Blog Posts by Ed Sicam

  • Is there room for another talent search contest?

    Apparently, Queen Latifah and her co-producer David Broome (of "The Biggest Loser") think there is.

    Their new show, "The Next," joins a seemingly overloaded field that includes  "American Idol," "The Voice," "America's Got Talent," "X Factor" and "Duets."

    On its premiere night on Monday on ETC (Channel 14 on Sky and 9 on terrestrial TV) two episodes were aired. Locally, the new show goes up against GMA's "Protégé," ABS-CBN's "X Factor" and TV 5's "Artista Academy."

    What sets "The Next" apart?

    How it's different

    First, the show concentrates on talents who already have a following in their respective cities. The premiere episode took place at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida where four outstanding artists chosen by the producers competed for a slot in the semifinal round. The second hour was devoted to the competition at the Hippodrome in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Second, mentors Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas, John Rich and Nelly do not vote, unlike other talent competitions. Their only

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  • Top 10 memorable moments on ‘Late Show’

    I have been a fan of David Letterman since he hosted a 12:30 a.m. daily talk show on NBC in the 1980s. I got hooked on his quirky sense of humor and absurd stunts: watermelons and other objects being dropped from the top of a five-storey building or a dozen or more people dressed in different costumes entering a store and not buying anything.

    He not only had the usual run of celebrity guests, authors and politicians on his show, he also pioneered segments like "Stupid Pet Tricks" and later, "Stupid Human Tricks." He also has a daily Top Ten list, a roll call of absurdities that began as a parody of the sexiest celebrities list the media cranks out regularly.

    Recently, he featured "Top Ten Rejected Lionel Richie Song Lyrics" (Number 5: "Stuck on you / I bet you wish you weren't drunk / When you went and got that tattoo / Yes it's truly lame / That you misspelled your name"). He also had U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama deliver "Top Ten Fun Facts about Gardening" (Number 7: "In his

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  • After auditions that attracted more than 12,000 wannabes at the Araneta Coliseum, that huge number has been reduced to 16 prospective stars who will be trained in singing, dancing and acting at TV5's "Artista Academy."

    The Best Actor and Best Actress of the Academy will share P20 million in prizes, the biggest prize ever in the history of talent search contests.

    Last Saturday, I watched the 16 contestants or scholars, as they are called, in what the Kapatid network billed as their first live exam.

    The first thing I noticed was that six members of the group were half-Filipinos. Alberto Bruno and Jon Orlando are both Fil-Italians. Akihiro Blanco is Fil-Japanese. Mark Neumann is Fil-Croatian while Stephanie Rowe has a Brit for a dad.  Malak So Shdifat's father is Palestinian.

    I was reminded of the Bb .Pilipinas beauty pageant where several contestants came from abroad.

    Is this an indication that we are lacking in homegrown talents? Maybe TV5 should have widened the search to include the

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  • How the networks covered the floods of August

    As torrential rains caused massive flooding in 80% of Metro Manila and large areas of nearby provinces, TV networks scrambled to air reports from affected areas throughout the day and much of the night.

    TV Patrol's Noli de Castro anchored portions of the news from Marikina while Mel Tiangco of "24 Oras" did the news from Roxas District in Quezon City. For once, crime stories, politics and show biz intrigue did not dominate the newscasts.

    Footage of the flooding illustrated just how bad the situation was. A landslide buried three houses and killed eight people who were trapped inside one of the structures. Four survivors were rushed to the hospital.

    North and South Luzon Expressway were closed to traffic as the roads remained impassable.

    Reporters waist-deep in floodwater

    Thanks to network reporting, we saw the flooded ground floor of the UST hospital where the emergency room is located. Networks also aired the appeal of staff who  needed food and water later in the day because the

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  • What Luis Manzano can learn from his dad

    Luis Manzano (NPPA Images)You don't need a college degree to win big on ABS-CBN's "Deal or No Deal" (Saturdays, 6 p.m.) hosted by Luis Manzano. Take the case of 30-year-old Charles Adam Genato who took up Management of Financial Institution at the prestigious De La Salle University. With his educational background, he went home with a measly five pesos rather than the bigger amounts ranging from P100,000 to P2 million.

    A college dropout or even an elementary school student can win P2 million because "DOND" does not require brain power. The winner is determined by chance just like in the lotto, although the odds of hitting the jackpot in the lottery are much higher.(Coincidentally, the host used to be known as Lucky Manzano.)

    Contestants choose a briefcase based on how lucky they think the number is. Some choose their birthday, others opt for the age of their loved ones and still others go for the date they landed their first job. (Nobody has ever picked the number 13 in the episodes that I watched.)

    In Genato's

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