The battle between ABS-CBN's ASAP Natin 'To and GMA-7's All-Out Sundays is getting more intense.
After three months, All-Out Sundays has resumed doing shows in the studio.
ASAP Natin 'To, on the other hand, has been doing studio shows since June 14, 2020, the date of its pilot episode on Kapamilya Channel.
Which variety show did a better job in getting its viewers glued to their screens?
Comparing the segments and numbers shown by both shows on September 27, 2020—which is the better variety show in the new normal?
ASAP NATIN ‘TO GOES LIVE
The show's opening number featured its all-star cast.
Main performers Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Martin Nievera, Erik Santos, and Gary Valenciano performed the song “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.”
Kim Chiu, together with teen performers Jameson Blake, Ken San Jose, and Jeremy Glinoga, danced to the tune of Kat de Luna’s “Unstoppable.”
To observe physical distancing, the singers and dancers had their own spots while performing.
The middle part of the stage used to be for the studio audience. ASAP Natin 'To transformed the area to have platforms where singers and dancers can perform.
Next were musical numbers which were tied to the episode's title “ASAP Concert Series: Hitmakers and Composers.”
It was opened by Rock Royalty Bamboo performing his own composition “Untitled.”
Martin Nievera and Zsa Zsa Padilla did a medley of songs composed by Louie Ocampo.
Martin sang a heartfelt rendition of his own song, “Kahit Isang Saglit,” while Zsa Zsa Padilla performed her own version of “Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin.”
Martin and Zsa Zsa also did a duet of "Don’t Say Goodbye.”
The next segment featured the compositions of ASAP Natin ‘To’s musical director, Homer Flores.
Homer played the piano while four singers did their own renditions of his compositions.
Jed Madela sang Pops Fernandez’s “Just Say You Love Me.”
KZ Tandingan did a soulful version of Pops Fernandez’s “Dito."
Jason Dy gave his own flavor to Martin Nievera’s “You Are To Me.”
The song number ended with Jona belting a powerful version of Regine Velasquez’s “Love Me Again.”
The next number was all about the singers' great compositions.
Gary Valenciano performed ”You Got Me Working,” which he said was the first upbeat song he wrote.
Erik Santos joined Gary in a soulful duet of the worship song “Take Me Out Of The Dark.”
This was followed by Regine Velasquez and Gary V.'s duet of the latter's song, “Each Passing Night.”
The last set of musical numbers was performed by real-life couple Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid.
Regine and Ogie first did a duet of their hit songs: “Narito Ako” and “Kailangan Kita.”
Their last set of songs was dedicated to Ogie's late father Hermino Alcasid Sr., whose death was announced by the Songwriter on September 15, 2020.
Regine and Ogie performed a medley of Ogie’s hit compositions that Regine recorded: “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” and “Pangako.”
The couple ended with a sweet duet of their 2002 song, “Hanggang Ngayon.”
According to the show's end credits, ASAP Natin ‘To has a new director: its former choreographer Joane Laygo.
For the longest time, Star Magic head Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan was its director.
However, Mr. M retired this month, and will soon direct a new variety show on TV5 titled Live@5: Sunday Ultimate Party.
ALL-OUT SUNDAYS: STUDIO COMEBACK PARTY
The opening number was a series of production numbers, the first of which was a short dance number featuring the mainstays of All-Out Sundays: Alden Richards, Julie Anne San Jose, Rayver Cruz, Derrick Monasterio, Gabbi Garcia, Miguel Tanfelix, Kyline Alcantara, Ken Chan, Rita Daniela, Mark Bautista, and Ruru Madrid.
This was followed by a long musical number that featured cast members and previous finalists of GMA-7's reality program The Clash.
The Clash judges Christian Bautista and Lani Misalucha did a powerful duet of “The Greatest Show.”
Love team Ken Chan and Rita Daniela, who are also the journey hosts of The Clash, did their duet of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.”
In the past, Ken and Rita would do sweet gestures and stand close to one another during their performances. This time, the two stood apart and simply exchanged sweet glances.
The Clash judge Ai-Ai Delas Alas did an entertaining performance of BlackPink’s “How You Like That” together with GMA-7’s girl group, XOXO.
However, the girls of XOXO—Dani Ozaraga, Lyra Micolob, Riel Lomadilla, and Mel Caluag—were not at the studio.
Their taped performance played on the LED screen as Ai-Ai sang on the All-Out Sundays stage.
The Clash season 2 grand winner Jeremiah Tiangco and season 1 grand finalist Garrett Bolden did a virtual collaboration with season 1 grand winner Golden Cañedo and season 2 runner-up Thea Astley.
They performed the song “It’s My Life.”
Jeremiah and Garrett performed at the All-Out Sundays stage, while Golden and Thea’s performances were taped.
The Clash main hosts Julie Anne San Jose and Rayver Cruz did a duet of “Don’t Stop Believing.”
The opening number ended with all performers gathering on stage, singing “The Greatest Show.”
After the opening number, hosts Rayver, Julie Anne, and Alden said hi to the viewers with much excitement.
After six months, they were finally back in the studio!
All-Out Sundays retained the segment “Four The Win” featuring the show’s four divas: Julie Anne San Jose, Golden Canedo, Thea Astley, and Aicelle Santos.
However, the new normal caused a major change in the segment's format.
Instead of singing together on stage, the singers now performed "new normal duets," a combination of on-stage performances and performances taped from the singer's home.
Julie, who was performing on stage, did a duet with Jong Madaliday, whose performance at home was taped.
Male singers Jeremiah Tiangco, Garrett Bolden, and Christian Bautista performed in the studio, while their respective counterparts—Thea, Aicelle, and Golden—sang their parts from their homes.
Staying true to its brand as a musical-comedy variety show, All-Out Sundays also launched a new game called “Pasa Mode,” which featured a series of parlor games.
For its premiere, the duos of Kyline Alcantara and Rayver Cruz, and Bianca Umali and Ruru Madrid played at the studio.
Bianca and Ruru won the game.
All-Out Sundays ended with their segment titled "All-Out Stage."
Christian Bautista, Garrett Bolden, Jeremiah Tiangco, and Mark Bautista performed a medley of Boyz II Men songs.
They were joined by former Kapamilya singers Bugoy Drilon, Daryl Ong, and Michael Pangilinan, who are collectively known as BuDaKhel.
The comedy skit "Tapsikret," which used to a staple in the show, was absent during the comeback party.
PEPsters, which Sunday noontime show do you think fared better when it comes to doing production numbers in the new normal: ASAP Natin ‘To or All-Out Sundays?
Answer our poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section!