Showtime hosts Kim Atienza, Teddy Corpuz, Vhong Navarro,
Anne Curtis, Jugs Jugueta and Vice Ganda. File photo
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - ABS-CBN's talent show "Showtime" will be back on the air next Monday, February 6, as the network's newest noontime program with a slightly new name, "It's Showtime."
According to the official statement from ABS-CBN released on Monday, the new show will be hosted by Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Kim Atienza, Teddy Corpus, Jugs Jugueta and Vice Ganda.
Joining them in "It's Showtime" are dance master Jhong Hilario, and favorite "ex hurados" Ryan Bang, and Coleen Garcia.
"Together, they will be bringing a new and more exciting show filled with surprises and engaging segments that will make viewers experience more fun in 'Showtime,"" Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, said in the statement.
"ABS-CBN thanks the 'madlang people,' here in the Philippines and in The Filipino Channel markets worldwide, for being with 'Showtime' and its hosts in their journey of bringing joy and hope every morning the past two years. ABS-CBN invites the viewers to continue their unwavering support for Showtime as it moves to noontime, from Monday to Saturday starting February 6," Osorio added.
Earlier, Vice Ganda said on "Kris TV" that "It's Showtime" will replace "Happy Yipee Yehey," which will air its final episode on Saturday, February 4.
"Magkikita-kita ulit tayo next Monday," Vice Ganda said.
What began as a search for the country’s most entertaining acts two years ago turned out to be a hit variety program that launched a thousand trends for Filipinos here and abroad.
Since it went on air in October 2009, it became a source of the phrases "may nagtext," "party-party," "Baliwag University," and even propelled terms like "havey" and "waley" from obscurity into mainstream use.
"Madlang people" and "unkabogable," probably the past year’s biggest and most enduring words, are now infused into Filipinos’ everyday discussions and get-togethers.
Its immensely well-known "sample" segment also drives celebrities like its hosts and those who served as judges in the show and the audience out of their comfort zones.. When the crowd starts yelling, “Sample! Sample! Sample!” they should pull out all the stops for a talent exhibition that should be as compelling as possible.
The program also promoted gimmicks such as the ‘face dance,’ ‘nose-to-nose,’ and the ‘take your shirt off’ portion that became instant hits and endeared by audiences.
The much-anticipated ‘word of the day’ segment also challenges not only the hosts and judges but the ‘madlang people’ to formulate puns of strange-sounding English words.
True to the slogan ‘magpasikat,’ “Showtime” has become the public arena in which gifted Filipinos showcase their wide-ranging talents and fulfill their simple wish to be seen on television.
Bringing only the best of Filipino talents, the hit show was the launching pad for dance groups XB Gensan, its Season 1 champion, Laoag Gymnastics Group of Season 2, True Colors of Season 3, and Astig Pinoy of Season 4 that brought collective triumph to the barangays they represent.
Through the show’s ‘barangayan’ aspect, the contestants’ struggles and victory become a shared effort that binds their local communities. As long as the “Showtime” stage is set and ready, there is proof that success is always within reach to those who work hard enough to make their dreams come true.
To promote the new time slot of "Showtime," Vice Ganda and the rest of his co-hosts will hold a caravan this Monday afternoon.
"It's 'Showtime.' Monday, today, mayroon kaming 'Unkabogable Bus' na lilibot mamaya alas dos ng hapon. Sa lahat ng madlang people, abangan ninyo kami mamaya, may party party bus kami mamayang 2 p.m., aalis kami ng ABS-CBN diretso kami ng EDSA to Crame. Tapos Crame to Santolan. Stop over kami ng Santolan. Tapos 4 p.m. allis kami ng Santolan tapos didiretso kami ng Barangay Nangka, Marikina," Vice Ganda said.