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‘It’s Showtime’ Pilot Creates Online Buzz

The newest noontime show to conquer television’s afternoon block kicked off with a big bang as mentions on the much-anticipated pilot of “It’s Showtime” flooded the micro-blogging site Twitter yesterday (Feb 6).

The opening dance and song number of hosts Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, ‘Kuya’ Kim Atienza, Karylle, Vice Ganda, Teddy Corpuz, Jugs Jugueta, Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang, Coleen Garcia, and Eric ‘Eruption’ Tai elicited delight and thrill among Filipino netizens, prompting the hashtag ‘#ItsShowtime’ to top the trending topics on Twitter Philippines.

Also trending were ‘Baliwag U,’ a term popularized by Anne, and the ‘Sine Mo ‘To’ segment wherein the hosts perform in a comical skit and audience members win cash prizes for participating.

The madlang people also saw the return of the classic talent search portion and the “Arte Mo!” hosted by Anne at Vhong where the remaining contestant advanced to Kuya Kim’s “Rock Clock” round and could win as much as P500,000.

Meanwhile, Vice’s ‘Singing V’ challenges participants’ musical knowledge, while teams go against each other in answering trivia questions in the ‘Pitik Bulag.’

Before the much-anticipated pilot of “It’s Showtime,” a ‘Countdown Party Party’ for the network’s employees and the hosts’ fans was mounted at the ABS-CBN compound Sunday night (Feb 5).

Aside from the “It’s Showtime” hosts, ABS-CBN’s brightest talents also turned up at the event to show their support for the new show, including Erik Santos, Jovit Baldivino, Bugoy Drilon, Marcelito Pomoy, Ejay Falcon, Empress Schuck, and Gab Valenciano. Entertaining the crowd were bands Sponge Cola, Itchyworms, Rocksteddy, and “Showtime” Season 1 grand champion XB Gensan and child wonder Bugoy Carino.

‘Party-party’ with the ‘unkabogable’ barkada of “It’s Showtime” weekdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m on ABS-CBN. Kabarkadas should also stay tuned to Studio 23 from February 6 to 10 from 11:30 a.m to 2 p.m. for the simulcast of “It’s Showtime.”

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