In a surprising turn of events, the highly anticipated airing of It’s Showtime on GTV Channel, owned by GMA-7, happened this Saturday, July 1, 2023. Viewers were not only excited about the show’s switch in networks but also thrilled to see Kapuso stars gracing the Kapamilya noontime program.
The opening number set the stage on fire as GMA stars Barbie Forteza and Sanya Lopez joined the energetic performances. Alongside them were former Kapamilya stars Pokwang, Rayver Cruz, Rodjun Cruz, Mark Bautista, and Christian Bautista, all of whom delighted the audience with their incredible talents. The It’s Showtime hosts and other Kapamilya stars also shared the spotlight, creating a dynamic and unforgettable opening act.
One of the highlights that brought joy to viewers was the Kapuso stars’ warm greeting at the start of the show, saying, “What’s up, Madlang People?!” This unexpected crossover received an overwhelming response from the audience, showcasing the unity and camaraderie between the Kapuso and Kapamilya networks.
During the first commercial break, the Kapuso stars also made an appearance on It’s Showtime Online. Barbie, Sanya, Rayver, Rodjun, and Pokwang couldn’t contain their excitement about guesting on the Kapamilya noontime show.
“Ang saya dito,” exclaimed Barbie, expressing her joy and appreciation for the experience.
Sanya echoed the sentiment, saying, “Ang saya naman dito, grabe,” as she marveled at the warm welcome they received. She also took the opportunity to congratulate It’s Showtime, stating, “Grabe, ramdam na ramdam namin na pamilya tayo dito, Kapamilya, Kapuso na.”
Ana Ramsay and Wize Estabillo, the hosts of It’s Showtime Online, asked Barbie and Sanya about their feelings regarding guesting on the Kapamilya noontime show.
Barbie summed it up by saying, “Surreal but nice,” capturing the overwhelming yet positive experience she had.
Sanya confessed, “Sobra kaba ko dito kasi first time ko tumuntong sa stage ng Showtime, and grabe yung kaba ko talaga…” It was evident that being on the Showtime stage for the first time brought about a mixture of nervousness and excitement for Sanya.
The former Kapamilya stars, Rodjun, Rayver, and Pokwang, couldn’t help but feel sentimental as they stepped foot in their former home, the ABS-CBN studio. It’s Showtime continues to be filmed in the familiar setting, evoking nostalgia for these artists.
Rodjun expressed his gratitude to It’s Showtime, saying, “Thank you, siyempre, Showtime, kasi na-miss ko talagang mag-perform kasama ang lahat ng mga Showtime family… Sana mas madami pang collab, singing and dancing, at mas madami pang performances.” He cherished the opportunity to perform alongside the Showtime family once again and expressed his hopes for more collaborations in the future.
Rayver shared his sentiments, saying, “Nakaka-miss yung mga tao dito sa Kapamilya natin, kaya Kapamilya, Kapuso, big things are coming, and umpisa pa lang ito.” He acknowledged the bonds he formed during his time with ABS-CBN and GMA, emphasizing that this crossover is only the beginning of exciting collaborations.
Pokwang humorously mentioned that many of her former colleagues blocked her path just to greet her. She also expressed her longing for the dressing rooms at the ABS-CBN Studio, reminiscing about the memories made there. She emphasized that at the end of the day, the winners are the followers and fans of both networks, and bringing happiness to them is the ultimate goal. Pokwang encouraged the sharing of happiness among Kapamilya and Kapuso supporters, ensuring that their joy will continue to grow and spread.
The much-anticipated crossover of It’s Showtime to GTV Channel, featuring Kapuso stars, was indeed a remarkable event that united fans from both networks. With this collaboration, viewers were treated to a memorable show that showcased the best of both worlds. As the entertainment industry continues to evolve, such exciting crossovers only serve to enrich the experience for audiences and solidify the bond between Kapamilya and Kapuso supporters.