Backroom launches new talents

posted April 25, 2013 at 06:00 pm
by  Manila Standard Showbitz
This year, Backroom is out to make show business a little more interesting by introducing nine new artists who are out to make their own mark in show business. The nine officially known as the Backroom 9 or the Not Your Ordinary Boys and Girls (NYOBG) are Ian Batherson, Benj Bolivar, Carlo Sawit, Nikita McElroy, PJ Go, Avery Paraiso, Kayesha Chua, Maui Lumba and Bon Jovi Osorio. Benj, once an aspiring varsity athlete at the University of the Philippines-Diliman Mens Basketball Team, was first runner-up in the Mossimo Bikini Summit of 2010 and has appeared in TV commercials. Benj is co-managed by Backroom and Jonas Gaffuds Mercator. Carlo Sawit is 24, and a graduate of Marketing Management at De La Salle University. His most recent commercial appearance was for Kremil-S, in which he appeared with Boy Abunda. Nikita McElroy, 18, is from Davao. She was born to a father who is part French and part Black American, and to a Filipino mother. Nikita has modeled and a finalist in Star Factor. Her most recent TVC appearance was in Kris Aquinos Rubadango commercial. PJ Go, 22, is not from a showbiz family but feels like he was born to be in show business. He set his studies aside (he was in a third year Marketing Management course at University of the East) to pursue modeling and acting career. Avery Paraiso, 18, won the Circle of 10 model search in 2009. He has been dreaming of being on showbiz since he was in high school. Kayesha Chua is the typical beauty and brains type of girl, a recent graduate of HRM at University of Santo Tomas, Cum Laude. Bon Jovi Osorio was named after a famous singer but the 22-year-old is looking to build a career as an actor.. Maui Lumba is a classmate and friend of Kayesha Chua at UST. He is also a basketball player and followed in the footsteps of his father, who also used to be a model and a contemporary of Edu Manzano and Christopher de Leon. Ian Batherson the most experienced in the group, having appeared in the 5th season of StarStruck and Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown, is now part of the Backroom 9/NYOBG. He has been going on a few go-sees and has been brushing up on his Tagalogjust basically doing what he can to improve his craft and be a better performer. Im getting better talaga, he says. Im getting a little bit derecho kapag nagsasalita pero I still have a long way to go, and thats the beauty of it. I want to grow, to be able to challenge myself as an actor.
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