Executives at GMA-7 network dismissed rumors that they would no longer renew their contract with Fremantle for the second season of reality singing search Pinoy Idol, an offshoot of the hugely successful American Idol franchise.
Wilma Galvante, GMA’s senior vice president for TV, said negotiations were still underway for the production of the show’s second installment, which would likely air in the middle of next year.
She said the first season had been “very, very successful” and received “great feedback” from their American partners.
“The winner of the first season is now a very sought-after performer and is even filling stadiums in her hometown somewhere in the Caraga region, I think,” Galvante said before deftly changing the subject.
The name of Pinoy Idol’s first winner could not immediately be determined at press time despite an intensive Google search.
Galvante said Pinoy Idol remained the reality singing competition to beat in the Philippines as evidenced by its impressive ratings during its entire run.
She attributed the show’s success to host Raymond Gutierrez’ smart and spontaneous way of hosting, saying: “In fact, Ryan Seacrest was impressed with his hosting style and even adapted it for American Idol.”
“Raymond has really evolved. His hosting style is fun, fearless, female!” Galvante said.