Ace comedian Vic Sotto is thrilled to be back as host of the widely popular game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
The local franchise of the British game show will mark its sixth season here in the Philippines on Sunday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. on TV5.
"I am excited! I think it’s more exciting now kasi may mga konting pagbabago. It’s another challenge for me," Vic told the entertainment press during a press conference held last May 2 at the KB Studios along Cainta, Rizal.
The soft-spoken comedian-host continued, "I always find things exciting, and this is one show that I really enjoy a lot. Enjoy na enjoy ako pag nagte-taping kami and pag pinapanood ko ito.
"Ito lang ang show ko na pinapanood ko," he confessed.
In all his time as the show’s game master, Vic has learned the art of practising fairness and consideration towards various contestants.
Curiously, there are real life lessons worth taking note even in a fun game show such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
"As much as possible, I try to help in a way na hindi naman obvious. Kasi I’d like to be fair with all contestants. Hindi dahil nangangailangan itong isa, e tutulungan ko na.
"Kailangan malakas yung pakiramdam ng contestant. Kung sinasabi kong, ’Mawalang galang na pero lumayas ka na diyan...’Okay na yung P150,000, okay na yung P200,000.’
"Minsan kasi pumapasok sa tao yung naghahangad ng kagitla, ’ika nga ng nanay ko, naghahanap ng kagitla, isang salop ang nawawala.
"Puwede nating i-apply sa buhay na kung anong meron ka huwag ka nang maghangad ng mas malaki pa. Pag may dumating, e, di ayos. Kung hindi naman, e okay na din—at least meron ka kahit papaano."
DOUBLE THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT. For the initial episodes of the all-new season of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? smart kids could be a few questions away from becoming young millionaires; the tension-filled game show features honor students recommended by their schools to get this once-in-a-lifetime chance to win P2 million.
On top of the jackpot that will be split between the kid player and his/her respective school, win or lose, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? will award all the kid players college scholarships.
The overnight-millionaire dream is alive once again as Filipinos take their chance to defy the pressure from the hot seat for P2 million jackpot.
To help the player along the way, the hot seat contestant can use lifelines available. Aside from pre-existing 50-50 and Phone-A-Friend lifelines, the new season introduces added lifelines that will make the game even more exciting: People Speak and Switch. Through People Speak, the studio audience member who answers correctly will have the chance to win up to P20,000.
The Switch lifeline, meanwhile, entitles the contestant to switch out the original question for another question of the same value.
While the elimination of players in the past was through Fastest Finger First round done in the studio, hot seat hopefuls this time will be selected through mall auditions.
CELEBRITY GUESTS. TV5’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has recorded a first in local franchise history after the Megastar Ms. Sharon Cuneta won the P2 million-peso jackpot for the benefit of the children at Hospicio de San Jose last January 9, 2010.
Other celebrities, including Ms. Coney Reyes, Arnel Ignacio, Efren Peñaflorida, Ms. Ruffa Gutierrez, Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero and Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez have also played and won for their chosen charities.
Will there be celebrity guests again this time around?
"I really don’t know," said Vic. "That’s the decision of the staff."
But there’s a sure thing that Vic could readily promise to the viewers.
"We promise that we double the fun, excitement, and tension in the sixth season," he smiled.
"That’s our final answer!"