During the first part of the March 12 episode of Pilipinas Got Talent, the judges were asked to watch the "audition" of a special guest. Hosts Billy Crawford and Luis Manzano personally introduced the performer from Southern Luzon. Luis even quipped, "She's hoping to make it big in the industry."
Batangas Governor and Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos then came onstage wearing an all-black ensemble and shades. This prompted the judges—former ABS-CBN President Freddie Garcia, Kris Aquino and Ai-Ai delas Alas—to stand up and give her a hearty round of applause.
Kris teased Governor Vi to show them some dance moves and she gamely obliged but afterwards, the politician-actress joked, "Magkano po ang talent fee?"
Luis added, "Ano pa ba ang hihingin? Magaling na gobernadora, magaling na artista at ang gwapo pa ng anak mo [referring to himself]!"
Governor Vi then welcomed the staff of Pilipinas Got Talent to the province of Batangas. "If you notice, sa lahat ng contest, whether singing, dancing, acting... laging merong kasamang Batangueño," she said proudly. She cited Jovit Baldivino, PGT Season 1 winner as an example.
As she left the stage, Luis joked, "Kayang-kaya mo na i-remake ang Trudis Liit [referring to the movie that catapulted her to fame in the 1960s]."
Aside from Governor Vi, Showtime host and Rocksteddy front man Teddy Corpuz showed off his rapping skills and jammed with the crowd. Judges were unanimous and gave him a triple yes.
According to the corporate communications department of ABS-CBN, Pilipinas Got Talent "continues to dominate nationwide ratings." Based on data from Kantar Media/TNS, the talent reality show "topped the weekend top 20 last Saturday and Sunday."
ABS-CBN's PGT rated 29.3 percent last Saturday versus GMA-7's Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (20.1%) and the grand finals of TV5's Talentadong Pinoy (18.4%). PGT rated 28%, on the other hand, last Sunday as compared to its rival show on GMA-7, Show Me Da Manny (12.3%).
Pilipinas Got Talent airs every Saturday and Sunday, 8:45 p.m. on ABS-CBN.