It's Showtime host Jhong Hilario happy for AlDub's success: "Deserve nila yun."

Jhong Hilario on competition between It's Showtime and Eat Bulaga: "Mas maganda talaga na may rivalry, actually. Kapag wala, pagsasawaan ka ng tao. Kung ikaw lagi yung number one, pagsasawaan ka ng tao. Ang competition, mas exciting 'yan, e."S


Jhong Hilario, one of the regular hosts of ABS-CBN's daily noontime show It's Showtime, admits the show has taken a heavy beating from Eat Bulaga's AlDub phenomenon.

AlDub is the loveteam of Kapuso heartthrob Alden Richards and Dubsmash Queen Maine Mendoza, who headline GMA noontime show's Kalyeserye.

Jhong says, "Actually ako, nanggaling ako sa Eat Bulaga.

“Streetboys [his former dance group] pa lang, galing na ako sa Eat Bulaga.

"Iba talaga yung samahan nila kaya nga sila tumagal ng 36 years, di ba?"

Jhong is proud to have been an Eat Bulaga! back-up dancer many years ago, and is grateful for the wonderful memories and experiences that contributed to his growth as a TV host.

"Kumbaga, yung feeling na dati ako doon, tapos ngayon, yung naabot ko, nakatapat ko na ngayon ang Eat Bulaga! sa It's Showtime, at naging host na rin ako," he says.

Jhong adds that everyone aspires to be a noontime show host.

"Kahit siguro sinong artista, naging pangarap yun, e. Ngayon, nakamit ko na yun."



COMPETITION IS HEALTHY. How does Jhong feel about the rise of AlDub and its popularity among TV viewers?

The Showtime host asserts, "Mas maganda talaga na may rivalry, actually.

"Kapag wala, pagsasawaan ka ng tao.

“Kung ikaw lagi yung number one, pagsasawaan ka ng tao.

"Ang competition, mas exciting 'yan, e."

Jhong says AlDub and Eat Bulaga's success is justified.

"Deserve nila yun, kasi ang aim naman nila ay makapagpasaya ng tao.

"So kami, ganoon din yung trabaho namin."

Jhong adds, "Masaya kami para sa kanila."

He also points out that it's normal for ratings to fluctuate.

"E, ganoon talaga. Minsan bumababa, minsan tumataas.

"Walang permanente sa buhay. Lahat tayo magtatapos.

"Magtatapos ang Eat Bulaga, magtatapos ang Showtime, at may papasok na bagong generation... which is good.

"Kasi, kahit papaano, yung iniwan ng Eat Bulaga, may mga sumusunod."

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GETTING CREATIVE. Jhong also admits the competitive spirit helps keep them on their toes, and makes them think of creative ways to keep up with the trend.

"Sa ngayon, pinag-iisipan namin.

"Kagaya ng sinabi ko, mas okay yung may competition.

"Ang hirap para sa akin nung kumukopya ka, kasi wala kang originality.

“Kumbaga, sa kanila na yun. Tatak na nila yun.

“And kami, ang gagawin na lang namin is doing our best para di kami mapag-iwan ng sarili, para makalaban kami," he points out.

Jhong explains that even their segments, like Kalokalike, have their fair share of imitators.

"E, talaga namang ginaya din naman ng ibang tao, especially sa mga fiesta-fiesta. So yung mga ganoon, hayaan na natin," he says.



GOING WITH THE TREND. The Viber brand ambassador recently created quite a stir on social media when he posted a video of himself imitating Yaya Dub's famous “pabebe wave.”

How true are netizens' assumptions that this only proves how much of an AlDub fan Jhong is?

He clarifies, “Yung sa AlDub na 'yan, sa Viber 'yan, e.

“Nag-aasaran kami sa Viber ng mga ka-Viberkada.

"E, nagkataon talaga na siyempre uso.

“Gumawa ako ng pabebe wave sa kanila, pero hindi ko... pagdating sa fan, e, hindi naman ako fan.

"Nakikisabay lang tayo sa uso, kasi 'yan ang uso ngayon, e.

“Kagaya ng 'Nae-Nae' [the dance step]. Sino ba original ng Nae-Nae? Hindi mo alam kung sino.

“Pero lahat ng station, gumagawa nun.

"Kumbaga, kung ano yung in... yun talaga yung in, e. Aminado naman kami doon."


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