StarStruck (Season 1)

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This article is about the first season of the Philippine TV series. For other uses, see Starstruck (disambiguation).
StarStruck (Season 1)
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Everything is a test. You just have to believe in the power of your dreams, and survive. StarStruck!
Starring Hosts:
Dingdong Dantes
Nancy Castiglione
Joey de Leon
Joyce Bernal
Ida Henares
Country of origin Philippines Philippines
No. of episodes 71 episodes (Season 1)
Running time 30-60 minutes
Original channel GMA Network
Original run October 27, 2003 – February 1, 2004
External links
StarStruck Website

The first season of StarStruck premiered on October 27, 2003. The council was formed with Joey de Leon, Joyce Bernal, and Ida Henares representing it. The show was co-hosted by Dingdong Dantes and Nancy Castiglione.


StarStruck was first announced on GMA Network program SOP, where the hosts invited teenagers to audition for the upcoming StarStruck season. Much of the auditions were held at the GMA Network's headquarters and at SM Supermalls throughout the Philippines.

The first season of StarStruck was directed by Lino Cayetano, who has studied and taught film in the University of the Philippines, aside from his film and audiovisual communications course in New York Film Academy.

The pilot episode was aired on October 27, 2003. Out of thousands who auditioned, only 100 were chosen for the first cut. From 100, it was trimmed down to 60, then from 60 to 30, and from 30 to the 14 finalists. The Final Fourteen underwent various workshops and trainings in order to develop their personalities, talents, and charisma. But, the twist is that every week, two of the Final 14 may have to say goodbye until only four remain. Those who were eliminated were dubbed as "StarStruck Avengers". The Final Four Survivors will vie for the coveted "Ultimate Survivor" title, one male and one female. Each of them have received five-hundred thousand pesos and exclusive contracts from GMA Network. The runner-ups received one-hundred thousand pesos as well. The StarStruck Avengers (the losing contestants) also received exclusive contracts from the network.


When the Final 14 was chosen, they are assigned to different challenges every week that will hone their acting, singing, and dancing abilities. Every week, one is meant to leave the competition until there were just 6 others who are left. From Final 6, there will be two of them who will be eliminated and after the elimination of the two, the Final 4 will be revealed. The Final 4 will be battling with each other on the Final Judgment. People will choose who they want to win the competition by text voting. 30% of the result will come from the text votes and the remaining 70% is from the StarStruck council.

Final Judgment[edit]

The winner was announced on a two-hour TV special dubbed StarStruck Final Judgement held on February 1, 2004. Araneta Coliseum, the venue of the event was jampacked with an estimated 15,000 StarStruck fans and supporters and almost the same number of fans used to wait outside the venue because of seats' insufficience. Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado were proclaimed Ultimate Survivors and each of them received one million pesos plus exclusive contracts from GMA Network and one-hundred thousand pesos each for the runner-ups Yasmien Kurdi & Rainier Castillo. The Starstruck Avengers also received exclusive contracts. During the Judgment Day, it was also announced that the Final 14 will be having their own show. The Final Judgment rated 42.8%, impressively high for a late Sunday night telecast, the Starstruck Final Judgement was the only TV event that narrowly matched the Eat Bulaga Silver anniversary special.

The First Final Judgement night's theme was based on the popular film The Matrix.

StarStruck Finalists (with dates of elimination)
Season 1's Final 14 (2003-2004)
Mark Herras Ultimate Male Survivor
Jennylyn Mercado Ultimate Female Survivor
Rainier Castillo First Prince
Yasmien Kurdi First Princess
Nadine Samonte January 9, 2004
Dion Ignacio January 9, 2004
Christian Esteban December 26, 2003
Katrina Halili December 19, 2003
Tyron Perez December 12, 2003
Sheena Halili December 5, 2003
Jade Lopez November 28, 2003
Anton dela Paz November 21, 2003
Cristine Reyes November 14, 2003
Alvin Aragon November 7, 2003

Signature Dances and Songs[edit]

There are signature dances and songs made in each batch. With this batch, their signature dances and songs are:

Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse and Stage 1: LIVE![edit]

Because of the StarStruck fever, GMA Network created a new show, Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse. The StarStruck test continues on this show where the Final 14 have to prove their staying power in the business. Every week from Mondays to Thursdays, the show presents a miniseries starring the StarStruck 1 Final 14, but this time their acting prowess is put into test. The show already went off the air with high ratings.

Fridays would serve as critical day because the audience will judge their performance for the week through text messaging. An acting award is also given to the survivor who excelled in that week. Stage 1: LIVE! is also somewhat a variety show for the Survivors. If Mondays to Thursdays, they showed their acting skills, during Fridays, they are able to show their dancing, singing and hosting prowess. The show was hosted by Chynna Ortaleza and Cogie Domingo with Raymond Gutierrez. The show already went off the air.

Elimination chart[edit]

Male Female Challenge Winner/s Bottom Group Eliminated Winner
Date: (2003–2004) 11/07 11/14 11/21 11/28 12/05 12/12 12/19 12/26 01/02 01/09 02/01
Contestant Result
Mark Herras Bottom 5 Bottom 4 CW Bottom 3 Winners
Jennylyn Mercado Bototm 3 CW CW Bottom 3
Rainier Castillo CW Bottom 5 Bottom 4 CW Bottom 3 Runners-Up
Yasmien Kurdi CW Bottom 5 CW
Dion Ignacio Bottom 5 Bottom 5 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
Nadine Samonte CW Bottom 3 Bottom 3
Christian Esteban Bottom 5 Elim
Katrina Halili CW Bottom 4 Elim
Tyron Perez Bottom 3 Bottom 5 Elim
Sheena Halili Bottom 3 CW Bottom 5 Elim
Jade Lopez Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
Anton dela Paz Bottom 3 Elim
Cristine Reyes Elim
Alvin Aragon Elim