[NOTE: This is inspired, but not requested, by JC Domondon and dedicated to Sairen]
WHEN Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids Season 2 (where the TNT Boys unsurprisingly became the champions) on ABS-CBN was about to end, the trailer plugs of World of Dance Philippines were promoted to the small screens during the commercial breaks, making viewers look forward to their immediate replacement.
Instead of that, the currently-running replacement is an original concept, The Kids’ Choice, enjoying a 28+ rating (Kantar) as the top show of the weekend primetime slot.
What if the kids are the judges of a reality talent show?
In a role reversal of sorts, ABS-CBN will give its young child stars an opportunity to play the part of judges on ‘The Kids’ Choice’.
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Every week, the Just Kids League will discuss and evaluate the performance of four “Fambatos” or non-celebrity families brimming with talent. Being the youngest of the bunch, expect these kids to be more spontaneous with their comments.
Despite the receipts (for regular “non-millennial” term: proof) from social media, it seems the primary and agreeable reason is WODPH is not on the taste of the masses as they did not get over from YFSFK 2’s repercussions.
To those who were disappointed, scammed or pinaasa (given false hopes) who auditioned particularly for that show through Star Hunt, the Turf understands the deep sentiment over the network’s last-minute drop and we try to go deeper.
The Supposed Replacement Show in Concept
In their country of origin (the United States), the World of Dance — which just ended its second season on NBC — is divided into four divisions, regardless of their dance styles: Junior (groups of 1-4, under 18), Upper (groups of 1-4, 18 and older), Junior Team (groups of 5+, under 18) and Upper Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older).
The elimination process of the competition proper has four sequential rounds: the Qualifiers (where contestants have to qualify with at least 80 points to survive), the Duels (where the contestants choose their opponent starting with the highest scorer from the qualifiers), the Cut (where mentors are assigned to each division to prepare the contestants for their performances; the top three scoring acts in each division move on to The Division Finals) and the Division Finals (where mentors still support the contestants from each division but the top scoring act in each division will become division champion and move on to The World Final)
The World Final is the grand finale where all four division champions battle it out for the grand prize of US$1,000,000 (~PHP 53.92 million).
The points system are judged by five (5) categories of equal weight — 20 points each for performance, technique, choreography, creativity and presentation — for a perfect score of 100.
Possible Application for PH’s Setting
Unlike Dance Kids, WoDPH’s qualifications are wider: participants must be at least 8 years old and are open to both amateurs and professionals.
The process would likely be the same.
Challenges and Threats
Going back to the main question, even though the show’s auditions have been recorded and edited in the post as the set is already up, the delay has been impliedly justified with other two following factors, aside from the taste we primarily said at the star. First is the hectic schedule of supposed judges and second is the presenter must be from the experienced Trinity — Luis Manzano, Billy Crawford or Robi Domingo. (The man in the middle hosted YFSFK2 and thus needs to rest. Luis still hosts I Can See Your Voice, which will tackle a bit later and Robi is currently hosting TKC)
A season of any weekend competition show over Mother Ignacia, regardless if franchised or original, lasts at least 2.5 months (about 11 weeks or 22 episodes).
That being said, after The Kids’ Choice, WODPH might have to wait until at least mid-November but then, even more, popular franchised competition shows on the network’s backlog might possibly overtake, especially the return of Little Big Shots 2, The Voice PH or Pilipinas Got Talent 7.
Another franchised competition show that is still running on Dos is I Can See Your Voice. ICSYV‘s gameplay and direction are different from the South Korean original; in our setting, instead of releasing as a digital single, the SEE-nger has a quick ticket to enter Tawag ng Tanghalan on It’s Showtime — yes, that staple segment that is walang-kamatayan (never dies) and enabler of the pushing other shows late.
The show now runs a bit more than a year but its first season is not yet finished but user Alpha on that FTT article warned that Pinoy Big Brother will be the projected replacement once it ends.
Contractual Implications, Solution & Reality Check
The contract between Nuyorican Productions (one of the production companies behind the U.S. version, owned by Jennifer Lopez) — or its exclusively local yet unnamed distributor — and ABS-CBN (owned and chaired by another-but-obviously-not-related-to-Jennifer, Mark Lopez) is ostensible but definitely not publicized.
Nonetheless, if the network still fails to materialize if they did not settle the requirements and conflicts within, Nuyorican could simply rescind the contract, due to the network’s internal constraint of programming and constant pandering to the demands of the masses.
Reigniting the Spirit of the Turf‘s Advocacy
The Turf already made the solution four years ago on the case of broadcast programming grid reform four years ago on fixing TV season, in addition, the gradual reduction of teleseryes’ frequency from five to one or two to accommodate other genres.
Overall, there is another strong benefit of defending in light of the matter: lessening the breach of contracts with outside producers and/or local distributors.
Reality: The Unavoidable Deadweight
It can be done but as always, reality check hampers our constructive criticisms to be pursued as the business model of Mother Ignacia remains smartly yet monstrously rich while caring less about the quality of programming and its discipline.
As Ralph said, the long delay “could cost” the supposed show’s rating. He could not wait for the network to arrive forever on WODPH or it could be GMA’s gain.
To be honest, Kamuning is not even keen on acquiring franchises and their stars are too hard to be scouted as mentor judges (well, there’s Mark Herras and if only they have learned very hard from The Clash.)
Not just on weekends but on weekdays too (Afterthought)
The case of delay by the network can also happen on teleseryes. Last year, The Promise of Forever, set mostly in the Czech Republic, was pre-produced after a year of filming. It was delayed due to their response to the appeals of Koreanovela fans over Love in the Moonlight which consequently costed the ratings due to demotion as part of the Kapamilya Gold (their afternoon block).
The equivalent will apply for The General’s Daughter, the prepared replacement of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, which will turn three (3) years old by next Friday (28th). Despite the hinted posts of artists involved via their respective Instagram accounts — especially Angel Locsin and Ryza Cenon (for the second acting stint but first full time after jumping the fence) — and significant and substantial saturation of viewers from watching him over this feat, Cardo Dalisay’s saga is far from over.