It appears that the successful team-up of the Teen King and Queen in local showbiz Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, a.k.a. KathNiel, is being tested by the rising tandem of James Reid and Nadine Lustre, also known as JaDine.
But does it really bother KathNiel? Is JaDine truly out to bring down the reigning sweethearts in showbiz teendom?
Further fueling the speculations was the recent contract signing of James and Nadine with ABS-CBN, the home network of Kathryn and Daniel.
One thing is sure though: each tandem has its army of fans and they are the ones warring noisily over which pair is better. And for as long as the fans are battling it out, the popularity of the two love teams is assured.
THE STORY, SO FAR. KathNiel has validated their reputation as Teen King and Queen of local showbiz with the box-office success of their Star Cinema romantic drama movie She’s Dating The Gangster last July. The movie reportedly earned more than P260 million.
In the meantime, the JaDine starrer Talk Back and Your Dead, which is still currently playing in theatres, has reportedly earned P30 million in its first three days.
That’s not bad for James and Nadine, whose onscreen partnership immediately garnered a huge following after the success of their launching movie, Diary Ng Panget, released last May.
On the other hand, KathNiel will have another teleserye soon, but ABS-CBN has not announced a definite airing date.
Their last teleserye was Got to Believe, which ran from August 2013 to March 2014.
There are talks that the pair will do a remake of the 2000 TV-hit series Pangako Sa ‘Yo, which starred Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales.
Kathryn did not confirm the rumors in a recent interview, although she expressed delight at the idea of doing a remake of Pangako.
Daniel also said during his contract signing with ABS-CBN last August 28 that he had not gotten any word yet about this rumored development.
However, he confirmed that he and Kathryn will have a teleserye soon.
“Ang alam ko lang is may teleserye akong gagawin na kasama pa rin si Kathryn.
“First quarter ‘yan ng 2015 at ang direktor po namin is si Direk Rory [Quintos] po ulit.”
Meanwhile, the contract that James and Nadine signed with ABS-CBN last August 26, Tuesday, will be for two years and it includes a TV series, but other details about their teleserye have yet to be revealed.
KATHRYN AND NADINE. Many have commented about the resemblance between Kathryn and Nadine.
Even James admitted in a PEPTalk interview last April, that when he first saw Nadine at their acting workshop in 2013, he thought that she was Kathryn.
“After a while you really get used to it, they really look different,” James pointed out.
In the same interview, Nadine said that she was flattered by the comparison.
“Well si Kathryn maganda and established na yung career niya, sikat siya.”
She also said back then that she did her best to tone down their similarities by changing her style, makeup, and hair.
“Pero I don’t think we can because yung facial features talaga parehas.
"But then okay lang naman kasi magkaiba kami.
“I hope the people will realize that si Kathryn iba. Ako din iba.”
James added, “At first you really see Kathryn,” but then he also realized after working with Nadine for many months that the two are really different.
“I really don’t see it anymore, I can really tell the difference,” the Fil-Australian actor affirmed.
How does Nadine feel about being compared to Kathryn?
She said, “It's fun. For me, it's not really an issue naman.
"I'm really okay with it and I'm flattered.
"I guess it's really just the people talaga.
"Kasi we are in showbiz, they compare you with other artists so I guess it's normal," she stated.
Nadine even confirmed in the interview during her contract signing that she is a fan of Kathryn.
Last August 19, Tuesday, at her launch as the endorser of a nail salon business, Kathryn said that being compared to Nadine is a non-issue.
Like Nadine, she has a positive attitude towards the comparison.
“Of course, ‘pag sinasabihan ka na may kamukha ka, ganyan, nakakatuwa naman.
"Kasi parang may ibang tao na naku-compare ka nila.
“Pero for me kasi, si Nadine, mas matanda sa akin ng mga two years."
Kathryn is 18, while Nadine is 20.
“Siguro, may mga angle na kamukha ko siya, ganyan, and wala naman issue sa akin yun.
“Kasi ‘pag nakikita ko sa screen, very pretty naman siya and charming, so hindi naman problema,” Kathryn further said.
DANIEL AND JAMES. Like with their leading ladies, the comparison between Daniel and James is also inevitable.
While Daniel is moreno and James is mestizo, and there are no similarities in their facial features, their trademark styles are somewhat alike: inside shirt layered with leather jacket and maong pants.
And their fans are quick to notice, thus, the comparison that has forced James to make a denial.
He said during the PEPTalk interview that he wears what's comfortable for him, “I’m just really being myself, really.
"These are my clothes. It’s really my style.
"I’m not trying to veer away from anything.
"I just want people to see me as I really am.”
In another interview, he related, “I used to know Daniel back when I was in ABS-CBN… I’m flattered, really.”
FANDOM. While the four of them have clarified that they don’t mind the comparison, their respective fans are another matter altogether.
Some of the KathNiel and JaDine fans apparently have turned social media into a battleground
According to Nadine,“Yeah I get a lot of comments from other fans, sa Instagram, sa social media.
"With my Instagram, I delete it kasi ayoko ng may nag-aaway, ayoko ng nakikita na nag-aaway sila.
"It’s never an issue naman for me.
"If you want, you can fight somewhere else, pero wag sa page ko.”
Daniel, meanwhile, has admonished the KathNiel fans to pipe down.
He told the press at his contract signing with ABS CBN that he is not bothered by the KathNiel-JaDine brouhaha.
“Walang problema sa amin ‘yon.
"Ang mabuti is nakakatulong kami sa iba.
“Sa amin ni Kathryn, walang kumpitensiya.
"Kumbaga, wala tayong kalaban.
“Kami naman ay nagtatrabaho lang kaya enjoy lang kami.
"Huwag tayong maglaban-laban dito.
“Hindi kailangang mag-away.
"Siyempre, nagsisimula naman ‘yan sa may nagsalita, ‘tapos pinapatulan.
“Huwag na lang patulan kapag may nagsalita dahil hindi naman kailangan ‘yon.
"Hindi naman kailangan ng ganun.”
For his part, James said, “It’s natural to compare.
"I think it’s good for us, upcoming stars being compared to the biggest love team.”
But Nadine clarified, "Parang hindi naman po kami nakikipag-kumpetensiya.
"We are just being ourselves talaga."
James added, “I think it will pass, we’re now with the same network.
"I’m sure well get a chance to work together we’d love to.
"So they’ll learn to love us all.”