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Thoughts on Star Hunt: The Grand Audition Show

A filler show to end all filler shows.

With the 2018 remake of ‘Meteor Garden’ set to air right before ‘TV Patrol’ starting this Monday (more on that later this week), ABS-CBN decided to fill the void with a transitional show on the timeslot normally occupied by its Asianovelas. And this is no ordinary show.

Back in April, ABS-CBN announced a worldwide audition tour called ‘Star Hunt: The Kapamilya Grand Auditions’. The tour began in Manila on the weekend of April 20, after which the network hosted further auditions in both the Philippines and abroad.

Their purpose is to find aspirants that will become part of various ABS-CBN talent and reality shows. Examples include ‘The Voice of the Philippines’, ‘I Can See Your Voice’, ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’, ‘Pinoy Big Brother’, ‘Tawag ng Tanghalan’, ‘Dance Kids’, ‘Little Big Shots’, ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ and the soon-to-be-launched ‘World of Dance Philippines’.

Beginning Monday, ABS-CBN will air highlights from these auditions as part of ‘Star Hunt: The Grand Audition Show’. Hosted by former ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ alums Kim Chiu, Robi Domingo, Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros, the program will take a look at some of the aspirants and their backstories.

This is perhaps a mere short-term solution for ABS-CBN. After all, there are high hopes surrounding the remake of ‘Meteor Garden’ that airing the Asianovela on its normal afternoon timeslot may hinder its viewership due to the ‘TV Patrol’ regional newscasts in the provinces.

Not wanting to risk a loss of viewers, ABS-CBN decided to place ‘Meteor Garden’ on the leadoff slot of Primetime Bida. This leads to ‘Star Hunt: The Grand Audition Show’ taking over the regular Asianovela timeslot of Kapamilya Gold.

Honestly, it makes perfect sense for ABS-CBN to produce a filler show on a timeslot where not all areas will receive it. With regional versions of ‘TV Patrol’ being plugged into this timeslot, ABS-CBN realized that a filler show like ‘Star Hunt’ will be much better than, let’s say a teleserye, because ratings are of no concern to the program and it only serves as a stopgap.

With that, good luck to ABS-CBN for this temporary endeavor. Regardless of how it performed, the most important part is that it served its purpose.

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14 thoughts on “Thoughts on Star Hunt: The Grand Audition Show

  1. I dont know why, but i think it is a show to make some “awa” or pity with their aspirants which people nowadays dont like it. Laurenti Dyogi always likes to sensationalize everything and he doesn’t even learn from it. How about they just put a regional TV Patrol that caters Metro Manila?

    • ABS is using Star Hunt for its more popular reality and talent shows. Yung Tawag ng Tanghalan is arguably Showtime’s most popular segment that’s why nasama ito sa mga considerations for Star Hunt. But with regards to Showtime’s other segments may sarili rin silang auditions.

    • Good luck na lang sa kanya kung sakaling mapili siya. Pero hindi lang naman PBB ang kinukuha from these auditions. Meron din for The Voice, TNT, PGT at iba pa. And obvious ba na filler show ito? Nasabi ko na ito sa article.

    • Well, Star Hunt served enough of a purpose to preview those aspirants who are being screened for future reality and talent shows.

      As for the new PBB season, good luck na lang. I won’t go further with the details anyway since there may be celebrities who would end up there anew (so much for ‘In the Service of the Filipino’ tagline).

      • Gab says:

        Mukhang less emphasis na sa mga celebs kasi ang priority nila ang mga nagpa-audition sa mga Star Hunt auditions. But let us wait for the article

      • They should use less celebrities dahil pinaghirapan talaga ito ng mga auditionees. It’s unfair for ABS to include celebrities anew just for ratings and cash.

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