ABS-CBN bags ‘Got Talent’ franchise

Posted at 10/05/09 12:39 PM

MANILA – It is now time for the country's talented but undiscovered stars to shine.

ABS-CBN will soon unveil its newest reality television series patterned after the popular “Britain’s Got Talent (BGT)” and “America’s Got Talent.” This after the Kapamilya network acquired the “Got Talent” franchise, a British television format conceived and owned by “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell.

Kane Choa of ABS-CBN Corporate Communication told abs-cbnNEWS.com in a text message that the latest reality-based talent show will be called “Pilipinas Got Talent.”

"Pilipinas Got Talent will soon start the audition. Abangan nila ang next announcements," Choa said.

Similar to other “Got Talent” series, the Philippine version of the talent show will also feature singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers from all ages.

Filipino singer Madonna Decena, who rose to fame when she became one of BGT’s semi-finalists, will be part of the show’s primer.

"Isang malaking blessing iyan kasi it would open doors sa lahat ng Filipinos na vey talented pero hindi pa nadi-discover sa Pilipinas," Decena said in a phone interview.

Decena said she feels honored to be part of the talent show.

"Masarap ang feeling na kahit paano magiging part ako ng, I guess, isa sa pinakamalaking talent show sa Pilipinas. So, sa lahat ng mga sasali, give [your] best. Sigurado na it’s life changing for them. And also have fun," Decena said.

Decena, who is now in the country as the newest addition to Manny Pacquiao’s roster of talents, shared that her life changed for the better after joining BGT.

She said: "It was really a nice experience. And nandiyan na lahat iyong recognition sa iyo at sa mga Filipino din kasi siyempre international din. I hope it will [have] the same impact din sa mga sasali…. Manalo o matalo, it’s okay. What matters is naipakita mo kung ano ang meron ka.”

Currently, Decena is gearing for her first international concert with Pacquiao in Las Vegas on November 15, a day after the most-awaited fight of the Filipino boxing icon with Miguel Cotto.

The "Got Talent" franchise is one of the fastest growing international franchises, spawning spin-offs in over 20 countries, according to Wikipedia. Other successful franchises are "The Weakest Link," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," "Dancing with the Stars" and "Pop Idol."

"Got Talent" is the latest franchise to be acquired by the Kapamilya network. It  has also acquired the rights to air programs patterned after international shows "Big Brother" and "Deal or No Deal."  -Reyma Buan-Deveza, abs-cbnNEWS.com