Three months since Judy Ann Santos’ first toddler game show “Bet On Your Baby” aired on TV, ratings of the show have continued to skyrocket and her hosting skills continuously received approval. But more than these feats, Juday claims that what she’s most proud of was the fact that she can help improve lives of some families through the show.
“Nakaka-goodvibes ba na paguwi mo ng bahay nakangiti ka kasi puro bata ‘yung kasama mo, may mga napapaiyak ka sa saya dahil uuwi silang milyonaryo,” she enthused during a recent exclusive interview with Push.com.ph.
She added, “Palagi akong nagpapasalamat kapag nagdadasal ako na thankful ako na nagagawa akong instrument para makapagpa-inspire ng mga tao and mabigyan sila ng mas magandang buhay.”
The local franchise of a hit American game show has featured families with toddlers between the ages of two to three-and-a-half years old, who play to see how well they can guess their child's next move in order to win the grand prize.
However, the local franchise saw a couple of additions, which included an opening dance number with the host herself which was performed to the tune of the show’s locally-created theme song, among others.
Not long, a consultant of the show’s international counterpart took notice and even lauded the local franchise due to its very unique take on the show.
To this the prized Kapamilya star explained, “Mapuso kasi ang Pilipino eh and tayo bilang Pilipino likas talaga sa atin ang tumulong at tsaka likas sa atin ‘yung maging masiyahin kahit na nasa trahedya ka. Makikita mo naman ‘yan sa mga dinaaanan ng bagyo, makikitaan mo parin sila ng smila. ‘Yun ang atake ng Pilipino sa buhay na ngitian mo nalang, ‘pag sinimangutan mo ‘yan papanget kapa. Kaya siguro naninibago ‘yung consultant ng ‘Bet On Your Baby’ kasi nga very positive ang Filipinos, regardless of what state of living you’re in and at the same time kesehodang mayaman, mahirap, masaya.”
Judy Ann presupposes that this consultant is fairly novel at how Pinoys usually want their game shows to be which usually includes not only rib-tickling performances but also tearful life stories.
“Feeling ko itong consultant na ito bagong bago siya sa fact na ma-drama talaga ang mga Pilipino. Likhang mada-drama talaga. Likas sating mga Pilipino ang masiyahin pero likas rin sating mga Pilipino ‘yung ma-hook ka sa drama ng family na ito,” she said.
Speaking of stories, the actress-host likewise underscored that these life stories that she hear from parents who are joining the show also allow her to learn bits and pieces about parenting.
“Nakaka-inspire rin minsan ‘yung mga hindi masyadong well off na families pero ‘pag pinanood mo ‘yung mga interviews nila alam mong sa puso nila masaya at kumpleto sila at wala na silang gustong hilingin pa kundi ang makapaglaro sa ‘Bet on Your Baby.’ Kung manalo eh di manalo, kung hindi eh di hindi. Basta at least nag-enjoy ‘yung baby nila sa baby dome. ‘Yun ‘yung mga inspiring people for me eh, sila talaga ‘yung makikita mong purong-puro ‘yung pagmamahal sa isa’t-isa walang halong ka-showbizan,” related Juday.
In the end though, she underscored that the show is not just about the drama but ultimately about having a good time with kids and some dancing, something which Juday confessed that she’s yet to get used to.
“Ay hanggang ngayon! Dine-deadma ko nalang siya ginagawa ko nalang siyang panaginip. Hindi siya totoo. Wala eh parang natutuwa rin ‘yung mga tao na nakikita nila ‘yung mga ganon. It’s something new and something different. Eventually na-get over ko narin ‘yung kaba every opening spiels na sasayaw kana. Dati kasi nung mga first give taping days kabadong kabado ako eh. Hindi naman sa sinisisiw eh natanggap ko na ganon eh. Hindi na siya mabababago, baka madagdagan pa. Tanggap ko na ‘yun,” shared the young superstar laughingly.