Eurovision Asia: Should the Philippines pick Sarah Geronimo if it debuts at the contest?

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The Eurovision franchise is going global. With the news that Eurovision Asia is in the works, pop music enthusiasts the world over are speculating about which countries will join the fray. Among the countries we hope will take part is the Philippines, which is already home to a passionate and growing legion of Eurovision fans. In the event the country does participate, many of those fans have one act at the top of their wish list: Sarah Geronimo.

The princess of Filipino pop, Sarah has posted some impressive numbers. She has 12 platinum albums, has made contributions to more than 20 film soundtracks and has received 12 Awit Awards — essentially the Grammys of the Philippines. Miss Geronimo doesn’t play — she just slays!

Sarah has named Beyoncé and Celine Dion as some of her greatest idols. But unlike so many others, she doesn’t attempt to imitate them by screaming. She takes on covers with class and elegance, traits that come through in her ballads like “Maybe This Time”, which has been streamed nearly 20 million times on Spotify.

When she covers Celine or Whitney Houston, she transitions smoothly through the registers. Hitting the high notes comes so easily and so sweetly that you might think her throat is lined with honey.

Singing is one thing. Singing with emotion is another. But for Sarah the two are forever intertwined. That ability to tap into her own feelings may explain why she’s such an accomplished actress, who is regularly nominated for Best Actress at national film awards.

In act, in 2015 FAMAS — The Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences — named her as one of six “Iconic Movie Queens of Philippine Cinema”. Talk about a title! Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that her music videos routinely clock up millions of hits. The nation can’t stop watching her…

She is the Filipino sensation that could set Asia ablaze.

Sarah G., as she is sometimes called, came to prominence through television. In 2002, she won the televised singing contest Star For A Night when she was just 14. A star was born and a series of hit albums and singles unfurled before her, including “Forever’s Not Enough” — one of her most-loved tracks, which nods to Whitney. She has gone on to be a coach on The Voice of the Philippines and The Voice Kids Philippines. She’s even starred in her own reality series Popstar Diaries. The glare of the Eurovision Asia cameras would not startle her.

We should point out that she’s used to friendly regional competition. In 2012, she won the Best Asian Artist at the Mnet Asian Music Awards. The 29-year-old has also bagged Best Southeast Asian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards and Best Asian Performer at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

Are you loving Sarah Geronimo? Has she got what it takes to represent The Philippines at Eurovision Asia? Could she slay the slick artists that Australia, India and South Korea are bound to field? Let us know in the comments box below.

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