Willie Revillame insists that “Wowowillie”, his much anticipated return to noontime television, is not about ratings or competition but simply to help and entertain people.
That does not mean that he, his production team and TV5, are not pulling all the stops to make his new show’s debut this Saturday any less grand, especially on his 52nd birthday.
Willie promises a three-hour spectacle of fun and prizes when the curtain opens for the show’s maiden broadcast. The opening number alone, which the host himself repeatedly raved about in a press conference on Wednesday, will feature a whopping 300 dancers.
That’s not yet counting the over 70 stars and performers that will also grace the big event and show their support, starting with “Pinoy Explorer” host Aga Muhlach (a close friend of Willie) and “Kidlat” lead star Derek Ramsay.
Some of TV5’s rising stars, including Ritz Azul, Eula Caballero, Jazz Ocampo, Meg Imperial and Carla Humphries, will also be on hand along with “Artista Academy” winners and final six finalists Sophie Albert, Vin Abrenica, Chanel Morales, Shaira Mae, Mark Neumann and Akihiro Blanco.
Kapatid leading men Daniel Matsunaga, Wendell Ramos, JC De Vera, Edgar Allan Guzman, Rainier Castillo, Alwyn Uytingco and Martin Escudero will also be present.
As for the performers, no less than Mr. Pure Energy himself, Gary Valenciano, soul siren Nina, Yeng Constantino and maestro Ryan Cayabyab will make beautiful music while the Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.De.Ap will join Pinoy rock bands Kamikazee and Parokya ni Edgar in one epic number.
Vocal powerhouse Side A, Wency Cornejo, Ebe Dancel, Lloyd Umali, Luke Mijares, Brenan, Lou Bonnevie and Basil Valdez will also perform for the studio audience and home viewers alike.
The guest list does not end there. There’s also Regine Angeles, Nina Jose, Charee Pineda, Meg Imperial, Mocha Uson, Wendy Valdez, Erika Padilla, Jamilla Obispo, Sexbomb dancers Aira, Jopay, Louise, Che-che and Mia will also raise temperatures alongside several members of the Philippine Azkals.
Meanwhile, stand-up comedians Ate Gay, Le Chaz, Anton, Trizsha, Shawie, Kim Idol and Bonito will share the stage with Empoy, Brod Pete, Tado, Mr. Fu, IC Mendoza, Shalala and The Alabang Housewives Pamela and Vanessa for a comic production number.
But the fun, laughter and of course, the big prizes are not going to end with “Wowowillie”’s January 26 broadcast. Willie said one of the exciting new segments to look forward to is the “Born To Be A Star” talent contest, which extends TV5’s commitment to develop new sensations on top of shows like “Talentadong Pinoy” and “Artista Academy”.
As far as guest performers are concerned, Willie said he also intends to invite entertainers that people have not seen for a long time but are still more than capable of wowing the crowds. These include singers like Lloyd Umali and Lou Bonnevie, who will sing this Saturday, but also the likes of Dessa, Richard Reynoso, Gino Padilla and more.
One talent whose career Willie is reviving is Ethel Booba, who will be a regular co-host of “Wowowillie”, along with Mariel Rodriguez, Grace Lee, Camille Villar, Arci Muñoz, Ava of PYT and Lovely Abella.
The maiden broadcast of “Wowowillie” will also mark the unveiling of the spanking new-look Delta Theater in Quezon Avenue which will be renamed the Wowowillie Studio. With a 1,100-seating capacity and state-of-the-art facilities considered the most advanced for live shows, Willie said TV5 spent around P100 million for its major facelift while Wil Productions chipped in over P30 million more.
“Para na siyang Las Vegas theater,” Willie quipped.
In leaving no stone unturned for “Wowowillie”, TV5 first vice president for Creative and Entertainment Production Perci Intalan said the new show is about providing daytime viewers more choices in the increasingly crowded field of noontime entertainment.
“We’re very excited to bring ‘Wowowillie’ to every household because this is TV5’s first daily noontime variety show. The management feels that the network is ready to field ‘Wowowillie’ in the noontime slot in our mission to provide our daytime viewers more options,” Intalan rationalized.
SOURCE: Interaksyon TV5