MANILA — In a span of a month, separate projects of “love team” and real-life partners James Reid and Nadine Lustre were announced — an indication that their fans may have to wait a while longer before seeing them together onscreen.
Reid was introduced as the star of the upcoming Dreamscape teleserye “Soulmate,” where he will be paired with K-pop performer Nancy of the girl group Momoland.
Lustre, meanwhile, was recently presented as one of three judges of ABS-CBN’s pioneering 2-in-1 reality talent competition, “Your Moment,” alongside Boy Abunda and Billy Crawford.
Reid and Lustre’s last acting project together was “Never Not Love You” in 2018. However, they have regular music collaborations under Reid’s music label Careless.
During the Monday press conference of “Your Moment,” Lustre was asked for her thoughts on her and Reid having a succession of separate projects, among them the recently concluded “Idol Philippines,” where Reid was similarly a judge.
“Parang magkasunod lang halos, ‘no?” Lustre began, referring their respective judging stints.
“I guess in the future din naman, magkakaroon kami ng projects together. How do I feel about it? Excited! I’m excited. Pero now kasi I’m also very excited na gumawa ako ng projects without him din naman,” she said.
The break from “love team” projects, at least for Lustre, allows room for growth. In the case of “Your Moment,” the format has improved the actress’ confidence as a public speaker, she said.
“Personally, gusto ko rin maka-experience ng iba’t ibang klaseng bagay. Like this one, first time kong mag-judge. Ako kasi talaga, takot ako 'pag public speaking. Hindi ko talaga siya kayang gawin.
“Every time may ganitong presscon or event na magsasalita ako, kinakabahan po talaga ako. So itong ‘Your Moment,’ naging way siya para matuto ako and mas maging confident ako para magsalita,” she explained.
Referring to Reid, Lustre added: “And it’s good, kahit hindi kami magkasama, at least ‘di ba, I’m learning things on my own.”
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Conceptualized by ABS-CBN with Fritz Productions, “Your Moment” will feature a revolving set that offers the judges and the audience views of the opposite stages for the singing and dancing acts.
Competitors are both local and foreign, with no age limit.
As judge, Lustre — along with Abunda and Crawford — will use an emotion meter with a knob, to indicate their impression at three time markers during an act’s performance.
Through three rounds, acts with the highest scores will get a chance to perform in “Your Grand Moment,” or the grand finals, where one act per competition will be named winner.
Hosted by Vhong Navarro and Luis Manzano, “Your Moment” will premiere later this year.