My cousin Athan invited me to tag along with his office mates to watch Showtime. Even if it was on a short notice (on top of not knowing another soul except for Athan), I gladly confirmed. One should never let an opportunity to experience new things and meet new people pass by.
The show starts at 12 noon but we arrived at the Starbucks inside the ABS-CBN compound at 10 AM. Good thing we didn’t have to queue for hours because Athan’s branch manager or something was able to squeeze us in the show director’s guest list. Yay! We were ushered by Dumbo into the studio which was surprisingly small. Not only that, we were seated on the first row, albeit on the side and not center.
Before the show started, we were taught dance steps and
told threatened that if we do not show enthusiasm, we will be transferred at the back because blank reactions aren’t good on television. Frankly speaking, it was tiring especially if you do not like dancing.
When you are seated on the sides, there is a very slim chance that you would be seen on TV which is perfectly fine for me. Same chance goes with being chosen as an actor in Sine mo ‘to. Unless you want exposure, our position was perfect. Puro likod nga lang makikita mo.
During commercial break, the hosts called in audience members who think they look like someone famous. The hosts would then go to these persons for comments about the contestants when the show is on air. Scripted much?