TFC It’s Showtime

Do you want to see a daily show that offers a mix of singing, dancing, team-building games and other contests that require some skills, as well as audience participation? Do you need to see and know about this TV program because perhaps you would want to have it “playing” at your reception area (perhaps you’re a Dentist or a Doctor) where you have a lot of nervous Filipino “clients” waiting? Maybe you would want to “loosen them up” or to “break the ice” between them, have them talk to each other to release their tension? Or maybe you have several Filipino househelpers and/or friends and you want to “entertain” them and at the same time instill some “camaraderie” between them, keep their “spirits” up, etc.?

If so, then perhaps ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime” is just the right TV program for your needs!  Airing regularly at the TFC Channel, you may look for TFC It’s Showtime under your TFC subscription’s “Variety” category. It can be availed of with most of our TFC Packages. You can then opt to view the show on-demand or live. Click here for more details regarding our various TFC Packages.

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It's Showtime

It’s Showtime

Genre: Variety, Game

About “It’s Showtime”

ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime” is a variety TV program that broadcasts on weekdays and Saturdays. Its former titles were firstly “Showtime” and temporarily “Magpasikat”. Usually airing at noon, the show débuted on the 24th of October, 2009.  It emanates from ABS-CBN’s studios at its Broadcasting Center in Quezon City, but it also broadcasts across the globe via TFC (i.e., The Filipino Channel). Likewise, the program previously appeared on Studio 23 (now known as ABS-CBN Sports and Action).

One of the Longest-running ABS-CBN Shows

Furthermore, “It’s Showtime” happens to be one of ABS-CBN’s longest-running variety shows (actually, the longest thus far) that air at noon. The others are:

  • Pilipinas Win Na Win (one “season” only, in 2010)
  • Happy Yipee Yehey! (two seasons, 2011 and 2012)
  • ‘Sang Linggo nAPO Sila (four seasons, from 1995 to 1998)
  • Wowowee (six seasons from 2005 until 2010)
  • Eat Bulaga! (seven seasons, 1989 to 1995)
  • MTB (eight seasons, from 1998 ‘til 2005)

One of the Firsts to Appear in HD

“It’s Showtime” also happens to be one of two (the other one being “ASAP”) live entertainment programs currently airing in the Philippines in true high-definition (HD) “format”. That is, of course, if we exclude some shows and sports programs.

Beginnings

Initially titled/named “Showtime”, the TV program débuted as a morning show, appearing before ABS-CBN’s noontime offerings. It replaced “Pilipinas, Game KNB?” after the latter’s eight-year run of success. Kim Atienza, Teddy Corpuz, Anne Curtis, Jugs Jugueta, Vhong Navarro, and Vice Ganda comprised Showtime’s original cast.

“Group Competition” Format

During its 4 seasons, the TV program “carried” a competition format. There were 3 groups, with each group comprising of two to 25 members (no age limit). The members would come from its “performers” (i.e., dancers and/or back-ups, etc.). Some of the celebrity cast would also be among the members of the three groups (they were “spread” evenly). Others served as hosts/moderators or judges. Vice Ganda, for example, became a permanent judge right away. Some celebrities can be “invited” to become judges. Karylle and Billy Crawford, for example, started out as judges. But at some point, they were “evicted”, and so they became hosts in the program’s third season.

Anyway, each of three groups would then randomly or otherwise “render” a performance, either by singing and/or dancing. After each group’s performance, the judges would give a score (not shown) and either a “Yes” or a “No”.  A “Yes” would mean that that particular group advances to the “main” contest. A “No”, of course, would imply that group’s exclusion.

Scores Matter

The “hidden” judges’ scores would in the end play a huge role in determining the eventual winner. And this is so because the group garnering the highest average score as calculated from the individual judges’ scores wins. That group would then have the privilege of proceeding to the weekly finals. Likewise, all daily winners during the entire week would return for that week’s weekly finals. Similarly, whoever would win in the weekly finals would earn the right to contend in the monthly finals. And finally, each monthly finalist would earn the benefit of competing in the season’s grand finals.

Contests & Individual Competitions

But aside from the group competition, “Showtime” likewise organized faster, shorter “segments”, usually involving fewer contestants. These “contests” and/or individual competitions allowed for easier “organization” (i.e., no more large “groups”) and also encouraged audience participation. Hence, individuals and/or smaller “groups” from the audience would have the chance to “shine” and/or to win cash as well as other prizes! Indeed, such “individual” and/or small-group contests have become more commonplace in recent seasons.

Noontime “Slot” & New Title/Name

The first of January 2011 would witness “Showtime” occupying the noontime “slot”. But it was short-lived, because on the 12th of February, the show moved to make room for “Happy Yipee Yehey!” The program finally ended its pre-noontime “run” on the 28th of January 2012. In took a few days off in preparation for a “reformatted” noontime re-appearance.

And so, on the 6th of February, 2012, the brand-new, “reformatted” show débuted in its new 11:30-AM timeslot, replacing the erstwhile noontime program “Happy Yipee Yehey!” Along with its new “formatting” came its new (and current) title/name, “It’s Showtime”. Not-so-new faces came too, like former judges Coleen Garcia, Jhong Hilario and Ryan Bang. Tongan actor, comedian, model, Rugby Union player, and TV host Eric “Eruption” Tai also became a new “host”. The program similarly retained most (if not all) of its previous hosts.

“Individual” Segments

The new show brought with it new, long-term but “individual” segments. The “group competition” format was revived, but only as one of the program’s minor segments. It would remain in sparse use until the fifth season. To involve “family” audiences, a new “competition”-style segment named “Bida Kapamilya” was unveiled on the 30th of April 2012. And during that segment’s run, the program added to its growing list of cast members. Among them were Joy Rendon (on the 19th of May, 2012) and Rhed Bustamante (on the 27th of October, 2012).

Likewise, after co-hosting as guests in December of 2015, Mariel Rodriguez and Amy Perez became main hosts on the second of January, 2016. Eric Tal would leave “It’s Showtime” to “concentrate” on his married life and sports career. Jhong Hilario would also leave on the 23rd of March, 2016 to pursue his candidacy for Councilorship in Makati City. He would eventually return to his “hosting” responsibilities on the 10th of May of that year.

Stars-studded 10th Season (2017)

This year (2017) promises to be another exciting, fun-filled year, what with It’s Showtime” already on its 10th (!) Season, and 2,287 episodes already aired as of January 12, 2017. Many of its long-time hosts and judges have already made 2017 likewise very interesting by making appearances or gracing it. Among them are Ogie Alcasid, Kyla, Ryan Bang, Kim Chiu, Yeng Constantino, Teddy Corpuz, Billy Crawford, Anne Curtis, Robi Domingo, Karla Estrada, Jaya, Jhong Hilario, Jugs Jugueta, Joey Marquez, Edgar Mortiz, Vhong Navarro, Louie Ocampo, Amy Perez, Rico J. Puno, Erik Santos, Rey Valera, Vice Ganda, Nyoy Volante, Mitoy Yonting, and Karylle.

Awards, Citations, & Nominations

Throughout its 10 seasons of existence, “It’s Showtime”, its hosts, and its judges have compiled a veritable collection of awards as well as nominations. Among these are:

2011-2012:

  • “Best Talent Search Program” at the 24th (2010) and 25th (2011) PMPC Star Awards for Television. Kim Atienza, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro and Vice Ganda were also nominated for “Best Talent Search Program Host” at the 2010 “Edition” of the said event. Likewise, the same group, together with Teddy Corpuz, Billy Crawford, Jugs Jugueta, and Karylle became nominees for “Best Talent Search Program Host” at its 2011 “Edition”.
  • For “Best Reality Show” at the 8th USTv Student’s Choice Awards (2012)
  • Also for “Best Entertainment Program” (nomination) at the 34th Catholic Mass Media Awards (2012)
  • Likewise, “Best Reality and Game Show” at the 26th PMPC Star Awards for Television (2012). Additionally, Kim Atienza, Ryan Bang, Billy Crawford, Teddy Corpuz, Anne Curtis, Coleen Garcia, Jhong Hilario, Jugs Jugueta, Vhong Navarro, Vice Ganda, and Karylle won “Best Reality and Game Show Host” on the said occasion.

2013-2014:

  • “Best Variety Show” and “Best Variety Show Host” (Curtis) at the 9th USTv Student’s Choice Awards (2013)
  • Similarly, “Best Variety Show”, “Best Male TV Host” (Crawford), and “Best Female TV Host” (Curtis) at the 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television (2013). Furthermore, still in the said ceremony, Vhong Navarro and Vice Ganda were nominated for “Best Male TV Host”, while Karylle was a nominee for “Best Female TV Host”.
  • “Best Male TV Host” (Navarro) at the Yahoo! OMG! Philippines Awards (2014)
  • For “Best Variety Show”, “Best Male TV Host” (Crawford), and “Best Female TV Host” (Curtis) at the 28th PMPC Star Awards for Television (2014). Also, in the same event, Vice Ganda was again a nominee for “Best Male TV Host”.

2015-2016:

  • “Outstanding Variety Program” (nominee) at the 2015 Golden Screen TV Awards.
  • For “Best Variety Show” at the 13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (2015)
  • “Best Variety Show” and “Best Male TV Host” (Vice Ganda) at the 2nd Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards (2015)
  • Likewise, “Best Variety Show” at the 11th USTv Students’ Choice Awards (2015)
  • “Best Musical Variety Show” (nomination), “Best Male TV Host” (Vice Ganda), and “Best Female TV Host” (Curtis) at the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television (2015). Additionally, at the same ceremony, Billy Crawford was a nominee for “Best Male TV Host”.
  • “Best TV Variety Show” at the 2nd (2016) Aral Parangal Awards of the Young Educators’ Council of SOCKSARGEN (YECS).
  • Similarly, “Best Variety Show” and “Best Variety Show Host” (Curtis) at the 12th USTv Students’ Choice Awards (2016)
  • And “Best Noontime Show” at the 2016 Golden Laurel Lyceans’ Choice Media Awards

So, are you now convinced that “It’s Showtime” is just what the doctor ordered for your Filipino friends, family, clients, and/or househelpers to “loosen up” and “bond” together, or at least to have some “common” thing to talk about? What are you waiting for, then? Finish your TFC subscription NOW, grab that remote, and let them enjoy some “bonding” and “breaking-the-ice” time! Perhaps, you might want to join in the fun, too!

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