Juicy! promises more blind items as it gets longer airtime on TV5


"May mga pinipitik lang kami na gusto lang din namin gisingin, na gusto naming magbago. May mga pinipitik din kami na kapitik-pitik," said entertainment columnist and TV host Cristy Fermin (not in photo) about the blind items presented on Juicy! This TV5 show is also hosted by IC Mendoza (left) and Alex Gonzaga (right).


Starting this week, TV5’s daily entertainment show Juicy! gets longer airtime. It will now run for an hour at 11:30 a.m. with replays at 11:30 p.m. The program will also be broadcast live every Thursday.

Since the show was extended, the hosts—Alex Gonzaga, IC Mendoza, Cristy Fermin, Shalala, and DJ Mo Twister—admit that they need to come up with more ways to spice up their show. One way of doing this is to offer more blind items to viewers.

"Kailangan naming maghagilap ng mga blind items, lalo na ako," Juicy! host Shalala commented.

Entertainment columnist Cristy Fermin added, "Lahat kumo-quota sa blind items. Walang hindi nagba-blind item sa amin. Si Uma [Khouny] nga, nag-guest co-host lang, nag-blind item. Si Gladys [Reyes] nga kumota rin. Kasi, bahagi talaga ’yon, e. Isang kaway ng Juicy ’yon, e, pangkuha ng televiewers."

In an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Juicy! executive producer Omar Sortijas said that their blind items segment is the hottest for the viewers.

Before, it was just one segment of the show. Later on, they decided to give it more time because of strong public demand. Sortijas pointed out, "Kasi mayroon kaming fan page, ’yong mga viewers, mga e-mails, kadalasan sinasabi, ’Dagdagan ninyo ang blind items, dagdagan ninyo ang blind items.’"

He also said that these blind items give fun to their viewers. Sortijas said, "Sabi ng isang program manager namin, hindi raw niya makakalimutan ’yong isang comment na, ’Sa gabi, kahit pagod na pagod ka na, pag-uwi mo sa bahay, nanood ka ng TV at pinanood mo ang show, matutulog ka ng may ngiti sa labi. E, ’yong nakita namin, ’yon ang pinakabentahe."

JUST FOR FUN. Most of the time blind items are perceived as something negative. But the hosts of Juicy! say they don’t mean to malign local celebrities.

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Sortijas told PEP, ’Yong delivery ng blind item, nag-e-enjoy ang mga tao, natatawa ang mga tao. Hindi siya ’yong tipong sisiraan mo si ganito, si ganyan. Ito, casual lang siya. Dinadaan sa biro ang pagpitik sa tao, hindi siya ’yong nakakawasak sa pagkatao ng isang tao."


Fermin also stressed: "May mga pinipitik lang kami na gusto lang din namin gisingin, na gusto naming magbago. May mga pinipitik din kami na kapitik-pitik."


Sortijas said the blind items on Juicy! are the wrongdoings of celebrities that need to be changed, but presented in a lighter way.

"Ang maganda lang kasi kahit makilala sila, hindi naman ’yong tipong pumatay si ganito, si ganyan. Kumbaga, hindi siya damaging sa personality. ’Yong mga sinasabi na blind items ng mga host namin, ito ’yong mga maling gestures, maling pag-uugali na puwede namang baguhin na simple lang.

The hosts confessed that most of their blind items often earn negative remarks from local celebrities. Despite this, Sortijas says, the network has not asked them to censor what they put out on the show.

He also assures that Juicy! hosts are always reminded about what’s good and what’s not good for the show.

"On my part, lagi ko naman silang pinapaalalahanan na this much you can do, this much you can’t," Sortijas said. "Kumbaga, importante lang din naman na nabi-brief din ang mga host na hanggang dito lang naman dapat ang sinasabi. Huwag na nating hintayin na pitikin pa tayo."

He also pointed out, "’Yong iba, kung mag-react man sila negatively, loss nila ’yon, e. Sabi nga ni Nanay Cristy, kapag may isa, dalawa o tatlo na pumansin sa ’yo, puwede mo pang patawarin ’yon, e. Baka sila lang ’yon. Pero kung marami na, ’yon lang naman ang time na talagang bina-blind item namin ang artista."

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Juicy! will be shown after the TV5 Talakserye Face to Face at 11:30 a.m. Its replay will be shown after Face to Face’s replay at 11:30 p.m.


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