Julie Anne San Jose chooses not to feel pressured about GMA-7's new variety program, All-Out Sundays, where she serves as one of the frontliners.
All-Out Sundays aired its pilot episode yesterday, January 5, 2020. It replaced the comedy-variety show Sunday PinaSaya, where Julie also served as one of the co-hosts.
Sunday PinaSaya, produced by APT Entertainment, ran for four years in GMA-7's Sunday noontime slot.
According to ratings provider AGB Nielsen, Sunday PinaSaya registered high ratings against its rival program, ASAP Natin 'To, during its run.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Julie gets asked if she feels pressured to match the ratings of All-Out Sundays's predecessor and compete against ABS-CBN's ASAP Natin 'To, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Julie Anne answers with a laugh, "For me, personally, I don't feel any pressure right now! Hahaha!
"Kidding aside, instead of focusing doon sa pressure, I just feel like having fun kasi when you put too much pressure on something, mas hindi nagiging maganda yung kinakalabasan."
Right now, Julie prefers to focus on making sure that All-Out Sundays brings entertainment and joy to viewers.
"Kumbaga, di naman sa ayaw kong ma-feel yung pressure. Of course, merong pressure, but I don't feel the need to focus on that: feeling that pressure.
"Kasi at the end of the day, iisa lang naman ang goal naming lahat, makapag-entertain, mapasaya mga tao every Sunday.
"Parang instead of thinking about it too much, overthinking mga ratings, blah blah blah... may competition naman talaga sa industry, but at the end of the day, kung ano yung makakapagpasaya sa audience talaga.
"Ako kasi, madali ako mahawa sa energy ng mga tao, like once na alam ko na masaya ang mga tao doon sa show, mas gaganahan kami to perform better.
"And then, in case naman hindi sila ganahan, di nila nagustuhan ang show, marami pa namang paraan para bumawi, mas mapaganda pa yung show.
"Lahat naman kami, hindi lang naman kami parang we have to think about the ratings or whatever. We focus on the quality of the show, the content."
PEP.ph spoke to Julie Anne during a press interview after the live telecast of All-Out Sundays's pilot episode yesterday, January 5, at GMA Network Center.
According to AGB Nielsen, All-Out Sundays won in the ratings game against its rival program, ASAP Natin 'To.
All-Out Sundays registered a TV rating of 6.1% while ASAP Natin 'To got a rating of 5.7%.
As early as now, Julie Anne is ready to hear people's comments about All-Out Sundays.
These might include comparisons to the now defunct Sunday PinaSaya because All-Out Sundays also features comedy-musical skits.
Some people might also compare it to the Kapamilya show, ASAP Natin 'To, because of its musical production numbers.
Julie Anne says about this, "Hindi naman po talaga maiiwasan magkaroon ng comparison or magkaroon ng sasabihin ang ibang tao, hindi po talaga natin maiiwasan yun.
"Lahat po tayo, entitled sa mga opinions natin, di ba? It's just how we say it to the person or the people na nasa show mismo o nandon sa project na yun mismo."
Julie Anne, along with the show's cast and staff members, are also open to criticisms and suggestions.
"Kami naman, since we're just starting, open naman kami sa suggestions. Criticisms, open din kami diyan.
"We're trying our very very best to be open-minded about everything kasi yun nga po, since start pa lang ng show, parang madami pa rin kaming pwedeng gawin, marami pang pwedeng mai-offer sa show.
"Hindi naman siya like just because gusto namin ito, hindi namin papakinggan ito.
"We're very open and people can make their suggestions naman externally. Internally, may mga brainstormers naman and yun nga, yung production mismo, sila nag-iinsist, 'Ano gusto niyong gawin, just tell us, let us know kung ano mga gusto niyo gawin para sa show.'
"And I think it's a healthy relationship within all of us kasi parang hindi na rin bago yung tingin namin sa isa't isa dahil magkakakilala naman kami."
Now that All-Out Sundays mixes the comedy and musical variety formats, Julie Anne is looking forward to the production numbers that she and her fellow co-hosts will do in the program.
The singer-actress says, "Marami pa akong gustong gawin, e. Kailangan lang talaga naming pag-isipan kung ano pa yung pwede naming gawin."
Apart from Julie Anne, the performers who are also part of All-Out Sundays are: Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista, Aicelle Santos, Glaiza de Castro, Gabbi Garcia, Derrick Monasterio, Kyline Alcantara, Ken Chan, Rita Daniela, and Alden Richards.
The Clash Season 1 and Season 2 finalists Golden Canedo, Jong Madaliday, Garrett Bolden, Thea Astley, Jeniffer Maravilla, Antoinette Tismo, Nef Medina, and Jeremiah Tiangco also perform in this Kapuso show.
One of the show's production numbers features the singers performing popular hits with a twist in musical arrangement.
For instance, Julie Anne performed a rap song that was arranged to become a ballad.
According to Julie Anne, the number was inspired by The Clash finalist Jeniffer Maravilla, who is also a part of All-Out Sundays.
During The Clash, Jeniffer used to perform novelty hits such as "Boom Tarat Tarat" and "Hayaan Mo Sila" with a ballad arrangement.
Julie Anne says, "Nakakatuwa, kasi si Jeniffer, during The Clash, she's known for doing a rendition na mga ballad, birit songs ng mga novelty songs, hindi usual.
"Sabi namin, 'Tara, kuha tayo ng inspiration kay Jeniffer.'
"And then, it was a good experience, bagong experience siya for us kasi we don't usually sing songs na ganun yung areglo.
"So kami, napapaisip din kami, may rap song tapos biglang lalagyan ng tono.
"Every episode, palaging may bago kaming gustong iinput sa number na gagawin namin which also excites us very much. Ako, I'm challenged."
PEP.ph reminds Julie Anne of their production numbers in the defunct variety show Party Pilipinas, wherein they would sing while wearing a harness or doing other stunts.
Is she open to doing that in All-Out Sundays?
Julie Anne answers with a smile, "May mga harness harness, ganun? Ayos! Why not, di ba?"