'Amalayer' girl's MYX VJ audition goes viral


Posted at Nov 15 2012 03:31 PM | Updated as of Nov 19 2012 07:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Only days after a video of her berating a female security guard circulated online, another video of student Paula Jamie Salvosa has gone viral -- her audition reel as a MYX VJ hopeful.

Salvosa was auditionee #105 at this year's MYX VJ Search, where Kristine Camille Antonio, Michelle Ng and Michael Roland Mariano emerged as winners.

On the No. 1 music channel's official YouTube page, MYX uploaded videos of the actual auditions of the VJ aspirants, among them Salvosa's.

In her audition video recorded April 28 this year, the 23-year-old student said she has been joining the MYX VJ Search since 2010. Citing being a VJ as her "passion," Salvosa said she felt strongly she had to try out again to "hopefully" best the hundred other auditionees this time around.

"I think last year I was too nervous at saka medyo scripted 'yung mga sinasabi ko, pero ngayon, wala, chill, steads (steady), what you see is what you get," Salvosa told the screening panel.

"This is me behind this camera. [I'm just a] normal person aspiring to be the next MYX VJ," she added.

Going viral

At the time Salvosa's audition video was uploaded in May, it garnered about 13,000 views in a matter of days, according to the statistics for the uploaded video provided by YouTube.

Since Salvosa's name and the term "amalayer" became a buzzword among netizens early this week, the video's number of hits spiked. As of writing, it now has over 200,000 views.

According the the key discovery events feature of YouTube's video statistics, Salvosa's audition reel amassed hundreds of views starting November 13 -- the same day the video of her berating a lady guard at the Santolan station of LRT Line 2 circulated online.

The video's statistics cite the following as its sources of recent views online: referrals from search enginge page Bing.com; YouTube search results of "Paula Salvosa" and "Paula Jamie Salvosa"; Google search results of "Paula Jamie Salvosa"; and referrals from micro-blogging site Twitter, where the term "amalayer" has been among the top local trending topics since late Tuesday.

Addressing criticisms from netizens for her "outburst" in the "LRT Santolan" video, Salvosa justified her tirade directed at the lady guard, later identified to be a certain Sharon Mae Casinas.

According to Salvosa in an earlier interview, she was only provoked to raise her voice when Casinas grabbed her by her left arm, which the student said has left a bruise on that part of her body. She also said the situation could have ended differently had Casinas apologized with humility.

"I deactivated my Facebook, I deactivated my Twitter account," Salvosa said of the online criticisms directed at her. "I wanted to keep mum about the whole thing but sobra na po, bugbog na bugbog na ako. Everybody commits mistakes. May perfect po ba sa mundo? Wala naman eh."