After two years, GMA-7’s reality-based artista search StarStruck is back for its fifth season with two new hosts—Carla Abellana and Dennis Trillo.
These two Kapuso stars replaced the show’s long-time hosts Jolina Magdangal and Dingdong Dantes, respectively. The latter was pulled out from the show because he’s taking Richard Gomez’s place as Family Feud host. Richard had to leave the show in the meantime after declaring his intention to run as Ormoc City’s representative in the coming 2010 elections.
Carla, on the other hand, said she’s clueless why she was chosen to replace Jolina. She simply explained, "Hindi ko naman talaga alam kung bakit hindi na si Ms. Jolina ang magho-host at kung bakit ako ang napili. Pero the network should be asked about that."
Some people may call them replacements but both first-time show hosts still feel lucky to have been part of this international invasion of StarStruck V.
In an interview, singer-actor Dennis said that StarStruck could be a good training ground for him as a host.
"Hindi rin naman basta-basta ’yong exposure ng mga host dito. Kumbaga, bukod doon sa mga talent, ’yong host din talaga ang pinapanood kaya magandang exposure. Para sa akin, iniisip ko na maganda rin itong training as a host and may maio-offer naman akong iba," he said.
Meanwhile, Carla didn’t want to think about the pressure of being a first-time host. She just hoped that people would accept her team up with Dennis on this show. She also promised the viewers, "’Yon lang ang maga-guarantee namin sa televiewers, na mag-enjoy sila ng todo. We’ll definitely be just relaxed, ano lang, casual lang."
Dennis and Carla will be hosting the live Sunday episodes while StarStruck host since Season 3 Raymond Gutierrez will take over all Saturday episodes with StarStruck alumni—Mark Herras, LJ Reyes, Arci Muñoz, and Paulo Avelino—who will rotate as segment hosts.
THE INVATION BEGINS. On Sunday, November 15, the 14-week competition begins among the hopefuls who were chosen from the auditions here and abroad—including the United States, Japan, Singapore, and the Middle East.
The contestants must give their best in each of the four major performance categories: singing, dancing, acting, and imaging. StarStruck Council composed of TV director Floy Quintos, actress Iza Calzado, and talent manager Lolit Solis will closely watch their progress.
For the hopefuls who are lucky enough to be included in the Final 14, they shall go through grueling talent tests, workshops, and training under the supervision of StarStruck mentors. These include Gina Alajar for acting, Douglas Nierras for dancing, Jai Sabas-Aracama for singing, Abbygale Arenas-de Leon for imaging, and Barbie Chan for make up.
This season’s aspirants will also experience the newest twist on the show called "Factor V," which includes five of the most rigorous challenges and most shocking twists in the history of the talent search.
Only two will reign as the winners of this competition, who will be called The Ultimate Male and Female survivors. They will be given millions of pesos as cash prizes and a management contract with GMA-7.
The fate of the StarStruck hopefuls lies on the council and the votes of the audience. Elimination nights will be held weekly until four survivors remain. A 15-minute program called Shout Out: The StarStruck Dailies will be aired daily to show behind-the-scenes videos and highlights of the training and workshops of the contestants.
StarStruck V airs every Saturday after Pinoy Records and Sunday after Kap’s Amazing Stories starting tonight, November 15. On the other hand, Shout Out: The StarStruck Dailies airs on weekdays before Family Feud starting November 23 on GMA-7.