Actually we have a shortlist of 14 celebrities/shows that were surprise hits in the local entertainment industry this year but we picked those who impacted the world of showbiz (and politics) the most and trimmed them down to 9.
In no particular order, here’s our 9 SURPRISE HITS OF 2009:
ZAIJAN JARANILLA – This new child actor surprised everyone after his teleserye May Bukas Pa became the no. 1 tv program of 2009. Zaijan has a lot of promise that’s why he keeps on receiving awards left and right. Salamat kay Bro of course who gave him the talent and use it for God’s glory!
EUGENE DOMINGO – The ever-talented comedienne Eugene “Uge” Domingo was launched this year on her first starring role in a comedy film under newbie producers which include the ultimate heartthrob Piolo Pascual. Her film, Kimmy Dora, was a box-office hit giving Eugene the tag as “the next comedy queen.”
MARICAR REYES – This model-turned-actress became a household name after the Hayden Kho sex video scandal exploded earlier this year. The setback did not hinder Maricar and it even became a stepping stone for her career as she has now appeared on various teleserye on ABS-CBN. Her performances in Maalaala Mo Kaya, Lovers in Paris, Your Song and Precious Hearts Romances made the critics noticed her acting prowess.
TALENTADONG PINOY – Who would have thought that this talent competition on TV5 trumped its rivals from the two giant networks? It even started the “talent” show craze making both GMA and ABS-CBN come up with their own similar programs. Until now, Talentadong Pinoy is topping the Mega Manila TV ratings and their claim as the no. 1 talent show ng bayan is unquestionable. Kudos to its award-winning host Ryan Agoncillo!
VALERIE CONCEPCION – Who would have thought that one of the most irritating hosts on television could win the PMPC Best Female TV Host for two years in a row! Siguro kanya kanyang taste lang yan. Pardon my term but i find her hosting unpleasant to the ears and i kinda prefer Toni Gonzaga or Pia Guanio to win this award but hey, the judges saw something in her so there’s nothing we can do but to congratulate her. I think it’s her “mass appeal” that worked for her.
NOYNOY AQUINO – From out of nowhere, Noynoy is now the front-runner among the presidentiables come 2010 elections. Thanks to his ever-vigilant sister, Kris Aquino, who manages his candidacy to be the next President of the Republic. But of course, we should not forget that Noynoy’s biggest asset why the public loves him is his squeaky clean image as he hasn’t been linked to any graft and corruption rumors whatsoever.
CARLA ABELLANA – One of the biggest surprise of the year is this daughter of veteran actor Rey PJ Abellana. Catapulted to fame by landing the lead role in GMA’s Rosalinda, Carla has also landed several endorsement deals and she’s only starting in showbiz!
ERICH GONZALES – Erich was launched in her very first teleserye “Katorse.” The premiere of the series was delayed in months that’s why some of the cast became skeptical if the show will run or get shelved. Surprisingly, ABS-CBN put the show on primetime rather than daytime block and it’s a hit nationwide! This notable achievement makes Erich in the running for the kapamilya network’s drama princess!
CRISTINE REYES – Everyone was expecting Angel Locsin to top FHM’s Sexiest Women in the World for 2009 because the “Lobo” star has the biggest and most active fanbase that could dominate the poll. In the end, Angel ended up in third place, Marian Rivera in second and Cristine Reyes as the Sexiest Woman of 2009. We have no complaints as Cristine is very very sexy indeed!