Showbiz legend and renowned talent manager Johnny Manahan revealed that the Alden Richards-Maine Mendoza tandem. a.k.a. AlDub, caused panic to other networks.
In The Howie Severino Podcast on Wednesday, September 29, Manahan recalled how the executives from the other networks reacted to the success of AlDub pair.
“Nataranta sila r’un sa success nila Maine, ni Alden. And panic sila. Nag-panic. ‘Wala ba tayong ganyan?’ Ang sagot ko, ‘Mayroon kaming talent dito. Alam naming may talent pero ayaw n’yong gamitin,'” he recalled.
“Ang dami niyan. Naka-ano ‘yan sa ano ko, sa notebook. At least ten, really talented people. Pero hindi pinapansin ng mga executive. So ‘yun ang mistake. They didn’t look closer at what we had,” he added.
He also appreciated how GMA Network put their trust in new artists as they are willing to “gamble a little and field the newbies all the time.”
“The more people you field, may tatama ru’n, e. Kung ang sinalang mo lang dalawa, 50-50 ‘yung chance mo pero kung sampu o 20 ang sinalang mo, the odds are more… You come up with more stars,” he said.
“So ayun. Taranta sila kay Alden at saka si Maine.”
AlDub was a popular pair in Philippine showbiz, which first appeared in the Kalyeserye portion of the Juan for All, All for Juan segment of the longest-running noontime show in the country, show Eat Bulaga!
The loveteam was born after Richards and Mendoza were accidentally paired on July 16, 2015, after seeing each other via split-screen interview.
AlDub was derived from the portmanteau of Richards and Mendoza’s characters–Alden for Al, while Dub was from Mendoza’s fictionalized version of herself as Yaya Dub.