On August 18, TV5 Original ‘Talentadong Pinoy‘ will air its final episode. The series finale will pit the seven ‘Hall of Famers’ against each other in a battle for the right to be the ‘Ultimate Talentado’, slated to be held at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Before there was ‘Showtime’ or ‘Pilipinas Got Talent‘, there was ‘Talentadong Pinoy’. It was a talent show like no other, and it ran continuously every week, pitting some of the most talented individuals in the country to showcase their tricks to a live audience. Most importantly, the show had its ‘Hall of Fame’, where they induct new members in the event they won the audience and judges’ hearts for five straight weeks. While the program got off to a slow start, it eventually gained a sizable viewing audience despite stiff competition from ABS-CBN’s slew of talent shows. Later on, ‘Talentadong Pinoy’ has its own kids version and a global version, which were also a hit with viewers. By the time the program ends its five-year run on Sunday, ‘Talentadong Pinoy”s place on Philippine television history has been secured.
Ryan Agoncillo has been the host of the show from the beginning. No stranger to hosting reality shows (he previously hosted GMA’s ‘Pinoy Idol’), Agoncillo’s experience and enthusiasm helped the show gain its much-needed recognition. Already well-known as the husband of actress Judy Ann Santos, Agoncillo gained further recognition thanks to ‘Talentadong Pinoy’, enabling him to earn various accolades and positive reviews throughout the show’s run.
Undoubtedly this was one of the most underrated reality shows on Philippine television. But make no mistake about it, ‘Talentadong Pinoy’ is still the original reality talent show, a benchmark for all other shows to follow.