GMA-7's original reality-based artista search StarStruck made its television comeback for its seventh season last Saturday, June 15.
The first two episodes, which aired over the weekend, showed the final audition round of 22 hopefuls before they were trimmed down to the StarStruck Final 14.
The StarStruck 7 council—composed of Heart Evangelista, Jose Manalo, and Cherie Gil—made their decision based on the final audition pieces of each hopeful.
Each hopeful was given the option of either singing or dancing in front of the council, but they were all required to tape their final acting audition piece.
In the end, seven hopefuls entered the StarStruck Final 14: Pamela Prinster, Carl Aquino, Abdul Rahman, Dani Porter, Angelic Guzman, Kim de Leon, and Gelo Agban.
Hosts Dingdong Dantes and Jennylyn Mercado helped in presenting the finalists.
How did StarStruck 7's pilot weekend fare in the ratings game?
The seventh season of StarStruck was pitted against ABS-CBN's singing competition, Idol Philippines.
According to Kantar Media ratings data, StarStruck's June 15 episode registered a TV rating of 18.3% against 27.9% of Idol Philippines.
On June 16, the new Kapuso show got a Kantar rating of 17.5%.
Meanwhile, the Kapamilya reality singing competition got a Kantar rating of 26.9%.