Protege's Top 20 Aspirants Reveal!

Sunday night becomes star-studded as mentors, judges, hosts, and aspirants gathered together in one big night! This is the night where the much-awaited contestant finalists in GMA-7's big artista reality show were revealed!

"Protege: The Battle for the Big Artista Break" first gala night premiered, August 5, 2012 in GMA Studio 7!

From thousands of young dreamers who auditioned nationwide for a stab at stardom, Protege narrows down the list to the coveted Top 20 aspirants who will compete in GMA's original artista search.

This supreme slate of artista aspirants, meticulously selected from 15 cities all around the country, is all set to showcase their talent and star power on the Protege arena and will compete for the judges' and the Filipinos' votes during the weekly performance nights.

Sharing his knowledge and insights with the proteges from Mindanao is drama and action film legend Phillip Salvador. His four proteges are David John Llanas, Ruru Madrid, Apple Vega and Steffi Pacheco.

Acting as mentor for the proteges in the Visayas is multimedia icon Jolina Magdangal. Her proteges include Bryan Benedict, Mikoy Morales, Mitch Capili and Zandra Summer.

Mentoring the proteges from Northern and Central Luzon is acclaimed actor and TV director Ricky Davao. His four Proteges are Glenn Roy, Japs De Luna, Reese Tayag and Shelly Hipolito.

Guiding the Southern Luzon proteges is seasoned actress and TV director Gina Alajar. Her proteges are Jeric Gonzales, Mykel Ong, Arny Ross and Thea Tolentino.

Coaching the four proteges in Mega Manila is multi-awarded actor Roderick Paulate. His four proteges are Andres Vasquez, Vien Alen King, Elle Ramirez and Kelly D.

The toughest cuts have been made and all the beautiful faces with outstanding talents have already been picked.

What challenges await the aspirants inside the Protege Quarters? What conflicts may arise among the celebrity mentors? Who will win this tough competition?

Meanwhile, viewers can follow the backstage drama and exclusive inside scoops on the lives of the Top 20 aspirants inside the Protege Quarters through the 15-minute daily updates on "Inside Protege" hosted by Jennylyn Mercado, Mondays thru Fridays after "One True Love."

They can also visit the website and catch webjock Maxene Magalona for daily updates. Cool!(

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