It seems only yesterday when this phenomenal love team Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, more popularly known as AlDub, took the whole country by storm. You can see their faces in almost every billboards along major highways and almost every commercials in television feature them. Not to mention the many social media world records they broke last year.
After seven months of craziness and frenzy, things are beginning to slow down for this dynamic duo that some are saying they’re steadily losing their steam. I wouldn’t actually call it that way though. I think it’s more like things are beginning to settle down for them. We can now see who their real fans from the ones who were just curious of them. After all, they can still generate more than a million tweets every day. They’re still at the top of their game in terms of television ratings and endorsements.
Phase one is definitely over for them, the phase where they have to introduce themselves to the public with a loud bang. It’s now time for phase two to begin, which is stabilization, a prerequisite to longevity in the entertainment industry.
Their segment Kalyeserye in the daily noontime show Eat Bulaga! is fast becoming monotonous. Th excitement is almost, if not yet, gone, and each plot is becoming more predictable. Split screen is so last year, and so does dubsmash since they can now directly speak to each other. Many of their fans are now getting bored with their usual routine. Though their daily program is still lording over the other rival show, their ratings have definitely dipped down from the usual more than 30% to less than 23%. Their mother network and respective management teams must think of a new gimmick fast in order to generate renewed interest on this duo before the remaining fans also start to leave one by one. It’s quite beyond me why these two still don’t have their own movie nor their own television show. “Strike while the iron is hot” seems to be a foreign saying to their mother network and respective management teams. Time is of the essence here, since fans are naturally impatient and new stars are coming out almost everyday.
At this point, the people behind them must clearly define their careers, either individually or as a love team. Though in my opinion, the safest route is still as a love team since it’s still way too early for them to go their separate ways. I still see them going strong as a love team as their chemistry is clearly undeniable.
Another thing that’s currently causing a major stir in their love team is their very own fandom. Lots of rumors have been coming out lately involving both Alden and Maine. Most are are third party rumors and some are alluding to them only being reel partners. Of course, their fans don’t like it, and it’s starting to cause a “mutiny” within their very own fandom.
Out of curiosity, I decided to do a little snooping around in Twitter and Instagram in order to further understand what’s this ongoing hoopla in their fandom all about. I wasn’t disappointed though. My discovery was actually both fascinating and shocking. Eureka!
The dedication of Alden and Maine’s fans is something to be admired. As I’ve said earlier, they can still generate more than a million tweets daily to show their unwavering support for these two. They still actively participate in any available online polls out there to increase their idols’ chances at winning in whatever contest that may be. Despite their daily shows becoming repetitive, it’s still the top rating noontime show in the country, and also one of the highest rating shows on television.
However, as much as the fans’ dedication is something to be admired, their obsessiveness on this love team is beyond my comprehension. It’s almost scary how the fans want, or rather demand in a no nonsense way, for Alden and Maine to become a real life couple.
It’s unfortunate how their onscreen partnership is fast becoming both a blessing and a curse for them. I’ve heard news of their fans becoming aggressive and possessive of their love team. Aggressive and possessive in the way they don’t want to see either of them getting close with anyone, even to the point of not wanting to read their names alongside any other artist (Gasp! Shocking!)
The one who’s always at the receiving end of the angry brunt of the fans has always been Alden. It’s not surprising though as it’s quite common in love teams how the guy has always been the one at fault whenever something happens that could jeopardize the love team. It just follows the rule how the guy must always be the one in command or the one to lead in any relationship, and how the girl has always been the underdog. I’ve read some negative comments against Alden, and some are just so harsh and below the belt that I actually feel so sorry for him. It amazes me even that despite the excessive bashing he receives all the time, he can still show up everyday in that noontime program and put on a happy face. If truth be told, he can pull out of that show anytime he wants since he is just “on loan” to that program by his mother network. His love team with Maine can still continue outside of that show through movies, advertisements and whatnots. Yet he still chooses to stay and endure all the severe criticisms for whatever reasons he only knows.
While some fans are happy to just watch them act all sweet and romantic on screen, some fans wouldn’t have it any other way. They wanted them to be real and not just reel. Some even threaten to turn their backs on them if they could confirm they are anything but real. I think it’s sad how it has come to this with their fans at this early point in their careers. I can’t understand why they have to become a real couple just for their fans to continue supporting them. Why can’t they just support them as they are and what they have to offer is beyond me.
I decided to delve deeper to know, and hopefully to get a better understanding why their fans became this obsessive on them. Clearly, the major fault is on both Alden and Maine, as both have been dropping hints here and there that, somehow, they are already a real couple in private, or at least they already have some kind of a special mutual understanding between them. One doesn’t have to be a major degree holder to notice their hints and insinuations. I’m not even basing my observation on their actuation and interactions with one another at any segment of their daily noontime show because I’ve always been firm on my stance that whatever happens in that program should always stay in that program. Best to keep all expectations low than hope for the moon and stars. I actually based my observation on their interviews and all their behind the scene moments during their commercial shoots. They don’t even have to say it out loud. One can clearly see it through their actions. That subtle look, that small smile, those gentle touches here and there. Even if they’re not yet a real couple, it seems to me they really have something special going on between them. And why not? Sometimes real feelings can develop between love teams.
It’s all because of those hints and insinuations, not to mention their vague answers when asked of their real status, that their fans began to hope whatever they have between them is for real. With the third party rumors currently going around, their fans are now even more adamant for them to admit their real status in order to dispel such hearsay. It’s okay for them to admit if their true feelings for one another are congruent with what their fans wanted. But what if not? While some of their fans believe they are already a real couple, there are also some who are doubtful. These two sets of fans are the ones causing the major split in their once solid fandom. It’s sad to think that the downfall of this love team would be caused by their own fans just because neither wants to back down with their own beliefs.
Alden and Maine still have a long way to go with their love team. They can still milk this for all its worth. It’s really up to their mother network and management teams to come up with a well defined direction where their love team should go before it becomes a little too late. It’s clear some fans are starting to lose their interests. It’s high time for the team behind them to act fast and now.
As for Alden and Maine, I hope they won’t fall victims to the same fate of some previous love teams who decided to enter into “pretend relationship” just for the sake of their careers. Those “pretend relationships”, as expected, did not last long. I’d rather for them to remain friends than to force themselves to each other as lovers just to please their fans. If something that goes beyond friendship is meant to develop between them, then let it happen naturally and not because their fans dictate it. That could save both of them from major heartaches later on. And most importantly, that could also save whatever relationship they have with each other right now, whether friendship or more than that, and even make that relationship lasts their entire lifetime.
For their fans, it’s best to keep their expectations low. The best surprises happen when you least expect them. Their fans should know this by now.
As for the rumors, they will remain as such unless proven otherwise. And you know what they say about rumors, right? “Rumors are created by haters, spread by fools, and believed by idiots.“