers,” to be called for opportunities, to be discovered and to actually become famous.

“The question then stands, how about the guys who don't pass society's standards? What if they actually have so much more to give compared to the other pretty boys?” Avila questioned.

In the end of the post, Avila emphasized that successful boybands in Korea trained for over 4-10 years before debuting as group. Bluntly stating that forming a boyband in a span of 2-3 months is set out for failure and “If anything, it's a total insult to the music industry.”

“Pinoy Boyband Superstar is a pathetic excuse for a talent search contest. I'd rather just have another season of The Voice Philippines than watch that cringe-worthy show…” she added.

Pinoy Boyband Superstar Facebook post viral

Avila’s post immediately went viral over the weekend with over 7,000 shares as majority of the netizens expressed same sentiment.

Pinoy Boyband Superstar premiered on September 10 replacing the third season of The Voice Kids Philippines. It is based on Latin-American singing competition series La Banda that was created by Simon Cowell. The judges of the local show are composed of Aga Muhlach, Yeng Constantino, Sandara Park and Vice Ganda.

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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