'Pinoy Got Talent' premieres February 20

Posted at 02/20/10 9:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Will the Philippines find its own Susan Boyle?  The country's biggest and only nationwide talent-reality show "Pilipinas Got Talent" kicks off Saturday (Februay 20) on ABS-CBN with 60-year-old women strutting to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” to a 12-year-old belting out Nicole Scherzinger.

From the international franchise that discovered and continues to discover world class acts, “Pilipinas Got Talent” (PGT) will feature the best and only the finest Pinoy talents from all over the country, covering all age groups, doing outstanding and breath-taking acts ranging from the usual singing, dancing, and acting pieces all the way to the weird, funny, and extraordinary acts.

"Pilipinas Got Talent" is hosted by Billy Crawford and Luis Manzano. 

The grand winner of this competition will take home P2 million. But before that, every hopeful must first be able to impress and get at least 2 approvals from PGT’s distinguished panel of judges — the country’s queen of all media Kris Aquino, comedy-concert queen Ai Ai Delas Alas, and former ABS-CBN President and COO Freddie M. Garcia a.k.a. FMG.

“I will not be swayed by beauty or gwapo, but just in pure talent. I will be fair but will be very analytical. I will look at all the elements of the performing talent or what we call the ‘X-factor.’ That’s what we are looking for,” said FMG or also rightfully called as the ‘expert’ being responsible for the success of many programs and artists in the entertainment industry.

Auditions started at the end of 2009 and thousands of PGT hopefuls flocked to the audition venues for a shot of becoming the first “Pilipinas Got Talent” winner.

Kris, in her Sunday entertainment show “The Buzz,” was quite impressed with the array of talents she has witnessed so far as she proudly commended the participants who made it to the first screening.

“You can definitely see how talented Filipinos are in all possible acts you can think of from singing all the way to doing magic and acrobatic stunts,” said Kris. “There is actually one contestant that I want to give a record deal already and there is this one group who can actually compete with acts in Las Vegas. They are that good.’

At the end of the semi-finals, only a few will be proclaimed finalists and the people will then have the power to choose who among them has the talent by voting for the finalist of their choice.

Don’t miss “Pilipinas Got Talent,” hosted by Billy Crawford and Luis Manzano, every Saturday beginning Feb 20,7:30 PM, and every Sunday, 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN.

Also, catch the funny moments and unseen footages in this highly-anticipated talent-reality show with Marc Abaya in “Pilipinas Got More Talent,” weekdays, 4:30 PM, beginning Monday (Feb 22).