It's Showtime (variety show)

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It's Showtime
It's Showtime (logo 2012).jpg
Also known as
  • Showtime
  • Magpasikat (2010)
Created by ABS-CBN
Developed by ABS-CBN
Written by
  • Jillmer Dy
  • Maria Anna Isabel Reyes
  • Ruth Peña-Padriga
  • Karla Gacusana
  • Bebeth Santos
  • Alex Balite
  • Ferdi Aguas
  • Alex Calleja
Directed by Bobet Vidanes
Presented by
Judges Various Hurados
Theme music composer DJ MOD and Bobet Vidanes
Opening theme "Showtime (2012 remix)"
performed by It's Showtime hosts
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 2,422 (as of June 22, 2017)
Executive producer(s) Peter Edward Dizon
Location(s) Studio 3, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center
Quezon City, Philippines
Editor(s) Alphonse Dayao
Kerwin de Mesa
Malvin Flores
Running time 195 minutes (Monday – Friday at 12:15 – 15:30 PST)
180 minutes (Saturday at 12:00 – 15:00 PST)
Original network ABS-CBN
Picture format 480i (SDTV) (2009–2015)
1080i (HDTV) (2015–present)
Original release as Showtime
October 24, 2009 (2009-10-24) – January 28, 2012 (2012-01-28)
as It's Showtime
February 6, 2012 (2012-02-06) – present
Preceded by Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba? (2001–2009)
Happy Yipee Yehey! (2011–2012)
External links

It's Showtime (formerly known as Showtime and Magpasikat) is a Philippine noontime variety show that premiered on October 24, 2009, on ABS-CBN. The show broadcasts from the ABS-CBN Studios at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. The show airs weekdays from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm, and Saturdays from 12:00 nn to 3:00 pm, and is presented mainly by Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Mariel Rodriguez, Amy Perez. The show is also broadcast worldwide through The Filipino Channel.

It's Showtime is the second live entertainment program in the Philippines to be broadcast with a true high-definition picture, after ASAP, sports programs and various shows. It's Showtime also belongs to ABS-CBN's elite list of longest running daily noontime variety shows that aired for five years or more, after Student Canteen (1958-1965), Eat Bulaga! (1989–1995), MTB (1998–2005) and Wowowee (2005–2010).


As Showtime![edit]

On October 24, 2009, Showtime premiered as a morning program, airing before the network's noontime shows, and served as the replacement for Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba? following its successful 8-year run. 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 that 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. In season 3, during the February 16, 2011, episode the segment returned, but with no random selection. Instead the group automatically performs on stage.

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, 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 12, 2011, to give way for Happy Yipee Yehey!. On January 28, 2012, the show aired a special episode to end its two-year competition format as Showtime, and ended with an impartial farewell.[1] On February 6, 2012, it debuted as a reformatted noontime show.[2][3] It's Showtime was also aired previously on Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports and Action) and CgeTV's website during its relaunch week.

As It's Showtime[edit]

Showtime ended its pre-noon time slot run on January 28, 2012, to prepare for a noon time, reformatted show which premiered on February 6, 2012, in its new timeslot, 11:30 am, replacing former noontime program Happy Yipee Yehey!. The show retained all of its hosts, including Vice Ganda, while adding former judges Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang and Coleen Garcia. Eric Tai was also added as a new host during the pilot episode. It's Showtime aired new long-term segments, while the competitive format returned once again as one of its segments. The competitive format was used for one final season, season five. To cater to the entire family audience, a new competition called Bida Kapamilya was introduced on April 30, 2012, as season six. Throughout the run of Bida Kapamilya, It's Showtime added Joy Rendon (May 19, 2012) and Rhed Bustamante (October 27, 2012) as part of the cast.

Amy Perez and Mariel Rodriguez were added to the show's main hosts on January 2, 2016, after guest co-hosting in December 2015. Coleen Garcia was dropped from the program because of her acting career. Meanwhile, Eric "Eruption" Tai left the show to focus on his sports career and married life. Jhong Hilario temporarily left the show on March 23, 2016 to run for councilor in Makati City; he reprised his hosting duties on May 10, 2016. On May 13, 2017, the show announced that James Reid and Nadine Lustre were added to the show as co-hosts.

Since April 11, 2016, the program was extended until 3:20 pm.


Karylle (left) and Anne Curtis (right), with guest co-host Angelica Panganiban

Main Hosts[edit]



  • XB Gensan (2010)
  • Showtime Dancers (2009)
  • Mel Feliciano (2009)
  • DJ MOD (2009)
  • DJ Nick (2009)
  • Dumbo (2009)
  • Jonas (2009)

Former hosts/guests[edit]

  • Coleen Garcia (2012–2016)
  • Eric "Eruption" Tai (2012–2016)
  • Joy Rendon (2012)
  • Rhed Bustamante (2012)
  • Rodrigo "Kabayan Kalokalike" Manansala (2014)
  • Angelica Jane "Ms. Pastillas Girl" Yap (2015)
  • Tommy Esguerra (2015)
  • Elly Rose "Happy Birthday Girl" Boñales (2015–2016)
  • Enzo Pelojero (2015)
  • Bayani Agbayani (2015)
  • Ryan Rems Sarita (2015)
  • Xia Vigor (2015)
  • Karen Reyes (Girltrends; 2016)
  • Maris Racal (Girltrends; 2016–2017)
  • Loisa Andalio (Girltrends; 2016–2017)
  • Miho Nishida (Girltrends; 2016–2017)
  • Devon Seron (Girltrends; 2016–2017)
  • Barbie Imperial (Girltrends; 2016–2017)
  • Riva Quenery (Girltrends; 2016–2017)
  • Jane de Leon (Girltrends; 2016–2017)
  • Nikki Gonzales (Girltrends; 2016–2017)
  • Leyana Magat (Girltrends; 2016–2017)
Occasional guest co-hosts

Current segments[edit]

Young Tayo Eh![edit]

The celebrity player of the day must place three out of the pool of twenty "Young Ones" into podiums labeled youngest, younger and young (in order from youngest to oldest). The game is split into three stages.

In stage one, Ramp-Age, the "Young Ones" introduce themselves on stage and name their idols of past and present.

In stage two, Q & Age, the "Young Ones" must answer the question of the day. These questions may range from identifying certain acronyms, objects or songs pertaining to today's generation. They have thirty seconds to write down their answer.

In stage three, Age Showtime, each of the "Young Ones" will showcase their talent and skills to the audience.

Between stages, the player can rearrange the "Young Ones" into different podiums. If the celebrity player correctly arranges the "Young Ones", he/she wins ₱15,000. However, if the player arranges them in the wrong order, each of the "Young Ones" wins ₱5,000 and the youngest one receiving a ₱5,000 bonus for proving their ultimate youthfulness.


Two teams of ten compete against each other as teams try to fit into a variety of household objects.


On Saturdays, KanTanghalian brings ABS-CBN singers and talents together for a song performance.

Tawag ng Tanghalan[edit]

Dubbed as "your all-time favorite search for outstanding amateur talents", Tawag ng Tanghalan is an amateur singing competition currently airing its second regular season. This is the second revival of the singing competition, which has aired previously on ABS-CBN in 1953 and 1987 respectively. The competition is open to Filipino contenders from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Discontinued segments[edit]

It's Showtime has developed numerous segments throughout its 7-year run. Its segments include beauty pageants, talent contests, quiz shows, interactive games, comedy sketches, and other remarkable concepts. Notable segments of It's Showtime are "Sine Mo 'To", "Kalokalike", "AdVice Ganda", "That's My Tomboy", "Sinong Nanay Mo", "Trabahula", "I am PoGay" and "Magpasikat".


One of the major concepts of the Showtime series airing throughout the whole run is the competition, in which talent groups compete against each other in a tournament for the grand finals.


Everyday there are winner/s who compete in the Weekly Finals, the winner/s in the Weekly Finals are one the finalists for the Monthly Finals. The winner/s in the Monthly Finals compete in the Grand Finals.

Grand Finals[edit]



Showtime's first grand finals on July 24, 2010 garnered a 35% national rating based on Kantar Media Philippines, beating 8.9% of Diz Iz It! and 13.7% of Eat Bulaga![9]

It's Showtime scored a 13.6% national rating when it made its debut on the noontime slot on February 6, 2012.[10] The episode received an overall 16.3% rating when the viewership numbers from Studio 23 were added. Initially placing behind Eat Bulaga!, the show's rating peaked to a 20.9% national rating during the final of the "Bida Kapamilya" segment and its third anniversary week-long celebration.[11][12]

The final of the "Kalokalike" segment garnered a 26.8% national rating on June 2, 2013, leaving Eat Bulaga! and Wowowillie with 13.2% and 2.8% ratings, respectively.[13] The final of the segment's second iteration posted a 21.6% national rating, once again beating Eat Bulaga! and Wowowillie with 15.8% and 2.6% ratings, respectively.[14]

It's Showtime continued its dominance in the noontime slot with its fourth anniversary week special held from October 21–26, 2013.[15][16]

In 2017, It's showtime garnered 33.6% ratings in the first grand finals of Tawag ng Tanghalan based on Kantar Media.


MTRCB suspension[edit]

Showtime was suspended by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) for twenty days. This was due to comments uttered by guest judge Rosanna Roces against certain groups, especially teachers, heard live on January 7, 2010. As a form of self-regulation, ABS-CBN relieved Roces of her jury duty, but a suspension was still served against the show effective January 11, 2010. It returned on February 1. In the meantime, a placeholder show called Magpasikat took over Showtime's timeslot.[17] The show had essentially the same format as with Showtime, except that the competing groups were composed of celebrities.

However, the suspension period lasted for only six days after the Court of Appeals issued a 60-day temporary restraining order against the MTRCB on January 15, 2010. The issuance of the order, and therefore the return of Showtime was announced later on Magpasikat.[18][19][20]

On March 26, 2010, MTRCB ordered a total one-month suspension of the program because of the incident, including the replacement Magpasikat. The MTRCB also directed the filing of criminal charges against Florida Tan, ABS-CBN vice-president for programming, and other officers "responsible for the violation."[21] Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN's Corporate Communications said that the suspension was not yet final and that they were seeking appeal before the Office of the President.[22] However the variety show won the case because the MTRCB had not presented new arguments that would justify a reversal of its previous resolution.[23][24]

"Pastillas Girl" controversy[edit]

"Nasaan Ka Mr. Pastillas?" was a daily reality-dating game serial which drew the ire of netizens and the women's group Gabriela. Because of various complaints from online social networking sites, MTRCB summoned the show's executives to discuss the segment. After a thorough investigation, MTRCB imposed "self-regulation" on It's Showtime because of the segment.

Showtime: The Album[edit]

Showtime: The Album
Cover Album of Showtime The Album.jpg
Compilation album
Released October 15, 2010 (2010-10-15)
Recorded 2010
Genre Soundtrack
Label Star Music
Producer Jonathan Manalo (executive)

A self-debut album composed of five music tracks featuring the Showtime hosts.[25][26]

  • "Showtime Theme" – Showtime cast
  • "Magpasikat" – Teddy Corpuz
  • "Madlang People" – song created by DJ M.O.D.
  • "Hari Ng Dance Floor" – Vhong Navarro
  • "We'll Get There" – Anne Curtis


In 2010, Showtime held live shows from February 1 to 6 in Cebu. Voting for judges was suspended as Sheryn Regis and Gab Valenciano stepped in as special judges. The program also had a special episode featuring highlights from the One Kapamilya Go event at the Great America in Santa Clara, CA which took place on September 12, 2010. The special episode aired on October 7, 2010, exclusively on The Filipino Channel. The special judges consisted of Pooh, Angelica Panganiban, Michael Copon, Gelo of Barangay USA and Vice Ganda.

In 2011, Showtime visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

In 2013, the It's Showtime hosts performed in Honolulu, Hawaii for their day-long concert tour.

In 2014, the It's Showtime hosts performed in Canada as a part of the program's fifth anniversary celebration.

In 2015, It's Showtime kicked off its month-long, sixth anniversary celebration at the Araneta Coliseum. The program also toured at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna and Hoops Dome in Cebu.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated artist/work Result Source
2010 24th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Search Program Cast and crew Won [27]
Best Talent Search Program Host Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Kim Atienza and Vice Ganda Nominated
2011 25th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Search Program Cast and crew Won
(tied with Talentadong Pinoy)
Best Talent Search Program Host Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Vice Ganda, Kim Atienza, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Jugs and Teddy Nominated
2012 8th USTv Student's Choice Awards Best Reality Show Cast and crew Won [29]
34th Catholic Mass Media Awards Best Entertainment Program Cast and crew Nominated [30]
26th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Reality and Game Show Cast and crew Won [31]
Best Reality and Game Show Host Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Vice Ganda, Kim Atienza, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Ryan Bang, Coleen Garcia, Jhong Hilario, Jugs and Teddy Won
2013 9th USTv Students' Choice Awards Best Variety Show Cast and crew Won [32]
Best Variety Show Host Anne Curtis Won
27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Variety Show Cast and crew Won [33]
Best Male TV Host Billy Crawford Won
Vhong Navarro Nominated
Vice Ganda Nominated
Best Female TV Host Anne Curtis Won
Karylle Nominated
2014 Yahoo! OMG! Philippines Awards Best Male TV Host Vhong Navarro Won [34]
28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Variety Show Cast and crew Won [35]
Best Male TV Host Billy Crawford Won
Vice Ganda Nominated
Best Female TV Host Anne Curtis Won
2015 2015 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Variety Program Cast and crew Nominated [36]
13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Variety Show Cast and crew Won [37]
2nd Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards Best Variety Show Cast and crew Won [38]
Best Male TV Host Vice Ganda Won
11th USTv Students' Choice Awards Best Variety Show Cast and crew Won [39]
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Musical Variety Show Cast and crew Nominated [40]
Best Male TV Host Vice Ganda Won
Billy Crawford Nominated
Best Female TV Host Anne Curtis Won
2016 2nd Aral Parangal Awards of the Young Educators’ Council of SOCKSARGEN (YECS) Best TV Variety Show Cast and crew Won [41]
12th USTv Students' Choice Awards Best Variety Show Cast and crew Nominated [42][43]
Best Variety Show Host Anne Curtis Won
2016 Golden Laurel Lyceans’ Choice Media Awards Best Noontime Show Cast and crew Won [44]

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