Young actress Dianne Medina confessed feeling slighted when she was kicked out of ASAP XV's dancing group Hataw Girls.
Dianne felt that the move had something to do with her decision to sign a non-exclusive contract with TV5 rather than renew ties with ABS-CBN's talent arm, Star Magic.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Dianne last April 21 at the press conference of TV5's youth-oriented show BFGF, staged at Celsius bar on Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
"They didn't tell me. Nalaman ko na lang through my group mates. Sabi nila, 'O, Dianne we have ganito, pero wala ka na.' I asked my handler about it and she told me 'Dianne, since you're no longer with Star Magic, you didn't sign up, so automatic out ka na,'" Dianne confided.
She added, "Nagtampo lang ako kasi ang alam ko dun sa dalawa kong ka-group, wala silang contract with Star Magic pero nakakapagsayaw sila sa ASAP. Isip ko na lang kasi siguro may show ako sa TV5 kaya siguro medyo nagiging strict sila ngayon."
Dianne started her career with ABS-CBN and appeared in the shows Wazzup Wazzup, Let's Go, Star Magic Presents, Komiks Presents, Dyosa, Banana Split, Kambal Sa Uma, May Bukas Pa, and Habang May Buhay.
STRICT MEASURES. This wasn't the first time that Dianne experienced being pulled out unceremoniously from a project. Her stint in the comedy gag show Banana Split ended abruptly in 2008 when management decided to reformat the program and retain only a few of its original cast members.
But Dianne somehow felt that perhaps the network didn't like the fact that she was juggling two gag shows at the same time. During her Banana Split days, Dianne was also regularly seen in TV5's Lokomoko High.
Dianne couldn't help but notice the big shift when it comes to the policies being implemented by her former home network in allowing its stable of talents to work with rival companies.
Even GMA-7 maintains a cautious eye on the competition ever since the Novaliches-based station started launching an aggressive campaign to jolt the longstanding two-way network war.
"Before sobrang luwag... Siguro threat na rin kasi ang TV5 kasi ang gaganda na nung shows and umaangat na rin," Dianne rationalized.
Since she's no longer part of ASAP XV maybe she could join P.O.5 as one of the regulars. Another immediate concern for the mestiza actress is finding a new manager who could negotiate possible deals to further her career. Dianne's mother is currently representing her, though assuming the post full-time remains far- fetched for now.
"Gustong-gusto ko po talaga sanang sumali sa P.O.5, pero wala pa pong offer. I'm very much open and right now I'm searching pa rin for the right manager," Dianne said in closing.