FHM's 2008 100 Sexiest Women in the World

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100. Holly Willoughby
99. Marion Cotillard
98. Victoria Beckham
97. Roxanne Mckee
96. Nicola Roberts
95. Dannii Minogue
94. Billie Piper
93. Kylie Minogue
92. April Scott
91. Kirstie Allsopp
90. Amber Heard
89. Kristen Bell
88. Odette Yustman
87. Hannah Spearritt
86. Ellen Page
85. Gloria De Piero
84. Katie Holmes
83. Katherine Jenkins
82. Michelle Ryan
81. Anna Kournikova
80. Agyness Deyn
79. Mary Elizabeth Winstead
78. Gwen Stefani
77. Denise Richards
76. Chelsea Davy
75. Petra Nemcova
74. Stacy Keibler
73. Tricia Helfer
72. Eva Green
71. Fearne Cotton
70. Sienna Miller
69. Mandy Moore
68. Nadine Velazquez
67. Milla Jovovich
66. Kimberly Walsh
65. Emily Scott
64. Ali Larter
63. Alexa Chung
62. Holly Valance
61. Vanessa Hudgens
60. Cameron Diaz
59. CharlotteMckenna
58. MarisaMiller
57. Jennifer Garner
56. Mischa Barton
55. Abbey Clancy
54. Evangeline Lilly
53. Shakira
52. Carmen Electra
51. Emma Griffiths
50. Rachel McAdams
49. Nicole Scherzinger
48. Kristin Kreuk
47. Monica Bellucci
46. Halle Berry
45. Katherine Heigl
44. Alesha Dixon
43. Nadine Coyle
42. Bar Refaeli
41. Lindsay Lohan
40. Heidi Klum
39. Natalie Portman
38. Olga Kurylenko
37. Avril Lavigne
36. Sarah Harding
35. Eva Mendes
34. Kelly Brook
33. Emma Watson
32. Sarah Michelle Gellar
31. Britney Spears
30. Maria Sharapova
29. Rachel Stevens
28. Charlize Theron
27. Jennifer Aniston
26. Jessica Simpson
25. Salma Hayek
24. Sophia Bush
23. Ana Ivanovic
22. Gisele Bundchen
21. Adriana Lima
20. Christina Aguilera
19. Jennifer Love Hewitt
18. Gemma Atkinson
17. Beyonce Knowles
16. Rachel Bilson
15. Alessandra Ambrosio
14. Eva Longoria
13. Jessica Biel
2. Kate Beckinsale
11. Rihanna
10. Keira Knightley
9. Angelina Jolie
8. Hilary Duff
7. Cheryl Cole
6. Scarlett Johansson
5. Hayden Panettiere
4. Elisha Cuthbert
3. Keeley Hazell
2. Jessica Alba
1. Megan Fox

Pinay DEMI SORONO Made It To ‘So You Think You Can Dance Australia’ Finals

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Demi Sorono, the 28-year-old Filipina B-girl (break dancer) is one of the Final 4 in the first Australia's version of So You Think You Can Dance.

Two other pinoys who made it to the Top 20 are jazz dancer Rhiannon Villareal and hip hop dancer Joel "J.D." de Carteret, but were voted off as the show progresses. J.D. was eliminated in the final 12 episode while Rhiannon was eliminated in the final 8.

Despite lack of training in any dance styles except for street styles such as B-boying, popping, locking, house and new jack, she still made the judges and the voting public impressed when she danced tha samba, contemporary, boogaloo, jazz, rumba and pop.

Demi’s partner in the first half of the season was broadway and funk dancer Jack Chambers. The two never landed in the bottom 3 until now. There are some buzz that Jack Chambers is leading the popularity vote to win the title but Demi has her Filipino-Australians rooting for her.

Aside from Demi and Jack, Rhys Bobridge and Kate Wormald also made it to the finals. The four will compete for the title of Australia’s Favorite Dancer on April 27, 2008.

DINO IMPERIAL's Wet & Wild Birthday Bash

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Dino Imperial wet and wild night on his 20th birthday party in Prince of Jaipur at The Fort. It almost also went into a Dino Imperial scandal, see photo of Dino Imperial lip-locking in wild abandon a party girl. I guess it is one thing to celebrate a birthday as a nobody than be a celebrity, if you’re an up and coming matinee idol, discretion is a must. And in Dino Imperial’s case, he turned it in his Dino Kilatis fashion, a wet and wild night as he turned 20.

Dino Imperial broke up last year with his girlfriend partly because of her jealousy to Empress Schuck. But the way Dino Imperial has been partying wildly, i don’t think Empress Schuck will entertain an off-screen relationship.

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PAOLO BEDIONES to Host "Survivor Philippines"

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It's confirmed! Si Paolo Bediones na nga ang napili ng GMA News & Public Affairs to host Survivor Philippines.

Noong una, kasama lang si Paolo sa shortlist ng pinagpipilian para mag-host ng biggest reality show na dumating sa bansa. Ang magandang record ni Paolo bilang host ng Extra Challenge at Tok, Tok, Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok ngayon ang tiyak nagbigay ng edge para siya ang mapili.

Ito marahil ang dahilan kaya siguro ititigil muna pansamantala ng GMA-7 ang Tok, Tok, Tok! para makapaghanda si Paolo sa Survivor Philippines na madugo sa lahat ng aspeto.

Balitang sa August na magsisimula ang Survivor Philippines at sa labas diumano ng Pilipinas gagawin ang taping ng nasabing show at hinde na sa isang undiscovered places ng bansa ang magiging location gaya ng ini-expect ng marami.

Sa May na ang simula ng audition all over the country para hanapin ang 16 castaways na haharap sa intense mental and physical challenges na tatagal ng 39 days.

BILLY CRAWFORD Reportedly Hosting ABS-CBN's "Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2"

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Billy Crawford might be another possible surprise transferee from GMA-7 to ABS-CBN.

Lumabas sa pahayagan ngayong araw, April 23, na nagulat ang mga nakapanood sa trade presentation na ginawa ng ABS-CBN para sa kanilang advertisers. Kabilang kasi sa mga programa nila sa second quarter ng taon ang second season of Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA), na ihu-host diumano ng Fil-Am international artist na si Billy Crawford.

Ang lumalabas kasing balita noon ay si Ryan Agoncillo ang maghu-host ng PDA. Pero sa trade launch ay si Billy ang ipinakita together with Toni Gonzaga and Nikki Gil.

Ayon sa isang executive ng GMA-7 nakatakda ding gumawa ng isang dance reality show si Billy sa kapuso network. "We are just waiting sa pagbabalik niya [Billy] dito for his second show on GMA-7 [Dance Match]. Nagpaalam lang siya na may gagawin siya sa States, 'tapos eto na. May show na pala siya sa kabila [ABS-CBN]," sabi pa ng Kapuso executive.

Although wala namang existing contract si Billy for his second reality show in GMA-7 after Move, na na-announce na noon pang November. Wala pa raw, pero napag-usapan na ito and, in principle, Billy has accepted the show.

Balita ring masamang masama ang loob ni German "Kuya Germs" Moreno, Billy's mentor since That's Entertainment days.

"Ni ha, ni ho hindi man lang nagpasabi sa kanya ‘tapos sa diyaryo na lang din niya ito mababalitaan. Alam mo naman, ang laki ng naitulong ni Kuya Germs kay Billy ‘tapos hindi man lang siya masabihan nito."

But more than Kuya Germs, ultimong ang manager ni Billy na si Raul Laurente ay nagulat sa balita dahil hindi niya rin daw ito alam.

At kung ano ang naging reaction ng GMA Network about Billy's alleged transfer? "So he transferred. So he's doing that show. Okay," ang sagot lang nila.

American Idol 7: Top 6 Performance - Who Got Kicked Off?

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Click inside to find out which contestant got kicked off of tonight’s American Idol.

Andrew Llyod Weber Group Song - “All I Ask of You” (Watch here)
Andrew Lloyd Weber talks about the Idols (
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Tainted Love” Ford commercial (
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Leona Lewis performs “Bleeding Love” (
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It’s between Brooke White and Syesha Mercado (
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Carly Smithson gets the boot (
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Britain's Got Talent...Since When Has The Philippines Been British?

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Author's Note:
[I chanced upon this article at 'yahoo answers' this morning and made me think about how other people reacted to something without even checking their concerns twice. You might say they're just bigheaded, insecure?...mmm, maybe racist, or wala lang, may masabi lang.

Why don't you be the judge. Read below and share your thoughts.... ]

Last night on Britain's Got Talent, there was an emotional performance of a Filipino female singer. I grant you, she had a great voice...but is there not a clue in the title of the programme? BRITAIN'S got talent!

She should not be eligible to enter, as she is clearly not a british subject, and only wants to to win OUR competition, and send OUR money home to the Philippines?

I'm not against talent, but this is a home grown show for home grown talent, and is quite clear in it's purpose.
Am I the only one who sat up and shouted at the TV in amazement that she got onto the show, let alone past the judges?

I'm interested to hear what you lot think about this...

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Hmm, this seems to have stirred up a bit of a hornets nest. I'm no racist. I'm not agianst the girl personally, and I do admire her guts to leave her home land to seek work at the high price of leaving her two children at home. Us single mums have to make a lot of sacrifices to 'bring home the bacon', but I just felt it was not really in the spirit of the show.

Yes, I know she's been over here for 18months working, yes I know we as british citizens have a very mixed ancesteral history to us,(take the 10 yr old singer Charlie Green, who is of mixed parentage; white father/oriental mother) but this girl is NOT british (why else would she be introduced to us as a filipino if she was). It just struck me that this 'Britain' based talent show was not the place for her 'sob story', genuine as I believe it is.

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Heart Evangelista has just signed an exclusive 2-year contract with the Kapuso Network at exactly 4 o'clock this afternoon at the 16th floor's Boardroom of GMA Network Building.

Present in the contract signing are GMA-7's big bosses - Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, Chairman, President & CEO; Mr. Gilberto Duavit R. Duavit, Jr., Executive Vice President & COO; Ms. Wilma V. Galvante, Senior Vice President for Entertainment; Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar, President of GMA Films; and lady executives Ms. Marivin Arayata, Ms. Redgie Acuña-Magno, and Ms. Lilibeth G. Rasonable.

Likewise present is her current manager Mr. Rey Ongpauco and co-manager Annabelle Rama.

Heart's first project is Richard Gutierrez' Asero whom she will be one of the latter's leading ladies. Ehra Madrigal is, according to source, the third wheel in the Richard-Heart tandem. They will shoot parts of the series in Dubai.

Aside from the said action series, Heart will also join the cast of SOP and will also star in an upcoming Sine-novela and Koreanovela adaptation according to Wilma Galvante, GMA’s Vice President for Entertainment TV.

HEART EVANGELISTA to Sign-Up with the Kapuso Network

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Nakatakdang pumirma ngayong hapon, April 23, ang young actress na si Heart Evangelista sa GMA-7. Si Heart ang isa sa dalawang leading ladies ni Richard Gutierrez sa susunod na proyekto ng young actor sa Kapuso network, ang Asero; ang isa pa ay si Ehra Madrigal.

Matagal nang usap-usapan na may makakasama si Richard sa Asero na taga-ABS-CBN, ngunit hindi pa ito mapangalanan hangga't hindi pa napaplantsa ang lahat. Ngayong nagkasundo na ang GMA-7 at ang kampo ni Heart, tuloy-tuloy na ang paggawa ng project ng young actress sa Kapuso network.

Matatandaan na umalis na sa poder ng Genesis si Heart last week, bagama't wala naman talaga silang pinirmahang kontrata ng boyfriend niyang si Jericho Rosales pagkatapos nilang tumiwalag sa Star Magic ng ABS-CBN. Ang ina ni Heart na si Mrs. Cecilia "Baby" Payawal-Ongpauco ang siyang tumatayong manager ngayon ng young actress. Ang ina rin ni Heart ang balitang nakipag-usap sa GMA-7 para sa Asero.

Mamayang alas-tres ng hapon ang presscon at announcement ng pagiging Kapuso ni Heart. Siguradong masasagot na ang tanong kung tuloy-tuloy na ang pagiging Kapuso niya o one-shot deal lamang ito.

Maaari na rin sigurong sagutin ni Heart ang katotohanan sa balitang break na sila ni Jericho. Bagama't itinanggi na ito ng dating manager ni Heart na si Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, may nakapagsabi sa amin na nasa cool-off period sina Heart at Jericho ngayon.

American Idol 7: Top 6 - 'Andrew Lloyd Weber' Performance Night

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Theme of the Week: Andrew Lloyd Weber Songs

Syesha Mercado - “One Rock N’ Roll Too Many” (
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Jason Castro - “Memory” (
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Brooke White - “You Must Love Me” (
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David Archuleta - “Think of Me” (
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Carly Smithson - “Jesus Christ Superstar” (
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David Cook - “Music of the Night” (
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What did Paula say??? (Watch here)
Andrew Lloyd Weber tells Archuleta to open his eyes (
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MADONNA DECENA of the Philippines Wowed Judges of 'Britain's Got Talent'

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Another testament that Filipinos are among the most talented people in the world is Madonna Decena. On the second episode of Britain’s Got Talent Season 2 (England’s version of America’s Got Talent), the 33-year-old single mom blew the judges and the audience away with her rendition of the Whitney Houston classic “I Will Always Love You.”

Trembling and a little unsure of herself, Madonna walked onto the stage and told everyone her reason for being there.

Six months ago she flew out to Britain in the hope of creating a better life for herself and two young daughters. Agonisingly she had to leave her precious children behind with their grandparents in the Philippines, until she had raised enough money to send for them.

Her rendition of I Will Always Love You brought a collective lump to the auditorium’s throat.

“I know you were singing that song for your babies” said a tearful Amanda.

This audition was no Holiday for Madonna, it was potentially life-changing, and when the panel told her she had made it to the next round… it was as if all her dreams had been answered, just Like A Prayer.

Little Big Superstars

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11-year old JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE on Star Search

8-year 0ld WADE ROBSON on Star Search - Today, Wade is the choreographer to the stars. He can be seen as one of the choreographer/judges on “So You Think You Can Dance.”

12-year old DAVID ARCHULETA on Star Search - Watch David perform Fallin, And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, I Surrender and You’re All I Need to Get By.

12-year old pinay JESSICA SANCHEZ on America’s Got Talent
- Our very own Jessica wowed the judges with her rendition of Celine Dion’s “I Surrender”.

11-year old BIANCA RYAN on America’s Got Talent - Bianca performed “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and proved that America really got talent.

8-year old CONNIE TALBOT on Britain’s Got Talent - She became a Youtube sensation after performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the British version of America’s Got Talent.

10-year old JOSHEPINE “Banig” ROBERTO - the first pinoy to conquer “Star Search”

15-year old CHARICE PEMPENGCO on the Paul O’Grady Show - She’s taking the world by storm!

American Idol Most Likely Winner "David Archuleta" Once Beaten by a Pinoy

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Followers of the American Idol (AI) Season 7 talent search will be pleasantly surprised to know that David Archuleta, said to be “the most likely” to win, was once beaten by a Filipino singer in another US-TV talent search. He’s none other than Mark Mejia and the show was Star Search, hosted by Arsenio Hall, which should be familiar to Filipinos because that’s where our very own Josephine “Banig” Roberto won the grand prize, the first Filipino ever to achieve that feat, in 1988.

Here’s the full story from Edmund Silvestre (news editor of the New York-based The Filipino Reporter):

David Archuleta, the half-American, half-Honduran teen crooner, will be the next American Idol, predict several TV critics in the United States.

But before the 17-year-old AI frontrunner’s inevitable coronation at the end of Idol’s seventh season a few months from now, it would be of great interest to note that David once lost to a Filipino-American singer from California on CBS’ Star Search.

It was five years ago when David, then 12 and winner of the Junior Singers Competition on Star Search, lost to then 10-year-old Mark Mejia of San Diego during the Battle of the Champions, a winners’ circle showdown. Also defeated by Mark was Tiffany Evans, 10, of Ocean City, New Jersey.

Fast forward to 2008. David, now a teen dreamboat, is inching his way to becoming the next American Idol, and in the process crushed the aspiration of another AI Season 7 Top 12 finalist, Ramiele Malubay of Florida, to become the first Asian-American to clinch the AI title. (Ramiele, a Filipino-American, is reportedly eyeing a singing career in the Philippines after the AI US tour).

And Mark? The Fil-Am boy, now 15, seems to have gone to oblivion. At least for now.

According to reports Mark, son of Emmanuel and Gilda Mejia, is gearing up for next year’s AI when he turns 16, the minimum age requirement for AI contestants.

And he may just succeed where Ramiele and Jasmine Trias (from AI Season 3) failed.

California Fil-Ams who have heard Mark perform at a recent community event in the West Coast said Mark still possesses the voice that made him a two-time Star Search Junior Singer Grand champion. In fact, they claim that compared to David’s, Mark’s voice today is “more polished and natural.”

In the looks (and height) department, however, they admit that Mark has a lot of catching up to do. “The boy needs a makeover if he wants to impress Simon Cowell,” one observer noted, referring to the AI British judge known for his scathing remarks.

See Mark's Star Search performance below:

And here is Mark today:

KRIS AQUINO's Comeback Leads the Reign of "The Buzz" in the Ratings Game

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Last Sunday's return of Kris Aquino on ABS-CBN's “The Buzz” controlled its ratings to beat it’s rival “Showbiz Central” on GMA-7. The Buzz received a rating of 11.7 percent as against 11.5 percent of Showbiz Central.

The no. 1 daytime program last Sunday, on the other hand, was SOP. The GMA musical variety show was fueled by Regine Velasquez‘ birthday celebration and the launch of GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) Image Video Plug. Your Song featuring “Sayang na Sayang” starring Melissa Ricks and Matt Evans performed impressively in 3rd place with 13 percent beating its rival “Tasya Pantasya” which dropped to no. 7.

Last Saturday, the last episode of I Am KC did very well as it climbed to no. 4 with 20.8 percent in the primetime race. Pinoy Idol, on the other hand, dropped 2 notches to no. 6 with 20 percent.

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from April 18 to 20 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines:

April 19 (Saturday)

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 24.7%
2. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 17%
3. Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) 15.2%
4. StarTalk (GMA-7) - 14.9%
5. Takeshi’s Castle (GMA-7) 14.6%
6. Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 14.1%
7. Cinema FPJ: Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) - 9.2%
8. Entertainment Live (ABS-CBN) - 7.5%

1. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 28.7%
2. Bitoy’s Funniest Videos (GMA-7) - 26.1%
3. Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 23%
4. I Am KC (ABS-CBN) - 20.8%
5. Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) - 20.1%
6. Pinoy Idol (GMA-7) - 20%
7. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 14.7%
8. 1 vs. 100 (ABS-CBN) - 12.6%
9. XXX (ABS-CBN) - 12.4%
10. Nuts Entertainment (GMA-7) - 11.7%

April 20 (Sunday)

1. SOP (GMA-7) - 14.8%
2. ASAP ‘08 (ABS-CBN) - 14%
3. Your Song: “Sayang Na Sayang” (ABS-CBN) - 13%
4. Takeshi’s Castle (GMA-7) - 12.7%
5. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 11.7%
6. Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 11.5%
7. Tasya Fantasya (GMA-7) - 11%
8. Gaby’s Extraordinary Files (ABS-CBN) - 7.9%

1. All Star K (GMA-7) - 26.2%
2. Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 26%
3. Kap’s Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 25.6%
4. Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok (GMA-7) - 24.8%
5. Ful Haus (GMA-7) - 19.9%
6. Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) - 18.1%
7. Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 17.4%
8. Signos (GMA-7) - 16.4%
9. Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 13.6%
10. Sharon (ABS-CBN) - 10.8%

Figures courtesy of AGB Nielsen Philippines via PEP.

ANGEL LOCSIN's Sexy Dance Number on ASAP '08

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Lobo star, Angel Locsin, performed a sexy dance number during her 23rd birthday celebration on ABS-CBN’s noontime variety show, ASAP '08.

After the show, Angel celebrated her birthday with 300 kids from the slums of Payatas in Quezon City. She treated the kids to a McDonald's Party at The Good Shepherd Cathedral in Fairview with the help of women's advocate group Gabriela.

LUIS MANZANO, Pinoy Big Brother's New House Guest

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Luis Manzano, Toni Gonzaga's co-host in the PBB Teen Edition Plus celebrated his birthday on last night's 3rd nomination night.

But Kuya, who never run out of tricks, turned the hightlight of the show to Luis.

The housemates has a birthday cake for him with candles and all. The teen housemates requested Luis to enter the house and blow the candles. The flustered Luis followed but he knew it was a trap. His entrance in Kuya's house lessened the nomination's tension as the girls were too excited to pay that much attention to Luis. After going off-air, Luis changed clothes and started to mingle with the teen housemates.

Kevin, Jocef and Nicole: Nominated for Eviction in the PBB House

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The Pinoy Big Brother - Teen Edition Plus Housemates already casted their votes on whom they want to get out of the Kuya's house next Saturday.

Kevin is nominated for the second time, getting 13 points. Nicole got 6 points. Jocef, however, garnered 7 points on his third nomination which came from the Guardians who also casted their votes.

DYESEBEL's Billboard Unveiled on Showbiz Central; MARIAN and DINGDONG Talk About the Physical and Emotional Challenges of "Dyesebel"

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150 contract artists of GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) converged for the talent arm’s image plug.

There are four installment of GMAAC image plug which were shot and directed by the popular music video director Louie Ignacio for two days at Bulacan Airport and at the GMA Network.

The first plug was patterned on The Matrix, where artist dressed in black. This features talent like Iza Calzado, Mark Herras, Yasmien Kurdi, Marvin Agustin, Jennylyn Mercado, Nadine Samonte, LJ Reyes, Isabel Oli, Angelika dela Cruz, Marky Cielo and Aljur Abrenica.

The second installment feature child stars of Artist Center.

While the third vignette is a music video of GMAAC singers, comedians and the talent arm's fresh faces.

And lastly, the fourth installment focus on singing sensations and hosts.

KRIS AQUINO to Co-Host Deal or No Deal -Around the World with HOWIE MANDEL

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Darating sa Manila ang Deal or No Deal US host na si Howie Mandel para sa Deal or No Deal - Around the World episode. Magiging co-host ni Mr. Mandel si Kris Aquino sa episode na kukunan sa bansa at ipalalabas sa Amerika kaya naman tuwang-tuwa si Kris.

Magkakaroon siya ng presscon sa Tuesday kasama si Kris at ABS-CBN president Ms. Charo Santos-Concio.

Marimar is now a Mermaid

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She’s no longer the naïve lass living near the sea and going around the barrio barefoot with a pet dog in tow. Neither is she the young woman gracefully swaying her hips to a Latin beat. This time, Marian Rivera will be seen anew on primetime TV plunging into the deep blue sea as a young mermaid when GMA-7 presents a remake of Mars Ravelo’s underwater fantasy story, Dyesebel, on April 28.

The role, initially portrayed by Edna Luna followed by Vilma Santos, Alma Moreno, Alice Dixson and Charlene Gonzalez on the big screen, requires Marian to undergo training with Marissa Florendo and the Philippine swimming team. She must know how to swim like a fish and move like a dolphin. Hence, she devoted five whole days just to perfect the style.

This is challenging yet exciting. At first, it’s really hard to swim with a tail on. I can really feel its weight and cannot move well but constant practice really makes perfect. I slowly got used to swimming with a tail during the practice. Now I can swim with ease,” Marian says during the pictorial for the cast members in GMA-7’s Studio 3.

Proper breathing underwater is also a must for Marian and the other cast members so they won’t be gasping for air from time to time during tapings which will be shot mostly in the waters of Palawan and Anilao, Batangas.

And just like the real Dyesebel in the comics illustrations, Marian will go topless, the way Alice did when she played the role.

I didn’t find anything malicious when I saw Alice topless in the movie. Wholesome pa din ang dating. I always tell everybody Dyesebel is topless and I will do it, too. Besides, I trust direk Joyce (Bernal, also her director in Marimar) that she will take care of me,” says Marian.

Dyesebel is equally exciting for Direk Joyce. It will be her first time to handle a telefantasya. She, too, is a komiks fan. This sparked her interest in directing the series with Don Michael Perez.

The offer came during Marimar and I was fascinated. I never thought of myself catering to young televiewers. My kind of humor is not for kids, but then I said, why not, this is something new, something for my daughter,” direk Joyce offers.

Besides, there are lot of possible things and ideas she could come up with for the project that direk Joyce has not done yet even in movies.

However, the lady director won’t go beyond the original concept of the story. There will be some slight changes, character additions and a few twists and turns, but only to make the story more appealing to today’s generation. Even the colors of the tails (made of silicone) she suggested to production designer Rodel Cruz are far from dreary.

We used a combination of violet and black for mermaids with dark characters. We wanted something colorful even for villain (roles),” direk Joyce says.

Settings and locations will also be a treat to televiewers as the telefantasya is set to display nature’s beauty and the underwater creatures.

“We will try to go to Tubbataha in time for the diving season to showcase some rarely-seen water creatures,” she shares.

But direk Joyce’s initial objective is to take away all the nuances of Marimar and Sergio in Marian and leading man Dingdong Dantes as the two might still show in Dyesebel and Fredo (Dingdong’s character).

“They attended an acting workshop just to strip off their old characters and to imbibe the new ones into their system,” direk Joyce says.

And if you think the likes of the evil Angelica in Marimar have all but vanished when she was eaten by a crocodile, you’re wrong. Her kind still roam the Earth. Some of them have found their way in Dyesebel like Dyangga (Mylene Dizon) and Berbola (Michelle Madrigal) who will make life doubly hard for Dyesebel in the underwater kingdom while Betty (Bianca King) is Dyesebel’s top tormentor when she transforms into a full human being. But Jean Garcia will be tamer this time as Lucia, whose past is connected with Dyesebel.

“I’m used to playing kontrabida but it doesn’t mean I won’t exert an effort anymore in portraying the role. I always make it a point to act differently each time so the character will leave a mark on televiewers,” Mylene says.

Watching Queen Elizabeth gave her some pointers on how to act and glamorously move like a queen. Mylene’s son Tomas loves watching fantasy series but she won’t allow him to see her treating her co-star “badly.” His young mind might not be able to draw the line between the real and the reel yet.

Does Marian find more challenge in dealing with not just one, but many villains?

I love challenges. I take every project as a challenge and always work hard to give my 100 percent,” she replies.

Isn’t she worried about another set of intrigues that may tarnish her wholesome image?

Intrigues are part of showbiz. People will always have something to say about you, whether you do good or bad. I just won’t mind them because there are more people who trust and really know me. My priority is work and I will just go on as long as I know I’m not stepping on anyone’s toes,” Marian replies.

Dyesebel also stars Lotlot de Leon, Ricky Davao, Alfred Vargas, Wendell Ramos, Rufa Mae Quinto, Luis Alandy, Kris Bernal, Aljur Abrenica, Paolo Ballesteros, Marco Alcaraz, Sheena Halili, Hero Angeles and Teri Onor.

PANTENE TV Commercial Featuring Gretchen, Judy Ann, Ruffa and Claudine

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Pantene has just released “The Most Beautiful” TV commercial featuring Manila's 2008 Most Beautiful Gretchen Barretto, Judy Ann Santos, Ruffa Gutierrez and Claudine Barretto.

Two Pinoys Grabbed 2nd and 3rd Place in Voice of McDonald's Singing Competion

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Mary Margaret Yu from Davao City, Philippines won 2nd place and took home $10,000 and Filipino-Canadian Candido Revilles from Calgary Alberta, Canada placed 3rd bringing home $5,000 in the Voice of McDonald's Singing Competion.

Voice of McDonald's is the largest global singing competition of its kind, open to the 1.6 million McDonald's crew members and managers in 118 countries. More than 3,600 talented singers entered the contest from 53 countries around the world.

The grand prize went to Natercia Pintor, from McDonald's Portugal.

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