Billy Crawford is set to host ABS-CBN's new game show titled Celebrity Playtime.
The talk-comedy-game show, which will premiere this Saturday, September 26, features celebrities who will be pitted against each other in amusing, house party games.
During the press conference of the new game show on September 23, Billy said he is happy to be given another hosting job aside from his two shows, Your Face Sounds Familiar and It’s Showtime.
He also pointed out that even thought these three programs are all comedy-variety shows, there are major differences among them.
“Sa Showtime kasi there’s eleven of us there. Ako kasi I usually do the technical aspect ng Showtime, kung may mga grand finals, ako magbabasa kung ano yung game.
“Dito naman po, I get to experience the 'at home,' parang nakikipaglaro lang ako sa bahay ko. So this is more relaxed, pero enjoy pa din.”
ORIGINAL CONCEPT. According to Billy, the new game show is not a franchise and an original creation of ABS-CBN.
Business unit head Lui Andrada also explained how the Celebrity Playtime was created.
He related that it was during the first season of Your Face Sounds Familiar when they thought of the idea.
“When we brainstormed for this program, it was the peak of Your Face Sounds Familiar season one and then we realized, ‘Ay, ang ganda ng bonding ng grupong ito.’
“So, parang na-realize namin ‘Bakit hindi tayo mag-isip ng isang programa na puwede nating magamit at mai-share sa audience ang nabibigay nila?’
“Kasi, di ba, sa mga ganitong mga panahon na maraming problema, maraming issues, parang iba talaga yung naibibigay ng mga programang masaya lang sa viewers kasi nakakalimutan nila yung problema nila sa buhay.”
He also explained the mechanics of the game.
“Ang game na ito, it’s road to three, ibig sabihin kailangang maka-tatlong panalo ka para maging defending champion ka and then another team ang hahamon sa inyo.”
Since celebrities are the main participants of the show, Billy was asked to name those whom he wants to see on the game show.
“Gusto ko makita maglaban-laban, first of all, ang Showtime [hosts].
“Tapos siguro, honestly gusto ko makita si Ma’am Charo [Santos-Concio, president of ABS-CBN]. Sina Karen Davila, mga tipong News and Current Affairs against mga bosses ng ABS-CBN, bakit hindi?
“Kung maaari, it also includes athletes, or gusto ko nga politicians, e.
“Para mas malawak ang makakausap, ang makakakilala sa kanila.”
For the first round of games, there are two "celebri-teams" who will compete against each other.
The first team is composed of Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1 finalists—Melai Cantiveros, Karla Estrada, Nyoy Volante, Edgar Allan Guzman—while the other team is composed of Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal lucky stars—Long Mejia, Eric Nicolas, Dennis Padilla and Epy Quizon.
ON RIVAL SHOWS. One of the games on Celebrity Playtime features the contestants using animal sounds to perform a song. Their teammates then have to guess the title of that song.
This has prompted some people to say that this is similar to the "Kantaririt" segment of GMA-7’s new Sunday noontime show, Sunday Pinasaya.
In the said game, a representative picks a specific sound/syllable (like MEE) and s/he must perform a specific song using that sound/syllable. His/her teammates then have to guess the title of the song.
Is Billy pressured that Celebrity Playtime might be compared with other shows with the same format?
He answered, “Ako, honestly, I just try to do the best I can as a host, I really don’t think of any competition.
“Not being overconfident or anything, kung sa akin lang, I just want to concentrate on my part, sa trabaho and I don’t know kung ano yung pinapalabas sa kabila.”
Sir Lui added, “We pitched this to management, parang ang existing game shows pa lang noon sa ere, [Kapamilya] Deal or No Deal, Celebrity Bluff.
“Noong time na pinitch ito sa management, wala pa yung Sunday Pinasaya."
WORKING WITH COLEEN. It seems like Billy has been concentrating on TV hosting recently.
In the past, he was known as a performer and actor, and he admitted during the press conference that he misses performing.
“I do miss performing. Pero kumbaga I’m just really blessed with the opportunity na nasa stage pa rin ako and I still get to do what I love to do kasi I’m given a venue to perform sa ASAP or sa Showtime.
His girlfriend, Coleen Garcia, recently showcased her acting chops in the sexy drama movie, Ex with Benefits. Is Billy willing to work with her on a TV show or movie?
The 33-year-old host answered, “Yes, why not?
“If there’s an opportunity for us to work in a movie or in a soap, I would love to.
“Pero depende na si Lord kung saan ako dadalhin.”
Billy also shared that despite the workload that he has, he still has time to spend with his girlfriend.
“Well, ang maganda naman dito ay yung blessing na everyday nasa Showtime ka.
“Tapos after work naman, not everyday naman ako nag-te-taping for Your Face [Sounds Familiar], we tape Your Face every Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“Sakto naman tuwing M-W-F taping nila [Coleen ng Pasion de Amor].
“And sometimes we finish early, e, 7 or 8 p.m.
“Kung saan man siya nagte-tape, binibisita ko siya.”