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Singing has always been a favorite past time of many Filipinos. It’s no wonder GMA’s karaoke game show “All Star K!” was a big hit for seven years.

Solenn Heussaff and Betong Sumaya

Now, the Kapuso network brings a new karaoke game show titled “All Star Videoke” hosted by Solenn Heussaff and Betong Sumaya.

“Masaya po ang game show na ito kasi kung matandaan niyo po, GMA ang nagsimula ng ‘All Star K!’ Sinimulan nila Arnell Ignacio, Allan K, Jaya. Kami na ’yung sumunod sa kanilang mga yapak. So sana maabot namin ’yung naabot nila,” Betong said in an interview.

He shared that Allan K, who hosted “All Star K!,” gave him his “blessings” at the wedding of Rochelle Pangilinan and Arthur Solinap early August.

“Sabi ko, ‘Sir Allan K, basbasan niyo po ako. Kami po ni Solenn ’yung magiging bagong hosts.’ Sabi niya, ‘Binabasbasan na kita. Maganda iyan may bagong generation naman ng hosts ’yung show,’” he said.

Lalala

The job is fun for Solenn and Betong because both sing.

Betong was trained by his mother. He grew up listening to the Beatles and Angela Bofill and has also joined singing contests.

“Kababata po siya (his mother) ni Nora Aunor sa Villamor, sa Pasay. Sila po ’yung dating nagkakalaban. Noong nagkaroon na siya ng family, kami ’yung lagi niyang tinuturuan kumanta. So ang dami naming cassette tapes no’n,” he said.

Solenn used to have a library of CDs when she was younger. She plays piano and saxophone.

Asked for her favorite videoke song, Solenn mentioned The Cranberries’ “Zombie” and even gave a sample. Betong, on the other hand, likes ballads, such as Kenny Loggins’ “Forever.”

While this show is inspired by “All Star K!,” Solenn and Betong said they have something new to offer, including new format and rules. There will also be celebrity “laglagers” who will judge the celebrity contestants.

“’Yung stage mas bongga. Instead of hila, ngayon hulog. Marami ding cameras,” Solenn said.

Betong added, “Sobrang ganda ng set, pinagkagastusan talaga. Isa sa pinakamalaking studio o set sa buong history ng GMA. Para kang may malalaking speakers na may mga ilaw. Sobrang excited na kami na maipalabas siya.”

The celebrity contestants are worth watching out for. The hosts shared the audiences will love the show as it will also make them sing along as they play songs with different themes.

“’Yung mga celebs na hindi mo inaasahang kumakanta o magagaling pala dito mo makikita. Nakakatawa kasi iba-iba ’yung tono. Iba-iba ’yung lyrics. So nakakatawa kasi nababago na ’yung lyrics,” Betong said.

“All Star Videoke” features six celebrity contestants and two celebrity judges. Solenn and Betong will also have production numbers.

“’Yung variety shows dati nami-miss ko din, ’yung ‘Sunday All Stars’ at ‘Party Pilipinas.’ Siyempre nami-miss ko din. Ngayon pwede kaming dalawang kumanta,” she said.

Touch and go

This is the first show that Solenn is hosting for GMA so she is having mixed feelings.

As the show is new, the hosts shared they will listen to audience feedback.

“We will also see how where this leads, kung paano pwede mag-evolve ’yung show din pagkatapos ng ilang beses mag-air,” she said.

“Siyempre excited pero nervous din ako. Magandang kaba kasi it will help me to do better. Kakaiba din kasi ito kasi madaming ad-lib, wala kaming script. Madami din ako matutunan kay Betong kasi komedyante talaga siya, inborn,” Solenn added.

Solenn and Betong have previously worked together in various projects, including “Survivor Philippines” and “Boy Pick-Up: The Movie.”

As to what makes their pair interesting, Betong said, “I guess gusto nila ’yung tandem namin na comedy-sexy. Ako ’yung comedy, siya ’yung sexy.”

The two are very comfortable with each other although Betong admits he still gets starstruck with the talented Filipino-French beauty.

“Madami pa kaming matutunang learnings. Nakaka-starstruck kasi si Solenn. Minsan nakakalimutan ko na linya ko,” he said.

They have big shoes to fill but Solenn and Betong are hopeful audiences will enjoy “All Star Videoke.”

“It would be a learning process for us din. For now, tina-try namin ’yung best namin. Maingay si Betong, maingay din ako. Sana mag-work ng ganyan. Siyempre we’ll see kung ano magugustuhan ng audience. For now, hindi pa namin alam. So, we will change depending on how they see it,” she said.

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