As it celebrates ten years on air with festivities dubbed “Sampu-sample”, It’s Showtime is not only going to provide the madlang people a spectacular lineup of the hosts’ Magpasikat performances, but to also delight us with the return of their segments that we all truly loved through the years, such as Tawag ng Tanghalan or TNT.
A revival of the classic local singing contest on television that began in 1953, Tawag ng Tanghalan has found its way back on air via the noontime show, which has been its home for more than three years now. It has already showcased thousands of talented Pinoy talents from different parts of the archipelago and the world who have dreamt of breaking into the local entertainment scene through their astounding singing prowess in its four seasons – three regular and one kids’ editions.
And now, for its “Sampu-sample” fete, they have introduced the “Celebrity Champions” edition, in which 24 musically-talented celebs were tapped to be the contestants who would vie for the crown as the first-ever celebrity grand champion of TNT.
The current season is hugely different from the usual run of the singing contest for it’s going to be held for two weeks only. On the first week, four contenders each day for the daily showdowns from which a daily winner will be determined by the hurados. The daily winners will then proceed to the second week, wherein a series of battles will ensue until the grand champion will be hailed.
In a recent media conference, the celebrity contestants were already unveiled, namely, Roxanne Barcelo, Jay-R Siaboc, Chard Ocampo, Thor Dulay, Alex Castro, Anton Diva, Songyupsal (a.k.a Jinho Bae), Ana Ramsey, Lance Raymundo, Geoff Taylor, Stephen Robles, Niel Murillo, Ethel Booba, Shirley Fuentes, Mike Luis, and Justin Alva. Meanwhile, Ara Mina, Myrtle Sarrosa, Patricia Javier, Marlo Mortel, Pepe Herrera, and Jimi Marquez are also the contenders to watch out for.
PHOTOS: TNT Celebrity Champions Press Meet Up
Those who were present in the event enthusiastically teased a bit of their vocal powers by giving a little sample and graciously answered the questions of the media people, including who among their opponents they think is going to be their stiffest rival/s. Some of them gave safe answers, but some disclosed opponents they consider intimidating.
Most of them agreed that it would be The Voice Philippines Season 1 alumnus Thor Dulay, since he’s been in the music industry for so many years now, working as a singer, songwriter, and vocal coach. Some, including Thor himself, also mentioned stand-up comedian Anton Diva, who’s a well-known impersonator of Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, and MOR 101.9’s DJ Ana Ramsey.
Who would stand out among these stars and ascend as the first-ever TNT Celebrity Champion? Let’s find out by watching the pangmalakasang showdowns on It’s Showtime!