Apparently, netizens do not check social media accounts just to post sentiments, outbursts or connect with distant loved ones and friends. The internet has become a medium to discover new trends and noteworthy personalities – be it in a good, weird or funny way - too. Consequently, auditions and reality-based talent competitions are no longer the only means to discover celebrities. The number of likes and shares one garners in social media can be his/ her instant key to stardom.
In the age of digital media, one post can change your life forever. But not everyone can hit that pot of gold; some trended for a time, while others were considered as merely attention-seekers.
But Bailey May successfully did.
This Filipino-British teen who was born in Cebu, Philippines and grew up in United Kingdom charmed his way to popularity with the help of his good looks and equally attractive voice. Bailey’s cover of Sean Kingston’s Beautiful Girl circulated on social media like wild fire. Everyone was suddenly talking about this adorable guy who reminded us of a young Justin Bieber. Much to his followers’ delight, Bailey auditioned online for Pinoy Big Brother 737 and luckily landed a spot in Big Brother’s house. All thanks to his pretty face, cute Tagalog pronunciation, and rendition of Yeng Constantino’s Hawak Kamay.
There, viewers had the chance to see who he really was aside from being an online sensation. The 13 year old heartthrob revealed that he joined PBB to challenge himself, make new friends who are 100% Filipino and widen his knowledge about our culture. Perhaps, that’s what people loved most about him: that growing up in a foreign land did not force him to forget his roots. In fact, it just fueled his desire to come back to his homeland.
After reviving Sam Milby and Say Alonzo’s Magmahal Muli with co-housemate Ylona Garcia, we already know that there’s a whole lot more waiting for him outside the house. True to that, his much-awaited self-titled album produced by Jamie Rivera under Star Music was released exclusively on Spotify last November 20. And if his enigmatic charisma grabbed our attention, we expect it to drive us to love his pop songs as well.
When Bailey May allures us through his singing, we’re not just looking at the next Sam Milby or James Reid. What we see is Bailey May, establishing his own identity, encouraging us to witness and join his journey to fame.