This is not an April Fools’ joke.
Nearly two years after its original run ended, GMA announced the return of ‘Lip-Sync Battle Philippines’ to the small screen. This time, however, the program will be aired on a different day and timeslot.
The third season premiere of ‘Lip-Sync Battle Philippines’ will take place later tonight, replacing ‘All-Star Videoke’ whose 28-episode run ended last Sunday. Like in the first two seasons, the show will be hosted by Michael V and Iya Villania-Arellano.
In case you missed the general format of ‘Lip-Sync Battle Philippines’, click this highlighted link for more information. But like all reality, talent and game shows, expect some new twists and turns in the program’s format come its third season.
Seasons 1 and 2 of ‘Lip-Sync Battle Philippines’ were aired from February 27 to August 27, 2016 on GMA’s Sabado Star Power block. However, the program failed to make an impact in the ratings, losing to the likes of ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’, ‘The Voice Kids’, ‘We Love OPM: The Celebrity Sing-offs’ and ‘Pinoy Big Brother’.
It also didn’t help that concerns regarding Michael V’s overexposure on television affected the performance of ‘Lip-Sync Battle Philippines’. This was because the program’s entire first season and part of the second was aired after ‘Pepito Manaloto’, another one of Bitoy’s long-running shows.
Good thing GMA addressed this concern and placed ‘Lip-Sync Battle Philippines’ to an early Sunday night slot. The bad news, however, is that it will have to contend once more with the highly popular ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ which is currently on its sixth season.
Notwithstanding these concerns, it is still great to see ‘Lip-Sync Battle Philippines’ grace the small screen once again. The third season may have been delayed due to Iya’s maternity break, but for viewers who tuned in to the show every week the first time around, it should be worth the wait.
‘Lip-Sync Battle Philippines’ airs every Sunday after ‘Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko’ on GMA.
11 thoughts on “Lip-Sync Battle Philippines Return, But on a New Day and Timeslot”
Happy Easter and welcome back, Ralph.
Looks like the first week of the new month will have major certain transactions such as Lifestyle becoming Metro Channel tomorrow.
Start of summer means big things for television. We’ll look forward to that.
Are you gonna write an article about the channel foldings and rebrandings? Those might make for interesting reading, like your articles on the death and rebirth of HERO.
As for LSBPH itself, good luck considering PGT is still a phenomenon despite recent controversies (Koreans speaking Tagalog anyone?) Despite GMA’s good intentions, considering GMA’s insistence that ratings are king (see the PEP post you linked), if the ratings are unimpressive, expect a short run.
As for ASV, it had a decent run (half a year), but it’s a shame that it was not able to live up to its ancestor. Oh well.
I’m planning to do a short one on Metro Channel as well as Toonami this week. But if I were you, leave the planning of future articles to me.
Regarding LSBPH, it would’ve been better if this show was pitted against I Can See Your Voice, but then again, that won’t change their fortunes the same way ASV did. ABS is simply too good in popularizing these reality and talent shows, and GMA is still a few blocks short.
Perhaps GMA should give up on “aping” concepts and try some more original stuff. Like if ABS does franchises, GMA could try something completely different. For example, maybe a variety show, or maybe an indie block. Anything that is not the same as what ABS is doing. Because honestly the lack of originality in Philippine TV is hurting more than helping.
Problem is, where will they turn to creative-wise and strategic-wise? Whatever they do originally has failed with the exception of Celebrity Bluff which has endured a cult following.
They could try hiring people who think out of the box. ABS used to do that.
They can try that, but only if Gozon decides to loosen the reins. Because if GMA continues to think about competing against ABS, that won’t work.
I don’t know ratings-wise, but I think Sunday Pinasaya, a case of a variety show, is going well so far.
They win sometimes but on most weeks they still lose to ASAP albeit by small margins. Then again Sunday afternoons don’t always attract many viewers compared to weekdays and Saturdays. It’s mostly quiet to say the least. Sunday primetime is more compelling ratings-wise.
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