Friday, May 18, 2012


STAR CIRCUIT By Ricky L. Calderon (The Freeman) Updated May 18, 2012 12:00 AM

[B]GMA 7’s Showbiz Central is marking its fifth anniversary with a month-long celebration by presenting special episodes, beginning with the birthday celebration of its new co-host Jennylyn Mercado last Sunday. The said episode saw Luis Manzano, the boyfriend of Jennylyn, appearing in the show as part of the deal that saw Jennylyn also appearing in Kapamilya Deal or No Deal, hosted by her boyfriend.
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We had a chance to talk to John “Sweet” Lapus last Sunday after the live telecast of Showbiz Central and the TV host is in high spirits. “We are so happy that we have gone this far. Hindi naman basta-bastang programa ang binangga namin, di ba? Ang feeling ko, after five years, vindicated na kami. Showbiz Central was able to change the TV viewing habits of the audience every Sunday afternoon as evidenced by the ratings. We are very thankful to God and all the televiewers who watch Showbiz Central regularly,” he said.

[B]Sweet admits it was he who broached the idea of getting Jennylyn to be part of Showbiz Central. “She was our guest co-host before and she did very well. I told the staff that we should get her as a regular co-host. I was very vocal about my desire to have her in our show. I even told Luis that he was such a good influence to Jen. Aside from being very pretty, Jen is also very articulate. And she dresses well. The fans are waiting what she will wear on the show and how she looks like every Sunday. She is blooming.” John added they are all happy that Jen is now part of the Showbiz Central family.[/B]

What can the viewers look forward as Showbiz Central enters its sixth year? Of course, there would still be the Don’t Lie to Me segment hosted by Sweet, [B]although there was none last Sunday to give way to the grand launch of Jennylyn as host.[/B] This Sunday, Sweet will be featuring the controversial Annabelle Rama in Don’t Lie To Me. Then there is the segment, Story of Your Life (being done by Raymond Gutierrez) which is also much-awaited. Many celebrities would want to be featured on that segment. They have also this new segment called Most Influential which they do once a month. This features influential people in showbiz who are non-celebrities.

We asked Sweet if he has a hand in choosing the celebrities featured in Don’t Lie to Me. “I am confident with the segment that we could put anyone in it and the segment would still rate. Sometimes, I would tell the staff na sila-sila na lang ang lumabas sa Don’t Lie to Me. Confident ako na kahit sino ang i-guest namin, the live rating would prove that the segment is much-awaited, modesty aside. Ipaglalaban ko ang segment. Aside from having a good concept (may tatak Showbiz Central), inaabangan ng mga tao kung paano ako mahihilo o maaksidente, the more they enjoyed it,” he said.

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