Last year, Fil-Am hiphop artist Billy Crawford hosted GMA-7's reality dance competition Move! The Billy Crawford's Search for Pinoy Dancers! It culminated in a concert at the Araneta Coliseum last October.
Thus, it came as a shock to learn that Billy is being touted as the host of ABS-CBN's Pinoy Dream Academy. This was announced during the trade launch of the Kapamilya Network held last week. Aside from Billy, Toni Gonzaga and Nikki Gil are expected to host the second season of this reality singing competition.
In a separate report written by PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) contributor Nitz Miralles, she wrote that talent manager Arnold Vegafria was the one responsible for sealing the deal for Billy. In a phone interview with Arnold earlier today, April 26, the talent manager denied that he was involved in Billy's supposed transfer to the Kapamilya Network.
"Billy [Crawford] called me up last week seeking help, kasi baka raw mag-host siya ng Pinoy Dream Academy. Ang Endemol, ABS-CBN, and his international management company ang nag-close ng deal," reveals Arnold.
"Humihingi siya ng tulong sa akin to get a few gigs and endorsements kasi wala na raw siyang manager dito. Two to three months siya nandito pero hindi pa niya sinabi kung kelan siya dadating."
Arnold says that he last talked with Billy a few days ago, when the international artist was recording in the United States.
"He just asked me to help him look for gigs in the Philippines habang nandito siya. I told him, ‘Sige, I'll help you.'
"Billy also asked my help in telling Kuya Germs [German Moreno] about his plans. After talking with Billy, I immediately called up Kuya Germs and he told me to tell Billy that they should talk."
When asked if Arnold is open to being the representative of Billy when he arrives in the country, the talent manager says, "I might accept kung booking lang naman just to help him."
Arnold reiterates: "I just want to clear things up—I'm not the one who negotiated the deal. I'm not the one who dealt with [Billy's] move to transfer. He has an international management company, the same group that handles Akon."