MANILA, Philippines - Taking time to dramatize his decision to participate in this year’s US elections is pop star Josh Groban.
The musician, best known for his quasi-operatic vocal styling, took to Twitter seemingly eager to urge followers to do as he did by posting a picture of a button badge emblazoned with the bold declaration: “I voted.”
Curiously, most fans took notice of the blue flannel shirt on which the button was placed instead.
"Get new clothes!" said one.
"Isn’t it like 85 in LA today? Flannel? Really?" asked another.
"@joshgroban gets cold when the sun sets…LOL," commented another.
Though some might deem it as a seeming failure on Groban’s part to inspire his countrymen, not a few Pinoys showed their approval of the singer’s effort giving the post a big thumbs up inasmuch as it also contains the line “bumoto ako” which, obviously, is a Filipino translation of the main statement.
Among those thrilled to see the Filipino words is US-based singer Carol Banawa who went on to tweet Groban saying, “@joshgroban that’s just sooo cool! U chose to say it in Filipino!”
A Ryan Edward Chua added, “Mabuti naman, idol!” (Translation: That’s good, idol!)
The button, seemingly aimed at Asian minorities living in the US also includes rewordings of the main line in Chinese and Vietnamese.
Singer Josh Groban is filing a complaint with U.S. election officials after discovering he had been wrongly listed as an absentee voter when he headed to the polls on Tuesday (06Nov12).
The You Raise Me Up star, who lives in Los Angeles, tried to log his vote in the presidential race on Tuesday afternoon, but he was stunned to learn he was not registered correctly and had been noted as sending in his ballot from another location.
Taking to his Twitter.com page to share his surprise, he wrote, “Anyone experiencing weirdness at the polls? Names not mentioned, or listed as absentee ballot incorrectly? I wanna know!
"For the record, my name at the voting station was registered as an absentee ballot. This was not requested by me or anyone in my team. This means my vote won’t count unless I register a complaint which I will do."
Groban was flooded with messages from fans detailing similar problems, but he urged them not to be deterred from exercising their constitutional right - and instead warned them to be on the look out.
He added, “I’m hearing tons of similar stories. This should Not by any means deter you from voting. Please Vote. but keep your eyes open out there.”
Spotted: New Song Title from Josh Grobans New Record!
The title is called “False Alarms”. To be seen on the new orchestra studio photos (posted 11/05/2012)
A clue! A clue!
Three of my favorite people in the world together. So many feelings.
This was taken at the Josh Groban concert at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The New York Philharmonic will present One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch, a special New Year’s Eve concert saluting the late composer-conductor. The Orchestra will be joined by Marvin Hamlisch’s friends and collaborators, including Joshua Bell, Raúl Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Maria Friedman, Josh Groban, Megan Hilty, Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Frederica von Stade performing repertoire from Mr. Hamlisch’s works for stage and film, including A Chorus Line and Sweet Smell of Success. Paul Gemignani will conduct and Lonny Price will direct the performance Monday, December 31, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center with host Audra McDonald on PBS stations at 8:00 p.m. (check local listings). More details will be announced at a later date.
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