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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 24, 2010

Joshua And Barbie Pressured By New Show

YOUNG AS THEY ARE, Joshua Dionisio and Barbie Forteza are the more senior stars in the fresh batch of Tween Stars introduced by GMA-7 in “Tween Hearts”, their new show that starts on Sunday after “Party Pilipinas”, directed by Gina Alajar. Do they feel the pressure because of this?

“Yes kasi kami pa lang ang nabigyan na rito to do lead roles in past shows like ‘First Time’ and ‘Pilyang Kerubin’,” says Joshua. “Pero iniisip na lang namin na noong kami pa lang ni Barbie, pinanood naman kami ng viewers so what more ngayong marami kaming magkakasama sa isang show.”

“May pressure kasi sinasabing kami ang magdadala ng show at bago ang format so we’re not sure kung kakagatin din ng tao,” adds Barbie. “But with the help ng mga bagong kasama namin, I’m sure mas marami ring magiging interested to watch the show.”

Will they be the new TGIS or Click kids of GMA? “Honestly, I don’t remember watching those shows. Either di ko naabutan or sobrang bata pa ko noon. But in the sense na pareho kaming youth-oriented, baka nga, kaya lang, I’m sure mas exciting ang show namin kasi iba ng istorya ng mga kabataan ngayon,” says Barbie.

Also in “Tween Hearts” are Jake Vargas, Bea Binene, Joyce Ching, Kristoffer Martin, Louise de los Reyes, Lexi Fernandez and Derek Monasterio. In the story, Barbie as Bambi and Bea as Belinda are twin sisters who got separated along with their parents. Barbie lives with their dad (Emilio Garcia) in the province while Belinda lives with their mom (Sylvia Sanchez) in the city. Sibling rivalry ensues when the two start living together with their mom. In school, they have their own barkadas played by the other tween stars to show the ups and downs in the love and lives of teeners today. The entire cast underwent a series of workshops to train them for the show so be sure not to miss its first telecast tomorrow afternoon.