Until now, fans are awaiting confirmation of Regine Velasquez's transfer to ABS-CBN.
One of the factors that intensified these rumors was when Regine was not included in the line-up of Studio 7, GMA-7's upcoming variety show.
During the October 2 press conference of Studio 7, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had an exclusive interview with production unit manager Ruth Marinas.
PEP.ph asked her if the network transfer rumor has something to do with Regine's exclusion.
The GMA-7 executive explained, "Well, kasi marami yung talks, e, between the network and Regine, I'm not privy to all those dealings.
"But when this was conceptualized, alam ko na personally that Regine has a U.S. tour, e.
"After ng The Clash, aalis siya, e. Kaya hindi talaga siya nakasama sa line-up kasi aalis siya. Two weeks siya sa U.S., e.
"In terms of schedule, alam naming sakto sa schedule [yung tour], so hindi magsaswak."
Earlier reports already stated that after The Clash, Regine would be leaving for a tour in the United States with her husband, Ogie Alcasid.
In fact, these reports said that Regine will announce her departure from GMA-7 after the tour.
Last October 6, the Asia's Songbird announced that some of their shows got postponed due to some undisclosed circumstances that forbade them to fly to the U.S.
Meanwhile, Studio 7 will air its pilot episode on October 14, at the Sunday prime-time block of the Kapuso network.
REGINE AT THE CLASH
Last September 30, GMA-7's singing competition The Clash aired its finale show.
According to Marinas, everyone—Regine included—was very happy with the outcome of the program.
"Sobrang saya, Regine was in high spirits, sobra siyang happy.
"She would tell me over and over throughout the preparation for the live na, 'Ang ganda, Miss Ruth. Ang ganda ganda. Sobra siyang happy.
"Miss Lani [Misalucha] was very sick, naospital siya, e. Pero sobra siyang happy, game siya.
"Si Christian [Bautista], si Miss Ai-Ai [delas Alas], sobrang saya lang yung atmosphere na kahit tense. Yung clashers din kasi magkakasundo sila, e, kahit magkakalaban. They became a family, they're friends, sobrang positive lang."
Some fans also asked why they decided to stage the finals in Studio 7, and not at a bigger venue.
Marinas explained, "Well, parang mas intimate. We actually thought of bringing it out pero parang we decided na since its the home of the show, doon na lang din sa Studio 7."
There is also a reason why only the announcement of winners was aired live, while the performances were aired through delayed telecast.
"Yung deliberation kasi matagal. So kung live, maiipit kami sa deliberation. Hindi naman yun two minutes lang, e.
"There was one deliberation in the past episode, isang oras.
"So ayaw lang namin matrap na mapilitan, parang i-force yung judges na, 'Huy, magdecide na kayo.'
"So kailangan. We needed the time, that's the only reason kaya hindi kami naglive para maayos naman yung pag-iisip nila, di naman sila ma-pressure, para ma-weigh talaga nila yung options."
In the end, Golden Canedo, who is tagged as the Golden Voice of Cebu, was hailed as the first Ultimate Clash Champion.
Now, Golden and the other clashers are part of Studio 7.