Singers no longer welcome on 'PGT'?

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2012 01:09 AM | Updated as of Aug 26 2012 01:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- For the hosts of reality talent competition "Pilipinas Got Talent," it's high time for singing hopefuls "to give chance to others."

After producing singers as winners in its first 3  seasons, the Filipino version of the global "Got Talent" franchise now needs variety among its contestants, according to host Luis Manzano.

"Napakagaling ng mga Pinoy sa pagkanta, hindi na pwede kwestyunin iyan ng buong mundo. [Pero] oras na para bigyan ang tsansa ng iba," Manzano told ABS-CBN News on Friday.

Along with his co-host Billy Crawford, Manzano is preparing for the fourth season of "PGT," which is expected to air later this year.

With auditions for the fourth season underway -- the first being in Cebu this September -- Manzano pointed to the local version of singing competition "X-Factor" as a dedicated contest for aspiring musicians.

"We want it to be different. We're very happy na 'yung singers at this point, ay mayroong sariling show, 'yung 'X-Factor,' so sana, we want this to be really different. We want variety, we want talent," Manzano said.

'Unique talent'

With the first three winning acts of "PGT" being singers -- Jovit Baldivino, Marcelito Pomoy, and singing group Maasinhon Trio -- Crawford echoed Manzano's hopes of coming by a variety of acts this coming season.

"We want talent. Kahit anong gusto mong gawin ay open ang 'PGT.' Dahil ipagmamalaki natin na hindi lang sa kantahan, sa sayawan, sa aktingan ang kaya natin," Crawford said.

"Meron naman talagang kakaibang talento ang Pinoy," he added.

Now with three successful seasons behind them, Manzano said he is grateful for the "demand" for another round of scouting talents, singers and non-singers alike.

"We're very, very thankful. We were thinking, after three seasons, baka nagsasawa na ang mga tao. Pero andun parin 'yung demand, palagi kaming tinatanong, so we're grateful," he said.