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‘Talentadong Pinoy’, ‘Amazing Race PH’ among TV5’s returning shows for 2014

Spyro Marco performs during the finale of 'Talentadong Pinoy Worldwide: The Battle Royale'' in August 2013. (Teddy Pelaez/InterAksyon)

One of TV5’s greatest hits is coming back for a sixth season in 2014.

After airing what many thought was its “farewell finale” show last August, the extremely popular and award-winning talent reality show “Talentadong Pinoy” will be back on the air sometime this year.

This was announced by TV5 chief content entertainment officer Wilma Galvante during a recent presentation of the Kapatid network’s upcoming shows for the new year.

Since it first went on the air in 2008, “Talentadong Pinoy” has garnered more awards than any other talent show in the country, winning top honors from the KBP Golden Dove, MTRCB, PMPC Star Awards for TV, Catholic Mass Media Awards, USTv Students Choice, Gawad UP Gandingan TV Awards, Enpress and Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Entertainment Awards.

It has also produced countless champions with talents that go beyond the usual song and dance fare seen in other similar shows. These include sand artist Joseph The Artist, pole dancer Sfazhiva, hula hoop dancer Astroboy, flag turners Sandugo Guardline, yoyo master Yoyo Tricker and diabolo expert Spyro Marco.

During the emotional finale of its “Talentadong Pinoy Worldwide Battle Royale” show at the Cuneta Astrodome, longtime host Ryan Agoncillo said he was very proud that the series blazed the trail for other talent shows that mushroomed in the wake of its success.

One month after the show’s last broadcast, Galvante intimated to media during the launch of the station’s “Weekend Do It Better” campaign that TV5 was committed to bringing “Talentadong Pinoy” back on the air. In her earlier interviews, the veteran programmer said the network also hoped to bring Ryan back as the show’s host.

But with Ryan now committed to GMA Network’s weekend game show “Picture Picture”, which premiered last November, it remains a big question mark whether he will return for a sixth season of “Talentadong Pinoy”.

Whether or not Ryan returns, the time may be right for “Talentadong Pinoy” to embark on a fresh start and a radical makeover. In any case, it’s not the only comebacking show for the year.

Derek Ramsay will be back to host the second season of 'The Amazing Race Philippines'.

Also returning on the air is the much-awaited second season of “The Amazing Race Philippines”. During its debut season, the Philippine franchise of the Emmy-award winning reality competition series did well in the ratings and is now back with even bigger challenges.

Now dubbed “The Amazing Race Philippines: Biyaheng Asya”, the series will extend its playing field to neighboring Asian countries with possibly even bigger prizes. Most of the contestants from the inaugural season went on to bigger things after the show.

These include actress LJ Moreno who is in the cast of “Madam Chairman” as Akihiro Blanco’s teacher, teammate CJ Jaravata who appeared in Rufa Mae Quinto’s sci-fi comedy “Ang Huling Henya” and former beauty queen Dani Castaño who is now with the showbiz talk show, “Showbiz Police”.

Another show coming back for a second serving is “The Million Peso Money Drop” which is expected to replace “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” after the latter wraps up its current season. Bossing Vic Sotto is once again expected to host.

Other returning shows are Aga Muhlach’s “Let’s Ask Pilipinas” which was recently extended to another season; “Face The People” with Gelli De Belen and Tintin Bersola-Babao back for another problem-solving season.

One new show that could be considered as “bagong luma” is “Celebrity Dance Battle”. The title alone sounds like it’s a retitled and reformatted version of “Shall We Dance?”, the long-running celebrity dance competition show hosted by Leyte 4th district Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez.

Returning as the new show’s host, Lucy is again expected to display the form that earned her the title “Asia’s Dance Goddess”. In an earlier interview with InterAksyon, the host slash solon said “Shall We Dance?” is one of the things she missed doing on television especially since it had a five-year run on TV5.

Fans of the show and dance enthusiasts in general should be happy to see a dance competition back on the air after a rather extended hiatus.