After Mark Bautista, another Viva talent is reportedly joining GMA-7's new musical-variety show Party Pilipinas.
According to a source, who is associated with Viva Entertainment, singer Rachelle Ann Go will become a mainstay of Party Pilipinas after her contract with ABS-CBN musical-variety show ASAP XV expires on April 4.
The source also said to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that ABS-CBN execs allegedly agreed to let go of Mark if Rachelle stays in ASAP. The Kapamilya network reportedly wants to keep Rachelle but a "generous offer" by GMA-7 "closed the deal" for the female singer.
PEP managing editor Karen Pagsolingan sent a text message to Ms. Veronique del Rosario, general manager of Viva Artists Agency (VAA), earlier this afternoon to confirm this report. But at press time, she has yet to reply.
Rachelle, on the other hand, said in an entertainment blog site that she has yet to hear the news about her supposed transfer. The singer added that Viva has not told her anything yet.
In her Twitter account, Rachelle neither confirmed nor denied the report that she'll be moving to GMA-7 and Party Pilipinas. In her entry last April 2, she said: "Sa lahat po ng nagtatanung... Hindi ko pa po alam sa Viva kung anung kaganapan...Mangyayari ang dapat mangyari...lets not worry."
Rachelle actually began her TV career on GMA-7. She was the grand winner in the Search For A Star (2004), a singing contest co-produced by GMA-7 and Viva Entertainment hosted by Regine Velasquez. She had a brief stint in the defunct SOP before moving to ASAP, along with fellow Viva artists Sarah Geronimo, Anne Curtis, and Mark Bautista.