By Jill Beltran
Sun.Star

PEOPLE can’t help but compare Pinoy Idol winner Gretchen Espina to Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA) Season 2 grand champion Laarni Losala. It’s inevitable because they both won the prestigious title of the two hit reality singing show on TV.

When Sun.Star got the chance to interview Gretchen, the 20-year-old singer from Biliran was asked how she is dealing with the relentless comparison between her and Laarni.

“We have different singing styles. She’s also good,” Gretchen said describing Laarni. “Maganda rin yung range niya so kudos for her!” she exclaimed.

Gretchen said although people keep comparing her to Laarni and some say Laarni is a better singer than her, she still supports the PDA champ.

“Sobrang supportive naman ako sa ibang artists. With regards to comparison iba-iba naman kami ng strengths,” the Pride of Biliran said.

Gretchen revealed that she is in a way saddened by criticisms but she tries to handle them positively. “Ate Laarni and I have different supporters. She has ABS fans, I have GMA fans. We have our own sets of supporters and all the people calling me have good feedbacks on my performances.”

Now that she holds the Pinoy Idol title, Gretchen said she will do her best to be known through her craft.

“Well, now I want to focus on my singing career. It’s one of my goals actually. I will focus on my album. It’s so hard to get in the industry and this is a big opportunity for all of us Pinoy Idols who was able to penetrate the industry,” she said.

Gretchen is currently recording her first album under Sony BMG. It is expected to be released sometime in November. “Actually we’re still deciding what songs to put in the album. Hopefully I have originals at the same time covers.”

She is also busy with TV guestings.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. genltemen:

    we are very much interested to buy the initial release of the album of our native PI.

    come to biliran so we could negotiate. we plan to distribute the albums of our beloved PI to our provincemates this december for free.

    hope you give us some discounts?

  2. Attention BMG records;

    My client would like to negotiate with you should this new singer will have her album cut to buy off whatever cd’s you can make out of the songs that she’ll be recording with to assure that shell be awarded platinum for her soon to be recorded album.

    Rest assured that there will be no expenses spared for this venture of ours. My client has alloted millions of pesos for this matter.

    Have her publicity up on the go…my client is also willing to shoulder the expenses to be incurred should the promotion of her album needs the desired kicking.

    And should we pay tabloid writers to glorify her and have her the highest exposure in media mileage.. just tell us so that budget for this budget for this matter will be advancy taken into highest consideration.

    We will show to all her critics that BILIRAN can make her superstar par excellence… We have lots of funds to do this anyway.

  3. “We have different singing styles”…… plastic… palusot lang ito dahil wala tlga siya sa kalingkingan ni Laarni…

    To prove bakit natin di sila pagsabaying kumanta.. tingan natin kung sino ang kakapusin ang hininga pag mataas na masyado ang notes..

    i am very supportive of other singers…. another kaplastikan sabihin mo na intimidated ka sa kanila kasi sila tunay na may talent.. ikaw binili mo lang iyong title mo..

    Antayin namin dito sa manila iyong sabayan ninyong concert tingnan natin kung sino ang papalakpakan ng tao.. Ikaw baka pamilya at mga tuta lang ng pamilya ninyo ang sisigaw at papalakpak sa iyo..

    di mo maiiwasan na punahin ka ng mga tao kasi pinasok mo iyang mundo na iyan… At iyong pa cute cute mo lalo na pag may camera di iyan uubra sa showbiz…

    sabihin mo sa mga taong nasa likod ng tagumpay mo kuno na tumigil na sila sa kanilang ilusyon… di nabibili iyang mga gimmicks ninyo maski sa biliran.

    curious lang ang tao na makilala ka kasi anak ka nga naman ng governor na bibili sa lahat ng iyong cd’s at bibili ng tickets para sa iyong concert pero oras ng sabong ninyo ni Laarni sa concert taob bangka ninyo… so be realistic and accept the truth no matter how hurting it is.. this is for yuor own good!

  4. They can’t really compare laarni and gretchen. Laarne is very much better than gretchen she is really a good singer. Well gretchen is a good singer too but super layo pa nya kay laarne o kahit na kay bugoy super layo pa ng boses nya. But if mag undergo pa xa ng trainings maybe makaya na nya ang boses ni bugoy at laarne. Baka pwede pa kay miguel xa makompara. wala sa style yan nasa boses yan….

  5. CONGRATULATIONS GRETCH!
    HAVING AN ALBUM IS REALLY A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT AS A SINGER. IN WINNING THE PINOY IDIOT COMPETITION, YOU’RE NOW BEING CONSIDERED AS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE SINGERS LIKE VILMA SANTOS, WILLIE GARTE, WILLIE REVILLAME,ETC. ETC. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
    MANNY PAQUIAO!

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