Willie Revillame is all set for his TV comeback!
The former noontime show host gave possible advertisers a sneak peek of his upcoming TV5 show, Willing Willie, during its soft launch last Wednesday, October 13, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
This daily variety show, which will start airing on October 23 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will be Willie's newest TV project five months after he stopped appearing on ABS-CBN's defunct noontime show Wowowee.
The venue was filled with people who work in the different companies either owned or co-owned by TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan. These include Smart Communications, e-PLDT, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Meralco, and Media Quest.
To set the mood for the event, Juicy! hosts Alex Gonzaga and DJ Mo Twister called on acoustic sensation Princess and "Asia's Golden Girl of Jazz" Olivia, who rendered song numbers. And then came the lively front act of the all-female group Eurasia. The Pinay pop dance group performed a medley of Pussycat Doll songs, "I Hate This Part," "Buttons," and "Jai Ho."
After the pre-show, Willie's assistant Owen Ercia appeared on stage to warm up the people further. He taught the audience the dance step for one of the shows game called "Family Apir." (CLICK HERE to read related article)
"LET'S PARTY!" Minutes after the short briefing, Willing Willie's female dancers appeared on stage, which signaled the start of the show. Wearing their silver glittery skimpy outfits, the girls danced non-stop for over five minutes while their group's name, WW.Girls, kept flashing on the screen behind the stage.
Moments later, the music volume was lowered and a familiar voice shouted, "Are you ready?!" The audience, including the VIPs seated in front, stood up and gave a big round of applause to Willie, who came on stage wearing a gray suit.
Moments later, Willie gestured for the music to stop. Simultaneously, fireworks lit up the stage as the lights were turned off. The short silence was cut off as Willie looked back to the viewers and shouted, "Let's party!"
He formally introduced Willing Willie to everyone by singing its theme song, with the show's logo flashing on the screen—"Tuloy ang saya, tuloy ang pag-asa."
Among the people who welcomed Willie back were clothing line owner Ben Chan and beauty surgeon Dr. Vicki Belo—the two top advertisers of Willie's former show Wowowee.
PEP also spotted socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdez; Belo Essentials managing director and daughter of the celebrity cosmetic surgeon, Cristalle Henares; designer Randy Ortiz, and Willie's composer friends Lito Camo and Vehnee Saturno.
The bigwigs of Willie's new home network were also in the event to show support, of course. The group was composed of TV5's top honcho Manny Pangilinan, President and CEO Atty. Rey Espinosa, TV5 VP and COO Robert "Bobby" Barreiro, TV5 Head of Creative and Entertainment Production Percy Intalan, Viva Entertainment Chairman and CEO Vic del Rosario, and Media Quest's President and CEO Annie Naval. Also in the group was Willie's chief legal counsel Atty. Boy Reyno.
BIGGER AND MORE PRIZES. Right after performing the show's theme song, Willie sang another novelty song titled "Tantaran Chuchuruchuru." Meanwhile, Owen Ercia picked the four best dancers from each company to represent them on "Family Apir."
And then the special props for the game was set up on stage. Lovely Abella, Monique Natada, and Aprilyn Gustillo of WW.Girls, together with Alex Gonzaga, explained the mechanics of the game.