No slouch when it comes to expressing her views on social media, Lea Salonga took to Twitter early Monday morning to confront bashers who weren’t impressed with the animated way she had conducted herself as one of the four coaches on ABS-CBN’s reality talent search “The Voice of the Philippines”.
“Overacting” is the word used by two netizens who tweeted their reactions to the theater-trained Tony-award winning singer-actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
In two consecutive tweets, Lea said she understands that haters are always going to hate but finds it rude that she has to be tagged for their less than flattering comments.
“It’s like taking a dump then asking me to look at it,” Lea tweeted.
While most Twitter users agree with Lea and in fact, found her judging stint on “The Voice” as not only “energetic and passionate”, veteran journalist Inday Espina-Varona who reviewed the first two episodes of the show in her blog (indayvarona.wordpress.com) observed otherwise.
“Lea’s TV projection helps explains her frustration at not being able to win over Filipino showbiz patrons. She’s wrong in saying Pinoys don’t appreciate her voice. But what can stun a theater audience comes out a tad too loud and OA on the boob tube. Something’s just lost in the transmission,” Varona wrote.
Varona’s critique of Lea’s opening show performance was a little more scathing: “Speaking of Lea, I finally get why she seemed so awkward in the opening show’s grand performance or even when she’s trying to show us she’s a gal who can jive. She ain’t got rhythm. It’s as simple as that. She can’t dance to save her life. She’s a musical genius, a singer with a voice of exceptional purity and a theater artist idolized in West End and Broadway. But Lea sways and grinds to a count only she can hear.”
Which also probably explains why despite the fact that Lea seems to be the easiest to please among the four judges that also include Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Mañalac and apl.de.ap, it is the stricter Sarah that seems to have connected with audiences the most. “Team Sarah” is currently a top trending topic on Twitter.
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