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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 25, 2015

Billy Crawford Now The Busiest Kapamilya Host With Another New Show, 'Celebrity Playtime'

BILLY CRAWFORD is no doubt the favorite host of ABS these days. He’s seen daily in “It’s Showtime”. On Sundays, he hosts “Your Face Sounds Familiar”. And now, he is also hosting “Celebrity Playtime” on Saturday nights. In other words, you can see him hosting from Monday to Sunday. So why did they Billy again when he’s already hosting so many shows?

“Celebrity Playtime’ needs a show na makulit, energetic,” says ABS-CBN exec Louie Andrada. “And Billy is the perfect choice as its hosts dahil naipakita na niya ang kahusayan niya in ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’.”

What is Billy’s secret in being a good host? “I think it’s yung gusto ko, mag-enjoy ang lahat. Hindi lahat ang viewers kundi the contestants themselves. Yun ang most important for me. And of course, I try to keep the energy as high as possible all throughout the show.”

Doesn’t he miss acting since he was a child star before? Wouldn’t he want to act with his girlfriend Coleen Garcia who did a good job in her first starring role? “Actually, I started as a performer in ‘That’s Entertainment’ and that’s what I miss, performing. Nagagawa ko pa rin naman ang singing and dancing paminsan-minsan. But I’m not complaining. I just feel so blessed sa dami ng hosting jobs ko and I enjoy what I’m doing. But if they’d give me the chance to act with Coleen in a movie or a teleserye, why not? I’d like to do it.”

So when will they do settle? “Honestly, ako, at this point, if I’d be given the chance, I’d like to settle down now. But it’s all up to Coleen since she’s only 23 at marami pa siyang ibang pangarap na gustong matupad.”

“Celebrity Playtime” will start airing this afternoon before “Home Sweetie Home”. It takes viewing fun to a new level with its talk-comedy-game show format where celebrities will be competing with each other and winning prizes as much as P300,000 each Saturday. In the pilot show tonight, the competing teams consist of Melai Cantiveros, Nyoy Volante, Edgar Allan Guzman and Karla Estrada from ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar, Season 1’ and comedians Long Mejia, Dennis Padilla, Epi Quizon and Eric Nicolas from ‘Deal or No Deal Lucky Stars. They will be playing three games about popular culture and the team with the most number of points wins and can advance to the bonus round where they can win more prizes. For updates, you can celebrityplaytime on twitter, instagram and Facebook.