WITH their trademark smiles and unbridled optimism on overload, the latest batch of American Idol celebrities held an energetic press conference here yesterday ahead of their only Asian concert.
Seven of this year's 10 finalists, including winner Fantasia Barrino, runner-up Diana DeGarmo and Hawaiian teenager Jasmine Trias, will perform at the 8,000-capacity Indoor Stadium tomorrow night.
The concert is the final public performance for the American Idols after three months of touring and 50 shows in the US.
The seven appeared anything but jaded as they clapped and cheered each others' comments throughout the 45-minute press conference and spoke of their hopes for the future.
“I'm not going to let you forget me. I'm going to be on cereal packets, milk cartons, ice-cream trucks,” Barrino said, adding that her debut album was not far away either.
The others shared similar ambitions on singing, product endorsements, acting and anything else that would maintain their celebrity lifestyles now their manufactured time in the spotlight is almost over.
“Me, Jennifer (Hudson) and La Toya (London), we are going to be the next Destiny's Child,” Fantasia said to more cheers and fist pumps from her colleagues on stage.
Trias, who is a huge celebrity in the Philippines thanks to her Filipino ancestry, will travel to Manila on Wednesday to cement her profile in that country and fulfil sponsorship requirements with a US fast-food chain and major local companies.
“It's pretty amazing how I can be so big in another country and I have never been there before,” she said.
The other performers for the show are George Huff and Jon Peter Lewis.
The American Idol reality television show is a phenomenally popular amateur singing contest whose winners are chosen by mobile phone subscribers sending votes by text messages after hearing the views of celebrity judges. – AFP
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