For Talentadong Pinoy resident talent scout Audie Gemora, it certainly pays to be the first. With the sudden influx of television programs adopting the talent show formula popularized by the TV5 top-rating show, the competition has indeed become serious. Gemora, however, was confident that being on the forefront gives them considerable advantage over their rivals.
"I don’t think na kaya nilang patayin ang Talentadong Pinoy," Audie confidently said during a recent press conference held at Craving’s restaurant in Mandaluyong City.
"One way to do it is dadamihan nila ang talent shows hanggang magsawa ang tao. So, the challenge is for us to come up with concepts all the time that are going to be entertaining and trailblazing and dahil hindi kami masyadong pressured ngayon katulad nung dalawang malaking networks sa ratings, then we can afford to be more experimental and innovative."
Talentadong Pinoy host Ryan Agoncillo was likewise unperturbed by the burgeoning competition.
"Ngayon marami ng talent shows na lumalabas and it’s basically one of the more bankable formats now, which of course we don’t claim to be the original talent show but we trail blazed the way for the new batch of talent shows of recent time," said Ryan.
BIGGER, BETTER. For its new season, Talentadong Pinoy will venture out of Manila and travel to selected distant provinces, namely, SM Cebu (April 8-9), SM Davao (April 14-15), SM Iloilo (April 22-23), and SM Cagayan de Oro (April 29-30) with the objective of discovering new talents.
"You have to realize that we haven’t really gone nationwide yet," mentioned the amiable host.
The decision to scout talents from the countryside was a plan the program already had in mind since the beginning. Implementing it, however, took a while since management initially planned to take things in stride. But new owner, Manny Pangilinan, had other things in mind according to network executive Perci Intalan.
"Natural ang progression namin. Kaya nga maganda rin ang sitwasyon namin kasi kaya namin, hindi namin kailangang ibagsak lahat at the same time. Kaya naming mag-grow unti unti and ito na ngayon, nasa ganitong stage na kami so ready na kami to go nationwide," Intalan explained to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
And with that being said, Talentadong Pinoy proudly announces that contestants are now welcome to join and do a solo, duo, or group performance with a maximum of 10 members in a group. Millions of audiences will also be glad to know that the program now airs on both Saturday and Sunday evenings every week.
P11 million will now be also given away to contestants and studio audiences. Doubling the prize given away to the champions last season, contestants can now take home up to P500, 000 when inducted to the Hall of Fame. Lucky studio audiences spotted by the camera worthy of the "Reaction Shot of the Day" can also win P10, 000 in each episode.
RUFFA JOINS TP TEAM. Boosting Talentadong Pinoy’s new season is the entry of actress-host Ruffa Gutierrez, who recently joined the growing TV5 family.
"Napaka-animated ni Ruffa and meron siyang bagong perspective and she has a particular way of saying things. Kasi having done it siguro herself in That’s Entertainment but at the same time this is Ruffa now napaka-glamorosa very particular sa kanyang taste. So, lahat ’yon nagsama-sama so kakaiba ’yong perspective niya from everybody else particularly because she’s done it all," Intalan said.
Ruffa will now complement resident talent scouts Audie Gemora, movie and television director Joey Reyes and program host, Ryan Agoncillo.
Catch the new season of Talentadong Pinoy every Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on TV5.