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The Singing Bee Returns Anew, Responds to Don’t Lose the Money

All hail the quick return of ‘The Singing Bee’ on ABS-CBN.

After taking only a two-week break for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the hit game show resumes today with a brand new season. Again hosted by Roderick Paulate and Amy Perez, the latest season of ‘The Singing Bee’ will now employ an updated format from the previous season.

A new round called ‘2 Beecome 1’ will be implemented, in which the contestant with the highest cumulative score from the ‘To Bee Continued’ and ‘Beedeoke’ rounds will face the defending champion. The survivor of the said round will win P20,000 and will also proceed to the ‘Final Countdown’, where as always, he or she will have to correctly guess three of the seven missing lyrics in order to win the day’s pot money.

‘The Singing Bee’ will also air on a new timeslot. The game show will now be seen at 10:30 a.m., with a running time of over 60 minutes.

The return of ‘The Singing Bee’ was in response to GMA introducing their own morning game show called ‘Don’t Lose the Money’. Hosted by Kapuso hearthrob Tom Rodriguez, the upcoming program will air starting September 22 at around the same time as ‘The Singing Bee’.

Prior to ‘Don’t Lose the Money’, GMA aired the talk show ‘Basta Every Day Happy’ on the timeslot opposite ‘The Singing Bee’. However, the program proved to be a mismatch from the start ratings-wise, mainly due to GMA’s bone-headed decision to place ‘Basta Every Day Happy’ in the late mornings as opposed to a more favorable early morning slot, where they would have served well against the lowly-rated ‘Kris TV’.

Now GMA will pin their hopes on ‘Don’t Lose the Money’ to fare better against ‘The Singing Bee’, which has demolished not only ‘Basta Every Day Happy’, but also ‘Tunay na Buhay’, and ‘Startalk’ during its earlier run on Saturdays. Whether or not ‘Don’t Lose the Money’ will be an improvement over ‘Basta Every Day Happy’ remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: ‘The Singing Bee’ has a worthier rival now.

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I Do and Other Programming Changes on ABS-CBN

Following the conclusion of ‘Pinoy Big Brother: All In’, a few changes were made on ABS-CBN’s programming.

The most significant of these changes will come this weekend, as ‘I Do’, dubbed the first ‘realiserye’ on the Kapamilya network, premieres this Saturday. Hosted by Judy Ann Santos, the upcoming reality program will feature nine couples with an existing relationship, all of which will vie for a P1 million cash prize, a house and lot, and a grand wedding.

Joining Juday in the upcoming series will be co-host Jason Gainza, along with life coach Pia Acevedo and marriage counselor Dr. Julian Montano.

The nine couples will reside in the ‘I Do’ village in Cavite, where they will undergo a series of challenges that will test their ability to forge a strong relationship. The council, led by Acevedo and Dr. Montano, will evaluate and decide the fate of each couple at the end of each challenge, while fan votes will determine the winner of the aforementioned prizes at the end of the series.

‘I Do’ will air every Saturday after ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’, and every Sunday after ‘Rated K’.

Weekday Programming Changes on ABS-CBN

Both ‘Kapamilya Gold’ and ‘Primetime Bida’ entered Monday with a different look after PBB ended.

On ‘Kapamilya Gold’, the lineup was reduced to only three programs, and as a result, the telenovela ‘Ana Manuela’ extended its running time to compensate for the departure of ‘PBB Uber’.

‘Ana Manuela’ will now air two episodes per day, and will be seen after ‘It’s Showtime’ and before the News and Current Affairs block.

Over at ‘Primetime Bida’, the Koreanovela ‘Miss Ripley’ took over the slot vacated by ‘PBB Primetime’. The entry of ‘Miss Ripley’ marked the return of the Koreanovela to ABS-CBN’s primetime lineup after over seven months of airing reality programs.

Starring Lee Da Hae (of ‘My Girl’ fame) as the seductive yet manipulative Emily, and Park Yoo Chun (of ‘Rooftop Prince’ fame) as the handsome and rich hotelier Marco, ‘Miss Ripley’ airs after ‘Aquino and Abunda Tonight’.

Speaking of Koreanovelas, the re-run of ‘Lovers in Paris’ is now on its final week. The second of a series of classic ABS-CBN Asianovelas to re-air on the network will end its run Friday morning.

Also concluding on Friday morning is the latest season of ‘The Singing Bee’. The highly-rated game show, hosted by Roderick Paulate and Amy Perez, will take a bow after a successful ten-month run.

Both programs’ timeslots will be taken over by the delayed telecast of the FIBA World Cup starting next week.

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The Singing Bee Now Six Days a Week

‘The Singing Bee’ will now be seen six times a week starting February 24.

With ‘Kapamilya: Minute to Win It’ about to finish its run this week, ABS-CBN didn’t look any further for its replacement. And it happens to be another game show.

‘The Singing Bee’, already a highly-rated show on Saturday afternoons, will now be seen six times a week beginning February 24. The game show will air every weekday mornings just before the highly-rated series ‘Be Careful with My Heart’. Previously ‘The Singing Bee’ aired during weeknights in its first season.

Since it debuted in November 2013, ‘The Singing Bee’ has become an instant ratings hit, thanks to the chemistry of hosts Roderick Paulate and Amy Perez, and its unconventional format of contestants guessing a missing lyric while singing. ‘The Singing Bee’ was such a big hit that it forced rival ‘Startalk’ of GMA Network to move back to Sunday afternoons last January, and with its run now extended to weekday mornings, it is expected to outdraw ‘Tunay na Buhay’ as well.

Meanwhile, the final two episodes of ‘Kapamilya: Minute to Win It’ will have Angel Locsin as a contestant. In the weeks leading up to the finale, Locsin and host Luis Manzano were reported to have reconciled and started dating again after a few years’ separation. As a result, the finale of MTWI is shaping up to be one of the most highly-anticipated episodes in the program’s one-year history, and should give ABS-CBN a ratings victory in the weekday morning slot and some much-needed momentum for the entry of ‘The Singing Bee’.

One game show out, another comes in. It looks like ABS-CBN found a great opportunity to extend ‘The Singing Bee’ to weekdays. And it should pay off in a weaker morning field.

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Killer Karaoke and Singing Bee Debut Today

Today will officially mark the first episodes of two sing-along game shows: ABS-CBN‘s ‘The Singing Bee‘, and TV5’s ‘Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman’. Both programs have been hyped heavily over the past couple of weeks, so expect a whole lot of fun watching the two programs.

‘The Singing Bee’ makes its long-awaited return on the Kapamilya network. The original iteration was previously hosted by current Kapuso talent Cesar Montano, and aired from 2008-10. The new version of ‘The Singing Bee’ will be hosted by Roderick Paulate and Amy Perez, and will be joined by the dancing crew The Honeybees, the all-vocal ensemble The Songbees, and the instrumental band The Bandible Bees. The main objective of the program is to guess either the missing line or the lyrics, arrange a particular line of a song in the correct order, and guess the artist who sang a particular song.

The new edition of ‘The Singing Bee’ airs every Saturday at 3:00 p.m. following ‘Showtime’. The first guests of the show will be former Apo Hiking Society singer Boboy Garovillo, actresses Carmi Martin, Eric Fructuoso and Kiray Celis, and showbiz host Ogie Diaz. The program marks the reunion of ‘Dick and Amy’ on television, having first seen in the ‘Pera o Bayong’ segment of the defunct ‘Magandang Tanghali Bayan‘.

Meanwhile, TV5’s Pinoy version of the popular American game show ‘Killer Karaoke’ finally makes its highly-anticipated debut. The program, known locally as ‘Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman’, will be hosted by Michael V, best known for his lengthy service with GMA’s gag show ‘Bubble Gang’. The program’s first guests will be Ogie Alcasid, Arci Munoz, Eula Caballero, Shalala, Jayce Flores and Rufa Me.

‘Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman”s main objective is to sing while being subjected to a variety of challenges. These challenges range from the disgusting to the shocking, regardless of the difficulty. The final challenge will see the contestants being forced to sing while spinning on a turntable, with the last contestant standing adjudged as the jackpot winner.

‘Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman’ airs every Saturday at 8:30 p.m. after ‘Tropa Mo Ko Unli’, on TV5’s ‘Weekend Do It Better’. This will be Michael V’s first TV5 appearance since ‘Tropang Trumpo’, and his first solo hosting job since his defunct comedy shows ‘Bitoy’s Funniest Videos’ and ‘Bitoy’s ‘Showwwtime’.

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Amy Perez Returning to ABS-CBN?; Other Notes

A few weeks ago, Amy Perez left TV5 amid a reported fallout between her and the producers of the talk show ‘Face to Face‘. It was reported that a four-a-week taping schedule of the program did not sit well with Perez, who was recovering from the recent birth of her son, thus her decision to leave. Just days after officially departing the Kapatid network, it was reported that Perez will rejoin ABS-CBN and will host ‘The Singing Bee‘ with Roderick Paulate.

Perez and Paulate were no strangers as co-hosts; they hosted the popular ‘Pera o Bayong’ contest on the defunct noontime show ‘Magandang Tanghali, Bayan’. After the demise of the show, both remained active in the industry as freelance artists, until Perez decided to step aside in order to raise her children.

Accordingly Perez chose to return to ABS-CBN for the sake of her health, rather than the financial security she used to enjoy with TV5. The relaxed taping schedule of ‘The Singing Bee’ should aid in her return to full health, and in the process give her more time with her children.

‘The Singing Bee’, a game show where contestants try to remember the missing lyrics to a particular song, was hosted by Cesar Montano and ran from 2008 to 2010. The game show is expected to fill the timeslot vacated by the defunct talk show ‘Showbiz Inside Report‘, although its airing date is yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, a new season of ‘I Dare You’ aired last Saturday night. The program, hosted by John Prats, Deniesse Joaquin, Robi Domingo and Melai Cantiveros, features celebrity guests who were dared to experience the life of an average Filipino. The second season will now see the celebrity and the average Filipino accomplish tasks together in order to help the latter’s community. ‘I Dare You’ took over the timeslot vacated by ‘The Voice of the Philippines’, who will undergo a brief hiatus before its second season.

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GMA’s Sunday Afternoon Blues

Party Pilipinas will have its last show on May 19, another futile effort by the GMA Network to stay afloat against its arch-rival on Sunday afternoons. Hot TV was another example, after it was axed two weeks earlier. (Logo courtesy of GMA)

Last Sunday, it was announced that next week’s ‘Party Pilipinas‘ will be their final show. The penultimate live performance was held at the MOA Arena on Mothers’ Day, and it was the ‘A’ team who performed for the final time. Next week’s show will see the ‘B’ team make its last performance in the PP stage, and then the show itself will fade into history after Sunday afternoon.

It was a three-year run that did not live to the expectations of management, talent and the viewers. That does not mean the variety show performed badly, but it could not equal nor topple the Sunday afternoon standard that was ASAP on ABS-CBN. In fact, the more recent Kantar ratings (which was ABS-CBN’s preferred carrier) show that ASAP led by a wide margin over PP. Although GMA claimed their show rated well based on their more trusted NUTAM ratings, it was not enough to save the show from getting axed.

Two weeks ago Hot TV was also cancelled without warning, and was replaced by Filipino-dubbed movies. Amid rumours of its cancellation, it was confirmed by various sources that due to either health concerns (Regine Velasquez) or election preparations (Roderick Paulate, Raymond Gutierrez), Hot TV was impromptly cancelled by the GMA Network, without announcing it on the air. Its cancellation was again based on the ratings, where the program’s emphasis on true human stories over showbiz issues never clicked with the viewers.

The past few years saw GMA fare poorly on Sunday afternoons. With the exception of Manny Pacquiao fights, GMA’s Sunday afternoon ratings were never at par with ABS-CBN’s. In the past, SOP and S-Files were the more preferred programs for viewers, but the scales recently tipped in ASAP and The Buzz’s favor, in large part to the exodus of some of GMA’s resident stars to the Kapamilya network and its decision to reformat both programs into Party Pilipinas and Showbiz Central. Worse, GMA brought in aging and unproven talent rather than maximizing the use of their own new talent in a futile effort to remain competitive.

On the contrary, Johnny Manahan’s magic continued to weave. ASAP continued its winning streak thanks to the recent introduction of younger Star Magic talent, social media trends and creative stage designs. The use of Facebook and Twitter further enhanced ASAP’s  appeal, whereas PP’s performances were mentioned less on the new medium. The Buzz also benefited from the use of social media to gain more viewers than its competing program. Such social media participation was virtually absent on the GMA Network.

With Party Pilipinas and Hot TV now a distant memory, the Kapuso network needs a new plan of action in order to remain competitive. A new unnamed variety show program is in the works, while a new showbiz talk show remains in development. But seriously, all GMA needs is a new approach on their Sunday afternoon programming. Not a variety show nor a showbiz program, but live sports events, something GMA has been reluctant to air for the past 20 years.

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