big brother goes showbiz

The Philippine franchise of Big Brother has launched its second run with celebrities as housemates no less. Celebrities? Right.

The show, which had a rather warm reception from the viewing public last season, lauds its second run as the Celebrity Edition, but I think it falls short in living up to that. The contenders are, well, either (1) has-beens, (2) a prodigal son who has come back to resuscitate a dying body, face, what-have-you career, (3) an escort girl who has played roles in some sleazy flicks, thanks to her giant jugs and has gained her 15-minutes of fame by spewing rotten beans about some congressmen’s prurient ways, (4, 5) a couple of athletes – one an amputee triathlete with iron legs and another a black-belter beauty pageant contestant, and other so-called celebrities (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) whose glitter have flickered out or who has yet to make a name for themselves to be called stars. Thank goodness there are a couple of guys with great pecs, abs, nips, muscles, and all potential – one a print/ramp model (pictured), another a sexy actor. Well, what could you expect?

The Welcome Party was sorta spectacular, though. With Manila Bay in the background and a thousand lights beaming across an ocean of people, the Housemates were shipped via a speedboat from a yacht afloat at sea to dry ground. Each housemate was welcomed with a production number related to the celebrity, be it dancing, singing, modeling, taekwondo. As usual, the bubbly hostess never failed to amaze me with her perky emceeing and fun(ny) repartee with the Housemates and the audience. The new guy host sucked big time, though! He kept on reading from his cue cards and he was like a dead man talking in his segments. I know I could have pulled it better.

Another show to stay glued to. Another way to while away after a day at work. This better be good.


7 Responses to “big brother goes showbiz”

  1. 1 Jay February 6, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    UK’s Celebrity Big Brother ended a week ago. It was won by a non-celebrity who was planted there by the organisers.

    And now she’s a celebrity.

  2. 2 Kiss My Mike February 7, 2006 at 1:57 am

    Sounds interesting. How did the first Big Brother go?

  3. 3 Shigeki February 7, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    Oh my fudging God! I could lick him reeeeaaal good. I mean it. And what did you talk about again? :)

    I’d surely want a “big” brother for fun. oh yeah.

    Don’t enjoy yourself too much while you watch the show. :)

  4. 4 Mark February 7, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    Hello Jay! Nice turn-around, eh? I’m sure everyone who leaves the Big Brother house becomes an instant celebrity – likeable or not.

    Hello Mike! It was fun and since it’s the first outing of the show in the Philippines, we don’t have anything to benchmark it from. There was one interesting character, an Israeli named Uma, who’s so hot – as in flaming gay and flaming hot. But he denies he’s gay, though. But who cares? :-) One of the housemates, a girl this time, was involved in an “adult” cellphone scandal. Her nude pictures went around like wildfire, and she admitted it when she got out of the house.

    Hello Shigeki! Now you’re talking! Aren’t his abs to die for? Now this takes the “fudge-me-gardener” persona a notch higher/hotter. I’ll try to post some more of his pics for your viewing/licking pleasure. Haha!

  5. 5 Mr. Brian February 7, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    surely sounds like an eclectic cast. But I would assume the casters have a different view of the term “celebrity” than the viewing public.

  6. 6 Chas Ravndal February 8, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    well I am not really into Big Brother since I find it quite lousy and also it’s not like the Idol or so you think you can dance. I want to see real talent not just a bunch of people fooling around on tv.

  7. 7 Mark February 8, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    Hello, Mr. Brian! It’s interesting that they interpreted celebrity via a multifarious set of persona. I’m thinking that this set-up is better than having “celebrity” celebrities just acting it out on TV.

    I know what you mean, Chas. But sometimes, it’s a breath of fresh air when you see just ordinary people doing the stuff they normally do and interacting with people from all walks of life on national television. It’s the proverbial “peeping Tom” in all of us. Sometimes, we can relate to what they’re going through. But hey, love Idol, too! Hollywood Week starts tomorrow! And I heard some news that there would be a Philippine franchise of Idol, to be named well, Philippine Idol. :-)

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