We may not have seen her for a long time now on television, but Gigi De Lana has been making waves on the worldwide web as her virtual gigs with her Gigi Vibes band never failed to rake in thousands (and sometimes even millions!) of views.
And days after signing as one of Star Magic’s newest talents during the Black Pen Day, the It’s Showtime’s Tawag ng Tanghalan alumna graced the latest episode of Kapamilya Confessions.
In the first part of the short program, she enthusiastically took on the “Complete the Song” challenge, wherein she had to continue singing the fragment of each song given to her. She was able to successfully belt out “Araw Gabi” by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, “Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan, “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana” by Bituin Escalante, “Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita” by Jona, “Maybe This Time” by Sarah Geronimo, “Patuloy Ang Pangarap” by Angeline Quinto, “On The Wings of Love” by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, and “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita” by Roselle Nava.
However, she failed to remember the lyrics to K Brosas’ “Natatawa Ako” and Morissette’s “Akin Ka Na Lang”.
Moving on to the questions sent in by the online viewers, Gigi disclosed how she felt towards the positive feedbacks she received from the netizens upon watching her trending cover of the popular OPM love song “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita?” which turned out to be her bandmates’ prank on her.
“Siyempre natuwa ako na marami akong na-inspire, and at the same time, maraming natuwa do’n sa challenge and maraming gustong gumawa at kumanta. And maraming magagaling na singers akong napakinggan. Ngayon ko lang nakita na marami talagang magagaling na singer na Pinoy, ‘di talaga mapagkakaila,” she related.
The 25-year-old fast-rising singer then went on to sing a parody of “Let It Go” after one of her fans asked for a song that she thought is fit for those who were taken for granted or abandoned by the person they love.
When asked if there was an instance that her voice cracked during a gig, she admitted that there was and she simply ran to the backstage and hid from everyone out of utter shame. Her bandmates also jestingly suggested other ways she could have done to escape embarrassment.
After the impromptu level-up challenge executed by her bandmates during her performance of “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita?” has gone viral, a lot of viewers were arguable bewildered if it was staged. According to her, it was not and she just happened to study that song a number of times prior to that.
Being among the artists who inked their contracts with Star Magic, Gigi has nothing but gratitude, happiness, and excitement for this new chapter in her showbiz career.
“Masaya and I really treasure the moment kasi iba ‘yong feeling na pipirma ka sa stage tapos magsi-“siko bump” ka pa kina Direk Lauren, kina Inang, kay Sir Mico, which is nagtiwala sila sa akin. So, I’m really grateful to be part of Star Magic. So, maraming salamat po. Masaya po ako na nasa Star Magic na ako,” she expressed.
With regards to the song that completely speaks to her journey, she said that it would be the “Last Hope” of Paramore, which is among the artists that inspire her, along with Avril Lavigne, Beyonce, Tori Kelly, and Whitney Houston. Furthermore, she also revealed trying her hand on songwriting.
Gigi wrapped up her Kapamilya Confessions guesting by delivering her message to her beloved fans and thanking those people who have been with her ever since the beginning of her singing journey.
“Salamat sa patuloy na pagsuporta. Hindi n’yo ako iniwan kahit no’ng mga moment at mga times na nawawala ako sa TV or wala akong exposure masyado. Nagtiwala kayo sa akin and nandiyan pa rin kayo. Nandiyan kayo simula palang ng journey ko,” she stated.
Of course, she didn’t forget to also thank her “boys” bandmates, comprised of Jon Cruz (pianist), LA Arquero (guitarist), Jake Manalo (Bass guitarist), and Rome Marquez (drummer), who have been performing with her when she was still singing for weddings and debuts, and sometimes even without pay.
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