With the newest installment of the online talent search Bida Star starting on September 5, Karina Bautista shared how it felt being there at the start of the show in 2020 and experiencing the changes it has gone through.
“Actually, bawat Bida Star season nag-le-level up talaga. Dati, we started from hosting only on the Kumu platform and then ginawang YouTube then ginawang Facebook. Now meron na talagang lahat and it’s on different platforms like Star Hunt and Star Magic and on Tiktok na siya ngayon.
“So this season, may live callbacks kami which is parang 10 females and 10 males will compete twice a week, Monday and Friday, tapos yung pinaka top one, yun ang magkakaroon ng guaranteed slot sa top 40 and will called official contestants. Kasi until now ongoing pa rin ang audition process. So now every time we interview them, we still call them as auditionees,” she shared during the Bida Star Versus mediacon last August 22.
In the show’s new season, Karina revealed that aspirants need to show off their talents in various fields.
“Ngayon it’s called Bida Star Versus so from acting, singing, Gandang Naturally Fresh, and now it’s Versus. Kasi ang theme ay girls versus boys. And nadagdagan ng sobrang daming challenges like acting, impersonation, hosting, so talagang ma-cha-challenge ang ating mga auditionees now. At isa pa yun sa bago ngayon, may guaranteed guesting na sila sa PIE channel shows,” she added.
Aside from acting opportunities, the winner of Bida Star Versus also gets to take home an ABS-CBN management contract, P50,000, a Star Magic workshop scholarship, and guest appearances on the highest viewed shows on ABS-CBN.
In Bida Star Versus, Karina will be joined by returning host Anji Salvacion and new host and fellow Pinoy Big Brother alumni Benedix Ramos. Missing from their original lineup is Karina’s perennial love team partner Aljon Mendoza. But the 20-year-old actress was quick to deny that this change means the breakup of their onscreen partnership.
“Sadly, he will not be part of this Bida Star season kasi due to his prior commitments. But he still supports Bida Star naman. I think now ang pinaka nakakatuwa is Star Hunt, Star Magic, and ABS-CBN is actually experimenting na. Talagang hindi na siya yung katulad ng dati na may mainstay love teams, ganyan. Ngayon, parang ini-explore na yung side na parang Korean dramas na puwedeng i-partner kung kanino man but still nandun pa din yung spark, yung passion, and yung friendship.
“So kami ni Aljon we really don’t have any problems and I believe he’s happy with where he is, yung path niya, and nag-uusap pa rin naman kami. Like yung screening ng Connected kami pa rin yung magkasama. So we still consider each other as partners. It’s not a big reason naman kung bakit siya wala dito sa Bida Star Versus. It’s just a matter of may iba talaga siya munang ginagawa,” she explained.
Bida Star Versus, which is hosted by Karina Bautista, Anji Salvacion, and Benedix Ramos, premieres on September 5 on the official Facebook page and Kumu account of ABS-CBN Star Hunt. Auditionees may still submit their one to two minute self-introduction video by uploading it on TikTok, Facebook, Facebook, and Kumu Klips with the hashtag #BidaStarVersus.