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La Banda: ABS-CBN’s Answer to To the Top

‘To the Top’, you’ve got company.

Just recently, ABS-CBN announced audition dates for the upcoming boyband search show ‘La Banda’. The auditions will take place on the following dates:

  • June 10: Robinsons Place Pangasinan
  • June 11-12: Starmall San Jose del Monte Bulacan
  • June 15-16: Centrio Mall Cagayan de Oro
  • June 17-18: KCC Mall Zamboanga
  • June 18-19: Starmall Alabang
  • June 22: KCC Mall General Santos
  • June 24-25: Pacific Mall Legazpi

The auditions will begin at 7:00 a.m. Boys aged 14-25 years old and with the ability to both dance and sing are welcome in this competition.

The latest international franchise acquired by ABS-CBN, ‘La Banda’ was created by Simon Cowell and was produced by Univision. The original show, which emphasized on the formation of a Latin American boyband, was aired on Univision in late 2015.

However, this is not the first time that a boyband talent search show will air on Philippine television. Nearly a year ago, GMA did the same thing when they produced ‘To the Top’ in conjunction with GMA Public Affairs.

Unlike GMA, however, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs will have no involvement in the making of ‘La Banda’. Considering how poorly-received ‘To the Top’ was when it aired, it was only appropriate for ABS-CBN to let the ever-strong entertainment group do the talking rather than share the blame with its news department.

Over the next several weeks, ABS-CBN will have the responsibility of picking the best young boys who will have what it takes to be in a boyband. In the meantime, wait for further updates regarding the hosts and judges of ‘La Banda’.

‘La Banda: the Making of the Pinoy Boyband’ is expected to premiere during the third quarter of this year. Date and time will be determined soon.

For more information on the auditions, go to ABS-CBN’s official website or on their social media accounts for details.

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24 thoughts on “La Banda: ABS-CBN’s Answer to To the Top

  1. If To The Top was flop (THANK YOU GMA NEWS), I’m sure that our local adaptation of La Banda will be a huge success, citing ABS-CBN’s success in producing high-quality reality shows. As for the upcoming boyband na mananalo sa La Banda, I think they will have a bright future in the music industry considering ABS-CBN’s success.

    • And unlike To the Top, don’t expect ABS to air La Banda at later than 10:00 p.m. for the sake of viewership. GMA executives should watch this show in the event they decided to make another season of To the Top, because they made too many mistakes in producing the first season.

  2. Gab says:

    La Banda has now changed into “Pinoy Boy Band Superstar”.

    Meanwhile, the three judges of the competition was revealed, including Vice Ganda, Yeng Constantino and K-Pop Superstar Sandara Park.

    • Apparently La Banda was a hardly recognizable name, so good call for ABS. But they need to clarify if this is a self-produced series or a franchised series, because as we know, La Banda was an imported program from the US.

  3. Another franchised show? Seems like they are just relying on what is hot internationally than making their own shows. Even if they are trending, rating or whatever, the fact that they cant do their own reality show or game show shows the lack of creativity of the writers of the network. If GMA is still relying on Koreanovelas for ratings, ABS is relying on franchised shows for ratings as well.

    • At least they’re making a Pinoy spin into it. Besides, the rest of the world are doing franchised shows now; even GMA does that with their Lip-Sync Battle Philippines. You can disagree all you want but even with the so-called franchised show invasion, there is still room for original shows. So deal with it.

  4. Gab says:

    Aga Muhlach, who is just returned in ABS-CBN, will complete the “superstar judges” ensemble of PBBS. This marked the return of Muhlach in PHL television. His last TV project was the travel show Pinoy Explorer on TV5.

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