Given contracts and concert rules, will Pinay comedienne Ai Ai delas Alas ever get to perform together with Korean pop star Psy on the latter's Manila concert set tonight, 8 pm (Feb 16) at the SM Mall of Asia Arena?
Or will she remain his front act?
During a chat with the press to promote the concert Psy Live in Manila, the Comedy Concert Queen expressed hope she'd really be able to share the stage with the voice and figure behind the globally recognized ditty and dance step "Gangnam Style."
"Sana po makapagpa-picture ako sa kanya. Ngayon pa lang feeling ko ako si Madonna," she shared, referring to the famed performance that saw the legendary Queen of Pop do the Gangnam Style live with Psy.
The Psy concert, presented by That's Ntertainment Productions, Ovation Productions, and Music Management International, is being dubbed the Tanging Family Valentine Show. The title is a reference to Ai-Ai’s successful movie series “Tanging Ina."
She is expected to do several numbers and promised some "acrobatic steps."
Joining her in the undercard showcase are the duo of Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola, best known for their daily stint in “Eat Bulaga.” Jose and Wally are popular live entertainers themselves, proving their draw in their SRO comedy concert last year at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"We're expecting a sold-out show," promoter Joed Serrano said, promising general admission tickets to cost only P530. (VIP tickets are priced at P8,980.)
To show how strict foreign handlers can be when it comes to live shows, Serrano recalled an incident during an F4 concert when actress Janice De Belen was asked to step down on a platform while one of the group's members was up on stage.
They also prevented fans from trying to touch members of the Taiwanese superstar quartet.
The former "That's Entertainment" personality hinted that their camp is still not sure whether their plan to let Ai Ai enter the stage to do the all-too-familiar dance step while Psy is performing will happen.
It’s also unsure whether the comedienne will get the chance to interact with the Korean star even back stage.
One thing is sure, the Psy concert is finally happening after it got postponed last December.
Psy's side is said to have seriously researched about the proposed Pinoy front acts before giving his approval, a practice expected from very particular handlers.
Ai-Ai, who is fighting off a cough bugging her for two weeks now, said of the phenomenal success of “Gangnam Style”: "Ang lakas kasi ng recall ng kanta at napakadaling gawin ang sayaw niya."
"Gangnam Style" is taken from Psy's sixth album "6 Rules" and became the first video to gain more than 1 billion views on YouTube.
When somewhat asked if it's issue for her to miss meeting Psy up close, she gave a cool response: "Kung ano man ang mangyari, bigay na natin gusto niya."