After months of rigorous and intensive training inside the camp, the five male trainees of Star Hunt Academy (SHA) were finally able to showcase their amazing talent on television as they were among those who performed in the ‘one big family celebration’ of ASAP Natin ‘To last Sunday, October 18.
SHA Boys Akira Morishita, Gelo Rivera, JL Toreliza, Mikki Claver, and Nate Porcalla, all definitely did a great job in their energetic and synchronized cover of BTS’ hit single “ON” as their adoring supporters, K-Pop fans, and avid viewers heaped praises on them via Twitter, with some even wishing to see them more often on the Sunday variety show.
Their impeccable performance even got the approval of the award-winning Korean pop group’s die-hard Filipino ARMYs, as they noted how the five boys were able to flawlessly execute the complex choreography of the song, to which the BTS members themselves had a hard time polishing as well.
Besides, ASAP Natin ‘To mainstay and world-class performer Inigo Pascual, who did an impression of BTS’ “Dynamite” opposite Sarah Geronimo on that same episode, also implied his astonishment towards the SHA Boys by tweeting three fire emojis. Kapamilya showbiz correspondent MJ Felipe and well-known event host and Hallyu enthusiast Kring Kim expressed their pride to the promising trainees.
While Star Hunt has been around for a couple of years now as ABS-CBN’s avenue in scouting potential talents and participants for its various reality shows, Star Hunt Academy only got established last year as a brainchild of Entertainment Production Head and Director Laurenti Dyogi, who envisions to develop and train future well-rounded idols that can represent the country in the global stage.
According to Head of Star Hunt Academy Mylene Quintana-Mallari, they initially auditioned at around 250 aspirants for SHA, which were shortlisted from the massive Star Hunt auditions in 2018. After the week-long boot camp, their number narrowed down to around 100 aspirants. Less than 20 trainees were left when they got housed inside the camp, and at present, their number whittled to 13 – five boys and eight girls.
As the pandemic hindered us from doing the things that we usually do, the scenario inside the camp is totally different as the trainees used this as an opportunity to focus more on their series of trainings under reputable Filipino and Korean instructors and improving themselves through their various classes.
Although they’re slated to debut on January 2021, the SHA trainees have already gained throngs of supporters dubbed “academates”, who have been following their activities in the camp and relentlessly promoting them on social media. In fact, in order to further show their intense love and support for the boys, their fans had their introductory video flashed on an LED billboard situated alongside EDSA a few days prior to their first-ever appearance on ASAP Natin ‘To.
In addition, the mentions of “SHABoys FirstonASAP” trended together with the other hashtags and terms associated with the monumental episode.
Are the Star Hunt Academy Boys going to be a regular fixture in ASAP Natin ‘To? That’s for us find out in the upcoming episodes!