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Last Episodes for I Can Do That, Plus Celebrity Bluff Returns

Two weekend shows are about to hit the crossroads.

On ABS-CBN, ‘I Can Do That’ will enter its final weekend tomorrow night and Sunday night. In these two episodes, the final four iCandidates in Cristine Reyes, Daniel Matsunaga, Gab Valenciano and Wacky Kiray are expected to perform their riskiest and most death-defying acts imaginable.

Judges Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and Boy Abunda will have the enviable task of evaluating each iCandidates’ performance. Not only that, the viewers will also play a key role in determining the show’s ‘Greatest Entertainer’, who will walk away P1 million richer by virtue of combined scores from the judges and the viewers.

First premiered on March 11, 2017, ‘I Can Do That’ was the latest reality show franchise acquired by ABS-CBN. The program has had contrasting ratings fortunes throughout its 25-episode run; despite averaging a decent 15%, only ‘I Can Do That”s Saturday episodes were consistent winners.

That said, the decent but unsatisfactory performance may be considerable enough for ABS-CBN to relinquish its rights after only one season. The network may have had some successful foreign franchised shows, but ‘I Can Do That’ is not one of them.

Which leads to its one-night-only opponent for tomorrow night. After a season break that lasted over a year, GMA announced the return of ‘Celebrity Bluff’ for its 13th season.

Eugene Domingo will reprise her role as host of this long-running Kapuso game show. She will not be alone though as Edu Manzano will now join Eugene as a special bluffer, while Boobay and resident boyband One Up will also ramp up the entertainment factor even further.

A typical episode of ‘Celebrity Bluff’ is as follows (via GMA Public Relations):

“Celebrity Bluff features three pairs of celebrity contestants as they attempt to outsmart one another by answering questions to be able to advance to the jackpot round, where the winning team could take home half a million pesos.”

Guest bluffers will also be on hand to make fun of this week’s celebrity players. For instance, the premiere of ‘Celebrity Bluff’ season 13 will see Alden Richards and Brod Pete play the role of bluffer.

With its predecessors’ failures to make an impact, the onus is on ‘Celebrity Bluff’ to change GMA’s declining fortunes ever Saturday night. Otherwise, its comeback may turn out to be a dud.

‘Celebrity Bluff’ returns this Saturday after ‘Magpakailanman’ on GMA.

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Third Season of Bet on Your Baby Premieres This Weekend

A new season of ‘Bet on Your Baby’ looms on the horizon.

The game show that produced 11 millionaire kids in its first two seasons now returns for a third. And ABS-CBN made it even more exciting with some new twists to the game.

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo will remain the host of ‘Bet on Your Baby’, but will now have a virtual sidekick in Piggy Bangs. Both will play crucial roles in interacting with the cute and cuddly contestants.

Those said contestants will also be part of the exclusive Baby Club, which will give them complete access and privileges to the program. With that, here is how ‘Bet on Your Baby’ is played.

  1. Accompanied by their parents, each baby starts off by facing each other one-on-one in mini challenges inside the Baby Dome. A parent then places their bet on how far their child can go in the challenge, with P 10,000 for the correct bet and P 5,000 for the incorrect bet.
  2. A child and their parents then try to answer a question correctly in order to advance to the jackpot round. This round, also known as ‘Watcha Makulit’, is where eliminations will take place.
  3. In the jackpot round, mommy, daddy and baby have three chances to find and smash a piggy bank that contains P 1 million. If done successfully, the kid will now join a select list of ‘Babynaryos’.

For the first few weeks of ‘Bet on Your Baby’, celebrity babies will have the opportunity to win P 1 million. Auditions for regular baby contestants will be announced at a later date.

Appropriately enough, the third season premiere of ‘Bet on Your Baby’ will take place on Mother’s Day weekend. That said, families will have plenty more reasons to watch this exciting and cuddly game show that has been a Kapamilya institution since 2013.

It will be interesting to see how this new season plays out. With that, good luck.

‘Bet on Your Baby’ airs every Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. on ABS-CBN.

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