|Vhong Navarro answers questions during a press conference called by Star Records for the launching of its latest dance album. Photo by Ira Giorgetti
MANILA, Philippines – Is “Wowowee’s” main man Willie Revillame getting insecure of Vhong Navarro, one of the hosts of “Showtime?”
Navarro was asked this question during the launch of Star Records's newest dance album, "I.Star The Best of Dance Novelty,” Wednesday amid reports that “Showtime” has already outranked “Wowowee” in terms of television ratings.
The actor-dancer-host dismissed these intrigues, pointing out that there should be no competition between the 2 popular ABS-CBN programs.
"Alam naman ni kuya (Revillame) na magkaiba ang konsepto ng show at hindi binabase sa ratings kung gusto ka ng tao. Nakikita mo ‘yon paglabas mo ng bahay. Nakita mo naman si kuya kapag nag-concert sa labas grabe at punuan ang tao,” Navarro said.
He added: "Hindi namin [iniisip] na may natabunan or what. Basta show ng ABS-CBN mas pinapaganda namin. Lahat naman ginagawa ang lahat. Kahit ‘Wowowee’ ginagawa ang lahat. Nagkataon lang na talagang mas mainit ngayon ang ‘Showtime,’ mas nage-enjoy ang mga kabataan na nanonood sa amin."
Navarro also shared that Revillame used to give him advice with regard to hosting.
"Pumupunta ako sa dressing room ni kuya. Nagbibigay pugay ako. Noong bago pa nga [ako] pinapayuhan ako ni kuya na, 'Galingan mo diyan. Malayo ang mararating mo.' Nagbibigay siya ng advice sa akin," he said.
Dubbed as the Jim Carey of the Philippines, Navarro said what is important now is that he is enjoying his work as a host.
"Tuwing magho-host ako sa show namin ay ang sarap. Ang ganda ng audience… pero siyempre hindi ko iiwan ang dancing kasi ‘yon ang No. 1 [dahilan] kung bakit ako nakarating sa puwesto ko ngayon," he said.
Navarro started his career in show business as a member of dance group Street Boys. The group is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year.
Navarro is also ecstatic with "Showtime’s" high ratings and positive feedbacks.
"Nakakatuwa lang po kasi at least natutuwa ang tao sa amin. Kasi kung tutuusin ang ‘Showtime’ is experiment lang. Kasi alam natin na ang morning show ay puro talk shows. So, first time ay babaliin natin ang morning show. So, nakakatakot. Sugal talaga," said Navarro.
In 2009, Revillame and Navarro also got involved in a controversy.
In August of last year, it was reported that Revillame got angry when he found out that Navarro would be one of the guest hosts of "Wowowee" while he was on leave.
For Navarro, he said Revillame should not be criticized over the incident.
"Nangyari talaga 'yon. Ang sinasabi ni kuya hindi lang nasabi sa kanya. Mayroon ding problema sa production. Hindi naman natin kailangang sisihin si kuya doon. Hindi siya na-inform parang ganoon,” he said.
Meanwhile, Navarro confessed that he is dating a non-showbiz woman for almost a year now.
When asked to describe her, he said: "Mayroon po siyang magandang work. Hindi siya model pero mukhang model. Napaka-simple at kapag nakita ninyo ay napaka-ordinaryo. Mas maganda ‘yong ganoon. Kapag tinitingnan ninyo ng matagal, mas gumaganda."
He said he likes the 28-year-old woman because she is open-minded. He said it also helps that even though she is not part of the industry she still understands his work.
He added that his new love is also getting along well with his 2 sons from a previous relationship.
"Basta ako masaya lang ako ngayon, sobra," he said.
Right now, Navarro is taping for his newest television series, "[email protected]," alongside Toni Gonzaga.