With his experience as a judge in a talent competition, Christian Bautista admitted it’s no easy task. “Parang Game of Thrones final season yan, ang opinion ng mga writers and directors and ang opinion ng mga fans iba. You won’t really know kung ano ang nangyayari or the full story unless you’re in the studio eh. Kasi edited na lahat yun so marami pang kuwentuhan na nangyayari. Sometimes pinapakanta pa ng another song, sometimes na-fi-filter out talaga, he shared during the grand opening of Blue Water Day Spa in Ortigas last May 22.
The 37-year-old balladeer shared some advice that worked for him when he was a contestant himself in Star in A Million in 2003. “What I’ve learned is eto, mahirap na lesson even for me, there’s always someone better than me. there’s always a better singer, there’s always a better actor. So it’s just really who will fit what you’re looking for. Who will fit the bill kung anong hinahanap ng show, ng channel. I didn’t win a singing contest. But it’s what you do after. It’s what you do in life. That’s the lesson for me, don’t stop. Kahit natanggal kayo sa contest, don’t stop. There are other avenues, there are other ways. So talagang I feel for the judges kasi mahirap talaga yung trabaho nila,” he said.
One of the biggest responsibilities about being a judge is not demoralizing the contestants. “Naging mahirap talaga kasi yung mga contestants, that’s their dream eh. They’re dream is to make it tapos you tell them, ‘No, not yet.’ or parang as best as you can say, ‘You’re not good enough yet.’ Dapat may ‘yet.’ Kasi everyone will improve later on eh. Huwag mo na lang sabihin na, ‘You’re not good enough.’ Kasi everyone is good. Basta kailangan mo lang mag-train. Iba ang lesson if you’re lazy. So parang dapat lagi you should do your best. Pero if your best is not good enough yet, there’s still time to train. Try again. Try again next year. Kasi iba iba yung levels of growth natin eh. Baka yung iba a year ahead,” he explained.