Pinoy Idol Fan Site at Philippine-Idol.com
09/21/2010

If you are a fan of Philippine Television program Pinoy Idol then this will be your no. 1 source - it is now live and online @ Philippine-Idol.com

Online PR News – 21-September-2010 – – Pinoy Idol was a Philippine interactive reality-based singing competition created and developed by FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment which aired on GMA Network. The program originated from Pop Idol created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller, which seeks to discover the best singer or "idol" in the country through a series of nationwide auditions and live performances, which is determined by public voting through SMS. The show "replaced" Philippine Idol, the first Idol franchise in the Philippines broadcast by the Associated Broadcasting Company in 2006.

The show is hosted by Raymond Gutierrez, with Ogie Alcasid (singer, songwriter, and record producer), Jolina Magdangal (singer and actress), and Wyngard Tracy (retired talent manager) as judges. Danny Tan is the show's musical director. The show debuted on April 5, 2008.

Gretchen Espina, daughter of Biliran governor Rogelio J. Espina, defeated two other contenders in the show's Finale to become the first Pinoy Idol. Although she is technically the second winner of an Idol franchise in the Philippines, GMA promoted Pinoy Idol as "the first Idol competition in the Philippines" and does not recognize Philippine Idol and its winner Mau Marcelo.

GMA Network has reportedly decided not to produce a second season for 2009, and instead focus on another self-produced singing competition.

ABC had previously announced during an episode of Philippine Idol and a report on ABC's late night news show Sentro that they would produce a second season of the show. However, rumors began to spread that Philippine Idol would not be having its second season in 2007 as planned, while major station GMA Network was planning to acquire the Idol franchise. Sources claimed that ABC incurred heavy losses in the previous season, primarily because of the low number of advertisement slots despite being a widely-followed show. ABC asserted that it was still under negotiation with FremantleMedia about the second season and had earmarked Asian Idol as its "big launch", although there was a possibility that GMA was negotiating about Idol as well since the network already had local versions of Celebrity Duets and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?--both FremantleMedia franchises.

Pinoy Idol held its Performance Night Finale on August 17, 2008 at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Each of the three remaining contenders performed three songs, one personally chosen by the contestant, one by one of the judges and one by the contestant's favorite mentor. Gutierrez hosted most of the program while joining him in the sidelines were Rhian Ramos and Karylle. Each song was performed with Tan's band and the group The Opera as back-up singers, just as always. They were also joined in each of two joint performances by Basil Valdez and Regine Velasquez. The bands Freestyle, South Border, Cueshé, and Itchyworms also have performances of their own.

GMA Network was initially deciding on whether to produce a second season of Pinoy Idol. GMA's Senior Vice President for Entertainment Wilma Galvante said that GMA and Fremantle were accessing "learnings" from the first season, such as the text-voting mechanisms, which she said is "different for the Philippines." Eventually, GMA reportedly decided not renew the franchise for 2009, and instead released details on another new singing competition, Are You the Next Big Star? Meanwhile, the Associated Broadcasting Company is reportedly prepared to take over the franchise if necessary, though GMA Network still has the option to renew it. As of March 2010, there are rumors that GMA completely gave up the Fremantle franchise and therefore a second season for Pinoy Idol would not materialize.

ABOUT THE SITE: The Philippine-Idol.com is a fan site created for Philippine TV program Pinoy Idol that was originally based on American TV program "American Idol". Browse photos, check live news feeds, get some media-download contents like videos, and join forum for discussions. The site is classified as an unofficial fan site of Pinoy Idol.

For more of information about Pinoy Idol, visit the following address @ http://philippine-idol.com/