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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.

May 16, 2011

Shalani Soledad on Willie Revillame's Courtship of her: "Ask him not me"

SHALANI SOLEDAD is ecstatic over the positive results of the initial telecast of “Wil Time Big Time” last Saturday. “We’re happy for the warm welcome given by the people dahil ilang araw na naming pinaghihirapan ito’t pinagpupuyatan to make sure magiging maganda ang pagbabalik ng show on the air,” she says. “Halos 12 midnight na tuwing matapos kami ng writers at staff sa dryruns para lang mapaghandaan ito ng todo. We want to thank TV5 big boss Mr. Manny Pangilinan for his all out support sa show. He really made us feel important. Kahit nung nawala kami sa air, our salaries continued, inalagaan niya talaga kami. This time, we’ll make sure the viewers will like the show even more, especially the new games that are 50% based on our LED flooring to make it truly interactive, like Red, White, Blue, Family Apir, Roll It, and our banner segment Wil Time Bigtime. We’ll also make sure the show follows all the guidelines TV5 came up with, especially those concerning young people, para hindi na maulit ang any sad incident that happened before.”

What can she say about what some people noticed that Willie seems to be courting her on air? “Masaya lang talaga kami sa set. Si Willie, palabiro naman siya talaga kaya may nag-aakalang totoo yung tuksuhan sa amin. It’s true he gave me a belt, pero parang good luck gift lang yun sa pagbabalik ng show. Kung sa tingin nyo, nanliligaw siya, ask him yourself, not me. Dapat, sa lalaki manggaling, di ba?”

TV5 sent an official message saying that Willie’s new show solidified their lead in weekend primetime ratings game as it toppled other major networks with 37.5% audience share within the show’s timeslot, according to the data provided by Nielsen Media Research. The 3-hour pilot episode of Wil Time Bigtime has posted an overwhelming audience share of 37.5% in MegaTAM; overtaking GMA’s 26.0% and ABS-CBN’s 19.5% audience shares, respectively. Wil Time Bigtime airs weeknights at 6:30pm and on Saturdays at 5:00pm