Billy and LuisPinoy Dream Academy 2’s Billy Crawford and Entertainment Live’s Luis Manzano join forces to serve as hosts of the upcoming show Pilipinas Got Talent. The show is ABS-CBN’s version of the talent search that has been a hit in several countries around the world. ABS-CBN.com spoke with Billy and Luis during the shoot for the promo plug for the show where they expressed their excitement over their new hosting duties. “Ito na ‘yung hinihintay na ng marami dahil tayong mga Pinoy ay very talented. Bukod sa pagiging magaling kumanta at sumayaw e marami pa tayong pwedeng ipakitang magpapabilib sa buong mundo. Everyone is welcome in this show,” Billy said.

Luis and Billy are also mainstays of ASAP ‘09 where they’re part of the group Kanto Boys along with John Lloyd Cruz and Vhong Navarro. Being good friends on and off the camera, Luis and Billy are expected to have a good chemistry as hosts of PGT. “Ibang klase ang kakulitan namin ni Billy because magkasama kami sa Kanto Boys. We also hang out after work so I can say na established na ‘yung samahan namin. Sanay na kaming magbiruan so at least may makikita na ang audience na makulit na chemistry from us. I did PBB Teens and after that Billy hosted Pinoy Dream Academy 2 so ngayon kami na ang magkasama. We never hide our crazy side when we’re on TV lalo na kapag nasa ASAP kami,” Luis said.

Billy said that hosting PGT is rather different because he and Luis will be given the chance to get to know the contestants more. “Ang hosting kasi namin ni Luis dito more on kulitan and we will be more intimate with the contestants. Mas makikilala namin sila on stage as they perform. Mas relaxed kami dito as hosts, parang off cam lang kami kung umasta kaya masaya. Kaming hosts we’re here to just serve as support and guide ng viewers. Ang magshe-shape ng show talaga are the contestants and the judges.” Luis added that PGT will also explore the drama in the life story of each contestant. “Ang unique sa ating mga Pinoy ang daming back stories. Every contestant hindi lang ‘yung talent niya ang ibabahagi niya pati na rin ‘yung drama ng pinagdaanan niya sa buhay.”

Pilipinas Got Talent will feature any sort of talent, from singing and dancing to magic tricks and stunts. Billy, a renowned singer-dancer, said that he is also open into seeing other forms of talents on the show. “Host lang ako dito pero wala ako sa position to say kung sino ang magaling at hindi. We can give comments pero ang magka-count pa rin e ‘yung sasabihin ng mga judges. Dito hindi issue kung anong klaseng talent ‘yan. For as long as you’re good at it and galing sa puso ‘yan for sure maa-appreciate ‘yan ng mga audience.” He also encourages anyone with any kind of talent to try out for the show. “Sa mga sasali sana kapag nagpakatotoo ‘yung mga judges sa opinion nila ‘wag naman silang masaktan o ma-discourage. Just keep on doing what it is you really love and what you’re good at.”

Pilipinas Got Talent will hold auditions at the following dates and venues:

November 6, 7, and 8 – Lyceum of the Philippines, Batangas

November 11, 12, and 13 – Cebu

November 19, 20, and 21 – Baguio Country Club, Baguio City

November 25, 26, and 27 – Cagayan De Oro

Log on to www.ABS-CBN.com for more announcements and updates on Pilipinas Got Talent.