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Pinoy Big Brother Needs Fill-In Hosts Amid Toni and Mariel Pregnancy Leave

Toni Gonzaga-Soriano and Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla are both pregnant.

Both are expected to take a maternity leave, and as a result, they have no choice but relinquish their hosting duties on ‘Pinoy Big Brother’: Lucky 7. That said, ABS-CBN must figure out a way to spread the hosting workload for the reality show while Toni and Mariel are tending to their soon-to-be offspring.

With the two out of the picture, only Robi Domingo and Bianca Gonzalez-Intal are left to shoulder the burden. So where will ABS-CBN go at this point?

They could consider Toni’s sister Alex Gonzaga to fill in for her. After all, she had hosting experience of her own, having hosted ‘ASAP’ on a regular basis, and more recently played the same role on season 2 of ‘The Voice Kids’.

They could also use Billy Crawford as well, whose prior hosting experience may be an asset. Or they may consider Anne Curtis, whose only hosting job at this point is on ‘It’s Showtime’.

Overall, ABS-CBN has a vast reservoir of talents who can also be capable host. But it will be up to them to decide on who will fill in for both Toni and Mariel.

Meanwhile, ‘Pinoy Big Brother’: Lucky 7 introduced a new set of teen housemates shortly after returning to Manila earlier this week. They are:

  • Maymay Entrata
  • Rita Gabiola
  • Kisses Delavin
  • Edward Barber
  • Aizan Perez
  • Vivoree Esclito
  • Marco Gallo
  • Christian Morones
  • Fenech Velloso
  • Yong Mujahil
  • Kristine Hammond
  • Heaven Peralejo

The 12 teen housemates join the ‘Lucky 2 Stars’ Jinri Park and Hashtags McCoy de Leon and Nikko Natividad inside the refurbished Big Brother house in Quezon City. Over time, however, some of the teen housemates will either be evicted or leave for personal reasons to make way for the regular ones, which will be announced soon.

‘Pinoy Big Brother’ season 7 currently airs weeknights after ‘Born for You’, Saturdays after ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’, and Sundays after ‘Rated K’ on ABS-CBN. An afternoon edition also airs weekdays after ‘Tubig at Langis’, except for select regional areas.

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PBB Livestream Returns As New Housemates Arrive

‘Pinoy Big Brother: 737”s live stream on SkyCable and iWanTV makes its return, albeit in a limited run.

Subscribers of both SkyCable and iWanTV can now access the PBB live stream every Monday to Friday from 7:37 to 10:00 p.m. This was announced via the official Pinoy Big Brother Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Previously, ABS-CBN canceled the PBB live stream amid controversy surrounding the so-called ‘bromance’ between Bailey May and Kenzo Gutierrez. The incident eventually led to the MTRCB enforcing various sanctions on the reality series, some of which were eventually relaxed as the cast of teen housemates shrink.

The return of the PBB live stream service coincided with the arrival of 12 regular housemates inside the Big Brother house. There was a surprising twist involving one housemate, however.

For the first time ever, a housemate was allowed to bring in his wife and child to the Big Brother house, as Philip Lampart, the ‘Determined Dad ng Australia’, was given this provision by ‘Kuya’. The ensuing task given by ‘Kuya’ was to force the housemates to act as ‘babies’ in order to welcome Philip and his family.

In all, 14 people (not including ‘Kuya’ and the production team) are currently occupying the ‘Bahay ni Kuya’: the 12 housemates plus Philip’s wife and son. Here are the other 11 regular housemates:

  • Charlhone Petro (Ang Soldiers’ Boy ng Pampanga)
  • Krizia Lusuegro (Madiskarteng Inday ng Iloilo)
  • Margo Midwinter (Independent Sweetheart ng Manila)
  • Dawn Chang (Bombshell Baker ng Parañaque)
  • Miho Nishida (Sexy Mommy ng Japan)
  • James Linao (Worldwide Worker ng Surigao)
  • Jyo Yokohama (Mr. Kulit ng Japan)
  • Roger Lutero (Tour Guide Tatay ng Bacolod)
  • Jessica Marasigan (California Dreamgirl ng U.S.A.)
  • Mikee Agustin (Bungisngis Bebot ng Bulacan)
  • Richard Juan (Charming Chinito ng Parañaque)

The entry of the 12 regular housemates came after the announcement of the final four teen housemates. The teen ‘Big Four’ are:

  • Ylona Garcia (Daldal Darling ng Australia)
  • Franco Rodriguez (Totoy Smiley ng Albay)
  • Jimboy Martin (Barrio Rapper ng Nueva Vizcaya)
  • Bailey May (Global Gwapito ng U.K.)

The teen ‘Big Four’ officially left the Big Brother house last August 8 to prepare for the Teen Power: The Kabataang Pinoy Concert Party this August 14, but not before ‘Kuya’ gave them two additional tasks. These involve preparations for the concert, and the selection of which regular housemates they want to send to the Big Brother house first.

For more information on the ongoing ‘Pinoy Big Brother: 737’, tune in weekdays at 3:45 and 10:00 p.m., and weekends at 9:45 p.m. on ABS-CBN. As mentioned earlier, the PBB: 737 live stream service is available on weekdays from 7:37 to 10:00 p.m., exclusively on SkyCable channel 85 and iWanTV.

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