B:Okay I know you’ve been asked to join many shows here in ABS-CBN. You’ve had a lot of offers, but what made you say “yes” to “Pinoy Boyband Superstar”?
D: Ah, first of all, the timing was right. Because in the past, I was doing something in Korea or I was on tour so I didn’t have the time. And then now the time was right for me to come here. Also, in the past programs that are like audition programs. I felt nervous and pressured, but this time it’s different because we’re looking for a boy band, right? It’s an entirely different story because I myself come from a group.
B: So you’re comfortable?
B: And you’re working with people you know. I mean, you’re talking about Lui Andrada and company, so you’re comfortable. You know these people.
D: Yes, very well.
B: So let’s talk about “Pinoy Boyband Superstar.” What are you looking for? I know that an audition has already started, but when you see a boy is auditioning, what are you looking for as a judge?
D: I’m look for a special something that others don’t have.
B: The X factor?
D: Yes the X factor like the appeal, charisma like that. Stuff like that. Things that people in the masses would like.
B: Alright, so far, tell us what have you seen in the kids who auditioned.
D: Of course there are cute guys!
B: There are cute guys.
D: Yes! And there are also cute guys who have a good voice.
B: Whenever you go back home here in the Philippines, is it always official or do you come home to Manila once in a while to just wander around?
D: Ah to wander around also.
B: Oh really?
D: Yes. Because was it last week or 2 weeks ago? When I came here, it was just to go and wander around.
B: What did you do? Where did you go?
D: I went to my favorite restaurant. Met my friends of course.
B: Your Filipino friends?
B: That’s one thing that didn’t change, you still call them. Dara, I wanted to know something. Earlier I was asking you off cam if you were able to walk at Seoul, Korea without any bodyguards with you? I mean how big is 2NE1 and Sandara in South Korea?
D: Actually at first, it was hard to walk around, specially around students; but now it has been 8 years since then, so now we are already mature. They can still recognize us like “Oh it’s 2NE1’s Sandara Park!” but not like them going waaaaah (crowd going crazy).
B: But you still can’t go to places where there are a lot of people, right?
B: Somebody told me that
D: Yeah. I still choose the places I go to.