IT’S SHOW TIME A blessed Family Show aired by ABS-CBN network of Pinoy Channel, it’s showtime is the third longest running prime-time show of the network. The famous variety/comedy show was first aired in October 2009. It started turning a lot of heads when the format of the show was announced during live broadcast. Since then, this show carries its uniqueness and entertainment in a much different way than other shows of the same genre.
The original cast consisted of Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Kim Atienza, Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz, and Vice Ganda as the permanent judge. During the third season, the show added previously evicted judges Billy Crawford and Karylle as hosts.
In its first four seasons, Showtime’s competition format was comprised of three groups, each made up of two to twenty-five members (with no age limit), perform a single performance, either a song and/or dance number. After the group’s performance, the judges give a collective “yes” or “no” to the group. If the judges give a “yes”, the group is considered part of the main contest, with the judges scores of the group’s performance included in the calculation of the winner. A “no” means exclusion of the group from the main contest. This segment was removed during season 2.
The group with the highest average score from the judges wins and proceeds to the weekly finals. All winners throughout the whole week perform in the weekly finals. Whoever wins in the weekly finals gets the chance to compete in the monthly finals. Lastly, all the monthly finalists compete in the season’s grand finals.
Aside from the talent competition, Pinoy Channel It’s Showtime also aired quick, short-term segments that offer cash prizes to the studio audience. On January 1, 2011, the show was moved to the noontime slot temporarily. It returned to its original time slot on February. The show’s glamorous host Amy Perez and Mariel Rodriguez have transformed the show in to a classy variety show which is being welcomed by many in the Philippines.