JENNYLYN Mercado looks so fresh and sexy at the presscon of “Superstar Duets” that starts airing tonight after “Magpakailanman”. Some writers say she’s blooming obviously because she’s now happy in the arms of Dennis Trillo. Jen is honest enough to admit that she took hosting workshops under writer-director Floy Quintos to prepare her for doing “Superstar Duets”.
“When they first offered it to me, siyempre, kinakabahan ako kasi ngayon lang ako magho-host ng ganitong klase ng singing show and solo host pa ako,” she says. “Dati kasi, segment host lang ako in ‘Starstruck’. I now thank GMA for their trust in me to be able to handle this kind of show at malaking tulong ang workshop para maging comfortable ako in doing my job. It also helped in boosting my confidence na magagawa ko nang tama ang trabaho ko. Enjoy naman ako ngayon kasi masaya lahat ng mga kasama ko sa show, mostly comedians, so never a dull moment. Parang good break din ito from the usual heavy dramas na ginagawa ko. Nakaka-relax kasi it’s fun talking to the contestants, walang mga eksenang iyakan or sampalan kaya mas madaling gawin.”
She and Jessy Mendiola are both models of some products. Jessy is now linked to Luis Manzano who used to be her ex. Have they seen each other in these events and did they feel awkward? “Lagi kaming nagkikita sa events ng Avon at Tanduay and no, walang ilangang nagaganap. Bakit naman magkakaroon?”
Does she approve of Jessy for Luis? “I don’t think I have a right na magkomento ng kahit ano about them. Personal na nila 'yun at wala na akong kinalaman doon.”
The proposed new show for her, “My Love from the Star”, got stalled because they cannot find the right leading man for her after Alden Richards didn’t make it. How does she feel about it? “Okay lang naman kasi mahirap kapag pinilit. So it’s better to wait and just be patient. Naghahanap sila ngayon ng bagong leading man through auditions.”
What if it’s Dennis who’s paired with her? “Puwede rin, but I don’t think that will happen kasi nagkasama lang kami recently sa ‘My Faithful Husband’, so mas okay siguro kung iba naman para fresh, new. Habang wala pa 'yun, dito muna ako magpo-focus sa ‘Superstar Duets’ na sure winner dahil Director Bert de Leon is making sure na entertaining from start to finish ang bawat episode nito.”
TOM WORKS HARD FOR SICK DAD
TOM Rodriguez is quite overworked these days but he’s not complaining. He has two new shows that are about to start airing. First is “#Like” that begins airing this afternoon right after “Eat Bulaga” and the other one is the primetime soap “Someone to Watch Over Me” that will start its telecast on Monday after “Descendants of the Sun”.
“Sobrang nakakapagod kasi galing ako sa magdamagang taping for ‘Someone to Watch’, tapos punta naman ako sa set ng ‘#Like’,” he says. “At least, magkaiba sila. Nagdadrama ako roon sa isa as a young man with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, then host naman ako noong isang show na sobrang saya talagang gawin.”
He’s working hard to help out his dad who’s suffering from lung cancer. “Hindi madali ang pinagdaraanan ng family namin but I know God will be with us in our struggles. Kahit nasa trabaho ako, naiisip ko ang father ko and I always say a prayer for him. I really work hard to help sa kanyang medical expenses. Kaya madali sa’kin ang drama scenes ko in ‘Someone to Watch’ ngayon, kasi I just have to think of him at may napaghuhugutan na ako agad ng emotions.”
He’s also thankful that his director, Maryo J. de los Reyes, and co-stars, Lovi Poe and Max Collins as his two leading ladies and Edu Manzano as his dad, are all very supportive of him. “Magagaling silang lahat. Direk Maryo really guides me well in my most demanding scenes and it helps kung ang kaeksena mo are the likes of Lovi, Max and Edu kasi very giving sila sa batuhan ng mga linya.”
He wants to emphasize that the concept for “#Like” is original. “It was inspired by the segments in ‘Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho’ showing unknown but homegrown talents singing or dancing. Pumapatok talaga ito sa viewers. Nakaka-90,000 like sa Facebook at nakaka-l million views sa youtube. Naisipan ng GMA Public Affairs na sayang naman ang talents na ito, so why not turn it into a competition among them. At ayun, so far we’ve taped three episodes na. The first episode that will air today is a dance competition among three male groups who dance on rooftops, ang Upgrade, Booty Boys and Team Horror. Nakakapagod ang taping kasi sa rooftops kami, nakabilad sa araw, but it’s worth it kasi ang gagaling nila talaga. Sa second episode, we’ll have singers naman and sa third, we’ll have senior citizens, like isang lolong sumasayaw ng Gangnam style from Baguio at lolang nagsu-zumba from Cebu. We’ll have special guests sa bawat episode to help the contestants. Sa first episode, our guests are Rodjun Cruz for Booty Boys, Aira
Bermudez of Sexbomb for Upgrade and Ate Velma for Team Horror. Hosting a show like this is very challenging kasi kailangan na laging mataas ang level ng energy mo, but I’m enjoying it very much.”
Also part of the show is child dancer Balang, who has been a frequent guest in “The Ellen Degeneres Show”. He will dance the Zumba with the audience.