Dingdong Dantes has expressed his disappointment that he was not invited at Judy Ann Santos's 20th anniversary concert, Bida ng Buhay Ko at the Big Dome last Saturday, June 16. Dingdong and Juday were paired in two movies: Magkapatid and Akala Mo.
"I really felt bad when I learned na pinayagan naman ang ibang GMA artists na nakatrabaho ni Judy Ann na batiin siya kahit sa VTR man lang. Nobody told me or approached me man lang. Definitely, I will gladly take it dahil kaibigan ko naman si Judy Ann," said Dingdong in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last June 18.
Last night, June 19, a press junket was held at the 9501 restaurant in ABS-CBN for Juday's new teleserye, Ysabella. The soap stars Juday and her real-life beau Ryan Agoncillo, together with Gina Pareño, Derek Ramsey, Aiza Seguerra, Coney Reyes, and with special appearances by Rosanna Roces and Maricel Laxa.
PEP had a chance to ask Juday why Dingdong was not part of her anniversary program.
"Nakarating nga sa akin na he felt bad pero I actually didn't know rin ‘yong line-up nila because all the [production] numbers were [supposed to be] surprise. So actually, surprised din ako kung bakit wala siya, pero hindi na ako nagtanong . I just thought na maybe because he is with the other channel, but I hope hindi nga ganoon ‘yong dahilan. Kung ano man ‘yon, I hope he won't take it against me kasi hindi ko talaga alam ‘yong line-up na mangyayari," clarified Juday.
She added, "I hope he's not mad sa akin because kung ano man ‘yon, baka hindi pumasok sa isip ng mga writers na he was also part of my ka-loveteam. Hindi lang naman siya ‘yong hindi nakabati. Marami-rami rin kung susumahin, like si Mark [Anthony Fernandez], si Mikey Arroyo, marami rin naman. Hindi lang naman siya."
She stressed, "I just hope, I just really hope na he wouldn't take it against me or ABS-CBN kasi marami rin silang kailangan i-consider for the whole show kasi kung lalahatin, hindi magkakasya ‘yong lahat sa dalawang oras."
Meanwhile, one of the Bida ng Buhay Ko production staff explained that they tried to get Dingdong for VTR.
"We tried getting him for the show kaya lang hindi magkatugma ng schedule for taping ng VTR. Kasi iko-consider mo rin kung papayagan o hindi, like from another channel, kung hindi puwede for live... I think the persons in-charge of VTRs tried to get a greeting from him, pero hindi yata talaga makakuha ng schedule," explained the staff member.Juday plans to text Dingdong and clarify the misunderstanding.