Dingdong Dantes returns to hosting for GMA-7's new weekly show Case Solved.
The program, which starts airing on February 18, will feature controversial and sensational real-life cases and explain how these crimes were solved.
In a press conference held at GMA Network Center, Dingdong admitted that he is excited to return to hosting, especially since this is a new genre for him.
He admitted, "Oo medyo matagal na nga yung hosting, pero di ko maicompare yung pakiramdam kasi I think this is a different assignment for me bilang it is a very serious show in terms of subject matter at saka yung scope niya kaya very excited ako."
For their first episode, the crime docu-drama show will feature the "Vallejo case" that happened in 1999, the first case that used DNA samples to solve a crime about a little girl who was raped and strangled to death.
Dingdong said about this, "These are solid cases na talagang nandiyan na yan.
"In fact, yung una nga namin, yung Vallejo case, pinangalan sa kanya yung kasong yun dahil siya yung unang kasong naresolba ng ganun, na gamit yung DNA."
Since the show features real-life crime cases, Case Solved could be compared to other documentary dramas such as ABS-CBN's Ipaglaban Mo and SOCO, and GMA-7's Imbestigador.
In fact, Case Solved (which will air right after Eat Bulaga) will go head to head with the timeslot of the ABS-CBN legal drama anthology program Ipaglaban Mo.
Dingdong took notice of this, but he differentiated his program from the aforementioned shows.
"Yung first episode po namin is about DNA, and I think Case Solved has its own DNA.
"Sinasabi na lahat ng tao, e, may isa lang tayong DNA at hindi pwede siya maging kapareho ng iba unless identical po siya.
"Ako, sa tingin ko, well-rounded yung show in the sense na kumpleto yung paglalahad ng kwento.
"Nandiyan yung dramatization, proseso ng pinagdaanan and meron din tayong mga computer graphics na magpapaliwanag. Let's say, may isang crime scene, pinapaliwanag niya kung paano talaga yung posisyon, etc."
Dingdong pointed out that his show will depict the process how each case was able to reach a resolution.
"It's very visual at the same time emotional. I could say also inspirational because solved cases na siya, e. Hindi siya yung mga pending pa.
"Ang mga finefeature dito, yung talagang matagal na like yung una naming ipi-feature ay 1999 pa siya. So talagang malalim ang pinanggalingan.
"Hindi lang niya tatalakayin ang isang aspeto ng docu-drama or isang aspeto ng isang documentary or isang informative show, kung hindi marami pa siyang ibang ipapakita.
"Unang-una diyan, ipapakita niya yung istorya, yung kwento. Nandiyan yung interpretation ng mga questions, papakita natin yung proseso na pinagdaanan ng kaso, and lastly yung resolution.
"So para sa akin, isa siyang complete circle na mai-inform yung public, mai-inform yung viewers, mai-insipire sila, and at the same time, marami silang matutunan na meron tayong mga interesting na kwento at case na nasolve."
Case Solved is produced by GMA Entertainment TV under the direction of Albert Langitan, who is currently helming the upcoming Kapuso drama series Impostora starring Kris Bernal.
FROM ALYAS ROBIN HOOD TO CASE SOLVED. Dingdong is currently part of the teleserye Alyas Robin Hood, which is down to its last three weeks.
In the Kapuso teleserye, Dingdong plays the vigilante Alyas Robin Hood who helps people solve crimes.
Did his role in the TV show pave the way for him to host a public service program?
The 36-year-old actor answered, "Well, hindi ko alam kung talagang nagkataon lang.
"Yun din yung isa sa objectives naman ng Alyas Robin Hood is para malaman ng lahat ng tao na hindi mo naman kinakailangang maging superhero para tumulong sa kapwa.
"Lahat tayo may kanya kanyang inner Alyas Robin Hood na pwede natin i-unleash para tumulong.
"With regards to this show naman, it’s the fact that it's informing people, in a way, public service na rin yun and its helping people. So in a way, I can see the similarity.
"Also, sa landscape ngayon at pakiramdam ng lahat ng tao, e, concerned tayo sa lahat ng nangyayari sa kapaligiran.
"We always want to be vigilant about everything that's happening dahil siyempre, mahalaga yung mga mahal natin sa buhay, ayaw nating malagay sila sa ganung sitwasyon."
In a separate interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporters, Dingdong said that he feels that his participation in the show is to represent the viewers.
He narrated, "As a host, I also represent the viewers kasi parang, if I would siguro compare it to how the anchors or the news people would deliver it, it’s factual, nangyari di ba?
"But siyempre, wala ka dapat bias kung nagpapahayag ka di ba? Dapat ano lang, matter of fact.
"Pero ito kasi, may kasamang emotions dahil kumbaga, I feel for kung ano yung nangyari sa kaso and if I’m newscasting, makikita mo sa akin. Kung masaya ako, makikita mo doon sa screen so transparent siya."
However, the actor-TV host also clarified that he is also not allowed to share his opinion or stand regarding a featured case.
He explained, "Wala akong opinion dito because it has been ruled by the Supreme Court and nothing will go beyond that.
"So political man o hindi yung kaso, nagbigay na ng huling hatol yung huling branch of government that has a say in whatever case.
"So ano siya, hindi siya biased because tapos na siya, e, so hindi siya yung tipong parang nasa kalagitnaan pa lang ng kaso and then sinesensationalize natin.
"Hindi na. That’s why the title is Case Solved dahil we will go through the whole process of fact-finding, yung mga pinagdaanan ng mga taong involved, up to the resolution."