Judy Ann Santos says Bet On Your Baby clinched the deal for her to accept ABS-CBN offer



Judy Ann Santos was initially hesitant to accept the job of hosting Bet On Your Baby, which is the local version of an American game show.

What convinced the actress to accept this hosting job?

"At first hindi pa [ako convinced]," admitted Juday (Judy Ann's nickname) during her September 26 press conference held at the 9501 restaurant at the ABS-CBN compound.

"Nate-tense pa ako kasi babies at baka isipin ng mga tao, 'pati ba naman babies kailangan may game show?'

"Yun ang una kong inisip bilang nanay. Baka mangarag ang mga bata o baka ma-stress o baka ma-trauma. Then noong napanood ko na ang actual game show, hindi ko na siya pinag-isipan kasi na-realize ko na it's very fun naman pala para sa mga kids.

"At the same time, very educational at magandang bonding para sa mga parents at mga anak nila na kasali."

Bet On Your Baby is designed for families with children aged two to three and a half years old. Through a series of games, it aims to prove the importance of having a strong bond between parents and their kids.


Juday, who is dubbed as the Queen of Pinoy Soap Opera, also admitted that she had to make some adjustments when she shifted to being a game show host.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Juday to cite the difficulties that she encountered while hosting Bet On Your Baby.

She pointed out: "Madami! Unang-una ang kaba ng puso ko...Pangalawa, yung takot na baka mali ang mechanics na masabi mo because you're thinking of four games in one taping. Every taping, you change those three games so nag -iba-iba ng mechanics.

"Pangatlo, hindi ako [matandain] sa pangalan lalo na kapag kinakabahan ako. Nagkakaroon ako ng malaking memory loss. May mga moments na nau-utal
ako saka hindi ko alam ang words na sasabihin ko. Saka minsan, I would just refer to them as mommy and daddy kasi baka mali ang masabi kong pangalan. E, we're taped as live.

"Pang-apat yung postura ng isang host na poised ka dapat. Hindi ka dapat palengkera ang dating. Yung tumitili ka pero poised ka pa rin. Ang hirap nun ha! Tumitili ka pero poised ka pa rin. Mahirap siyang balansehin, ha," she quipped.

Juday continued: "Buti na lang, hindi pa nate-test ang powers ng English ko sa part na yan but I would like to believe that I can do it."

Is she ready for critics who would compare her to other game show hosts?

The 35-year-old actress pointed out: "Feeling ko naman, hindi naman mawawala yun. At mas gusto ko yata yun na ma-compare kaysa naman yung hindi ka ma-compare. Ibig sabihin nun, hindi tumatak sa tao ang trabaho mo. Di ba, kung hindi ka na-compare, nagdaan ka lang at hindi ka tumatak sa kanila.

"Saka, comparisons give you more room for improvement. Ako, pinapractice ko na huwag umiyak kapag lumabas ang pilot episode. Pero ine-expect ko na yun.

"Meron pa ba akong pagdadaanan sa industriya na ito na hindi ko alam? Baka ito pa lang kung saka-sakali."


WELCOME BREATHER. As part of Juday's two-year contract with the Kapamilya Network, she is slated to do a drama series.

For this reason, she considers Bet On Your Baby as a welcome breather.

Did this game show clinch the deal for her to accept the offer of ABS-CBN?

"I would say yes kasi breather siya. Bagong-bago at walang iyak na kasali. Gusto kong gumawa ng project na masaya lang. Kaya tinanggap ko rin ang offer.

"Gusto ko lang ngumiti ng ngumiti kasi sa Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala, parang laging nakakunot ang noo ko at parang lagi akong galit at nananampal."

For now, Juday wants to concentrate in this new endeavor.

"Gusto ko muna siyang i-concentrate, gusto ko muna siyang ma-master. Hangga't maaari, gusto ko munang mag-focus sa pagiging host dito sa Bet On Your Baby.

"Ayokong magbigay ng malasadong trabaho dahil bago 'to sa 'kin, e. Kumbaga sa pagiging artista, hindi ko talaga 'to ginagawa.

"Huli kung hinost MasterChef. Hindi siya game show, reality show siya," she said about her previous competitive cooking reality show.

How different is the Philippine version from the ABC show that aired on American television?

"Tayo kasi mas ano tayo, di ba, mas gusto natin yung naririnig natin yung kwento. Tapos mas gusto natin yung nakaka-relate tayo sa mga families na contestants natin.

"And at the same time, mas maraming educational tips na makukuha sa Bet On Your Baby compared to other franchises ng Bet sa ibang bansa."

What are the prizes at stake in this game show?

"Lahat [ng contestants], may mauuwing cash prize kasi bawat game, they can go home with either P5,000 or P10,000. Sa jackpot round, walang matatalo kasi P50,000 ang cash prize to as high as P1 million."

Would she allow her son Lucho to join this game show?

"Opo, kasi parang exciting siya. For the longest time, ngayon lang nagkaroon ng game show for babies at naglalaro lang sila.

"Gusto kong ma-experience ng baby at ako rin gusto ko ma-experience. Gusto ko malaman kung gaano ko ba talaga kakilala ang baby ko.

"Saka lahat tayong mga nanay proud tayo sa mga anak natin. Lahat tayo gustong ipakita sila sa buong mundo."

The TV host-actress also expressed her gratitude for her husband, Ryan Agoncillo, for being her mentor in hosting.

Ryan has won awards for hosting from various award-giving bodies and he is already in the Hall of Fame of the Aliw Awards for Best Male Emcee.

"Yung preparation is to really see kung paano ba talaga makipag-usap sa parents. Saka mahusay naman ang teacher ko, si Teacher Ryan.

"Ang dami kong pointers talaga, up to the day talaga na magte-taping ako, magkausap pa kami sa telepono dahil talagang kinakabahan ako.

"Very supportive naman yung asawa ko sa 'kin. Lahat yung pointers na sinabi niya, bilang beterano sa pagho-host, kayang-kaya niya akong sabihin bilang estudyante."


Bet On Your Baby, hosted by Judy Ann Santos, is set to hit Philippine television this October.

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