ABS-CBN’s and GMA’s biggest stars came together to mark another milestone as they joined the debut of “It’s Showtime” on GMA’s second free-to-air channel, GTV today.
The popular noontime show opened with an all-star number featuring It’s Showtime hosts Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Kim Chiu, Amy Perez, Ryan Bang, Ion Perez, Cianne Dominguez, Jackie Gonzaga, MC and Lassy with Kapamilya stars Belle Mariano, Alexa Ilacad, Jolina Magdangal, Chie Filomeno, and Erik Santos, and Kapuso stars, Sanya Lopez, Rodjun and Rayver Cruz, Pokwang, Mark Bautista, and Barbie Forteza. Famous content creator AC Soriano meanwhile joined the show’s gap show, “It’s Showtime Online U.”
“It’s really happening. Buong bansa at buong mundo ang saksi dito sa makasaysayang selebrasyon natin. Wala nang titindi sa pinakamatinding plot twist ng taon. Dahil ang Kapamilya at Kapuso ngayon ay pinag-isa. Nakakatuwa na pinagsasama-sama ang Kapamilya at Kapuso stars,” Vice said.
The show’s hashtag #GnaGsaShowtime trended no.1 on Twitter worldwide as soon as the opening number began. Also making it to the trending list were Belle, Christian, Barbie, ABS-CBN, Argus, and Rayver Cruz.
ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo L. Katigbak and head of TV Production and Star Magic head Laurenti Dyogi joined the madlang people in the studio to show their support for the whole “It’s Showtime” family.
Vice thanked GMA’s bosses chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon, president and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., executive vice president and CFO Felipe S. Yalong, and senior vice president for programming, talent management, worldwide, and support group, and president and CEO of GMA Films Annette Gozon-Valdes for giving “It’s Showtime” a new home.
“Maraming salamat po pati na rin sa mga Kapuso na naki-party at naki-sayaw sa akin noong nagshoot ako sa GMA. Ang sarap ng pagtanggap at pagmamahal niyo dyan,” the unkabogable star said.
Aside from the explosive numbers from the Kapamilya and Kapuso stars, Vice surprised the madlang people by riding a helicopter from ABS-CBN compound to GMA Network and performed “Glad You Came” with cheeing Kapusos and dancers in front of the GMA Network Center.
“Unbreak My Heart” lead stars Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap, Joshua Garcia, and Gabbi Garcia were present to witness the big day on television.
The premiere episode on GTV was also the grand finals of the first “Tawag ng Tanghalan Duets, wherein Marielle Montellano and JM Dela Cerna won as the grand champions.
They garnered a total average score of 98.3% from the combined hurado scores from judges Louie Ocampo, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Nyoy Volante, Marco Sison, Erik Santos, Gary Valenciano, Jona, and Darren Espanto plus Kapuso singers Christian and Mark. They beat John Saga and Kim Nemenzo with 95.3% and Eumee Capili and Anton Antenorcruz with 91.6%. As the first “TNT Duets” champion, JM and Marielle received P500,000 and a trophy designed by Toym Imao.
As the first season of “Tawag ng Tanghalan Duets” came to an end, “It’s Showtime” also teased its viewers to watch out for the seventh season of “TNT” on Monday (July 3).
Don’t miss the excitement and fun on “It’s Showtime,” 12 NN on GTV, A2Z, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel, and Facebook page, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV. Catch its online show, “ShowtimeOnline U,” 11:45 AM on Kapamilya Online Live.